Having made the Rose City home for three years, I am admittedly bias toward the idea that this small city (roughly half a million) indeed has a magical quality. Sure, it’s quirky and not without issue, but also jam packed with possibilities, fun, and a foodie/outdoor scene that leaves most with a watering mouth and penitent to become the next Bear Grylls. It is amazing how much one can find to amuse herself, both the tried and true, and the new, especially during the bewitching months of summer when the days lengthen and temperatures allow for river floats while the sun shines and campfires and sweaters once it sets. A few of my favorites….
Disc Golf and Deschutes at Pier Park; new to me this year, introduced by the lovely Jed and Alyssa…
The Alberta Last Thursday… I can fully empathize with the Alberta residents’ request that the monthly street fair be better regulated (parking is mayhem and permits are not required; the outcome can be less then ideal for the neighborhood) but am hopeful that a good solution can be found to keep this quirky event part of the Portland neighborhood scene. My personal favorite was bartering a 5,000LL note for a one of a kind poem, created on the spot.
Salt & Straw… Oh.my.goodness. I’m hooked. There are two main locations, one in NW, one in NE, and a cart on SE Division. The ice cream is heavenly and the owner takes personal pride in concocting perfect flavor pairings. Loved the salted caramel.
Slow crawls through favorite neighborhoods… Such as the NE 26th and Burnside area. At one end is Pambiche, amazing Cuban food that I spent way too much money on while in grad school, and at the other is Crema, Ken’s Artisan Pizza, and small, local shops such as Artemisa, an atrium builder, or anyone who appreciates pretty things, haven. In between are numerous eateries, the Coca-Cola plant, Bakery Bar (Love this place! Especially when they stayed open at all hours during the World Cup to host games. Their Apple-Bacon scone is perfection.), a mix of traditional Foursquare-style houses and new eco-friendly designs, and the iconic Laurelhurst Theater.
I took an afternoon to finally explore the Portland Art Museum as well. Not too shabby and a nice way to escape the heat.