Holiday Gift Guide for Public Transit Commuters $100 – $300

The items in this gift guide come with a personal recommendation from me because they embody attributes that I find desirable, and often times necessary, for someone who commutes primarily by bus. Whether you’re on the hunt for that perfect gift, or just window shopping, the items listed here are worth perusing. So what are your “must-have” items for being out in the elements, or on a journey by bus? I’d love to hear your suggestions or tips in the comments below. Enjoy! (And if you missed it, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for Public Transit Commuters Part I: $0 – $100)


Keen Anchorage Boot, $130

keen_mens_anchorage_boots_32151_1Their words: “The Anchorage Boot offers the warmth and all-season traction of a winter pack boot. It boasts a handsome leather upper and an aggressive dual climate rubber outsole – enabling this hiking boot to stand up to harsh conditions with a clean look. 200g KEEN.Warm™ insulation. 4mm multi directional lugs. Dual climate non-marking rubber outsole. Gore stretch panel for easy on and off and added comfort. Injection molded EVA midsole. KEEN.DRY ™ waterproof breathable membrane. Removable thermal heat shield footbed. TPU stability shank. Waterproof nubuck leather upper.”

My thoughts: I chose to feature these because a friend of mine has them, and not only did he mention to me how comfortable they are, but they also look really great. Check out the link to Keen’s website to see a really cool feature where you can preview what the boots will look like when worn with a variety of pants. The Anchorage Boots are very sturdy, waterproof, and warm. Perfect for the upcoming cold, rainy winter.  Click here to buy the Keen Anchorage Boots.

Keen is local to Portland! (505 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) Click here for the nearest bus stops.


LFLECT Reflective Knitwear, $138.89

LFLECT

Their words: “A cozy and extra large scarf from our exclusive reflective knitwear collection, crafted using locally sourced wools and designed in a closed loop to ensure your scarf stays in place at all times. Large enough to be wrapped three times for a cozy snood style or twice for a loose gentleman look all year around. Its technology reflects light, ensuring you are visible when a car approaches. A trendy unisex design for all ages and particularly trendy to ensure grandpa is visible on the streets when walking the dog in the evening.”

My thoughts: Reflective knitwear is one of the best inventions ever. In normal light, there’s nothing unusual about the scarf. But when it’s dark and a bright light is shined on it (like the bus’s headlights as it approaches your dark bus stop!) the reflective bits in the scarf become super bright and ensure that you are seen. This is not only great for ensuring your visibility to bus drivers while waiting at a dark bus stop, but also to other cars if you have much walking to do on your route. In addition to the reflective knitwear, this British website has a ton of other really cool reflective products. At the time of publication, they offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $78. Click here to buy something from the LFLECT Reflective Knitwear collection. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide for Public Transit Commuters $0 – $100

The items in this gift guide come with a personal recommendation from me because they embody attributes that I find desirable, and often times necessary, for someone who commutes primarily by bus. Whether you’re on the hunt for that perfect gift, or just window shopping, the items listed here are worth perusing. So what are your “must-have” items for being out in the elements, or on a journey by bus? If I’ve missed something important, leave your suggestions or tips in the comments below. Enjoy!


Yahoo! Weather App (Android, iOS), $0

Their words: “Don’t just check the weather – see it. Prepare for your day with the most accurate hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts. Stunning Flickr photos match your location, time of day, and current conditions. Get all the details: wind, pressure, and chance of precipitation. Experience weather conditions for rain, snow, fog and extreme heat with animated weather effects. See animated sunrise, sunset, wind, and pressure modules. Browse interactive maps: radar, satellite, heat, and snow. Track all your favorite cities and destinations! Twice daily notifications help you be prepared, whatever the weather.”

My thoughts: If there’s one thing that I use daily as a public transit commuter, it’s my weather app on my smartphone. The only problem is, I’m not really sure how you give someone an app that’s free. Email them the link? In any case, this app is just too cool not to share with fellow commuters. It’s by far the prettiest weather app I’ve found. It’s fun to look at, and just about as accurate as predicting the weather can be. Click here to download the app.  


Knit City Shopper by Blue Q, $11.99

knit city bag

Their words: “Take me down to Knit Knit City, where the buildings are green and the yarns are pretty, oooh ohhh take me home! By Leslie Clerc. Double Duty Handles, this style also has a convenient shoulder length strap. Made with 95% post consumer recycled material. 15″h x 16″w x 6″d”

My thoughts: I’m pretty sure I’m a reusable bag hoarder. Not only because I forget them and have to buy new ones all the time, but because when I see something as cute as this, it’s too hard to resist. Being a knitter, I love that the image looks knitted and like the city has been yarn-bombed, and that there’s a lady on the bag actually knitting. The Blue Q website has a huge variety of other designs as well. Click here to buy the Knit City Shopper. Continue reading

Little Boxes: Shopping by Bus on Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

Shopping at Flora, photo by Mikola Accuardi

There are countless reasons why I am completely in love with Portland, and the Little Boxes shopping event has just been added to that long list. Little Boxes is a two-day shopping event on November 28th and 29th that supports local businesses. Personally, I love shopping, but I can do without the crowds, urban sprawl, and gluttonous nature of the “Big Box” superstores. I also love keeping my money in my community by purchasing at independent and neighborhood shops. So often the quality and uniqueness of the things you’ll find at these shops ends up being the most auspicious and memorable gifts for those lucky enough to be on your holiday gift list. As if the benefits of supporting your community and finding perfect gifts for your friends and family wasn’t rewarding enough, the Little Boxes event also has a raffle tied into the mix, with a chance to win huge prizes. Watch this fun video for a great visual presentation on how to play while you shop. Continue reading

Holiday Tree Lightings & Festivals in Portland

Even though big retail stores have had Christmas decorations out since the end of October, for many of us, the real harbinger of the holidays is the annual holiday tree lighting. And no matter where you live in Portland, there’s a tree lighting or festival just an easy bus ride away. I’ve even included a couple lightings in the nearby cities of Gresham and Milwaukie. Each listing below includes the closest TriMet stops to the corresponding tree lighting. Take advantage of TriMet’s trip planner to enter your starting location and the event’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary. Happy Holidays!


1. Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204

Friday, November 28th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

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Photo by Travel Portland

“Thousands of Portlanders will gather at the Square to celebrate 30 years of lighting of the spectacular 75ft Tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company.  This year’s event will feature a holiday sing-a-long featuring Thomas Lauderdale with members of Pink Martini, “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band and the Pacific Youth Choir.  A pre-show with the NW Community Gospel Choir will begin at 5:00pm.” Click here for more information.

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The Spirits of Portland: 10 distilleries accessible by bus

Whether you’re from Portland or not, most people know of our exceptional craft beers and locally produced wines. But did you know that the greater Portland metropolitan area is home to almost twenty local distilleries? And just as you’d expect, the distilling practices that create Portland spirits fall right in line with our usual high standards for quality, including small batch productions and seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Featured here are ten of Portland’s easily accessible distilleries, complete with the closest bus, MAX, or Streetcar stops. Tasting room hours vary at each location, so visit distillery websites for more information before making your journey. Take advantage of TriMet’s trip planner to enter your starting location and the distillery’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary. Enjoy!


1. Bull Run Distilling Company 2259 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210

BullRun

Photo by Bull Run on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“The Bull Run watershed is the primary drinking water supply for the City of Portland. It’s the same beautiful, raw water we add to each of our spirits – and it’s the same soft water that helps create the great mouth feel in each of our spirits. Arriving in 2015: Bull Run has dedicated two 800-gallon distilling vats to this Oregon-made whiskey. That’s right — not Scotch, not Irish, not Bourbon, but “Oregon Whiskey” distilled using local water and grains and aged in the unique Oregon climate. While it’s expected to be released in 2015, the whiskey will decide when it’s good n’ ready.” ~Bull Run Distilling Company

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2. Clear Creek Distillery 2389 NW Wilson St, Portland, OR 97210

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Photo by Kenn Wilson on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Founded in 1985 by Steve McCarthy, today Clear Creek Distillery carries forward a world renowned portfolio of eaux de vie, grappa, liqueurs and whiskey all distilled in our Portland facility from Pacific Northwest fruits and Scottish barley. We use traditional European pot stills along with techniques learned in Alsace and Switzerland, then perfected through 30 years of Oregon craftsmanship. Our products are served in the World’s best restaurants and appreciated by connoisseurs everywhere.” ~Clear Creek Distillery

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3. Eastside Distilling 1512 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

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Photo by Eastside Distilling on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Eastside Distilling has been producing high-quality, hand-crafted spirits in Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row since 2008. We believe that locally-produced spirits simply taste better, so all of our unique products are made right here in Portland, Oregon from natural ingredients in small batches for unparalleled quality and taste.” ~Eastside Distilling 


4. House Spirits Distillery 2025 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

House

Photo by Kenn Wilson on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Founded in 2004 in Oregon, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling movement. Our award-winning products are batch-distilled and are inspired by a passion for quality spirits and delicious cocktails. Located in the heart of Portland’s famous Distillery Row, each of our spirits has the richness and craftsmanship to be enjoyed on their own and also lend themselves beautifully to your best-loved drinks and cocktails.” ~House Spirits Distillery


5. Industrial Row Distillery 645 N Tillamook St #3, Portland, OR 97277

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Photo by Industrial Row Distillery 

Not yet on Yelp

IRD is a grain to bottle distillery that believes in quality above all. At IRD, our first spirit is Vodka. We perfected the process and the result is Dystopia Vodka. Our vodka retains a characteristic aroma with a subtle hint of flavor originating from the grain it was made from. On top of this we leave it unfiltered – just pure distillate and crystal mountain water.” ~Industrial Row Distillery


6. New Deal Distillery 900 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

NewDeal

Photo by New Deal Distillery on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“New Deal Distillery provides high quality, craft-distilled spirits, inspired by the DIY spirit of Portland. All of our artisan vodkas are made locally in small batches with Bull Run water and natural and organic ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible.” ~New Deal Distillery 


7. Rogue Distillery and Public House 1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Rogue

Photo by Will Vanlue on flickr

3.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Before any Rogue Spirit heads out the door, we give it a final look over to check on quality and flavor. At each step along the way, we know our ingredients because we planted them, we grew them, we harvested them, we floor malted, roasted and smoked them, and because we took the extra time to bottle them by hand. Spirits made from scratch deserve to be bottled by hand. Taste the difference it makes the next time you open a bottle of Rogue Spirits.” ~Rogue Distillery 


8. Rolling River Spirits 1215 SE 8th Ave Ste H, Portland, OR 97214

 RollingRiver

Photo by Rolling River on Yelp

No reviews on Yelp

“Rolling River Spirits is a family-owned and operated craft distillery located in Portland, Oregon. Our Rolling River Vodkas, Gins, and Whiskeys are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, with only the finest ingredients. Our family’s Master Distiller, Tim Rickard, personally creates each blend using his own custom-built stills and Portland’s renowned pure water, which stems from our tallest peaks and one of the city’s most revered icons– Mt. Hood.” ~Rolling River Spirits


9. Stone Barn Brandyworks 3315 SE 19th, Portland, OR 97202

StoneBarn

Photo by Stone Barn Brandyworks

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Stone Barn Brandyworks produces craft distilled, regional fruit brandies, brandy-based liqueurs, and when fruit is not in season, we keep making whiskey.” ~Stone Barn Brandyworks


10. Vinn Distillery 833 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214

Vinn

Photo by Vinn Distillery

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Vinn Distillery is a family-owned local distiller of rice-based products. We craft our products by hand right here in Oregon, using methods passed down for generations. Since our spirits are made entirely from rice, they have the added benefit of being gluten-free. We are excited to have our tasting room located right in the heart of Distillery Row in southeast Portland. Come visit us there and sample all our products!” ~Vinn Distillery


Article by Stephanie Paris

Cover photo by Thomas Heyman on flickr

Sipping in Stumptown: Portland’s best wine bars and tasting rooms

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Little goes together as well as wine and not having to drive. Fortunately for Portland, the wines of our region’s local producers as well as those from around the world can be found at the copious urban tasting rooms and wine bars scattered throughout the city. Taking public transportation means that there’s no need for a designated driver, and everyone that wishes to imbibe can do so at their leisure.

The featured establishments in this article are just a few of my favorites, and by no means are the extent of what our city has to offer. Each listing includes the closest TriMet stops to its corresponding wine bar. Whether you choose to visit one of the venues below, or stick with a favorite of your own, take advantage of TriMet’s trip planner to enter your starting location and the wine bar’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary. Enjoy!


1. Ambonnay Champagne Bar 107 S E Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

Ambonnay

Photo by @AmbonnayBar

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$$

“Ambonnay is Portland’s first and only watering hole exclusively featuring champagne and sparkling wine. We offer an extensive menu of fizz, some by the glass, another 100 or so by the bottle. Our selection changes regularly. Whether you’re looking for a quick drink before dinner, a once-in-a-lifetime champagne experience, or just a place to hang with other bubble addicts, Ambonnay is here for you.” ~Ambonnay Champagne Bar

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2. Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom 404 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

CoopersHall

Photo by Coopers Hall

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Coopers Hall is a winery dedicated to keg production, the first of its kind in Oregon. Our taproom and restaurant boasts 44 taps of wine, beer, and cider; with more dedicated to wine than any other location in the Pacific Northwest. The tap room serves rotisserie cooked meats and savory sides from Roscoe Roberson, former sous chef at Racion. Coopers Hall resides in a quonset hut structure built in the mid 20th century, a former auto body shop, with no confines between the winery and tap room. The spacious environment invites guests to get closer to all aspects of the wine making experience from grape to bottle. Coopers Hall is perfect for a night out drinking, dinner with friends, and also available for large events and private gatherings.” ~Coopers Hall

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3.  Corkscrew Wine Bar 1665 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Photo by Joshua C. on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Corkscrew Wine Bar is an inviting gathering place in Sellwood-Moreland that’s been offering world class wine selections and friendly hospitality since its opening in 2010. The beautifully designed, warm, and cozy atmosphere is centered around wood panels, beams and interiors from a single reclaimed barn ~ providing old world charm with glowing candle-lit ambiance. The wine bar serves interesting and thoughtful wine glass pours, bottle selections, and three local beers on tap accompanied by a small plates. With a focus on small family owned vineyards using organic, biodynamic and responsible farming.” ~Corkscrew

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4. ENSO Winery 1416 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Photo by Ryan S. on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“ENSO is an urban winery that hand crafts authentic old-world style wines that express both the moment they were created, as well as the moment they’re enjoyed. We have chosen to source grapes from the finest vineyards up and down the west coast. Three states. All states that we have lived in. And all states that we love. Our grapes come from Washington, California, and Oregon – and we absolutely love each vineyard that we work with. At ENSO, in addition to our wines, we keep a rotating tap of all Portland Urban Wineries and local beers. There is plenty to taste and try in our tasting lounge. We have our weekday aperitivo (aka Happy Hour) from 4-6 pm where we offer discounted prices on wines by the glass, beer by the glass, and charcuterie and cheese.” ~ENSO Winery

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5. The Hop & Vine 1914 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

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Photo by Andrew C. on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“The Hop & Vine is North Portland’s premier craft drinking destination. Our full bar features eight craft beer taps, an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and a local seasonal food menu. Our casual dining experience, artistic decor and beautiful large backyard patio makes us an excellent destination for small or large groups under an intimate vibe. The adjacent Bottleshop features more than 400 beers and wines, and over 40 types of vermouths and bitters … featuring local and craft beers, Willamette Valley and biodynamic wines as well as meads, ciders, and amaros. Our selection is carefully curated and constantly changing. Call or visit us to see what’s new or sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about new brews and bottles, free tasting events, and specials.” ~Hop & Vine

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6. Pairings Portland Wine Shop 455 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Parings

Photo by Pairings Portland

5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Pairings Portland is a wine shop, wine bar, and classroom dedicated to a new approach to wine.  Fun & approachability are front & center. We like to think of a glass of wine as one of the ingredients in your dish and we’ll help you find the wine that makes your food sing.   We offer wine by the glass and bottle as well as flights, classes, creative events, and custom offerings both at the shop and away. You’ll be amazed to discover it’s possible for anyone to feel like a Pairing genius!!” ~Pairings Portland

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7. SE Wine Collective 2425 SE 35th Pl, Portland, OR 97215

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Photo by Joshua C. on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“We’re making wine in the heart of southeast Portland! As southeast Portland’s only fully bonded and licensed commercial winery that performs custom crush services for both commercial and private brands, the SE Wine Collective’s production features state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled and personable staff needed for everything from harvest crush, fermentation, blending, and ageing to filtration and bottling. Our urban wine collective brings together like-minded winemakers within Portland’s city limits. The SE Wine Collective is home to 10 Wineries.” ~SE Wine Collective

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8. Taste on 23rd 2285 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97210

Taste

Photo by Leland H. on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Were I inventing the perfect neighborhood wine bar, Taste on 23rd is how one version  might look. Tucked into one of NW 23rd’s many old Victorians, it’s a lovely and welcoming space with a nice center bar and several tables of various heights and sizes scattered about. The staff is so welcoming and friendly; you can tell when regulars filter in, but they’re just as happy to see you as to see them. You should become one!” ~Hannah L. on Yelp

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9. TeSoAria Winery Tasting Room 4003 N Williams, Portland, OR 97227

TeSoAria

Photo by Marianne S. on Yelp

5 Stars on Yelp $$

“Come visit our Portland Tasting room and experience Founder/Winemaker John Olson and Chef Max’s Wine and food pairings. We currently have over a dozen TeSoAria wines to taste, including  two Live Barrels of wines that is currently ready to barrel taste. Wine is available by the flight, glass and bottle. Barrel taste and then experience the individual hand bottling process that you can participate in.   Our friends are always welcome and new acquaintances leave as friends! ” ~TeSoAria Winery

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Article by Stephanie Paris

Cover photo by Coopers Hall

Portland in a Glass photo by David Paris

 

 

Restaurants on the Route: Bus Line 19 – Woodstock/Glisan

The bus line 19-Woodstock/Glisan connects Mt. Scott, SE Portland, Woodstock, Eastmoreland, Portland City Center, Laurelhurst, and Gateway. This route is almost like a double route, as it starts out in SE Portland, travels all the way downtown, then all the way back out to NE Portland. There are so many fantastic restaurants along this route that I really spent some time discerning which ones would be included in this diverse collection of the best. Below are my current restaurant recommendations that made the cut.

The closest 19 bus stops are listed for each restaurant below. For additional trip planning assistance, visit TriMet.org and enter your starting location and the restaurant’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary.


1. Bun Bo Hue Restaurant 7002 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

Photo by Ben S. on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“This place started my love affair with Bun Bo Hue. It’s that good! The namesake dish here is one of the most authentic and flavorful versions out there, the gold standard for Portland. The rich broth is spicy and tangy, and it comes with noodles and all the right meats. I usually get mine without the pork hock and the pig’s blood. It comes with a huge plate of veggies – most places don’t give you shredded banana flower, but they do here. It’s a hole in the wall eatery, so don’t go in with your fancy pants expecting much. Parking is in the back.” ~Caroline N. on Yelp

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2. El Gallo Taqueria 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Photo by El Gallo

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“At El Gallo we maintain our commitment to offering local, sustainable products by frequenting farmer’s markets and sourcing our ingredients from local purveyors who share our commitment to high quality foods. We offer handmade tortillas, locally sourced meats, wild fish, and seasonally organic, locally grown herbs and vegetables.” ~ El Gallo

Nearest line 19 bus stops:


3. Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market 4138 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Photo by Otto’s Sausage Kitchen

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“After more than 80 years, Otto’s Sausage Kitchen is still using the same traditional recipes and handcrafted techniques to make delicious high quality sausage. The secret to Otto’s sausages are in the handcrafted artisan techniques, recipes, and of course the one of a kind smokehouse that have all been handed down for four generations. Every sausage that we create is gluten-free using high quality beef, pork or chicken.” ~ Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market

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4. Papa Haydn 5829 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Photo by Esther Y. on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“Seasonal and local ingredients are used to create beautiful and delicious dishes with French influence. In 1978, Papa Haydn was home to Portland’s first espresso machine, and the lines of hungry diners were legendary. The limited menu of European-inspired pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads soon gave way to an expanded space with a full kitchen and a comprehensive lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menu. A comprehensive remodel was finished in late 2007, with updates including a full bar, expanded kitchen, and a heated patio.” ~ Papa Haydn

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5. The Brooklyn House Restaurant 3131 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

 

Photo by Brian Hines

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“We’re changing the name of the game from ‘local when possible,’ to ‘local, with a few exceptions.’ We have a long list of local produce farmers, dairy farmers, urban farmers, ranchers, foragers, cheese-makers, grain-millers, coffee-roasters, chocolate-roasters, meat-smokers, oil-pressers & -curers, wine-makers – all manner of artisan producers who have stood strong in a storm of industrial food destruction & proliferated the Slow Food Movement that allows our restaurant to exist.” ~ The Brooklyn House Restaurant

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6. Urban Farmer Portland, 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

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Photo by Urban Farmer on Yelp

3.5 Stars on Yelp $$$

“Our menus reflect an emphasis on Northwest, sustainable ingredients and simple, straightforward preparations. We offer a range of beef options including grass-fed Oregon beef, pasture-raised, grain-finished beef, as well as corn-fed beef. Our beverage program extends the theme of local and sustainable with a 350-bottle wine list, beer selections from the Portland city limits and cocktails made with Oregon spirits. Focusing on sustainable practices, Urban Farmer creates a connection between the diner and our local farmers, ranchers, distillers and winemakers.” ~ Urban Farmer

Nearest line 19 bus stops:


7. Mi Mero Mole 32 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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Photo by Anna S. on Yelp

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“In Mexico, guisados are cooked dishes, especially stews and stir-fries. In Mexico City, where urban life doesn’t always allow for a home-cooked meal, guisados are one of the most popular street foods.Our goal at Mi Mero Mole is to serve traditional dishes from Mexico City that Chilangos love at a reasonable price. Our tortillas are made fresh using ground nixtamal rather than commercial Maseca. Everything we serve, including our moles, salsas, rice, and beans, are made from scratch.” ~ Mi Mero Mole

Nearest line 19 bus stops:


8. Noble Rot 1111 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Photo by Noble Rot

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“We are a neighborhood restaurant & wine bar. A great place to come and enjoy with your friends and family. Pop into the bar, watch the sunset on our outdoor patio or get comfy in one of our Blazer booths. The seasonal change is directly reflected in the NOBLE ROT offerings. From daily specials, wine flights and pours, NOBLE ROT will harmonize your experience in food and drink with the surroundings of the season. When our Rooftop Garden is flourishing, we grow the freshest ingredients and then carefully harvest, prepare and serve them with ingenuity. Nothing could be fresher.” ~ Noble Rot

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9. EastBurn 1800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Photo by EastBurn on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“At EastBurn, we have created what we believe to be the perfect Public House. We bring together honest food, the best drinks and great people in a fun atmosphere. It’s where Portlander’s go to meet. We have something for everyone with three different atmospheres between the pub dining room, the downstairs Tap Room and the 4 season patio. Enjoy a wonderful lunch, dinner or brunch paired with a local craft beer, wine on tap or cocktail crafted with love. Gather your friends around a fire table on the patio or opt for the tables with swinging chairs” ~EastBurn

Nearest line 19 bus stops:


10. Voodoo Doughnut Too 1501 NE Davis St, Portland, OR 97232

Voodoo Doughnuts

Photo by Holly Haze on Flickr

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“Here at Voodoo Doughnut, we make thousands of doughnuts every day, but availability may vary due to supply, the voodoo gods and gluttony. Doughnuts cost between 95¢ and up. They are hand made and come in all shapes and sizes and full of surprises. They are worth every penny. Contact us for your special order of wedding treats, birthday parties, business meetings, movie sets and theme parties.” ~ Voodoo Doughnut

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11. Pambiche 2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

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Photo by Nate C. on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“For over a decade, Pambiche has been nourishing Portland with traditional Cuban dishes that have been in the Maribona Family for generations. We serve Cuban comfort food straight out of grandma’s kitchen with an emphasis on fresh, natural, and healthy meals, just as she intended for us.” ~ Pambiche

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12. Hanoi Kitchen 7925 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

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Photo by Momo B. on Yelp

4 Stars on Yelp $

“Welcome to Hanoi Kitchen, where the best of Vietnamese cuisine is served! We offer specialty hot noodle soups, homestyle cooking, grilled bun dishes, and Grandma’s Banh Cuon. Hanoi Kitchen is family owned and operated. The very same dishes that we grew up on and cook at home in our family kitchen are certainly what we serve here at Hanoi Kitchen. So come on in and grab a table at Hanoi Kitchen, where everything is made fresh to order from our family kitchen to your table!” ~ Hanoi Kitchen

Nearest line 19 bus stops:


Article by Stephanie Paris, all quotes pulled from corresponding restaurant websites

Cover photo by Brian Hines.

 

Restaurants on the Route: Bus Line 14 – Hawthorne

TriMet bus line 14-Hawthorne connects Lents Town Center, SE Portland and Portland City Center. It travels through one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Portland, the Hawthorne District. The boulevard includes McMenamins’ Bagdad Theatre & Pub, a branch of Powell’s Books, New Seasons Market, and a seemingly endless number of great shopping and dining options. In fact, there are so many great places to eat on this route that it was hard to choose which ones to feature! As of now, these are my top 7 restaurants recommendations on the Line 14 bus route.

The closest 14 bus stops are listed for each restaurant below. For additional trip planning assistance, visit TriMet.org and enter your starting location and the restaurant’s address as the ending location for a detailed trip itinerary.


1. Lardo 1212 SE Hawthorne St, Portland, OR 97214

and pickled veg and lamb burgerPhoto by Jack Pinette on flickr

4 Stars on Yelp $$

“Starting life as a food cart in SE Portland, rarely has a spot been so aptly named. Rocking an ancient charcuterie moniker that truly serves as a harbinger of things to come, Lardo is a sandwich shop that worships at the altar of  bovine & swine. Using old-world techniques, contemporary flourishes and a gonzo approach, Lardo proudly celebrates its excesses. Pushing a menu that features pork drenched double burgers, a giant meatball Banh Mi, and hand-cut french fries (again) smothered in pork, Lardo also has beer. Lots of beer, actually. Rotating taps of knee-buckling craft brew greatness, backed-up with a refreshing mix of premium cocktails. Operating on both sides of the river, Lardo serves as a mecca for those seeking a uniquely smash-mouth deli experience.” ~ Lardo

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2. Harlow 3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

HarlowPhoto by Shannon Kringen on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“An all organic restaurant featuring a gluten-free food menu with raw, vegan vegetarian options, extensive juice and smoothie bar, house cocktails, beer and wine. Healthy food made with love.” ~Harlow

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3. 3 Doors Down Cafe 1429 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Photo by Alyssa C. on Yelp

4.5 stars on Yelp $$$

“Come in. Sit down. Eat! Comforting yet inspiring … classic and creative … curated with taste.” ~3 Doors Down Cafe & Lounge

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4. Cultured Caveman 4031 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Cultured CavemanPhoto by Ken Snyder on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“Cultured Caveman began as the first paleo-friendly food cart on the west coast. We are now 3 food carts and a restaurant in Portland, OR. We welcome everyone, especially those with dietary restrictions or allergies. Thank you for supporting the next evolution of restaurant nutrition.” ~Cultured Caveman

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5. ¿Por Que No? 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

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4 Stars on Yelp $$

“¿Por Que No? strives to support our local economy, whether it means using line caught fish and local meats or remodeling with recycled materials. We have traveled from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca to share the flavors and the essence of what we found. In the end, it’s all about the food and the community of people who enjoy it!” ~¿Por Que No?

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6. Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant 2504 SE 50th Ave Ste D, Portland, OR 97206

BetePhoto by Lisa Brandt Heckman on flickr

4.5 Stars on Yelp $$

“We are happy to have you enjoy the different Ethiopian cuisine. We serve many vegetarian and various meat dishes as well as seafood. Experience Bete-Lukas’s exceptional cuisine featuring a complete menu with everything from salad, tibs (meat), alicha, vegetarian dishes, sambusa in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The Ethiopian art decorated dining room with warm walls, and the stylish artistic photos in the wall, nurture the setting.” ~Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant

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7. The Egg Carton 5205 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

EggCartonPhoto by The Egg Carton

4.5 Stars on Yelp $

“The Egg Carton is family run by Sarah and Tim Arkwright. We pride ourselves on both our service and our fantastic food and drinks. The Egg Carton has been named one of the top food carts in Portland and one of the friendliest. Come on down and visit our pride and joy.” ~The Egg Carton

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Article by Stephanie Paris, all quotes pulled from corresponding restaurant websites

Cover photo by Rick Chung on flickr

 

Fall Colors at the Portland Japanese Garden

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Autumn has descended upon the city of roses, and it’s time to celebrate one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest seasons. It’s time for brisk air, football, pumpkin lattes, fall markets, and of course, time to get out and enjoy those changing colors. Topping pretty much every list for best places to view fall color is the Portland Japanese Garden. October and November are perhaps the most breathtaking months of the year to see the Garden, when a multitude of native and Japanese trees put on a stunning fall color display.

Photo by Adam Sawyer

Whether you visit with your sweetie for a romantic walk, journey alone for some peaceful meditation, or bring the family for a day of adventuring, the Japanese Garden is one of the most unique places to spend an afternoon. Kiddos are even provided with a special map of the Garden’s five distinct areas. There are a number of small statues and landmarks listed throughout the area to find while they explore. The objects range from easy to difficult to spot, though all can be found from the main trail.

Visit the Garden’s Hours & Admission page to check current pricing and hours of operation.

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Accessibility by bus:

Monday through Friday only:

Daily service, if you don’t mind walking about a mile:

For easy trip planning assistance, visit TriMet.org and enter your starting location and the Garden’s address (611 SW Kingston Ave.) for a detailed trip itinerary.

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Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205 503-223-1321

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Photo by Adam Sawyer

 


Article by Adam Sawyer and Stephanie Paris

Cover photo by Adam Sawyer

 

Fall & Winter Farmers Markets in Portland

Many of Portland’s abundant farmers markets have closed for the season. And although people often associate farmers markets with spring and summer’s bounty – berries, stone fruit, tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, peas … Oregon’s ability to provide farm-fresh harvest is far from over. There are many farmers markets in Portland that are open through fall and even into winter, and they boast pears, apples, brussels sprouts, collards, kale, winter squash, sweet potatoes, walnuts, and so much more! In addition to fresh produce, you can find artisan cheeses, cured meats, bread and pastries, pastured eggs, specialty meats like goose and rabbit, pickles and preserves, wine and liquors, as well as non-edible gifts. Many of the markets also have vendors selling hot food and beverages. Summer may be over, but the fall/winter market season has just begun.

For each farmers market in this article, I have listed the location, day of the week on which the market takes place, and the nearest TriMet bus/MAX/streetcar stops. Pay close attention to the dates of the markets. Some of them transition to every other week, or even just one day in the season. For easy trip planning assistance, visit TriMet.org and enter your starting location and the location of your desired market for a detailed trip itinerary.


Lloyd Farmers Market

LloydPhoto by All Good Bakers on flickr

Lloyd Farmers Market, NE Holladay St between 7th Ave and 9th Ave

Tuesdays Year-round (except December 30), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

lloydfarmersmkt.net

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Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park

Winter Market at Shemanski ParkPhoto by Reid Beels on flickr

Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park, South Park Blocks between SW Salmon St and SW Main St

Wednesdays through November 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

portlandfarmersmarket.org/markets/shemanski/

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People’s Farmers’ Market

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People’s Farmers’ Market, 3029 SE 21st Ave

Wednesdays Year-round, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

peoples.coop/farmers-market

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  South Waterfront Farmers Market

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South Waterfront Farmers Market, 3508 SW Moody Ave

Thursday October 30, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

southwaterfrontfarmersmarket.com

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 Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

Photo by Pasha X-Pose-U

Portland Farmers Market at PSU, South Park Blocks between SW Hall St and SW Montgomery St

Saturdays Year-round, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

portlandfarmersmarket.org

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 Hillsdale Farmers’ Market

HillsdalePhoto by Sarah Gilbert on flickr

Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, SW Capitol Hwy and SW Sunset Blvd

Sundays through November 23 and December 7 & 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

hillsdalefarmersmarket.com

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 King Portland Farmers Market

HollywoodPhoto by Matt Kowal on flickr

King Portland Farmers Market, NE 7th Ave and Wygant St

Sundays through November 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

portlandfarmersmarket.org/markets/king/

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 Hollywood Farmers Market

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Hollywood Farmers Market, NE Hancock St between 44th Ave and 45th Ave

Saturdays October – November, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1st and 3rd Saturdays December – April, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

hollywoodfarmersmarket.org

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 Montavilla Farmers Market

MontavillaPhoto by kori monster on flickr

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7600 block of SE Stark St

Sunday November 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sundays December 21, January 11, and February 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

montavillamarket.org

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 Woodstock Farmers Market

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Woodstock Farmers Market, S.E. 46th and Woodstock Blvd

Sunday November 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

woodstockmarketpdx.com

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Article by Stephanie Paris

Cover photo by Pasha X-Pose-U