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Where to Brunch in Portland: Blossoming Lotus

Just 1/2 block from the Lion and the Rose

… few kitchens put out deliciously wholesome plates as consistently as Blossoming Lotus does.

from The Oregonian
August 14, 2014


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July Antique Show at the Expo Center

Reported to be the largest antique show west of the Mississippi River

The first show at the Expo Center was held in 1981 and evolved into three shows per year. The Portland Shows are the largest on the schedule and because of the many exhibitors who come from out of the Portland area, draws the highest attendance.  Particularly for the summer show in July, it is very typical to see customers from Japan, Canada and Germany as well as about every state in the U.S.

The content is typical of our events in that we cover items from the mid-1880s to the early 1970s. We like to think we are all things to all people and to some degree that is the case. That translates into having cool things for the 35 year old who remembers G.I. Joe, Star Trek and Fisher Price as well as the baby boomer who wants to connect to the things that were around when they were in their teens.

You’ll also see traditional vintage items such as sterling flatware, smalls, rare books, advertising and the like.  Other popular categories such as vintage clothing, decorative items and estate jewelry are also very present.

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Seattle to Portland Bike Ride

200 Miles of Hard Riding Fun

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From Wikipedia …

The Seattle to Portland Bike Ride takes place on the second or third weekend in July mostly on country roads, avoiding the direct freeway (U.S. Interstate 5) route between the cities. The Cascade Bicycle Club describes the 2006 route as “pretty flat with the “Big Hill” coming at the 45-mile mark. It’s a mile long with about a 7 percent grade. … The majority of the ride is on beautiful, rolling rural roads”. In 2005 approximately 30 miles (48 km) of the 202 miles (325 km) were considered uphill with a combined ascent of approximately 2,000 feet (600 m).

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Eb & Bean Opens on NE Broadway

Organic Yogurt with Local Floavor


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Flavors include Fat-tree Chocolate and Dairy-free Almond.
Try the Orange Carmel Corn topping with Vanilla.

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True Portland: Urban Wineries

Wine Country Comes to Town

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Portland has an association of wineries happily producing wine in The City. An “urban winery” means crushing grapes and making wine right here —in Portland — from grapes grown all over the Pacific Northwest.


The members of PDX Urban Wineries make a variety of different wines, not just Pinot Noir. Many of make wines from grapes like Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, among others, as well as unique red and white wine blends.

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Oregonian’s Top 40 Portland Restaurants for 2014

The best of the best whether you’re a first-time visitor
or a longtime resident

Listed alphabetically …

  • Apizza Scholls
  • Ava Gene’s
  • Aviary
  • Beast
  • Biwa
  • Bollywood Theater
  • Castagna
  • Cocotte
  • The Country Cat
  • Evoe
  • Firehouse
  • Grüner
  • Imperial
  • Ken’s Artisan Pizza
  • Laurelhurst Market
  • Le Pigeon
  • Levant
  • Lincoln
  • Little Bird
  • Mextiza

  • Nak Won
  • Navarre
  • Ned Ludd
  • Noisette
  • Nostrana
  • Olympic Provisions NW
  • Ox
  • Paley’s Place
  • Park Kitchen
  • Podnah’s Pit
  • Pok Pok
  • Ringside
  • Roe
  • Smallwares
  • St. Jack
  • Tanuki
  • Taste of Sichuan
  • Toro Bravo
  • The Woodsman
  • Tavern
  • Xico

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Roses in Bloom

 June is the month when Portland roses reach their peak

Photos taken at the Portland Rose Garden
by our guest and friend Dawn-Marie Lasley

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True Portland: Naked Bike Ride

Once a year thousands of Portlanders take to the streets in the buff


 A “Naked Bike Ride”, what more needs to be said?
“Keep Portland Weird!”

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True Portland: Public Art at the Lloyd Center

Love is in the air!

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In surprising places all over Portland you find Public Art. This sculpture is just off Broadway in the walkway between Safeway and Newport Seafood Grill at the Lloyd Center. These Lovers always make me smile … especially in Spring time.

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