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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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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.

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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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Food Cart “Pods” in Downtown Portland

A place to meet and eat

A Food Cart Pod is like the Food Court at the Mall except that it is outdoors and there are no fast food chains. When wondering about downtown, here’s where you can find clusters of Food Carts

SW 9th and Alder

Part of the largest lot in the city, the city block between Alder and Washington from 9th-10th boasts 60+ food carts. The largest concentration of street food in America

SW 5th and Stark

One of Portland’s first food cart lot, this pod features 20 carts including old favorites like Tabor, Give Pizza A Chance, Aybla Grill, Veli Thai and La Jarochita.

SW 3rd and Washington

A lot featuring some of Portland’s oldest Mexican carts this lot is very international featuring cuisines from Indonesia, Egypt, Lebanon, Alaska, Thailand, Vietnam, Greece and more. 20 carts on site

SW 2nd and Stark

Featuring 3-5 carts.

SW 3rd and Ash

4 carts featuring Big-Ass Sandwiches and Olympic Grill, this lot is open for lunch along with serving the masses for late night eats on the weekend.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Portland’s Living Room, this public park features 5 carts including Honkin’ Huge Burritos, Portland’s oldest cart.

SW 4th and Hall

This lot, supported by Portland State University and local businesses features 25 carts including Homegrown Smoker, an all Vegan BBQ and Portland Soup Company, one of the most beautiful carts in town.

Click here to learn about Food Carts in Portland

Click here for a map of Food Cart Pods in Portland


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True Porltand – The Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

Portland’s “Secret” Coffee House

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From Wikipedia …

Named after Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Rimsky-Korsakoffee was one of Portland’s first coffeehouses. The classical music-themed business, serves coffee and desserts. It operates from the former living room of a reportedly haunted Craftsman-style house, built in 1902 and “nearly hidden from view” by the surrounding foliage.

The coffeehouse is owned by Goody Cable, who opened it for business in 1980 reportedly “to stop cleaning [her] house for music parties,” having hosted classical music events in her home for years prior.

Be advised the Coffee House has no exterior sign.

Rimsky-Korsakoffee House  ♦  707 SE 12th Ave.  ♦  Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-2640


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True Porltand: Hawthorne Fish House

A neighborhood place with a unique recipe

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Dana and Greg Boyce opened the Hawthorne Fish House (at SE 44th Avenue and Hawthorne) based on customer demand after the success of their Corbett Fish House in Southwest Portland.

Besides their Fish & Chips, we love their Calamari, Grilled Salmon and Caesar Salad with Salmon.

They use 100% rice bran oil — the tastiest of all the cooking oils — which is not hydrogenated and contains no trans-fats. They filter the oil twice a day to keep it clean.They simply bread the fish in brown rice flour, not a batter, so their Fish & Chips and Calamari are Gluten-Free.

The combination of clean, high-quality oil and a light dusting of rice flour creates a delicious and healthful serving of fish. This process actually seals and steams the fish. Done correctly, deep frying is a dry cooking technique that produces elegant, greaseless foods with crisp coatings and succulent interiors.

Link to the Hawthorne Fish House


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Aztec Willie’s Art Truck

Our local burrito shop has a very colorful delivery truck

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Just a block away from the Lion and the Rose, Aztec Willie’s serves up burritos, tacos and salsa dancing. When their delivery truck was attacked with graffiti, in the spirit of “True Portland” it became an “Art Truck” — a through back to the 1960’s.


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Ture Portland: Kells Irish Pub Smoker

Portland’s surreal St. Patrick’s Day boxing match

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“Cheers, shouts and billows of cigar smoke wafted through the warm streets of Portland Friday night. They all came from Kells, one of the city’s premier Irish pubs, but even if you stood in front if their ornate downtown building you might not know what exactly was going on. …”

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March is Dining Month in Portland

3-Course Meals for $29

In addition to being a great time to eat your way around the city, a donation is made to the Oregon Food Bank with each online reservation made using the link to the left. Plus, spin the Wheel of Deliciousness on Downtown Portland’s Facebook page for help choosing a restaurant and enter to win dinner for a year!


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