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March 5, 2006 16:47 - Siam Society Restaurant

Sorry for the light blog postings this past week, a hectic life got in the way. But, we're back to blogging! So, I finally made it over to Alberta Street in Northeast to try out Siam Society, the latest Thai influenced restaurant in the area.  I always wondered what the cool building with the unique rounded arched doors and windows was, and it turns out that originally it was a power station.  Now, it is a really good restaurant!  The interior is cavernous with high ceilings and enormous slab walls made of concrete...a little cold perhaps, but it has an industrial chic flair to it.

Now, about the food.  Wow!  There are many Portland Thai restuarants to try, and many of them are quite excellent.  But, Siam Society takes it up a notch and I felt I was sampling something a little more upscale and special in Thai cuisine.  While they offer the basic stand-by dishes like Thom Kha and Thom Yum soup and of course, the ever-popular Phad Thai, the dishes have a unique flair to them and I could tell they were prepared with careful attention to detail and a blending of flavors.  The portions are very large, so be prepared to share or take home a nice doggie bag for a second meal later on.

Siam Society has a creative cocktail menu, and I sampled the Ginger Lime Cosmo Infusion.  This drink won first place at the statewide bartending competition, and yes indeed, it was very fine (so fine I might have had two before the night was through ;-)  We started the meal with an appetizer of Pulled Pork Spring Rolls, a delicious blend of braised tender pork, reduced with white wine and blended with cinnamon, hazelnuts, and vanilla bean, wrapped in crispy rolls with dipping sauce.  Mmmm- mmmm, a perfect start to a wonderful meal!  For my entree, I ordered something that sounded quite ordinary, but was anything but.  I tried the Roasted Chicken with a Glazed Ginger Rum Sauce served with sticky rice.  The chicken was perfectly prepared--properly roasted into tender mouth watering morsels, and bursting with flavor from the crispy skin with perfect blend of spices.  I think it was hands-down one of the best chicken dishes I have had anywhere, and this dish will be at the top of my list to try again.  My dining partner tried the special of the evening, a tasty yellow lamb curry.  The curries are served tableside in their cooking pots, which is a nice touch. 

I wanted to sample more dishes, as well as try their delectable sounding desserts, but I was so full I couldn't eat another bite.  But, I will be back! To read another in depth review of Siam Society, check out www.portlandfoodanddrink.com.  Hats off to Executive Chef Adrienne Inskeep and Sous Chef Abdul Love for their great work, the restaurant is a great addition to the already popular Northeast Alberta Street area.  If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and give Siam Society a try, yourself:

Siam Society

2703 NE Alberta St

Portland OR 97211

503-922-3675

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March 6, 2006 07:08 - Root Whole Body - Irvington

Today I wanted to share with you a new business in Northeast Portland, Root Whole Body, located in Irvington in the renovated shopping plaza at Irvington Corner.  "Root is a resource for enlightened and curious people who embrace holistic health care.  Services offered include:

  • yoga classes (including family and kids)
  • massage
  • acupuncture
  • chiropractic care
  • naturopathic care
  • towels and tea
  • sauna

"We are driven by two very important principles:
•  That everyone was born into this world as a whole beautiful being and deserves support to stay that way, and
• That preventative health management is not self-indulgence, but rather necessary self-care that allows one to ultimately, take better care of themselves and others."

I've never done much yoga, and I am always going a mile a minute and have a hard time relaxing.  But I am always looking for new ways to relax and stay fit, so I decided to check them out myself.  I decided to try a Yin Yoga class.  They will give you a coupon for one free yoga course for dropping in, and the first month of unlimited yoga is $50. After that they offer a menu of different plans to meet your needs.  They offer Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Intro to Yoga, with four or more yoga classes offered each day.  There are many Portland Yoga studios, and I like this one because it is in my neighborhood (always a plus!), and the studio is bright and sunny with lots of windows, with a hardwood floor.  Yin Yoga was a great gentle stretching yoga, and the next day the lower back pain that has been bugging me for weeks was gone!  The employees at Root were warm, friendly and welcoming.  Today I am going to try out a massage, and then I plan to join up for a month to see if I can get myself into a new healthier yoga lifestyle.

If you're in the area, I recommend you give them a try!

Root Whole Body

At the Irvington Corner shopping plaza at 2526 NE 15th Avenue

(503) 288-7668, www.rootwholebody.com

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March 7, 2006 07:46 - New McMenamin's is Coming

Howdy Portland,

I’ve got some great news for North Portland and surrounding areas--A new McMenamins pub (no information yet on theater) is slated for a funeral home near you. A what?

Yes...the McMenamin brothers are well known for their love of historic and unusual buildings (Edgefield is a great example of this). I drove by the current "Little Chapel of the Chimes" on N. Killingsworth and indeed, it’s a gorgeous old building. I’m told that they have been hard at work for the last few months but no one knows yet when the chapel will open its doors to the public. I’m also told that McMenamins will move its headquarters to the upstairs. The parking lot is very small, but I also noticed that an adjacent building appears to be under construction, too. This building may have been part of the purchase and does have a nice sized parking lot.

This is good stuff for North Killingsworth…they’ve been on my radar for some time as I have been wondering why we haven’t seen more new businesses open especially after the great work PCC Cascade has done for that immediate area. At any rate, if Mississippi Ave is a good example, it only takes one new business to start the wave (that was the Crow Bar circa 2003).

So, exciting news! Haunted or not, creepy (and strange) or not, I’ll see ya there! Never had a beer in a funeral home, but believe me, I’ve wanted to!

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March 8, 2006 08:03 - New Grand Central in Boise

Vist Grand Central Bakery's new Fremont Cafe. The grand opening of the latest in this chain of Seattle/Portland bakeries is this upcoming Saturday, March 11th. Grand Central is moving into the renovated space next to Boise Eliot school, at 714 N Fremont, located on the corner of Borthwick and Fremont, just east of Mississippi Avenue.

Come to the Grand Opening this weekend, as ten percent of proceeds from thier opening weekend will be donated to neighboring Boise Eliot Elementary School!

Open daily from 7:00am - 6:00pm, Grand Central serves freshly baked mouth watering goods, made with quality ingredients and prepared with love and pride. Try their box lunches, drop by for a breakfast goodie, or pick up a loaf of artisan bread for dinner--from Como, Ciabatta, Calamata Olive, or Focaccia--they're all good! They also do catering, and if you're looking for something to make for dinner, they offer up some seasonal recipes on their website at www.grandcentralbakery.com. Their popular Mac & Cheese Recipe, Below.

Grand Central's Famous Mac & Cheese

At long last, here is the family-sized recipe for our Macaroni and Cheese…quite possibly the most requested recipe we've ever shared. After you try this recipe, you'll understand why so many of our customers claim it's the best they've ever tasted. Five different cheeses make this a standout in comfort food. Makes 8 generous servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 7 tblsp. Butter, divided
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 quart milk
  • ¼ cup grated Peccorino Romano cheese
  • 2 cups grated Tillamook cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated provolone cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Lightly butter a 9x11 inch oven proof baking dish at least 2" deep. Shred cheeses and set aside. Cook the macaroni in ample salted water until al dente. Drain and toss into a large mixing bowl, stirring in 1-tablespoon butter to prevent macaroni from sticking together.

In a 3-quart saucepan melt the remaining butter, slowly whisking in flour until a smooth paste is formed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until golden but not brown - approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in milk, being careful to whisk away lumps. Return to medium high heat and cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens - about 5 minutes. Fold in the Peccorino, Tabasco, salt and pepper and pour over cooked macaroni. Set aside 1 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir in the remaining cheeses into the pasta and sauce. Pour into prepared pan and top with reserved cheddar cheese.

Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour until bubbling. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes until browned.

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March 8, 2006 14:02 - HGTV Looking for Renovated Home for Series

Hey, Portland. This is exciting news! I was contacted by HGTV - Home & Garden Television and they are looking for restored Portland homes for their hit program "If Walls Could Talk". I told them I would help get the word out in Portland. Read the email from HGTV below, and let me know if your home gets featured! If you need the press release attachments, please contact me and I will email them to you. ___________________________________________________ Dear PortlandNeighborhood:

I am a research coordinator for Home and Garden Television or HGTV's hit series, "If Walls Could Talk." We are currently looking for homeowners from Oregon to be featured on our show--a once in a lifetime opportunity for most! I was hoping you may know of someone I could contact who may fit our criteria: homeowners who have renovated or restored their historic home and have discovered artifacts during the renovation process that somehow tie in with the home's history or one of the previous homeowners.

Attached to this e-mail is our press release and a blurb from HGTV's website that will give you more information about the show. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to pass my information along to interested parties or just let me know the contact information for possible applicants and I'd be happy to call or e-mail them.

Thank you so much for your time!

-- Jaime Levi

Research Coordinator

High Noon Entertainment HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk"

303-712-3106 (phone)

Please contact portlandneighborhood.com if you would like Jaime's email address

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March 9, 2006 13:56 - Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Portland, and I saw them assembling their tents this morning.

Starting March 14th, Cirque du Soleil begins its ethereal presentation of Varekai (Varekai means wherever in the gypsy Romany language). If you have not attended a Cirque du Soleil event, you can't even begin to imagine what you are missing. Death defying acrobat acts, breathtaking and entrancing dance and music --- and always, a riveting story line. It's an evening where you won't close your eyes once- not even to blink-- as it's such an intense experience you won't want to miss a second.

"Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world--a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

The word varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai."

The excitement begins March 14 on Portland's south waterfront. Tickets and more info available on their website. I will definitely see you there!

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March 11, 2006 06:44 - Portland Saturday Market

Howdy Portland,

Though it seems impossible given our current weather, spring is upon us! Aside of gardening and getting out more, spring also breathes life back into a Portland favorite: The Saturday Market! Yes, indeed, the Saturday Market re-opened its "doors" on March 4th. Personally, I love the hand crafted works of our local artists and adore the variety of ethnic foods found at the international food court. It's one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday (or Sunday!) afternoon. Yup, the market is also open on Sundays (making me wonder why it isn't called the "Weekend Market").

Going strong for 33 years, the Saturday Market is home to some 300 local artisans and is proud to be known as the nations largest open-air market. The Market is found underneath the west end of the Burnside Bridge and spans a block on either side of the MAX light rail. So why not take the train down, pick up some good local coffee and peruse the many tables and tents while listening to some awesome local music? When you're all shopped out, top it off with a tasty lunch under a covered canopy and enjoy the fresh air. As to be expected, four legged friends are welcome -- definitely fun for the whole family!

The Market is open: Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4:30pm

*Receive two hours free parking at Smart Park Garages or a free Tri-Met ticket available with a $25 purchase

. The Portland Saturday Market is a must-do for locals and tourists alike. Hope to see you there!

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March 12, 2006 08:40 - La Bodega Wine & Beer Bar, Sabin Neighborhood

Yesterday, we visited La Bodega Wine and Beer located at 1325 NE Fremont St. located in the same shopping strip as Acadia. La Bodega occupies the same space formerly inhabited by Peanut Butter & Ellie's which has since relocated. La Bodega is both a specialty beer and wine shop, as well as a casual community bar that offers small plates of specialty cheeses, olives, meats and other tasty dishes. Or, you can bring in food from your favorite restaurant. La Bodega hosts wine tastings each month from 3 to 6 pm. Weather permitting, client's can enjoy La Bodega's offerings out back on their private patio, with live music and art shows coming soon.

Be sure to check the Events section of their website. Drop by TODAY for this special event!:

"We will be having a tasting on Sunday March 12th, from 3 - 6pm. The featured company will be Weltenburger from Germany, which is the oldest monastic (Kloster) brewer in the world, dating back to 1050. I think only Weihenstephan (at 1040) is older. We will be pouring five different styles of beer, from their Helles Lager to their Asam-Bock. The cost will be $7, which includes food. Very informal, walk-around tasting; hopefully, weather permitting, we will be able to have the back patio open. Cost of the tasting will be $7. "

On any given day at La Bodega, you can select from hundreds of fine wines and beers from around the world: "Imported beers from Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany (to name a few), as well as some of the best craft brewers in the United States share the shelves with artisan wines that reflect the same kind of diversity. You can always find something new and intriguing at La Bodega. La Bodega provides you with what you need as well as shows you things you didn't know existed."

Owners Jonathan Jenkins and Amber Browne really know their stuff when it comes to food and wine pairings and offering good advice to wine newbies who need a little help making a selection. Everything was delicious! I am looking forward to visiting La Bodega many more times, and especially looking forward to spending time out on their patio this summer. They are a welcome addition to the Sabin neighborhood in Northeast Portland.

Drop by and visit La Bodega the next time you are in the Sabin or Irvington neighborhoods!

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March 28, 2006 10:58 - Portland Indie Wine Festival

Hello, Portland. Isn't this weather just gorgeous? Spring is here with the occasional delights of sunshine, robins bouncing on the lawn---and yard work! Yesterday I spotted lots of people in my neighborhood outside mowing lawns, pruning trees, and generally cleaning up from the winter garden blahs.

So, what's new? Well, the blog has been down for a little while due to a technical glitch...um, a stolen computer may have had something to do with it (ugh). But, we're back on-line today.

Coming soon, May 6-7 is the second annual Portland Indie Wine Festival. "This relatively unknown brigade of craft wineries (that produce <2000 cases/year), with a diversity of styles and movement towards sustainable production, are the rising stars in Oregon winemaking. Like many of Portland’s most popular cultural events, the Portland Indie Wine Festival is a fun, lively, community experience. Think Sundance meets wine tasting. Festival goers will taste the best wines selected by a jury, meet the winemakers, sample great food from Portland’s top chefs, and buy wines to take home."

This sounds like a fun event, and if you are visiting from out of town check out the Big Deal package with hotel from The Portland Oregon Visitor's Association.

Enjoy the sunshine, I am headed outside!

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March 29, 2006 10:34 - Pet ID and Microchip Clinic: April 1

Thanks to Green Dog Pet Supply for this reminder:

ID & Microchip Clinic: April 1

Do you have a pet? Then you might be interested in the Microchip clinic. Until your dog or cat can recite its address and phone number to authorities when he/she becomes lost and separated from you... The Oregon Humane Society encourages all pet owners to keep visible identification on their pets since 16 percent of lost dogs and only 2 percent of lost cats get reunited with their owner. With shelters in Oregon receiving over 39,000* stray animals in a year, a pet with an identification tag and/or microchip has the best chance of being returned home. On April 1, pet owners will be able to get a microchip for $20 and a free pet ID tag from the Oregon Humane Society "Tag Day Clinic".

The Oregon Humane Society is hosting a "Tag Day Clinic" with microchips and pet identification tags offered to the public. Veterinarians from the Rose City Veterinary Hospital will be on hand to implant microchips for dogs, cats, and rabbits (no birds).

When: Saturday, April 1, from noon - 3:45 pm (with clinic ending at 4 pm). No appointment needed.

Where: Oregon Humane Society Education Auditorium (1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland)

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March 30, 2006 12:20 - New Nest Lounge and Other Events

News on Alberta Street in Northeast.

Welcome to the Nest Lounge, the latest business to open it's doors on the popular Alberta Street. The Nest will feature live music events every Wednesday. They also feature artwork from local artists. Support a new business and check out the Nest Lounge. Nest music events will be published on the Alberta Arts District neighborhood calendar.

Bridgeton Last Friday Event

We got this email event notice from our Bridgeton neighbors at the Channel's Edge:

It's finally here....."Last Friday"!!!!!!! Friday, March 31 from 6-9 pm is wine tasting.....you bring the wine and we'll taste it! Come enjoy a touch of Paris with Randy Cole. All new photography from their latest trip to France along with great stories! Reminder: Becky Whitman is going to jail! Wednesday, March 29 is the last day to help bail her out. Don't worry...of course she didn't do anything wrong...it's for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The store will remain open until 6pm to help collect any final offerings. Please make checks payable to Muscular Dystrophy Association and remember...it's a write off! Think Spring and hope to see you soon!

Kim and Bob

Channel's Edge

207 N. Bridgeton Road

Portland, OR 97217

503-737-2465

www.channels-edge.com

Have a great day, Portland!

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March 31, 2006 06:51 - Portland Easyriders Bike Show Tour - This Saturday

The Portland Easyriders Bike Show is at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday, April 1.

World’s Largest Motorcycle Show roars into Portland -

Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show Tour Celebrating its 20th year!

Newbury Park, CA - Easyriders Events, presented by Lucas Oil Products, announced that their 11-city Tour is returning to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon for the third year. The eighth stop on the tour, this one-day event opens on April 1st.

"When we open the doors on Saturday, our attendees see the best of the best in custom motorcycles. Wall-to-wall motorcycles that range from the completely restored antique to the most radical. This Bike Show attracted over 12,000 enthusiasts from Portland and surrounding areas last year, stated John Green, president. This year is sure to be even bigger with all the attractions we have lined up. While eyeing these custom motorcycles and making decisions on which motorcycles they feel deserve the top awards, the attendees will be able to meet the manufacturers and vendors that have come from all around the country. They’ll be able to talk tech with the manufacturers, check out the bike shops that are in their neighborhood in one location and buy those hard to find gadgets. The evening concert will include North Carolina’s premier rock band, Toyz. A crowd-pleaser, The Centerfold Tour returns with top motorcycle builders from around the country. The attendees with have an opportunity to meet and talk with these builders and check out the builders’ latest custom motorcycles. The builders this year include: Randy Simpson from Virginia, Aaron Greene from Nevada, Kim Suter from Missouri, Rick Fairless from Texas, Billy Lane from Florida, Ron Finch from Michigan, Kendall Johnson from North Carolina, Paul Yaffe from Arizona and Paul Cox & Keino from New York. The Centerfold Tour is sponsored in part by S&S Cycle, Baker Drivetrain, Supertrapp and Paramount Custom Cycles."

Easyriders Bike Show Tour 2006 , Location: Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Halls DE

Date & Times:

Saturday, April 1, 2006 (1 day event)

10am-10pm

Box Office opens at 9:30am on day of the show

Ticket Prices: $16 Adults

$7 Children (6-12yrs)

Children under 6 are admitted for Free w/adult

Show Contact: Actions Promotions, Inc. Tel: (800) 962-9857 or visit their web site: www.easyridersevents.com

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