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June 26, 2006 14:07 - Portland is melting...

Howdy Portlanders,

My, my, my...It is HOT out there!! Here I am, sitting on my front porch, sweating in the shade! I'm told we hit 100 yesterday and today feels just about the same...Whew!

Here are some ideas for fun in the sun-- and ways to do it without keeling over from sun stroke!

Local area swimming pools:

Southwest Swimming Pool 6820 SW 45th Ave, Portland, 97219 - (503) 823-2840

Metropolitan Learning Ctr 2033 NW Glisan St, Portland, 97209 - (503) 916-5737

Peninsula Park Community Ctr - 3.2 miles N - 700 N Portland Blvd, Portland, 97217 - (503) 823-362

Don't want to hang in out a pool but still want to splash around? Head out to Sauvies Island (a mere twenty minutes from Portland off Highway 30). White sand beaches, kayaking, soaking, doggy paddling and more! Drive out towards Linnton, Oregon on Highway 30...you can't miss it! Make sure to stop at some of the local farmers markets-- you'll be SO glad you did!!

Too hot to even consider venturing out into the sun? How about some good old fashioned ice skating?

Lloyd Center Ice Rink 953 Lloyd Ctr, Portland, 97232 - (503) 288-6073

Valley Ice Arena 9250 SW Beaverton Hillsdale, Beaverton, 97005 - (503) 297-2521

Mountain View Ice Arena 14313 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98684 - (360) 896-8700

Too hot to move? Just wanna sit out outside and throw back some cool ones and work on your tan (I hear ya!)? Try Amnesia Brewing-- a local favorite on Mississippi Ave. Great beer and a wonderful outdoor seating area. They've always got the grill on and make some mighty fine burgers and brats-- veggie, too! Amnesia Brewing is at 832 N Beech St, Portland (right off Mississippi Avenue)

Another fave is the New Old Lompoc on NW 23rd-- you'll love their Sockeye stout and enjoy their huge outdoor patio. Great fish and chips! The New Old Lompoc is at 1616 NW 23rd Ave Portland.

Have a great day and stay cool....

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June 27, 2006 12:25 - The Portland "Best Of"

The Portland “Best Of”…


Best Cosmopolitan: Wonder Ballroom

Best place to see a movie: Kennedy School

Best Indian food: Bombay Cricket Club 1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, 97214

Best coffee shop: Albina Press

Best outdoor market: Farmers Market at PSU park blocks

Best wine shop: Cork 2901 NE Alberta

Best cocktail:  Bella at Mint/820 816 N Russell Portland 97227

Best coffee: Stumptown

Best nursery: Pistils and Garden Fever 3433 NE 24th Ave, Portland, 97212

Best women’s apparel shop: Ella’s Boutique 2529 NE Alberta St, Portland, 97211 and Pin Me Apparel 3705 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, 97227

Best romantic dining spot: Noble Rot

Best dog wash: Beauty and the Beast 3822 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, 97232

Best place to see live music: Mississippi Studios and Alladin Theater

Best Portland museum: Portland Art Museum

Best breakfast: The Tin Shed 1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, 97211 and Kornblatt's Delicatessen - New York Style Deli 628 NW 23rd Ave

PortlandBest art gallery: Yoshida Fine Art Gallery

Best local jewelry shop: Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop 717 SW 10th Ave, Portland, 97205

Best pizza: Eddie’s Pizza

Best rose park: Peninsula Park

Best Park: Forest Park

Best place to sit and ponder life: The Japanese Garden

Best sushi: Murata 200 SW Market St # 105, Portland, 97201

Best Thai food: Typhoon and Thai Ginger 2020 N Portland Blvd, Portland, 97217

Best place to hang out with the kids: OMSI

Best grocery store: New Seasons

Best french fries:  Wonder Ballroom

Best bridge: St. Johns

Best steak in town: Ringside Steakhouse downtown

Best day trip: The Gorge or Cannon Beach

Best dessert spot:  Pix Patisserie 3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, 97227 or Papa Haydns

Best “bang for your buck” meal: Montage 301 SE Morrison St, Portland

Best and most original Portland shop: Hi-iH



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June 28, 2006 13:10 - What's New on Portland's "Mississippi Avenue"?

Today we wanted to gab a little about some the happenings on Mississippi Avenue, sometimes referred to as the “Mississippi District” or “Historic Mississippi”

Today we wanted to gab a little about some the happenings on Mississippi Avenue, sometimes referred to as the “Mississippi District” or “Historic Mississippi”. 


The Bold Sky restaurant moves out and a new restaurant called Mississippi Station moved in…We haven’t eaten there yet but have heard *rave* reviews from the locals. 


Muddy’s Coffeehouse has become a favorite breakfast spot for the locals.  Real quiet and laid back, they serve some great coffee and a nicely varied menu. Come on in and meet the “who’s who” of Mississippi Avenue.


Grand Central Bakery opened a location right off Mississippi at 714 N Fremont... Mmmmm, baked goods!


Salty’s Dog Shop has now become a neighborhood staple.  Where else can you get dog food, accessories (whee! look at the cool new collars!) and drool over the ever-so-hip bedding in a super nice, quaint little shop?  I love the ladies who work here—so charming and helpful.  Drop by and say hello!


Two doors down from Salty’s, we have something new and very exciting.  The Meadow is brand new and shiny having just opened her doors not quite two weeks ago. The Meadow is the very first all flower shop on the Mississippi strip.   We fell in love with the unique, one-of-a-kind vases and the most perfect, velvety roses anywhere.  Make sure to stop in and give a warm welcome…


Oh—and make sure to mark your calendars for the Mississippi Avenue Street Fair on July 15th.  The street fair will be located on Mississippi Avenue between Fremont and Skidmore.  Prepare yourself for some fun in the sun and festivities to include: live music, dancing, farmers market, children’s activities, a beer garden, and community marketplace. The Mississippi Street Fair was awarded the “best special event in Oregon for 2005”.  See you there!!


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June 29, 2006 20:22 - You know you live in Portland, Oregon If....

Dear Portland,

Dear Portland,


Had to share this forwarded Oregon funny because I know you will love it as much as I did!  I wish I knew who the original author was...


You know you live in Oregon if....


 You believe the weather man.


 You throw an aluminum can in the trash and feel guilty.


 You use the words 'sun breaks' and know what it means.


 You know more than 10 words to describe a cup of coffee.


 You complain about Californians as you sell your house to one for twice as much as you originally paid.


 You never go camping without water-proof matches and ponchos.


 You stand on a deserted street corner in the rain waiting for the light to change (if there even is a light).


 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.


 You obey all traffic laws except keep right and left passing.


 You only honk your horn if collision is imminent and never for anything else.


 You consider swimming an indoor sport.


 You consider something a "hill" (not a mountain) if it doesn't have snow on it or has not recently erupted, regardless of its altitude.


 You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Thai food.


 In the winter, you go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, and only have an 8 hour day.


 You've ever tasted Pace extra mild picante sauce.


 You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a really nice restaurant.


 You consider "etiquette" a foreign word.


 You personally know someone from California.


 You resent being called a weirdo.


 You drool at the world's worst spaghetti sauce.


 You find a wallet with $500 and give it back to the owner.


 You used to live somewhere else but won't admit it publicly.


 You've ever ordered a half caff/decaf, nonfat mocha grande with sugar-free cranberry whip (or you know what it is).


 The bride and groom registered at REI. 


 You are amazed at an accurate weather forecast.


 If someone ran your car off the highway, you might drown.


 You'd be miffed if the store was out of your favorite brand of water.


 Every day is casual Friday.

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June 30, 2006 10:13 - Announcing Riverscape Townhomes in the Portland's Pearl District

Today's blog article is brought to you by Hasson.  

Announcing Riverscape, a new waterfront development in Portland's Pearl District. 

Located at the northern edge of the Pearl on 15 acres of future gardens, a marina and existing riverfront walkways, Riverscape reclaims the river from Portland's industrial past. 

Just steps away from Portland's cultural and commercial center, Riverscape offers you refuge and room to breathe in a private neighborhood. Own your own piece of the city - Riverscape is a unique alternative to the typical high-rise city living. Enjoy your own front door, your own garage, your own patch of grass. 

Portland's historical industrial area serves as an interesting, gritty backdrop to the elegantly finished townhomes. Slab granite, stainless appliances, hardwood floors, large soak tubs, deep inset sinks and European fixtures are just the beginning. 10' ceilings and noise-blocking Starline windows create a surreal experience as all the light and water comes in but  the hustle and bustle of the city stays out. 

104 Luxury townhomes. 50% already sold. Starting at $565K.

Open Wednesday through Friday from 11am - 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 4pm.  Learn more at the Riverscape Website, or contact Kelsey Spear at (503) 802-6412, or Sean Mele at (503) 534-1574.  

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