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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland August 7 - August 14 2010

When I think of Portland summertime, I think of the beautiful weather, being outdoors exploring our city and taking pictures, and eating out!  We have so many great dining options, and some of the best are outdoors on Portland patios.  And lately, the Portland food cart pods are some of the most popular places to eat in town.  Since I was creating our Best Portland Food Carts page, I spent some quality time last Sunday exploring some of our most popular Portland street food carts.  Here is my rundown from last Sunday (it will take a month of work outs to burn off all those calories, but it was worth it!).

Flavour Spot - Delicious waffle sandwiches with maple butter. Flavour Spot has a couple of locations around Portland.  I tried the one on the corner of Mississippi Avenue and Fremont.

Mississippi Ave and NE Fremont 

Portland Food Carts - Flavour Spot Waffles

Garden State - Italian Street Food.  We sampled their fantastic burger and meatball sub.  They made our Best Burgers in Portland list, too!   

4237 N Mississippi St., Portland, OR 

Portland Food Carts - Garden State Burger

Portland Food Carts - Garden State Meatball Sub

Potato Champion - French fries and poutine.  I had never tried poutine, which is french fries ,with gravy and cheese curds.  It doesn't look all that appetizing, but trust me: it's delicious!

SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 505-7086

Portland Food Carts - Poutine from Potato Champion

Whiffies Fried Pies - Savory and sweet fried pies with delectable fillings.  We had marionberry and peanut butter chocolate chip.  Wow, wow, wow!  If you feel like indulging and aren't on a diet, this cart is worth a stop.

SE 12th and Hawthorne, Portland, OR

Portland Food Carts - Whiffies Fried Pies

Want to see the full list of some of the finest Portland street food? Check it out: Best Portland Food Carts


I didn't stop with Portland food carts, I also got out and had two really excellent meals in Portland restaurants.  The first was a dinner at my favorite Portland wine bar and restaurant, Alu, located along MLK in N Portland.  They just switched up their menu, and they have a fantastic patio out back where you can enjoy an amazing meal along with a lovely wine selection. 

Alu Restaurant and Wine Bar Portland Oregon

Another great Portland patio for dining is the rooftop of the Nines Hotel, at Departure restaurant.  I was there for a party, and we had a great time. Dinner is expensive, but I hear their Happy Hour is a good deal.  And look at the amazing views!

View from Departure Restaurant


Another great place to have a fine meal in Portland is at our own culinary institute, Le Cordon Bleu.  Locals know that one of the best restaurant deals in town is at the Bleu at Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant, where you can enjoy a five-course French dinner for under $30.00. (They also serve lunch!)  Chefs-in-training will prepare your meal, with an ever-changing menu of cuisine prepared in the classic French tradition.  This is one of the best meal deals in town, and the recipes we tried were delicious.  We sampled beef and potato soups, crab salad, caprese salad, salmon and pork main courses, and chocolate mousse and crème brulee for dessert.  

Be aware that these are students in training, so not every dish will be perfectly executed to five-star standards, but it's still a really great place to try.   Reviews of Bleu Restaurant on review websites range from 3-5 stars, but with most reviews averaging at about 4 stars:  not bad for a five course meal for only $25.00.  They do serve some bottled beers, and have a short wine list.  The dining room is bright, contemporary, and airy, with a sophisticated ambiance.  We plan to try it again, since their menu changes frequently.

Bleu at Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant Portland Oregon

Tip - it's located in the old Galleria Downtown (10th and Morrison), and the sign on the front of the restaurant says "Technique" which doesn't match the name "Bleu" which is the name of the restaurant every place I looked online.  I am not sure if they are going through a name change, but you're in the right place even if the sign doesn't match.  You can make reservations on-line using the handy link below.

Bleu at Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant

600 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Online Reservations


New Helium Comedy Club in Portland

We went to the Helium Comedy Club this past week and saw Natasha Leggero.  The show was hilarious, and the brand spanking new comedy club promises to bring a fresh take on Portland comedy, bringing some big name talent to town.  I've listed two of their events on the Portland Events Calendar this week if you wanted to check them out.  The cover charge is about $20, and they expect a two-item minimum order.  The food and drink menu is typical bar food (think nachos and pizza), but it isn't too expensive and it's a great night out in Portland.  Our sides hurt the next day from laughing so hard.


Portland Events this Week! Ok, so it's another summer weekend in Portland which means there are a ton of Portland events going on.  Saturday, I recommend you check out the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park.  It's supposed to be a great time and I'll be there taking photos of the crazy carts, and maybe some video, too.  Also this weekend we have SE Sunday Parkways and the Hawthorne Street Fair.  Hawthorne has been one of the most popular Portland streets for years, and this is always a great time.  If you live in SE Portland, this is the place to be on Sunday!  Also this weekend, down on the waterfront is New Belgium's Tour de Fat.  Enjoy a little slice of Portland summer (before it's gone) with beer and music (and bikes!).  If you're in the mood for some BBQ, you might enjoy the BBQ to benefit Dove Lewis at New Seasons' Markets in Portland.  And action sports fans will all be headed to the Rose Garden for the Dew Tour this weekend.  



Featured Portland Events this Week

Here are the featured Portland events this week!  Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar.  You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here.  Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.

Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational

August 12, 2010 at 1pm to August 15, 2010 at 7pm – Rose Quarter The pro tour of action sports returns to the Rose Quarter for the sixth consecutive year. Broadcast live on NBC, the Dew Tour features the world’s top talent in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.

Portland Adult Soap Box Derby

August 14, 2010 all day – Mt Tabor Park Saturday August 14 at 10:00am at Mt Tabor Park, join some crazy Portlanders as they blaze down the hill in their pimped out soap box racers. A fun time whether you are participating or just watching.

New Belgium Tour de Fat

August 14, 2010 all day – Waterfront Trade your car for a bike Who - You and all your friends! When - 2010-08-14 Where - Waterfront Park Why - Beer! Music!

New Seasons' Market BBQ for DoveLewis

August 14, 2010 from 12pm to 4pm – All Portland Metro New Seasons Market locations (9) Saturday, August 14 & Sunday, August 15 All Portland Metro Area New Seasons Market Stores (9) 12:00PM–4:00PM each day New Seasons Market stores will host a benefit Barbeque for DoveLewis.

Best of Oregon Food and Wine Festival

August 14, 2010 from 5pm to 9pm – "The Reserve" 2nd Annual BEST OF OREGON FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL August 14, 2010 At the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 15, 2010 all day – Hawthorne One of Portland's funnest and most celebrated streets, the Hawthorne Street Fair gives you a chance to get out and enjoy the businesses, restaurants, and creativity that defines SE Portland's Hawthorne

Southeast Sunday Parkways

August 15, 2010 all day – Hawthorne, Laurelhurst, "Colonel Summers" Sunday, August 15th - Sunday Parkways SE Portland 10 am - 3 pm A 2-way route of city streets open to walk, bike, roll, run, jump & skip - without having to watch out for cars!

Rebbeca Kilgore and Dave Frishberg to play at Phil's Fire Fund Benefit in Portland

August 17, 2010 from 5pm to 11pm – The Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside Dave Frishberg and Rebecca Kilgore will be playing at the "Phil's Fire Fund Benefit" to be held at Mcmenamins Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday August 17th from 5:30 to Midnight.

Helium Comedy Club - Maria Bamford

August 13, 2010 to August 14, 2010 – "Helium Comedy Club" Comedian Maria Bamford, Aug 12-14 at the new Helium Comedy Club Visit website for tickets and showtimes

Helium Comedy Club - Bill Burr

August 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010 – Helium Comedy Club Bill Burr HBO's "One Night Stand", Comedy Central's "Why Do I Do This?" and "Chappelle's Show" 8/19/2010 - 8/21/2010 Tix and More:



The Portland Photo of the Week

Matt Griswold is the winner of the Best Portland Bridge Photo in celebration of the PDX Bridge Fest.  Matt wins a Portland Hawthorne Bridge T-Shirt for submitting this image.  This shot is of the grassy slopes of the Hawthorne bridge.  Yes, you heard that right; Portland actually covered our beloved Hawthorne bridge with grass and trees in honor of its 100th Birthday party and brunch on the bridge last weekend.  It's not every day you see a major city commuter bridge covered in grass, which is why this unique photo takes the prize.

Grassy Hawthorne Bridge by Matt Griswold

And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner.  Here is another great bridge photo!  Our weekly Portland photo winner scores a $20 gift certificate to a local Portland business.  Below is a fantastic shot of the Portland Bridge Pedal event, taken by Michael Barton.  Michael will receive a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters.  Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now.  They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

Bridge Pedal Portland by Michael Barton

Portland Bridge Pedal by Michael Barton




Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More

Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.  

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Hey,  I realize you probably get a lot of this junk from prospective residents, but any input would be greatly appreciated. I am moving…

Started by Austin Krzciok

Portland's Visual & Performing Arts

Hey all!Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Sara, and I recently moved to Tigard all the way from Upstate New York.

Started by Sara Kerr

Could be moving to Hillsboro Oregon

How is the city, community,opportunity for jobs as a personal trainer in Hillsboro ?   please help!                         

Started by Kat Jeffrey

Possible move... need jiu jitsu, hospital, farmers markets, LGBT friendly, animal friendly.., ideas?

Hello everyone, I am looking into a few areas around the US to move.  I hail from Chicago , but have been living in (**shudder**) Jacksonville Florida …

Started by Gabriella

Good place to meet people in Portland?

My boyfriend and I just moved to PDX last month, not knowing a soul here. We live in Nob Hill and love it so far, but are trying to figure…

Started by Kim



  August 2011 Portland Real Estate Market Report

By Ross Seligman

August 2010 Portland Oregon Real Estate Report: What's Happening?

They are a comparison of July 2009 - July 2010 for all of Multnomah County and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Multnomah County as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all homes sold in all price ranges in Multnomah County. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

On to the report:
Here is a chart of all homes for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

After a time period of seeing the market move more toward equilibrium, though still a buyer's market, we are now heading back to a deeper buyer's market with inventory the highest in 15 months and closed sales that are lower than expected for July.  Pending sales, however have edged slightly upward.  In July, 2010, there were 466 closed homes, 548 pending sales, and 4073 on the market.

Yearly change from July 09 to July 10:

For Sale: 3695 in July 09, 4073 in July 10. Inventory is Up 10.2%

Sold homes: 708 sold in July 09, 466 sold in July 10. Sales are Down 34.2%.

Pending sales: 697 pending for sale in July 09, 548 pending for sale in
July 10. Pending sales are down 21.4%.

Chart for average price per square footage:



In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot in Portland, Oregon has been between $136 and $151. In July 2010, the average price per square foot in Portland was $144.

Yearly change from July 09 to July 10:

Average price per square foot in July 09 was $149. In July 10 it is $144. This figure has dropped 2.9%.

Days on market and sold/list price %:



This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a home is taking, on average, 55 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the home, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In July 2010, sellers were getting, on average, 94% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from July 09 to July 10:

Average time it takes to sell a home in July 09 was 60 days. In July 10, it is 55 days. A decrease of time on market of 8.3%. This market figure has improved for sellers. 

The percentage of original listing price that was paid was 94% in July 09 and is 94% in July 10.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of home sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a home that has sold. In July 2010, this figure was $296,000.

Yearly change from July 09 to July 10:

The average price of a home listed in July 09 was $391,000. In July 10, $365,000. This figure has decreased by 6.6%.

The average price of a home sold in July 09 was $290,000. In July 10 it was $296,000 This figure has increased 2.1%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In July 2010, this figure was 8.7 months based on closed sales. Portland is currently, on average, a buyer's market.

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 8.7 months for your home to sell. That number was 55 days, remember? It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Multnomah County from this moment, it would take 8.7 months for all available homes to sell before there would be nothing left.

Yearly change from July 09 to July 10:

The months of inventory in July 09 was 5.2 months. In July 10, it is 8.7 months. This figure has increased by 67.5%. This is a great indicator of the state of the market.

As I have said before, none of this information matters if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your home, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.

Hey people, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit my website where you can contact me and search all Portland
Metro Area listings from the RMLS:



Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week

Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland.  This beautiful and unique property is in the popular Hillsdale neighborhood.

3. 5631 SW EDGEMONT PL Portland, OR 97239 - Hillsdale - $690,000

See the listing here:

Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.

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