Blog: This Week in Portland October 13,
Goodbye, summer weather. I'm sure we will have many more
sunny days scattered in with the wet ones. Still, just about
everyone I spoke to yesterday seemed dismayed and bummed out that the
rain had arrived. I got caught out in the
rain myself and arrived home cold and wet and ready to hole up
in a warm spot. Portlanders tend to head to their favorite
coffee shop or watering hole when the sky turns dark and rainy.
What's your favorite?
The Box Social
To lament/celebrate the arrival of the rain, we went to The Box Social
drinking parlour last night.
From the Box
Social website, " The Box Social
is a cozy, warm, romantic neighborhood bar with well made, artisanal
cocktails, a sophisticated wine list, a sampling of beers and nice
little tasty bites. The Box Social is open every night of the
week from 4pm - 2am and we have both early and late Happy Hours (see
menu for details). With our logo being "a drinking parlour" we strive
to keep our guests feeling comfortable and at home, while they relax
with an amazing drink and/or a perfect little snack."
This is the place to come when you want a fancy cocktail.
The bartender was so much fun to watch, swirling all colors
and flavors of various liquor, herbs, fruits, and other flavorings into
mysterious concoctions. If you need a place to nurse your
sorrow on a cold, wet Portland night, this is a great spot! The
Box Social is on 3971 North
Williams Ave. I must say, that "Death in the Afternoon"
(absinthe cocktail) is a
wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of the rain in Portland.
There is a very cool night sky mural of the Downtown Portland skyline
painted on their back wall. Artist Maria Joan Dixon brought this unique
mural to life. I wouldn't mind having this painted on my
dining room wall at home - impressive!
If you're over in North Portland's Boise Eliot neighborhoods, check
them out. This area has completely transformed over the past
couple of years, and there is no shortage of great places to eat and
drink along N Williams. Other great options along this stretch
include Tasty and Sons, Kenny and Zukes (in the former Pix spot), The
New Old Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, Lincoln, Eat: An Oyster Bar, and Las
Primas, just to name a few
Speaking of Las Primas, if you haven't tried this friendly Peruvian
eatery, they are right next door to the The Box Social and serve tasty
peruvian street food. It is absolutely delicious, so if you want
a nice dinner of empanadas or delectable sandwiches, stop in. I
plan to become a regular because I was addicted to the Butifarra
sandwich after the first bite (pepper-rubbed
sliced pork, mild chili pepper mayo, lettuce, salsa criolla
(lime-marinated red onion with cilantro) This is one of
those locally owned spots that really define Portland's food scene.
From their website: http://lasprimaskitchen.com/
"Our menu is designed to reflect the food of the everyday Peruvian
– quick, flavorful, street food and sandwiches served in a
bustling environment. This is the food our Lima-raised Chef and
co-owner, Catalina Acuña ate growing up, shared with her friends
after school, and enjoyed while out-and-about in Lima neighborhoods.
In 2005, Catalina’s cousin and co-owner, Sadie Morrison, an
Oregon-native customer service and operations manager, began joining
Catalina on her annual travels to Peru and quickly developed a passion
for Peruvian food and culture. In 2011 we joined together to open Las
Primas, Spanish for “the cousins,” and share casual, fresh,
and authentic Peruvian foods with Portlanders."
Cousins Catalina Acuña and Sadie Morrison would welcome you to
their restaurant, so drop in and give it a try. Las Primas
is located at 3971 North Williams
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