What are you doing Thursday evening? No plans?? Why not come out, have some fun and get some cool stuff!?! [Um, some FREE stuff!! Keep readingâ€¦.]
This Thursday happens to be Last Thursday, that one special day of the month the Alberta Arts District turns their charming little neighborhood into a spectacle of art and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Even better, DRY Sodaâ€™s Savor the Flavor Tour is making Last Thursday their official Portland stop that night!
So what better place for me to hang out with my pals from DRY Soda and meet up with some of my other favorite pals: YOU GUYS!! Iâ€™m officially inviting all of you to come hangout and enjoy the festivities with us, rain or shineâ€”but letâ€™s hope for some sunshine!
Not only that, but if you stop by the DRY Soda Truck and tell us the â€œsecretâ€ password (see below), youâ€™ll get a special treat from Stumptown Lunch and DRY Soda!
Could anything be cooler than that?
Well…the DRY Soda Truck is going to be parked right outside Salt & Straw (they make delicious small-batch, homemade ice cream that even Oprah loves), so you can pop in and buy yourself a couple of creamy scoops for dessert! That’s pretty darn cool, too! (Again, letâ€™s hope for sunshineâ€¦.)
Here’s the information:
When: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Where: DRY Sodaâ€™s Tour Truck will be parked just outside of Salt & Straw
Map:Â 2035 NE Alberta Street
Time: 5 Â to 8 p.m. Secret Password: Put A Bird On It!
Feel free to shoot me an email or tweet me to let me know if youâ€™re going to stop by! Hope to see you Thursday!!
Roseâ€™s Restaurant and Bakery
(Lloyd Center location)
1200 NE Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97232
503-954-2758 Map it!
On a recent rainy, dreary Portland day, my lunch partner and I were looking for some hearty comfort food to get us through the bleakness that is fall in the Pacific Northwest. We took off toward Lloyd Center hoping to find something new and, hopefully, really tasty.
Roseâ€™s isnâ€™t exactly a new name in the Portland restaurant scene. The original Roseâ€™s deli and bakery opened in 1956 over on NW 23rd Avenue. Since that time the restaurant has grown to six locations across the metro area. The Lloyd Center location is the newest, which opened in July 2008.
The reason Roseâ€™s has been able to flourish over the past 50 years is simple: the food is great and the service is outstanding. The menu is packed with deli goodness, like Roseâ€™s Famous Reubens, half-pound burgers, specialty sandwiches, pasta dishes, a plethora of salads and tummy-warming soups (including the popular Matzo Ball). And donâ€™t forget the meat-friendly house specialties like pot roast, baby back ribs, meatloaf and pork chops.
When we arrived the restaurant was pretty dead, so we were seated quickly at one of the large booths. The walls of this Roseâ€™s location are lined with flat-screen TVs and there are two quirky Portland-themed murals, which add to the bright and light atmosphere. Continue reading Review: Roseâ€™s (Lloyd location)
(Lloyd Center Mall)
2039 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97204
503-288-6010 Map It!
The conversation usually starts like this: â€œI want to get a malt,â€ he says.
Lunch Lady: Rolling my eyes because I know where this is going.
Him: â€œLetâ€™s go to that diner place at Lloyd Center.â€
LL: â€œYou always say you want to go there to get a malt and then you never order one.â€
Him: â€œBut they also have real cherry Coke.â€
LL: â€œFine, whatever. Letâ€™s go then.â€
Yes, that is exactly how I end up a Billy Heartbeats every single time. Itâ€™s not that I have anything against the Johnny Rocketâ€™s knock-off, but I feel like I get tricked into going.
To be honest, Billy Heartbeats isnâ€™t bad at all, and itâ€™s certainly better than most of the other greasy, bland food court options at Lloyd Center, although I am always tempted by Hot Dog on a Stick.
I typically indulge in the cheeseburger delux, which is what youâ€™d expectâ€”a hearty cheeseburger with fresh toppings, toasty bun and a mountain of very fried fries. Continue reading Review: Billy Heartbeats
Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi
10127 NE Cascade Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
I had to take my boyfriend to the airport, so why not stop off for a little sushi on the way, right? We had previously spied Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi on a trip to Cascade Station a few weeks prior and decided to test it out.
Hmmmm. What to say about Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi? It pretty much sucked.
The sushi was boring and they didnâ€™t offer a large enough selection. I kept waiting for their House roll to roll on by on the track but never saw one. I didnâ€™t even see one California roll. What? Iâ€™ve never seen that before. They also pretty much only served sushi rolls, I only witnessed a handful of nigiri dishes and they didnâ€™t look all that appetizing. Continue reading Review: Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi
Marinepolis Sushi Land (Lloyd location)
1409 NE Weidler Street
Portland, Oregon 97232
503-280-0300 Map It!
There are a handful of Sushi Land locations around the metro area and they all feature the train-style conveyor belt of small sushi plates.
I have now visited two of the Portland area Sushi Land restaurants. Typically I go to the Pearl District location when the nearby Sushi Takahashi is too busy. But recently an eastside friend suggested we check out the Lloyd District location.
There isnâ€™t too much difference between the Pearl and Lloyd locations when it comes to the food, but the Lloyd location does seem a little less upscale than the Pearl. There might be more seating at the Lloyd location, but it has more of a â€œdiner counterâ€ feel to it than the Pearl location.
It wasnâ€™t too crowed when our party of three arrived, so we seated ourselves and dove in! The friendly server came by quickly to take our drink orders. Continue reading Review: Sushi Land
Pastini Pastaria is pretty much my go-to spot for any sort of family or friend function that entails a large group going out to a restaurant. Sure, some people might consider it Portland’s local version of Olive Garden, but the food is consistently good (even if it is a little on the bland side) and there is something on the menu for everyone-even those picky eaters and vegetarians.