Portland Journals

Portland, Oregon--The City of Roses

A travel journal to Portland by ptpinit

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Portland, Oregon--The City of Roses

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Overview

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What isn't there to do in Portland? Great location--an hour from the coast and the mountains, the Columbia and Willamette Rivers flowing through the city. Portland is large enough to have big-city culture, sports, etc. without the big-city feel or population. Coffee, beer and salmon are three of the biggest icons of the Northwest.Quick Tips: Best time to visit Portland and Oregon in general is summer-fall. Warm temps, sunny skies, low humidity, absolutely gorgeous. If you come during other times, bring warm clothing and rain gear. There is NO SALES TAX in the State of Oregon, so leave plenty of space in your suitcase. The city is split into 4 quadrants: NE, NW, SE, SW. The Willamette R...Read More

Aztec Willie & Joey Rose

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Restaurant | "Aztec Willie & Joey Rose Taqueria"

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This was the first restaurant we ate at after moving to Portland. Great extensive menu, although I tend to stick to the same favorites. Try the spicy Brazilian beef in a burrito or taco. Good fish tacos as well. If you're a veg-head, try the grilled veggies in any Mexican medium. The prices are cheap for the amount of food you get in return.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Aztec Willie & Joey Rose
1501 NE Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97232
(503) 280-8900

Mio Sushi

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Restaurant

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Although reservations are recommended, they are not necessary. This is a great sushi joint, one of two that I regularly frequent, located in NW along trendy NW 23rd Ave. One drawback is the lack of parking in the neighborhood. The decor is sparse, the ambiance is light and casual, but the food is great--either dine in or carry out. They have a wide variety of always fresh sushi, rolls, and appetizers. I have yet to try their hot dishes since I usually order only sushi, but I would venture to say that they are tasty as well. Interesting tidbit: the restaurant is run by Koreans as opposed to Japanese.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Mio Sushi
2271 NW Johnson Street
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 221-1469

Saburo's Sushi House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Saburo's Restaurant"

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No reservations. No carry out orders. Period. You line up early (the restaurant opens at 5 PM), sign your name on the list, and can wait up to an hour and a half for a seat. Remember the Seinfeld skit with the Soup Nazi? This place is akin to the Sushi Nazi. You get to order only once, the service is quick and curt, and you usually rub elbows with your neighbors. So why go through all this trouble you ask? The sushi. Slices of fish the size of your head! Well, more like double the usual size...but you get the idea. The chefs are very generous with the portions, and you get a ton of food for your buck. One excellent appetizer is the spicy maguro (tuna) salad--spicy wasabi ginger dressing atop sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Saburo's Sushi House Restaurant
1667 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97202
(503) 236-4237

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This is a New Agey sort of restaurant that serves Pan Asian cuisine. A mish mosh of different culinary tastes blended into single dishes. The food was decent: I ordered the make-your-own dish with scallops, ginger sesame sauce, bean sprouts, and other veggies. What I found more annoying was the ambiance of the place and the poor service. If you find 'foo foo' dining appealing, then I would suggest Dragonfly.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Dragonfly Restaurant
1411 NE Broadway
Portland, Oregon
(503) 288-3960

Hoda's Middle-Eastern Cuisine

Restaurant | "Hoda''s Middle Eastern Cuisine"

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A lot of people like Nicholas''s Restaurant on Grand, but we like to go to Hoda''s on Belmont. Hoda''s has a very relaxed atmosphere. Expect to wait a bit if you go on weekend nights (in a strange, low-ceiling upstairs waiting area!). However, the food is worth the wait. Start with my favorite, the hummus appetizer, or some labne (yogurt dip) and hot fresh pitas. Then, try a tasty kafta kabob or schwarma sandwich. I haven''t tried the entrées yet--an appetizer and sandwich are plenty for me! Note that they only take cash (no credit cards). Enjoy!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Hoda's Middle-Eastern Cuisine
3401 SE Belmont St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 236-8325

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Ah, Wildwood. It is a bit of a drive from Portland out on Highway 30 towards Astoria, but it is well worth the drive. Probably because it is removed from town, it doesn't get as many crowds as, say, Eastmoreland. But the course more than makes up for its scenery and views, set into the hills of NW Portland. Expect a hilly course with some pretty open fairways and good conditions. It is definitely one of my favorite places to play - affordable, too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2003

Wildwood Golf Course
21881 NW Saint Helens Road
Portland, Oregon 97231
(503) 621-3402

Rose Quarter

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Attraction | "Rose Garden Arena"

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I've attended a couple sporting events at the Rose Garden: Game 6 of the Lakers/Blazers playoffs in 1998, preseason NHL hockey between the Wild and Sharks, will be attending the Tour of Olympic Gymnastic Champions next weekend. The first two games we sat up in the 300 section of the arena, and I can honestly say there isn't a bad seat in the house. The atmosphere is great at home Blazer games! Likewise, I have heard good things about the WNBA Fire games. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a music concert there yet to report on the acoustics, but I would assume it's like any other 18,000 seat indoor arena. One interesting concert setup they have is the Theater of the Clouds--basically they cordon off half o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Rose Quarter
One Center Court
Portland, Oregon 97227

Mount Tabor Park

Attraction | "Mt. Tabor Park"

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Mt. Tabor is the only extinct volcano located within city limits. It has since been turned into a wonderful park in Southeast Portland where folks come to walk, bike, jog, picnic, and enjoy great views of the city and Mt. Hood on clear days. There's a small amphitheatre that puts on events during the summer as well.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2000

Mount Tabor Park
SE 60 & Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97215