beep said:i have an extra day and a half in portland when i go in interview at ohsu. anyone have any suggestions for things that would be fun to do and give me a flavor for the place?
there's Marakesh (don't know if I spelled that right) on NW 21st and I'm not sure exactly what the cross street is, but the streets are alphabetical so it is between Glisan and Lovejoy. There is also always going for a run/walk in Forest Park. It's either the first or second largest park within a city, it has great trails through the woods and you can access it from the NW area or North Portland, across the river from St. Johns (would only work with a car!)beep said:have any restaurant recs for ethiopian/african or vegetarian/organic food?
Powells - Greatest bookstore ever. A can't miss. And if you're into hiking, you can pick up 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon. It's a fantastic guide book. Lot's of great hikes within an hour of portlandsockandmittens said:Powell's bookstore. The largest bookstore in the US (world?)- it's great downtown on Burnside.
I don't mean to start a flame here socksandmittens, but have you been to Pix on SE Division. I use to think Pap Hayden's was the best. Then I went to Pix. It's amazing!Dessert on 23rd at Papa Hayden's the best dessert in town- trust me.
Okay so "most of the asian people" don't live in that one place. There are multiple areas which means no big chinatown area. most of the food is not GREAT but okay. It depends on where you are from and what you are used to. As far as dim sum there is a new place on the eastside that is pretty tasty, and has EXCELLENT service. It is on se division around 90th. There are others but not as great. boba is harder to get to. the best places are way out of town, one in clackamas and one in hillsboro. Other places are, as you discovered a major risk. There is a good bakery, King's bakery, on 82nd and some other more hole-in-the-wall kinda places that are tasty though. The bakery has boba but its gross. As far as specific cantonese restaurants there is a good one on NE Sandy around 60th I think but I only know the Vietnamese name, Thien Hong, I think. There is another good one between division and powell on 82nd but I don't know the name. Of course the greatest problem is that none of these places are near down town. They are all about 10 miles east of the river. The down town china town is no good when it comes to food in my opinion. Let me know if you are coming back to portland and want more specifics (like names )sKorpia said:What kind of Asian (specifically Chinese, subspecifically Cantonese) community is there around Portland? Are there authentic restaurants, dim sum places, noodle shops, boba shops, bakeries, and supermarkets?
I passed by a tea shop when I was up there a couple weeks ago that was also selling boba and, going against all instinct, decided to see if their boba was any good. The milk tea was horrible and the boba was bright green. Nothing wrong with the taste of the boba . . . but bright green? For special occasions, I don't mind colored boba or even for flavored ones like strawberry. But man, aesthetically, a coffee-colored drink with a green base at the bottom is more likely to make someone's stomach turn than look appetizing.
Being a vegetarian, I'm going to have to shoot down Marakesh. Good food, but expensive, and only one veggie dish.beep said:have any restaurant recs for ethiopian/african or vegetarian/organic food?