Commentary

February 7, 2014

Destination: Portland, Oregon

One of Stepping Stone Café’s signature dishes is banana nut bread French toast. The café serves chicken fried steak, pancakes and was featured on the show “Man vs. Food.”

When people think about Portland, Ore., they may think of farms, wagons and pioneers. What they don’t know is Portland is not only filled with a diversity of cultures, but it’s also overflowing with friendly people, delicious food and a plethora of outdoorsy things to do.

If you’re a Netflixer like me, you may have watched a show called “Portlandia,” which gives a pretty close depiction of what Portland is like. If you haven’t watched it and are thinking of visiting Portland, it’s a must-see.

First things first – let’s talk food and shopping. If you want the full local Portlander experience you must go to what the locals call “trendy 23rd” in the heart of Portland. I would start by going to the intersection of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest Everett Street and begin working your way down Northwest 23rd Avenue toward Northwest Flanders Street. There you will see an abundance of restaurants and places to shop. If you’re craving dessert, my favorite place to go is Papa Haydns located on the intersection of Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest Irving Street. Papa Haydns is locally known for their exquisite cakes, macaroons, gateaus, cobblers, custards and more. Their dessert prices vary from $10 to $15, but they are well worth it.

Courtesy photo
Mount Hood tops off a view of downtown Portland.

Another place that is very romantic, especially during the night is a restaurant called Portland City Grill located downtown on the 30th floor of the Unico U.S. Bank Tower. It is the place to go for a breathtaking 360-degree view of downtown Portland and the Cascade Mountains. The best time to go is during happy hour when you’ll find items ranging from $4.95 to $9.95. Lunch menu items are also reasonably priced, ranging from $5 to $18, but dinnertime can be expensive with prices ranging from $5 to $50. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to impress a date, I’d go during happy hour.

To fulfill a donut craving go to Voodoo Doughnuts. The donut shop was also featured on shows including “Anthony Bourdain No Reservations,” “Man v. Food,” “Doughnut Paradise” and more, with three prime Portland locations. It has an assortment of donuts that are not only creative but hilarious as well. One tip before going there would be to make sure you have cash because they do not accept debit or credit cards. My favorite is their maple bacon donut. Also, one of their donuts, called “Portland Crème,” was named Portland’s “Official City Doughnut” by Portland Mayor Tom Potter.

For breakfast after a long night out, I’d head to Stepping Stone Café located on the industrial side of Portland. They have the best chicken-fried steak along with their banana nut bread French toast which is melt-in-your-mouth heavenly.

Dessert from Papa Haydns located on 23rd Avenue in Portland, Ore.

Portland is not only a great place for foodies, but it’s also great for shopping with zero taxes added. For those who like the outdoors, Portland is full of bike lanes, running trails, hiking trails and rivers.

If you’re tired of looking at the desert, go to Portland. It is beautiful with clear skies, when it’s not raining, and you’ll get enough oxygen because you’re constantly surrounded by lush green trees. My advice is to go either in March when the flowers start blooming or during the summer months.
 

A cheeseburger, salmon cakes, calamari and California rolls are items on the Happy Hour menu at Portland City Grill, located on the 30th floor of the Unico U.S. Bank Tower. It has a 360 degree view of downtown Portland and the Cascade Mountains.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who...
 

 

Knowledge equals power

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin