Cafe Nell
Mar13

Cafe Nell

    Cafe Nell is located on the corner of NW Kearney and 20th. Its location, away from the main arteries of bustling NW 21st. and 23rd Street, makes it all the more charming and intimate. As one of my favorite places in Northwest to catch up with friends and unwind at the end of the day, read on to learn more about this sweet spot-Cafe Nell-and connect the seen with the unseen.   Q. Vanessa, the vibrant and gracious owner of Cafe...

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Virginia Cafe, Nearly 100 Years of History in Portland
Oct15

Virginia Cafe, Nearly 100 Years of History in Portland

  Recently when my plans were derailed at the last minute, leaving me too annoyed to turn around and head back home so quickly, I walked into the first watering hole that intersected with my agitated footsteps. I walked into the Virginia Cafe on SW 10th Ave.  It was dark, the music was loud, and the joint seemed unexpectedly packed for this late hour on a Monday night. I ordered a Pendleton on the rocks and after those first few...

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The Vaux’s Swifts: A Must See in September in Portland
Aug30

The Vaux’s Swifts: A Must See in September in Portland

September brings more than the students back to the Chapman School.  Every year throughout September thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in Portland as they prepare to migrate to Central America and Venezuela. These fast-flying, dark, bat-like birds don’t perch but rather roost, which means they cling on the sides of hollow things like hollow tree trunks and chimney’s. The Chapman School chimney in Northwest Portland has been...

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Prefontaine
Apr26

Prefontaine

Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative. ~ Steve Prefontaine                  ...

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The Star Theater
Oct25

The Star Theater

  As I make my plans for a festive Halloween celebration at the Star Theater, I am intrigued by the storied past of this, recently refurbished, venue that sits between West Burnside and Portland’s Chinatown. May 19, 1911 The Princess Theater, renamed the Star Theater in 1939, was a silent film theater that could accommodate 300 “silent” movie viewers . In 1940 the movies were removed and so were the ladies...

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Slabtown
Aug07

Slabtown

50 square blocks in Portland’s Northwest Alphabet District has been historically referred to as Slabtown. Why? Well it’s not because it was the birthplace of ribs basted in bitchin’ BBQ sauce, I can tell you that much! For tasty, fall-off-the-bone ribs and a selection of  finger-licking-good barbecue  sauces head over to Smokehouse 21 on NW 21st Ave.  It’s only blocks away, go there for ribs, you can thank me...

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