- All Jane No Dick comedy festival this weekend: Oct. 18-21
- International Code Council Annual Meeting is at the Portland Convention Center: Oct 21-28. That is a lot of Code. (Actually more like safety codes, rather than programming code, but that’s cool too)
- First Annual Portland Lamb Jam: Sunday, Oct. 21
- Great American Distillers Festival: Oct. 20-12
- Amanda Fritz v. Mary Nolan debate-o-rama at Portland City Club: noon on Friday, Oct. 19
In no particular order:
- Batman and Robin with Hecklevision at my beloved Hollywood Movie Theater. Hecklevision is fun. I have never seen Batman and Robin, and this is the only way I can ever imagine doing so.
- Festa Italiana at Pioneer Courthouse Square: This is always really fun and is running through Saturday. Ray Massa’s EuroRythms made my Friday lunch break.
- Chelsea Peretti doing stand up comedy at Helium Friday and Saturday night
- Filmusik in the Park: Gamera vs. Zigra in Southeast Portland
- Trek in the Park: Cathedral Park in St. Johns on Saturday and Sunday at 5pm. Go. I went last weekend — awesome as always.
- Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland: ride your bike or attempt to walk on a car-less loop in central Portland.
Instead of actually going to any of these events, I shall lay in the backyard and eat homemade BBQ. But you have fun.
While some Portland area Farmer’s Markets keep going year round (see Hillsdale Farmers’ Market), my two favorite “neighborhood” markets are coming back to life soon!
My absolute favorite is the Sunday Montavilla Market at 7600 SE Stark.Â However, I have to wait until June 21 for my first low-key, small market dose. This is my favorite market partly because it is on Sundays, but mostly because it feels like a neighborhood occasion with enough choice to be tantalizing.Â Neither the options nor the crowds are overwhelming, and there is much to delight in!
In the meantime, we have the closer Hollywood Farmers’ Market opening on Saturday, May 2 at NE Hancock between 44th and 45th Avenues.Â This market has many more options, but also has some serious crowds (and almost always an unexpected friend encounter).Â Great fun but also some what anxiety inducing for wimps like me!
There are many wonderful farmers and vendors at both markets, but I got to give special mention of the Village Crepery — they are the best!Â Definitely visit their website for the wonderful animated gifs — and the crepes are even better!
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Yummy! Non-smoking! Incipient heart attack!
If you’re a fan of the classic greasy hamburger, consider visiting Stanichs, located in both NE and SW Portland. I am most familiar with the NE Stanich’s at NE Fremont and 49th, in the Beaumont neighborhood. This Stanich’s is full of pennants, making for mesmerizing viewing if conversation grows dull. While clearly once a smoking spot from the fine patina on the walls, the air is now clear.
There is a special Stanich burger involving an egg, which I have never personally consumed, but is met with much happy sighing by friends. The normal burger is a delight, as is the classic grilled cheese. Don’t forget the fries.
We have repeatedly discovered that the NE Stanich’s is closed on Sundays. I think they might accept cards now as well. They are located at 4915 NE Fremont St, Portland – (503) 281-2322. The SW Stanich’s is at 5627 SW Kelly Ave, Portland – (503) 246-5040. They can be found online via Citysearch, but do not appear to have their own website, and I’m not sure of the accuracy of the information there…
Oh, I love Huber’s! If there were one bar in Portland that I wish was non-smoking, it would be Huber’s! And lo and behold, my wish has been granted. No more will I have stinky hair and clothing after a delightful evening at the Huber’s bar.
When I want to feel swanky and cool, Huber’s is the place to be. Behind the Huber’s restaurant located in downtown Portland off of SW 3rd between SW Stark and Washington, the Huber’s bar has a beautiful bar and awesome vaulted ceilings. The happy hour includes a good caesar salad, a great turkey sandwich, and a lovely spinach dip. Drinks are good and strong.
Most importantly, perhaps, is the Spanish coffee and the wonderful presentation. Shooting liquor and flames. What could be better? Don’t forget to have a dollar or two handy to tip the excellent server (walking bar tender?) who makes them to order at your table. A constant dilemma — should all Spanish coffees be ordered at once for multi-creation excitement? Or should they be spaced out for multiple visits by the server?
The other highlight of Huber’s is the clientele. From the post-work crowd to the post-party crowd, all make great people watching. Settle in and enjoy!
Huber’s is located at 411 SW 3rd Avenue. To get to the bar, enter the hallway next to the restaurant and follow the hallway until you see the bar entrance on your left. You can also find the bar by walking through the restaurant itself.