Spring is in full bloom around here — bring on the sunshine! Here’s what I’ve been loving this week.
-neighborhood breweries – Migration Brewing is quite possibly my favorite brewery in Portland because it’s super relaxed and a great place to take in a bit of sunshine out on the picnic tables. I also tried a new brewery this week — Coalition Brewing over by Crema and Grilled Cheese Grill on 28th and Ankeny.
-Wafu ramen – I finally made it over to Wafu Restaurant to try their ramen, which was amazing, and now I need to go back to Boke Bowl to compare. This could take a while. ;)
-Creative Mornings – I stumbled across the Creative Mornings series via swissmiss a while back and thought “that would be cool if there was one in Portland”, and then I discovered last month that they are indeed in Portland now. It was a fun way to mix things up on a Friday morning, with thoughts on curation and user experience from Namita Wiggers (curator for Museum of Contemporary Craft here in Portland). Check to see if there’s one in your area, if you haven’t been!
-Nong’s Khao Man Gai on the East side – Nong’s kitchen on Ankeny and SE 10th is now open for to-go orders. Yes, please!
-English vs Japanese animated films – I saw the Japanese version of The Secret World of Arrietty while in Hawaii, so when I saw the Disney/American version on the board outside Laurelhurst Theater, I thought it would be fun to compare the English and Japanese version. Of course the Japanese one was my favorite, but that’s probably a given.
-spring biking – there was glorious sunshine again this weekend, so we ended up riding to Ristretto and up to Skidmore Bluffs/Mocks Crest property, back down to the Saturday Market, and over to Bunk Bar. Followed by an evening ride up to St Johns. All that riding has me wanting a 2nd [speedy/light] bike. Unnecessary? Probably. But technically I could buy a new bike every year and it would still be cheaper than having a car for my annual transportation expense. That’s what I’ve been telling myself anyway.
-Prasad – I love the Dragon Bowl at Prasad. While it’s a bit more than I like to pay for lunch, it’s so tasty, and leaves you feeling like you make fantastic food choices — always.