Things I’ve never done…

I finally went to have middle eastern food at Nicholas this rainy afternoon. It took me eight years (amazing, since I’m a huge fan of baba ganoush and theirs is among the best I’ve ever had), but I made it.

And it got me thinking – what other Portland icons (culinary or otherwise) remain on my to-do list?

  • A movie at the Mission, Bagdad, or Kennedy theater(s).
  • Dinner at Genoa.
  • First Thursday. Or Last Thursday, for that matter.
  • A trip with the kids to Alpenrose Dairy.
  • A visit to the rose gardens in Washington Park.
  • An evening at Jimmy Mak’s.
  • Tad’s Chicken & Dumplins
  • A spanish coffee at Huber’s
  • A Blazer basketball game
  • Sausages from Otto’s
  • A hike through Forest Park
  • A bike ride – anywhere in PDX

What’s on your list today? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Tomorrow or Sunday, I’ll come back with the flip side – 10 or so things on my ‘no way in hell’ list. And next? The ‘sorry I bothered’ list.

4 Comments so far

  1. ExtraMSG (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 9:57 pm

    All the reports over at PortlandFood say that Tad’s sucks, so you might consider dropping it from the list.

    Save $50 and watch the Blazers at home, if at all.

  2. dieselboi (unregistered) on October 1st, 2005 @ 9:07 am

    Tad’s may not be a higgins or castagna cafe, but the atmosphere alone is worth the trip out there. i have been wanting to go to Tad’s since i was a wee child and still have memories of driving past that sign. i would go in a second, not for the great food or great beer, but to create a memory.

    my list?
    eat at genoa
    visit chinese gardens
    go to the ballet
    take a boat ride south from downtown on the willamette
    go to the “beach” at sauvie’s island
    visit and eat at edelweiss german deli
    take the train from portland to astoria
    walk every street in puddletown

  3. Ken (unregistered) on October 1st, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    I’ll think about it more, but here’s a first stab:

    – An evening at Jimmy Mak’s (I never made it to Jazz de Opus before it closed, either)
    – A trip on the Springwater Trail, the Esplanade and/or the Bridge Pedal
    – An evening at Portland City Grill
    – Christmas at the Grotto
    – Singing Christmas Tree
    – The Nutcracker ballet (with my daughters)
    – Any of several Waterfront Park festivals — Blues, Beer, Cinco de Mayo… (OK, I went to one night of the Blues Festival about 15 years ago, so maybe that doesn’t count)

  4. Betsy (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2005 @ 12:46 am

    Ken, you should *definitely* go to the Blues Festival, at least.

    I’d also add the Nutcracker (or ballet in general), plus the symphony to my list as well.

    And dieselboi nails it re. Tad’s. It’s the experience I’m after, and not so much the food…
    But I’m with ExtraMSG re. the Blazers, heh…

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