Downtown Portland Getting Uwajimaya?

Thanks to Cuisine Bonne Femme over at Portland Food and Drink for the heads up on this one.

Have you been to Uwajimaya in Beavertron or Fubonn in Greshland? They are fantastic stores – good fresh seafood and produce, cooking supplies (I bought my husband a great cleaver from there for Valentine’s Day a few years ago) and all the unique (and sometimes just plain crazy) Asian grocery items you could ever want.

We had a party a few years ago with an Asian theme. We went to Fubonn and got lots of fun pre-packaged snacks and ingredients for some of the various recipes we were putting together. We also bought a dozen cans of wacky flavored sodas and juices….like grass jelly, chrysanthemum, coconut ginger and lychee fruit… we covered the labels with construction paper, numbered the cans and everyone did blind tastings trying to figure out what the flavor was.

So a Uwajimaya in Chinatown would be so awesome. I love the store – but I try to avoid crossing the west hills whenever possible. It’s just not worth the effort and frustration of getting there. Fubonn is much closer and easier to get to, and I love the whole Asian shopping plaza, but it’s definitely still a ‘destination’ shopping trip.

CBF reports that while it’s still not a done deal, things are looking good. Let’s hope this one gets through all the red-tape and is a go!

4 Comments so far

  1. McAngryPants (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 11:56 am

    oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god!

    /me hoops from foot to foot clapping hands


  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    ahem…"hops"


  3. oooowajimaya (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

    I second that emotion, McAngrypants!


  4. Devlyn (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

    Ooh, I think I just wet myself a little bit. In a good way. I heard about this a while ago, but tried not to get my hopes up. I was just at Fubonn today, but having an Uwajimaya downtown will definitely be taking parts of my paycheck I didn’t think I had.



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