The Future is Now!

Okay, so maybe not now, but it will be soon! In order to plan properly for the soon-future, here are some incredibly important events coming up this week that all you dear Portlanders should be planning on attending –

The Portland Timbers open the season by hosting the Puerto Rico appropriately-named Islanders this Thursday at PGE Park. Last season was the Timbers’ best yet, with record draw, especially on the previously called “Thirsty Thursdays.” The Park is now partially sponsored by Miller Lite, so the “Thirsty” part of Thursday has been changed to reflect that sponsorship (what happened to the Widmer sponsorship?). This is not only the first match of the proper season, but this will be the last time we’ll be entertained (publicly) by our Timber Jim, beloved Timbers mascot since the great reformation of 2001 (and before). Get there early, and you get a free magnet and a “Timber Jim Farewell” t-shirt. You can get tickets on TicketMaster, or skip the fees (which add up to more than 50% of the ticket face price, if you’re in GA) and pick one up at the PGE Park box office on SW 20th and Morrison.

This Wednesday will hopefully be our last springtime indoor meetup at the Green Dragon. I don’t actually have that much to say about this one, as I’ve never actually been to a Portland Metblogs meetup, nor to the Green Dragon, but you should come! We (including me, yes) will be there around 5.30, and I plan on drinking beer. Maybe a lot of beer. We know you like beer, and free food. So there’s really no reason not to come. Stop making excuses.

Something you may not need to prepare for is my mom. That’s right, she’s coming to town this weekend, and I need to find the most expensive restaurant I can safely take her so she can buy me and the bf dinner. You tell me – what’s the best place one can take a loudmouth redhead to? It’s not that she’s uncouth, but she’s my mom, so it’s very likely she’ll do something embarrassing. She will also likely not bring any dressy clothes, so ix-snay on the established fancy places. Any ideas will be picked apart and pored over – only one will be chosen (unless I can talk her into dinner out twice!). Preference given to places with websites that actually contain information besides hours (sorry, Green Dragon).

5 Comments so far

  1. derrickvee on April 14th, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

    there are fancy places in portland? i think "dress code" means as much in portland as "health food" means in milwaukee (no offense to the fine folks of milwaukee intended).

  2. clevergirl on April 14th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    Hey man, don’t forget that Bob’s Red Mill flour (purveyor of like 90% of the whole wheat flour mass-grocery market) is in Milwaukie.

  3. ingrid on April 15th, 2008 @ 1:24 am

    My vote would be for Le Pigeon, and not just because it’s gotten write-ups in the New York Times and elsewhere. Le P doesn’t adhere to fancy dining rules, and the chef is in the kitchen 7 days a week, talkin’ up the patrons and trying out new stuff. My personal discussions with friends who dine out frequently have revealed that Le Pigeon is generally in the top 3 for places to take visitors to show off Portland’s attitude as well as cuisine. Website is complete with menu, location, contact info, etc: Must make reservations! They’re not required, but the wait can be lengthy.

    You might also consider Toro Bravo (website not as complete: Tapas with lots of local ingredients, and a nice atmosphere to boot.

  4. clevergirl on April 15th, 2008 @ 7:10 am

    Thanks for the suggestions, ingrid. I’ve been wanting to expand my culinary boundaries, but wasn’t sure where to start (besides those restaurants I see from the bus or MAX), so if I don’t make it to one this weekend, I’ll certainly add them to my list. ^_^

  5. daaaaave on April 15th, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    Northwest/French – Le Pigeon or Sel Gris
    Tapas – Toro Bravo
    Sushi – Hiroshi
    Seafood – Alberta St. Oyster B&G
    Thai – Pok Pok (with Pix and Victory just up the street)

    Le Pigeon probably captures Portland’s indie food scene the best. And make sure you take her to Pine Street Biscuit the next morning for a Reggie Deluxe.

    As always, anyone who can find me pre-match gets a beer on me. PBR at the Bullpen. Sessions at the Bitter End. Go Timbers!

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