Archive for May, 2010

Happy hour, the comeback!

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To keep with the penny-pinching theme, here is a short list of happy hours to keep you busy during the Memorial Day weekend.

Farm Café
10 SE 7th Ave
Notes: Offers fresh, local organic food and beers. $2 Hand-cut fries with house-made ketchup

Iron Horse
6034 SE Milwaukie
Notes: 3 mini tacos or 5 jalapeno poppers for $3

Moloko Plus
3967 N Mississippi
Notes: free Atari and $5 sandwich menu

Siam Society Soi Cowboy Lounge
2703 NE Alberta
Notes: Happy hour is all day. $1.95 deep fried Thai shrimp chips.

Concordia Ale House
3276 NE Killingsworth
Notes: All food items $3.75, including 2 mini burgers with chips or fries, mac & cheese, and chili cheese fries.

Cider Mill
6712 SW Capitol Hwy
Notes: $1 PBR pints. $2.95 food menu, including Leo’s homemade hot wings, fully loaded backed potato and sweet peppered onion rings.

Tanuki
413 NW 21st Ave
Notes: Food specials $1-5. $4 sake shot n’ a beer

Country Cat
7937 SE Stark
Notes: Food and drink combos $10-12. For example, on Tuesday, pork sandwich, bbq baked beans and a jigger of jack for $10.

Fourth Annual Zoo Brew

There are a few “kid” places I enjoy going to sans kids. For example, OMSI After Dark offers adults (21 and over) the opportunity to parade the museum kids free. Personally, I enjoy thinking about the miracle of life in the Life Science Hall, without the miracle of life obnoxiously bumping into me and screaming at every turn.

By the way, I love kids. There are just times I prefer not to interact with children not related to me.

The fourth annual Zoo Brew is around the corner. One can enjoy booze from the brew gods, enjoy the wilds of the Oregon Zoo, and listen to the local ska-rock music of the Crazy 8s.

On Friday, June 4, from 5pm until 10pm, join the animals and partipating breweries: Alameda Brewhouse, Blue Mountain Cider, BridgePort Brewing Co., Cascade Brewing, Crater Lake Root Beer, Deschutes Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, Fish Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewing, Klamath Basin Brewing Co., Kona Brewing Co., Lompoc Brewing Co., Oakshire Brewing, Pale Horse Brewing Co., Redhook Ale Brewery, Seven Brides Brewing, Spire Mountain Cider, Trumer Pils, and Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.

If you really want to get sloshed, take the MAX, red or blue line. Get off at Washington Park and take the elevator up.

Tickets to Zoo Brew are $25 now or $30 at the door. Tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and 10 tokens. Proceeds this year will benefit the Zoo To You education program. Tickets can be purchased online. No kids allowed.

Tips for Uncle Gus

I ride the MAX blue and red lines several times a day, from Pioneer Square to the SW ‘burbs. Even after years of riding with Trimet, I was incognizant to obvious tips that would make my daily trips more pleasant.

For example, I have caught the red line by accident and then been completely taken by surprise when I have had to switch trains (to blue line) to go further southwest. Whoops!.

My friend, Kim, offered these kind suggestions to me:

  • Take the red line to get out of the rain, heat, or cold.
  • Get off at Sunset because they have benches, and you are more likely to get a seat if you transfer because of all the people that get off.
  • If you get off at Washington Park, you are less likely to get a seat when getting back on the MAX, but it’s very cool underground when it’s hot outside.

For further reading, TriMet provides you the rules, how to, and winter weather ideas.

I found a cool site called TriMetiquette, run by local rider Christian Bullock. Some friendly, helpful observations from Mr. Amy Vanderbilt.

If you have an iPhone, be sure to download the free app for Portland bus and train times. It has helped (and amused me) a million times over.

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