Have not been to PDX in 5-6 years. Will be there next week from Wednesday 12/3 through Saturday 12/6. I'll be staying in DT Portland. Restaurants are covered. Looking for a bike rental shops, coffeehouse's with awesome pastries and pies, and other random cool places. My hangout spots are Hawthorne District and (of course) Powell's. I am also a Farmer's Market junky and would appreciate suggestion on local markets that will be taking place during that time. Thanks in advance...
I'm new to the area. A counselor, like a doctor, is a really good person to establish a working relationship with before you need one. Snowflake story inside [more inside]
You have a difficult prescription. There is somewhere in Portland, OR that you trust to get it right. Where is this place? [more inside]
It's that time of year again, when I need to put the sandals away and figure out what the heck to put on my feet for the next 9 months. Help. [more inside]
New to town and looking for a conservative - in the sense of "prefers not to drill if it's reasonably avoidable" - dentist in Portland, Oregon. [more inside]
For instance, my SO really wants to find a place that serves gooseneck barnacle like they did here and explore spots like the abandoned Upper Salmonberry River Railway. We wanted to see sloths, but it was booked. We know these kind of unique local gems are coveted, but does anyone mind sharing their favorite off-the-beaten path activities in PDX? [more inside]
How do I find an insurance broker? Portland edition. [more inside]
Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
The birdsong in question! This is a bird in southeast Portland, OR. We've never caught a definite glimpse of it, so I cannot give any details on size/color/et cetera. This is its main song (although it was singing kind of short this day); it cycles this for an hour or more. It varies slightly at some point, but then comes back.
It's sung by a woman in some kind of retro rock-y style that I can't quite articulate. It's a list of foods that girls either.. like or don't like, and the chorus is about popcorn.. I think. Challenge: pretty sure this is from a Portland, OR band, as I heard this on the local Portland-centric radio station KZME. [more inside]
My spouse recently got a job where he's on his feet all day, and his feet and knees are starting to hurt. He really needs more support/padding I guess. He also needs steel-toe. Shoes or boots are fine. What should he get? [more inside]
My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
Last week I managed to have an attack of vertigo at work which resulted in me collapsing, throwing up all over the floor, getting stretchered out of the office, into an ambulance, into the ER, an overnight hospital stay and a diagnosis of Vestibular Neuritis. Fun times. The doctors there have been telling me that my symptoms will clear up soon, but the more I talk to people, the more this sounds dubious, and I very much want to see an ENT. [more inside]
We have a car that can't be started following a serious oil leak. The mechanic in the family has requested me to find someone who will steam-clean the engine on a mobile basis. I called a bunch of places, but none of them makes house calls, except for a guy who does pressure-washing, which our mechanic says won't work—the pressure will damage the electrical components of our elderly VW Vanagon. Do you know of anyone in the Portland OR area who does mobile steam-cleaning? Or another way to degrease the engine besides towing the car to the steam-cleaning place and back?
I want to buy a cap for summer. Five panel, fitted, snapback, whatever. Something like this, this, this, or this. I'm in Los Angeles this week and Portland next week. What streetwear shops should I visit? [more inside]
Roughly five years ago, a friend and I were browsing second-hand stores on the East side of Portland, and stumbled upon one that was weirdly memorable, mostly because we now have absolutely no idea where it was located, but have the lingering feeling that it's something that we pass by all the time and somehow aren't noticing. All available clues below the fold... [more inside]
New Neighborhood in Portland OR! New to me, anyway. I could use some help! I now live downtown. What bars, pubs, etc, are great for a casual first date? I'm in my late 30s if that helps. [more inside]
I'll be in Portland, OR for a wedding this weekend. I need to complete a ten mile run to keep up with training for a half marathon. I'll be staying on the NE side of Portland. I'm a lady running solo. Are there streets/areas I should avoid? [more inside]
What are my options for indoor archery in and around southeast Portland, OR? I'm only familiar with Archers Afield and that's a bit further than I'd like to drive. [more inside]
Where and who's good? Would love recommendations of food trucks in Portland, Oregon. [more inside]
Help my girlfriend and I plan two awesome walking tours of Portland, OR! [more inside]
Me and the wife will be flying out to Portland, Oregon roughly six months from now to check out the city to see if we want to relocate. We were thinking of not renting a car and just using light rail to get around, since good public transportation is a major factor of why we want to relocate. How good or bad of an idea is this?
Hey PDXers, where should I go to watch the fireworks on the 4th? Catch: I'm seven months pregnant and can't stand for a long time. [more inside]
Why would a short section of street have 8-10 manholes? [more inside]
In the late 90s in Portland, Oregon, there was an AM radio program called the Saturday Morning Rock Show (if I'm remembering right) on (maybe) 1010 AM. Ran for 3-4 hours or so. Switched to Sundays at one point, then back to Saturdays I think, and then was gone. For most of their time they only played local Portland bands. [more inside]
Recommendations for running trails in Portland, OR, please? [more inside]
Where in Portland, Oregon could I record vocals (using just myself and my own gear) without annoying anyone? [more inside]
Looking for places to eat in Portland. [more inside]
Where can I learn to lift weights in Portland? [more inside]
Need a good marriage counselor in the Portland area! [more inside]
I often find myself in places where I don't know players in the local pro scene (assuming there is one). For example I have had limited success with sites such as LinkedIn and facebook in trying to find potential chamber music partners in Portland for a sightreading session at short notice. Is there a good website for making connections between like-minded people who enjoy making music for fun at the highest level? If not, is this something that would attract any interest from others, not that many classically-trained musicians necessarily read mefi?
So I'm visiting my wife's family in Portland and just discovered that the electronics surplus wonderland known as "Wacky Willy's" went out of business several years ago. It was sort of like Archie McPhee's for Maker types. Are there other similar places that I can take my budding geek 12-year-old that are similar to Wacky Willy's? [more inside]
Need a psychiatrist in Portland, OR [more inside]
Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
I have a wedding to go to in Eugene. I am flying in and out of PDX. I know that it's a 2 hour drive between the two. My flight was at 5pm on Monday, but now (thanks!) it's been moved up to 1pm. I need a plan for coming back to Portland on Sunday, staying the night, and then getting to the airport at a reasonable time. [more inside]
We're living in Portland, Oregon and I'm looking to buy a bike I can use to cycle a few miles to work downtown and get around our neighbourhood. There's so many bike shops here we don't know where to start looking. I'd prefer a good-quality secondhand bike, but could probably stretch to a new one if I had to. Neither of us are bike nerds so are wary of being sold the wrong thing, so we're after a place that will give us good, honest, advice and have a good range of bikes. Thanks.
I joined an improv group through meet-up.com. Our current practice space is part of a set of mall storefronts that have been converted into a haunted house. At the end of summer they are going to resume haunting folks and we will no longer have practice space. Any thoughts on where in Portland OR. we might be able to find relatively private rooms that have seating and an open area that are either free or extremely cheap? [more inside]
Visiting Portland, OR for a day and a half - help me plan a must-do-and-see itinerary! [more inside]
Where can I find fresh, North American-grown water chestnuts in the Portland, OR metro area? [more inside]
My 16-year-old sister and I will be in Portland, OR tomorrow and we need to kill some time between 8PM and 1AM. Know of any places, activities, or events that go late and aren't 18+? [more inside]
PDXfilter: Can anyone suggest a bar in Portland, Oregon (far west part of downtown) for a discreet meeting? [more inside]
We've recently moved to Portland Oregon and are looking to ditch our bank for a credit union. There seems to be a good few out there and are looking for recommendations. Who's worth going to check out in further detail?
Desperately seeking awesome lactation consultant in Portland [more inside]
I've visited Portland Oregon once before and loved it. But that was summer time - would you recommend a visit in November? Or should I wait for the sun to come back? [more inside]
I'm helping to plan a weekend conference in Portland, OR next June. We hope to have 300-500 people attend. We'd like to have some sessions in which everyone gathers to hear featured speakers, and we'd like to have breakout workshops featuring smaller groups. Plus it would be great if we were near food and lodging. My question: Where are good locations in Portland to hold a conference? We're not keen on cold, soulless places like the convention center. What about the art museum? The Baghdad theater? The Aladdin? The Kennedy School? What venues can you recommend?
Where should 12 people get a cabin or go camping for 2 nights on the 4th of July weekend that is within 2-3 hours of Portland, OR? [more inside]
I am going to Portland, OR from the 26th-1st to look for work with the intention of moving there at the end of the year. I have been applying to jobs for the last month and so far no interviews have been scheduled. What can I do in PDX to help get employment if none are scheduled? [more inside]
Where is the best place to buy rack of lamb in the Portland metropolitan area? [more inside]
Need to find a plastic surgeon in Portland, OR to do some simple but delicate work. [more inside]
Why were 100-200 (I think) people (mostly men) wearing red cocktail dresses chasing two people in bunny costumes laying a flour/chalk running trail through downtown Portland this past weekend? [more inside]
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