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My Favorite Places To Eat In Southeast Portland

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There is a lot I enjoy about Portland, Oregon. I love how it feels like a big town. You see people you know often throughout the city but you are also constantly meeting new people. It is so easy to navigate and the transportation system is incredible in how frequent the rides are and in its accessibility. Little businesses thrive here, and people love things local. But what I really, really love is how much food there is. If you know me, you will know that food is my ‘love language‘. The purest way of showing love to me is by putting a bowl of Thai red curry before me. Some bubble tea wouldn’t hurt either. So living in Portland has been a beautiful experience because of the thousands of food trucks and even more restaurants that serve just about everything.

  • For a bowl of Pho, I recommend Pho Kim at 2204 South East 82 Ave. It is extremely affordable, the service is incredibly friendly, and you get free, refillable pots of Jasmine tea with your meal. When I have a cold, or when it is cold, Pho is the perfect dish, and Pho Kim does it right. Pho is a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles and meat, and you often get a dish of slices jalapenos, bean sprouts, and mint leaves to add to your Pho as you desire, as well as different sauces (plum sauce, Sriracha, etc.). I always enjoy seeing how different everybody at my table’s Pho bowls look from one another. If you’re going to get Pho in SE Portland, and in Portland as a whole, I heartily recommend Pho Kim.
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  • Slappy Cakes at 4246 SE Belmont St is also one of those places where you can individualize your food to suit your tastes perfectly. You are seated at a table with a grill in the center and you choose what you want to add to your pancakes, and what kind pancake batter you want (buttermilk, sweet potato, whole grain, etc.),  and make your pancakes yourself. It is quick, easy, and delicious. I had a blast making blueberry, white chocolate chip, goat cheese buttermilk pancakes as well as a more savory pancake (though with sweet potato batter) that consisted of bacon, cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, and chorizo. I know–this does not appeal to everybody. But I was very, very happy. This is the type of place where everybody will be satisfied with the food and will have a ton of fun.
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  • Pad Thai Kitchen on 2309 SE Belmont St was a place I was very hesitant of because I am quite critical of Thai food. I love Thai food–in fact, it is my favorite kind of food! But when a place is named after Pad Thai, the most marketable of Thai dishes, I wonder if it is… authentic. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I ordered their Red Curry and it was amazing. It was not too brothy, like a lot of mediocre Thai places, and actually had the perfect texture and, in my humble opinion, taste. Though it could have been spicier, I still give it an A. Also, their coconut shrimp was delicious and their pineapple fried rice was excellent, and I am not really into fried rice because it so often is something you can just make at home, often times much healthier and fresher. But the flavors were bold and I honestly couldn’t tell you how exactly to go about making their fried rice. It was special, and so was Pad Thai Kitchen.
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  • Los Alambres Torteria Taqueria is a food truck at 1134 SE 82nd Ave that has the best tacos I have eaten in Portland, hands down. Their menu is large, packed with Taqueria classics, including sandwiches. Their carnitas tacos and pastor tacos are, in my opinion, the best of their tacos, but I have heard that one of their tacos, packed with pork, french fries, and grilled onions, is even better. I had a bite and I liked it, but it wasn’t my sort of thing. Their gordita has to be my favorite thing there, which is packed with cheese, pork, and onions in a bread pocket. What really makes this place special is their homemade salsa, which is fairly spicy but extremely flavorful and delicious. Also, Los Alhambres is parked right next to an awesome bakery, which you should stop by if you are getting taco or two, or five (if you are me).
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Honorable mentions: Herb’s Mac and Cheese at the Good Food Here Pod on SE 43rd and Belmont, Sivalai Thai at 4806 SE Stark St, and Nam Loc Deli at 328 SE 82nd Ave.

 

My Itinerant Self

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Hello readers of the world!

My name is Josh Goldstein and I am a senior in high school. I currently reside in New Jersey, but throughout my life, I have been to many places throughout the United States and the world! In other words, I am a big fan of traveling to different places. While tourism is the largest industry in the world, traveling to and touring places allows one to see how much time, money and effort is put into tourism. I, myself, have been to at least 15 US states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and as far away as China! As a young boy traveling there for the first time, I was rather ignorant of my surroundings and had a blase attitude about it. However, as time went on, I became proud and honored to have another heritage in my life. The philosophy I have developed is to take advantage of everything offered to you. If one forgoes an outstanding opportunity involving his/her second ethnic background, then s/he will have lost a potentially rich experience.  Aside from traveling, I am also interested in music, television, transportation, hotels, and cities! I hope to post more later.

The Little Things I Miss About Michigan

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I lived in Michigan for about two years and have spent time in West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Detroit Metro area, so I feel like I have a fairly thorough understanding of this state–despite my lack of experience in the Upper Peninsula. This oddly-shaped state is charming, and I always manage to get teary-eyed at the ‘Pure Michigan’ commercials and advertisements. There is much to love about this state, but here are a few things I miss about this beautiful state.

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Michigan’s own ginger ale

  • Saying ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda’. I know this sounds ridiculous, but this is somehow something I really miss and is one of my favorite things about the Midwest. When I first heard somebody seriously use the word ‘pop’, my northeastern ears were kind of startled. It sounded so… goofy. But now, I prefer pop over soda. It makes sense–it’s almost onomatopoeia-like. Nowadays I get strange looks when I say it, but I don’t really care. Pop feels natural to say, and I find it… adorable.

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    Now you understand ‘Pure Michigan’

  • Lake Michigan, as well as the other great lakes… but mostly Lake Michigan. I love Lake Michigan. The beaches along Lake Michigan, from Grand Haven to Traverse City, are beautiful. The waters are clear and blue, and the towns around them are quaint and sweet. My ‘happy place’ would have to be a beach along the coast of Lake Michigan, with Blue Moon ice cream in one hand, and a book in the other.

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  • Blue Moon ice cream… I could go on and on about Blue Moon ice cream. It’s mysterious flavor (almost like amaretto but also kind of citrusy?) that is often described as ‘blue flavor’ is part of what makes this Michigan-Wisconsin treat so glorious. Everybody loves some mystery. But the mysterious flavor and its even more mysterious origins aside, it is delicious!  With complete confidence I will endorse it as the perfect summer ice cream, with its custardy texture and subtle fruity flavor.

I mean, there is a ton more I miss about Michigan (and most of those involve food)… but on this rainy, hectic day in Portland, Oregon, I just want to lay out on Lake Michigan, eat some ice cream, and enjoy some of that good old Midwestern vernacular.

Pumpkins and More At Local NYC Area Farms This Fall

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Pumpkins

This is a beautiful time of year. With the leaves changing from green to red, yellow, and orange, the weather becoming cooler, and the many pumpkins, apples, and other fruits and vegetables available and in season, fall is a great time to hit the road and experience the best of New York and New Jersey farms. There are many locations to choose from, but the following may just be the best of the bunch.

New York

Stuart’s Fruit Farm in Westchester County promotes the fact that visitors can pick their pumpkins of choice directly from their vines. The best pumpkin picking experiences require a little labor, especially if squash plant lovers want the freshest options available. Visitors can also pick up to fourteen different types of apples from their trees this month, so all those interested in pumpkin and apple picking one hour away from New York City should definitely plan to visit this popular farm.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm
62 Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs NY, 10527
Phone: (914) 245-2784

Dykeman Farm is another attractive option for those who love pumpkins and other local and popular fall staples in the NYC metropolitan area. Crops such as sweet corn, apples, basil, parsley, and various types of gourds and squash (other than pumpkins) are some of the many fruits and vegetables available at this Dutchess County agricultural destination, which was first established in 1927. The farm has been in the same location since 1946, and has a good reputation with the locals.

Dykeman Farm Market
823 West Dover Road
Pawling, NY 12564
Phone: (845) 832-6068

New Jersey

Secor Farms in Mahwah is the closest farm to New York City, so visitors can get to this Bergen County gem easily, before the worst of the winter season hits. Hayrides are available during the week, so people can enjoy these scenic tours of the farm with fewer crowds on weekdays. Please check out their website to learn more about the seasonal attractions taking place on their premises.

Secor Farms
85 Airmont Avenue
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 529-2595

Alstede Farms is nestled in the town of Chester in Morris County, which is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of New York City to make a day of it to search for pumpkins, apples, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables on site. Sunflowers are also available at the farm, so those visiting the 600-acre property this fall should make sure to pick up a few before the season ends. Details about Alstede’s weekend events are available on their website.

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24) Chester, NJ 07930
GPS Address: 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930
Phone: (908) 879-7189

‘Tis the season to enjoy the fall colors and seasonal crops at their best, so happy picking!

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Oh, how I love San Francisco! Recently I went to an amazing park called Golden Gate Park. The playground is seriously beautiful! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to go down the slide with all of the five year olds. Is that weird? I mean just look at it!

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I haven’t even gotten to the best part:

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I don’t know why I’ve never seen these in other parks! You see how all of those kids have cardboard, that is key to not RIPPING YOUR PANTS!  These little five year olds outsmarted us, I did have a hole afterwards…  I won’t tell you where…

Right next to this fabulous playground, there is a vintage carousal.

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Seriously, this park has everything! The day was complete with our picnic under the sun. This is definitely something different, free, and family friendly to do in San Francisco.

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