Anchor End Eurocafé and Bakery and Its Beautiful Mural


Photo credit: Anchor End

A new spot is opening up on NE Fremont in the old Thrive Sauce & Bowls space — Anchor End. While I’m sad to see that Thrive shuttered, I’m eager to give Anchor End’s food and drink a try.

One of my morning walks sometimes takes me up the Alameda Ridge, usually for a stop in at the NE Fremont location of Prince Coffee (I love their lattes and the aroma of fresh made stroopwafels). On a recent jaunt up the Ridge I noticed that Thrive had closed (I so enjoyed their healthy salads and bowls) and a “Eurocafé and bakery” named Anchor End is moving in. Continue reading “Anchor End Eurocafé and Bakery and Its Beautiful Mural”

The Return of Bridgetown Bites


The phenomenal carrot and avocado salad at Departure, one of my favorite vegetable-oriented dishes in Portland in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Back in May 2018, I posted about taking a break from the blog due to some health issues. Although it has taken longer than I expected to get back in the swing of things, I’m happy to say that my health is much improved and and as under control as possible. The time is right to get back to food writing, something I’ve missed. 

So what happened? In April I was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer. Continue reading “The Return of Bridgetown Bites”

A Bridgetown Bites Update


You may have noticed a lack of content on Bridgetown Bites for the past month. A lot has happened since the last post, and bottom line is that I (Meg) have encountered some health issues that have taken my attention away from the blog. The good news is that my prognosis is excellent; I have a lot to be thankful for.

Surgery is on Monday and then my recovery starts. Part of that will, of course, include food and nutrition, which I’ve already been working on (no sugar, no alcohol, no red meat). And I predict the focus of this blog will shift to some extent—I anticipate writing more about vegetarian, vegan, fresh, local, and seasonal food, since my way of eating has been greatly impacted by this whole thing.

I’ll be back when the time is right. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and stay happy and healthy!

It’s National Spanish Paella Day Today

Photo credit: Can Font

Can I admit something? I kind of like these “National [pick your food] Day” holidays. Sure, they are not as serious as Passover or Easter—both coming up soon—but they are not as uncomfortable and awkward (for me, at least) as April Fool’s Day. They are about enjoying a particular dish or food, and that’s good by me. The reason I tell you this is that apparently today is Spanish Paella Day in the US, and I got a nice press release about it. It was so full of useful and interesting things for Portland diners and eaters, I thought I’d share the bulk of it here. Continue reading “It’s National Spanish Paella Day Today”

Help Mae and Yonder Build Out Their Restaurant

Photo credit: Mae

This “Mae At-Home Starter Kit” is brilliant, and one of the Kickstarter rewards for the Mae and Yonder project.

Today I got an email from Maya and Zach at Mae about their new restaurant, which is really two restaurants in one: Yonder and Mae. The email was about their Kickstarter they launched to crowdfund the restaurants; their goal is $75,000. They know it can be tough to fund an effort like this and are hoping their fans and current customers can pitch in and help financially support this exciting venture—it will be the first brick and mortar for what is now a popup at Old Salt Marketplace.  Continue reading “Help Mae and Yonder Build Out Their Restaurant”