Rocky Butte Espresso Bar is Open

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Photo credit: Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters

Today the Rocky Butte Espresso Bar opened up for business in a space on the corner of NE Fremont and 85th Avenue. There’s not much in the way of cafe action out here east of 82nd Ave, so their arrival is a much-welcomed development. We first learned about the new spot from James Helms, one of the owners of Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters, over on Nextdoor, and the response by the community was heartening and impressive. I can attest to the fact that their coffee is delicious, and having had a cup today when I stopped by reminded me of just how tasty it is. Continue reading “Rocky Butte Espresso Bar is Open”

Rocky Butte Farmers Market Is Back!

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Last year’s Rocky Butte Farmers Market at Dharma Rain Zen Center

[Full disclosure: I serve on the board and am part of the core planning group for the Rocky Butte Farmers Market.]

I’m pretty chuffed to share the news that the Rocky Butte Farmers Market is returning later this year! As mentioned above, I’m part of the core planning group/steering committee for this market, which serves the east Portland neighborhoods of Sumner, Roseway, and Madison South; I’m lending my talents and skills with writing and editing content. In fact, I wrote the latest blog post announcing the market’s return.

Basic info preview: we’ll have five monthly markets from June to October, happening the first Saturday of each month. Continue reading “Rocky Butte Farmers Market Is Back!”

El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Opening on 82nd Ave

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Tasty food and drink. Photo credit: El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

Corvallis-based El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina is opening in the location of the shuttered The Original Taco House on 82nd Avenue. A liquor license application was the first clue (thanks to a tip on Facebook) of their impending arrival, and a little research confirmed the relationship of this El Palenque with the Corvallis location. Continue reading “El Palenque Mexican Restaurant and Cantina Opening on 82nd Ave”

Press Some Apples, Support the Beech Street Community Garden

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Have you been by the Beech Street Community Garden? It’s a sweet space on the south side of of The Grotto (another beautiful spot) in the Madison South neighborhood. They are holding a fundraiser for the garden—pressing apples for apple juice—on Sunday, October 13, from 1-4pm with a sliding scale of $5 to $50 per person to participate. Funds will go to improve the garden—purchase supplies, seeds, tools and materials for future seasons. Continue reading “Press Some Apples, Support the Beech Street Community Garden”

Yucatecan Taqueria La Mestiza Is Expanding

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Beloved Madison South area Taqueria La Mestiza is growing! According to a post on Nextdoor, they are “expanding into the space next door (previously an insurance office).” La Mestiza, which opened in 2016, was recently included in a great roundup in The Oregonian of local Yucatecan places in Portland, highlighting dishes like pavo en relleno negro (available only on weekends), panuchossalbutes, poc chuc and cochinita pibil (available all week). Continue reading “Yucatecan Taqueria La Mestiza Is Expanding”