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Eat Your Way Around These 10 Neighborhoods in Portland

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Thinking of moving to Portland – or anywhere for that matter? Head over to Zillow.com and start planning now. Find a home that’s within biking distance of your favorite eatery.

1. Division/Clinton

Spend the day roaming the neighborhood streets with stops for coffee and baked goods at Roman Candle, a cozy dinner at The Woodsman Tavern, the famed Thai chicken wings at Pok Pok, or swing by Ava Gene’s for perfect pastas and delicious vegetable dishes. Recover from it all with a drink at the Whiskey Soda Lounge.


2. Alberta

Natural Selection serves outstanding food that happens to be vegetarian, but if you’re feeling carnivorous stop by James Beard Award Winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast. Either option will be best followed by a serving of ice cream from Salt & Straw and a drink from The Bye and Bye.


3. Fremont/Beaumont Village

Pick up a dozen (or two) of the fresh-baked doughnuts at Pip’s Original, spend some time bottle browsing at Blackbird Wine Shop, pick up some coffee at Ristretto Roasters, and then grab dinner and drinks at smallwares.


4. Hawthorne

Have your own breakfast club at Slappycakes, get a sandwich lunch at Lardo, and then head to Apizza Scholls, which helped Portland step up its pizza game, for dinner.


5. Northwest/Nob Hill

Go old school at Paley’s Place, part of the first-wave of Portland’s culinary revolution, or new school at Bamboo, the world’s first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant. Save room for dessert at Papa Haydn, a Portland classic.


6. Downtown

Stop by James Beard Award-Winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s outpost Little Bird Bistro or head to the Alder Street food cart pod, which fills a whole block with incredible take-out food from the likes of Nong’s Khao Man Gai and the Whole Bowl. Save room for dessert from Saint Cupcake and artisanal goodies from Quin.

Downtown Portland – St. Cupcake from judesays on Vimeo.


7. Boise-Eliot

Line up early for Tasty and Sons, which has one of the best brunches in Portland. Head to Ned Ludd for the finest wood-fired foods around or take a detour to Spain via Toro Bravo’s tasty tapas, which are sure to remind you of your time in Salamanca.


8. Montavilla

Head out east to Tanuki for outside-the-bento-box Japanese-inspired eats and drinks in a fun—if rule-filled — environment. If you’re in the mood for western cuisine on the eastside, the Country Cat is the spot for all-American downhome dining.


9. Central Eastside

Olympic Provisions is the first USDA approved salumeria, so stock up on cured meats and tasty sides before heading to Distillery Row to sample some of Portland’s finest craft distilled liquors, then sobering up at The Stumptown Annex for coffee tasting.


10. The Pearl District

Head out for a brewery tour with stops at the Rogue Brewery, Bridgeport Brewery, and be sure to get a glass of Black Butte Porter at Deschutes Brewery. Fortify yourself with a sandwich and a chocolate-covered macaroon from Pearl Bakery or go upscale at either the Peruvian spot Andina or high-end pizza at Oven and Shaker.


Want to know how much a home in an area is worth even if none are on sale? Get a Zestimate – a market estimate that helps you get a general idea of a home’s value. If you find something you like, Zillow will send you alerts when the price drops or it sells. Happy hunting!

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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