Category: SE Portland

Know Thy Food co-op and Azure Standard

I attended an event this morning at Know Thy Food (KTF) co-op in SE Portland. I’d never been to the space before; it was small, cute, and welcoming.

You don’t have to be a member of KTF to enjoy shopping in the physical store space, but joining gives you access to their extensive online catalog. You can make orders ahead of time and pick them up once a week at the store. It takes a little more planning, perhaps, but in return you can shop from your own home and just stop by to pick things up that already gathered for you.

I was there today to learn more about Azure Standard, a food distribution company that has monthly drops at the co-op. They heavily focus on organic and health food. I’ve been curious about this sort of shopping for quite a while. Buying food in bulk from suppliers has cost benefits and more directly supports local economy and farmers.

I signed up to join both the KTF co-op and Azure Standard. I’m excited to start on this new adventure!

Example of product listings inside Azure Standard’s huge catalog:

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Irwin Hodson

I recently had the good fortune to discover a printer called the Irwin Hodson Company. They were originally founded in 1894 (!) as the Ben C. Irwin Company. They’ve moved buildings during that time, but have been at their present location at SE 9th near Powell for over 70 years!

If you ever wondered where to get vintage metal signs produced — look no farther!

Touring the facility made my mind race with all the possibilities. Keep an eye out for an upcoming line of greeting cards and some large format macro photography.

Irwin Hodson also printed all of our posters, postcards, yard signs, and booklets for Tour de Hives.

The most fascinating thing about this place is the old machines they still have in working order, blended with gorgeous modern digital printers on a massive scale. They were kind and allowed me to snap photos! (Click on the below images to see them larger.)

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Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

When I really want to give visitors a taste of that special Portland weirdness, I take them over to Rimsky’s for dessert and/or coffee. It’s not just a coffeehouse, it’s an experience not to be missed. Speaking of experiences, make sure to sneak upstairs to use the restroom at some point in your time there — it’s worth it!

Situated in an old Portland home, it feels like you’re sitting in the living room of a very extravagant neighbor. The interior is decorated with hanging photos, collages under glass tabletops, and very loud wallpaper.

Important to note is that it is a cash only establishment. The service can sometimes be a bit off, but sometimes it’s been great. There is often live-music performances, which are compensated solely by tip, so bring a little extra.

Also, most importantly — I should mention — the dessert is fantastic!

Here’s some historical information about it on Wikipedia.

Address:
707 Southeast 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Check out some photos…

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50 Licks

It’s been so warm in Portland this summer, but luckily we have a lot of delicious ice cream stores to try! 50 Licks is just around the corner from Portland Digs. They have very creative flavors that are a bit more subtle than similar artisanal ice cream shops. I like subtle. I tried jasmine tea ice cream, a coconut saffron vegan flavor, and ended up purchasing Tahitian vanilla with bee pollen as topping. Yum. I got it in a cup out of habit, but then found out that their waffle cones are gluten-free! She gave me one for free since I was so excited about that. Also fun, is the art on the walls. They are common pastoral landscapes that you might find in a second hand store, but someone has painted in giant ice cream cones.

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New Cascadia Traditional

We are so spoiled in Portland with dedicated gluten-free bakeries. New Cascadia Traditional is pretty close to my house; I’m a regular. My favorite treat is their pecan cashew bar, but everything is delicious. Funny thing, although I’m not vegan I do prefer the vegan cupcakes to the dairy version. The coffee bar is good, with alternative milk options. The rustic baguettes are incredibly hearty. (In a future post I will have to tell you about Devil’s Dill, which uses their baguettes for incredible gluten-free sandwiches.) Visit their website.

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Oaks Park rollerskating rink

Want to visit the 1970’s? What about 1905? That is when Oaks Park was first built! The roller skating rink has been in place (and little changed) since the 1920’s. My partner’s grandmother remembers skating there. It still has a functional pipe organ that is displayed in the center of the ceiling and every Sunday night they have live organ music that you can skate to. Don’t miss the skate shop. It is one of the best sources in Portland for roller skates, rollerblades, laces, socks, and all the paraphernalia you need for derby, rollerdancing, or jamming. Here’s the skating schedule.

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