Eesh, these last few weeks have been bonkers. This new job has been B.U.S.Y. busy. In particular readjusting to the commuting back and forth to Hillsboro every day has been challenging. Plus with this beautiful weather we’ve been having, I am still wanting to obviously enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends. So needless to say, something has got to give. For me, sadly, sometimes that thing is cooking myself dinner (and also Thursday Tours – sorry, we haven’t gotten one to you in a while, promise we more awesome posts coming at ya soon!).
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
While I’m all about the fancy dinners with multiple courses, bottles of wine and table service (I mean, who doesn’t on occasion?!), that can only happen every so often. Most nights during the week, especially with this new crazy busy job, I just want something casual for dinner if I’m too lazy to cook for myself.
That is part 1 of why I was so excited about CHKCHK opening up just a few blocks from my place. A fast-casual, easy, fun restaurant with great food?! Heck yes. Seriously, the powers that be in the Pearl District, we need more places like that. No more $80 a person restaurants. We have enough. Definitely no more window shade stores. Bring on things like P’s & Q’s markets or Thrive Bowls, like North Portland has!
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm
I start almost every morning with a mug of Smith Tea, preferably Kandy black tea or Big Hibiscus, so I am a big fan of this local teamaker. But I hadn’t been over to their new tasting room, headquarters and production facility off Water Ave until a few weeks ago.
Once you walk in, you can tell you are in a tea facility. Right behind the ordering counter, you can see the tea lab and production line in action, packaging up the teas I drink at home.