Attention foodies! Join Growing Gardens this summer for their 8th annual Chef in My Garden dinner series. Growing Gardens has coordinated a total of seven unique meals, each to be prepared by one of Portland’s most respected chefs and situated within lovely and skillfully …
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Join Oregon Wild on Wednesday, January 13th for a screening of the documentary Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators. It’s about wolves! Well, it’s about apex predators of the West, mainly wolves and cougars, both of which nearly went extinct due to habitat loss and a ruthless program of extermination. The film follows new research by OSU scientists Bill Ripple and Bob Beschta as they trace the connections between these apex predators and the health of their surrounding habitat.
This film is worth seeing because of the amazing footage and because of the science backing up the claim that “top predators hold the key to life itself”. Check out the trailer. Anyone concerned about wildlife or public lands management should see this film. Stick around after the screening for a Q & A discussion panel.
The 60-minute documentary is hosted by Oregon Wild. Tickets are $7 and benefit Oregon Wild and Green Fire Productions. Get tickets here.
Lords of Nature screening
Wednesday, January 13th
7 pm to 9 pm
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Next time you’re looking for food around Sandy, check out Yen Ha. One of Portland’s oldest Vietnamese restaurants, Yen Ha serves a wide array of more traditional Vietnamese dishes at rock bottom prices. The space is clean and bright. The decor is retro-awesome and very much in keeping with the Sandy Blvd environs. The menu is enormous! We saw scores of Vietnamese dishes I’ve not seen at other pho-centric eateries around town. And we saw only the portion of the menu translated into English…
I showed up at Yen Ha recently as part of a group of 8. Being a large group, we decided to order the complete meal for six (which is a feast! You get 8 spring rolls, pickled greens, a soup, shredded pork and shrimp salad, fish in a pot, stir fried vegetables, and a few other dishes I can’t recall) and bickered about what else to order for a while. Should we get the duck soup (pictured above) or the frogs legs? Our waiter was a pro. He was totally unfazed by our collective confusion and patiently suggested we try the fried calamari. Good call – I recommend. We scarfed everything down. There were no leftovers. We walked away very full and happy, surprised at having paid just $15 each for the meal, including drinks. Amazing, Yen Ha.
After our meal, we retreated to Yen Ha’s lounge next door, a well-used watering hole with all the charm of a divey sports bar. I preferred the restaurant’s ambiance, just ‘cuz I’m not interested in trying to ignore several TVs blaring basketball games and infomercials. The lighting is dim and you can still smell the cigarettes smoked back in 2008. But I can see why people come here. The bartender was on point, you can get a foot-long bahn mi sandwich for $5, and the weekend karaoke is apparently popular.
6820 NE Sandy Blvd
503 288 3773
Hire a sitter and take the MAX to World Forestry Center’s (WFC) first ever Museum by Moonlight event. This after hours event is chock full of fun geared towards the 21+ crowd. Sample delicious adult beverages like Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Oakshire beer, and Barefoot Wine. Bring some cash and come hungry – there will be plenty of food to try, including burritos and nachos. For a sweet treat, you have your choice of Missionary Chocolates, 50 Licks Handmade Ice cream, or ActiveCulture frozen yogurt.
Once you’re sated, explore a variety of interactive exhibits that are actually fun, like smoke jumping, virtual river rafting, and tree harvesting video games. Then head upstairs to tour WFC’s special exhibit, Coffee: The World in Your Cup.
World Forestry Center is located within Washington Park, by the zoo.
Museum by Moonlight at World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road, 97221
Take the MAX to the front door. Exit Washington Park / Zoo
Thursday, January 7
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