Are you feeding lots of people? Or just one growing hippie? Winco might be the place for you. No, it is not the organic paradise that Portland groceries are known for, however, it is extremely cheap. For real. And there are little treasures of goodness hidden throughout its plentiful shelves. And, it has an enormous bulk section, which is always respectable. Just don't expect to get through the lines quickly because it's always busy, and also don't forget that you can only pay in cash, check, or food stamps. It's a real pain when you finally wade past all those laden shoppipng carts, only to realize you can't purchse the goods you've chosen.
this place is yummy, the best fast food you can find because it's actually food! (Not just corn startch and sugar) The people are friendly too. I highly recommend the salad bar and the deli. Both are positively delectable.
The Wild Oats Natural Marketplace on Fremont Avenue and 15th is much grander than the one in Hillsdale. It is much larger, has a scrumptious salad bar and deli, a huge bakery, and an entire section devoted to knicknacks like cups and kitchen toys, yoga mats, journals and incence. there is always a good cheese up for sampling if you feel like broadening your palate and the dietary supplement section is enormous. There are also a couple of isles devoted to bulk foods and yet another I think devoted exclusively to energy/protein.granola bars. Everything is very colorful and aesthetically, the store is very pleasing, in addition to having wonderful food. There is a seating area upstairs if you are looking for a place to sit down and enjoy your salad bar salad.
Normally I am a complete sucker for those up-scale, yuppie health food stores. I love them! But this one is small. It doesn't always have what I want. It doesn't have a salad bar, though it does have a tiny deli and bakery. They still sell fairly high quality products and they have two entire rows devoted to personal care/dietary suppliments, so if that floats your boat, you might like it better than I do. But man, the last time I got an avocado there, it was really nasty. It's a nice enough store, but not the nicest. Maybe my standards are a bit lofty.
My grandmother took me shopping at Fred Meyer when I was little, but as i've grown up, maybe the grocery stores are just getting nicer what with the whole foods/organic trend, but freddies just doesn't hold the same allure that it once did. The one on Barbur is pretty tiny too, by Fred meyer standards. It has no clothing department. It does still have electronics though, school supplies, gardening tools, a small organic/health food section, and, I will admit, both the bike department and the auto department have saved me once or twice. And where else would you purchse something like hangers? So, it still serves a purpose, good old fred's, I just find myself trying to shop there less and less as my lifestyle gets less dependent on such plastics.
This is Pier Park, which has over 86 acres and about as many activities. I haven't even seen the whole park yet because I've been so busy at the skateboard park and on the disc golf course (aka "frisbee golf course" as I made the grave mistake of calling it once. Apparently, it's a very serious sport.) Anyway, the golf course has lots of nice old trees that give good summer shade for after you've worked up a sweat at the skate park. Word on the street is there's a wading pool there somewhere too! If you're looking for somewhere nice to hang out on a low budget (like free!), then look no further. The above address is the parks department, not Pier Park. Pier Park is actually on N Seneca and St. John's , but if you go to the portland parks and rec website, they can hook you up with a map.
Irving Park is awesome. People play kickball there. And they let their dogs roam free at the top of the hill. That is my favorite part--all the dogs. It is perhaps the most social park I have ever been to. People seem inclined there to actually speak to one another. I think it's because of all the dogs. They greet everyone. And the best part is, going to the park won't cost you a dime. NE 7th and Fremont.
I went into the kayak shed the other day and thoroughly enjoyed ogle-ing at all the nice gear they have. Everything there is well beyond my price range, but they at the kayak shed are used to young, dirtbag vagabonds such as myself, and they left me to browse at my liesure. I found it was a good place to research all the latest gear and encounter other kayakers. (Heck, my boss even met his girlfriend there.) I believe you can rent gear there too if you're just interested in trying the sport but don't want to commit to a thousand dollar boat and all the necessary clothing just yet.
The first thing that slpashes out at you from this store is the color. It looks like easter in there year-round!! The store is filled with tons of very cute stuff for tiny kids. It's right next to the Wild Oats in Hillsdale.
Where to begin? The bulk dried and produce items are the majority of the store. You can recylce your bulk plastic bags and containers of every sort. Pretty much all the products are organic and as local as possible. The best thing about People's is probably the community room upstairs. Free Yoga classes, meditation, tai chi, and countless events each month. Farmers Market on Wednesdays in the beautiful courtyard out front. I highly recommend it.