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Moving to Portland in 2016

My daughter of 8 and I are moving to Portland next June and I have looked at the most popular neighborhoods, and the neighborhoods surrounding downtown are more inviting probably because I don't drive however my daughter is into dance so I prefer a school of the arts. I am self employed from home so that is no issue . Can someone advise me on the best places to live and rent also the best schools foe elementary. I am a single parent do I am looking for affordability .

Posted by Faliscia C. Knuckles on July 18, 2015 at 12:09pm

Consider Boxing for your new workout

Want to try a new form of exercise that gets you in shape, is fun, and reduces stress?

Fitness boxing at Sweet Science Boxing in the North Portland neighborhood of Kenton is the greatest place for the best boxing workouts in PDX.  We offer 18 classes per week, which include 12 adult and 2 teen boxing classes plus strength & stretch…

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Posted by Laurie Gold on March 9, 2015 at 1:51pm

Happy New Year! 2015 Portland Events

Hey, Portlanders!  Happy new year!  It's 2015, and we're kicking off another great year with tons of ideas of fun things to do in Portland! I started the new year with a hike at Upper Macleay Park in Portland.

Here are some featured Portland events in January 2015.  View the Portland…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:30pm

Article: 12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For

A friend posted a link to this article, "12 Portland Hikes Worth Getting Out of Bed For" (Full article here: http://www.newscastic.com/news/12-portland-hiking-trails-worth-getting-out-of-bed-for-2472641/ )

At dawn, the view from the top of Council Crest makes the whole city look like a bed of sparkling jewels nestled in the most verdant valley of an enchanted…

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Posted by Lorri E. on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

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Choosing a Neighborhood in Portland 4 Replies

Hi and thanks for reading this, Portlanders!  I live in Cleveland and my sister and I will be moving to Portland--or nearby--this summer.  We would like to live centrally located to the Hawthorne…Continue

Tags: Milwaukie, apartment, Hawthorne, Hawthorne District, Neighborhoods

Started by Jill Huettich in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Jill Huettich Jul 3.

Neighborhood near max rail for student 1 Reply

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general…Continue

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Started by Mikey Park in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Rick Hamell Jul 2.

The skinny on neighborhood differences? 2 Replies

Hi Future Neighbors!Like many others in this discussion, I too am relocating to Portland in July 2014. I visited Portland in January and was able to explore many NE and SE neighborhoods. I will be…Continue

Started by john doney in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Katie McMahan Nov 7, 2014.

Relocating to Portland 2 Replies

Hi:  My husband and I are relocating to Portland in February.  We are looking for a neighborhood near public transportation.  I will be working in downtown Portland (2nd and Market) and will not have…Continue

Started by Maria Wilks in General Portland Discussion. Last reply by Maria Wilks Jan 31, 2014.

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The Mark of Zorro - Silent Picture 1920 at Hollywood Theatre

July 25, 2015 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Continuing with our Douglas Fairbanks Jr. film festival, Columbia Theatre Organ Society and the Hollywood Theatre present the 1920 Douglas Fairbanks Jr. silent picture “The Mark of Zorro”. This convenient Saturday matinee presentation features live Unit Orchestra accompaniment with a special score created for this specific showing. Enjoy the air conditioned splendor of the Hollywood theatre, along with concessions and fresh pizza from the theatres “pie hole”.See More
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Moving to Portland in 2016

My daughter of 8 and I are moving to Portland next June and I have looked at the most popular neighborhoods, and the neighborhoods surrounding downtown are more inviting probably because I don't drive however my daughter is into dance so I prefer a school of the arts. I am self employed from home so that is no issue . Can someone advise me on the best places to live and rent also the best schools foe elementary. I am a single parent do I am looking for affordability .
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Haute-N-Ready: Popeyes Rip'n Chick'n

Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.

Fried chicken doesn’t make many appearances on this column. It’s not that the column doesn’t like it—I can assure you that the reality is quite the opposite—but that few chains make bold, creative, monstrous decisions with fried chicken. Because why would you? It’s simple. It’s fast. It’s finger-lickin’ good, to use the parlance of a Popeyes competitor. But now Popeyes has reintroduced one of the few innovative entrants into the world of fast food fried chicken: the Rip’n Chick’n.

Where most attempts to make fried chicken fresh and exciting focus on mixing up the batter or adding a new sauce, the Rip’n Chick’n is more of an avant garde take to improve the functionality of the form. A boneless chicken breast is sliced into loosely connected fingers or tendrils which are then ripped off to be dipped into one of the house sauces. Wet blankets and Stiffly Stiffersons might argue that chicken tenders are already designed for sauce-dipping ease but I ignored these joyless Philistines and ordered my very own Rip’n Chick’n.

I ordered the Rip’n Chick’n combo with a side of red beans and rice and a fountain drink to be filled with saccharine sweet tea. There are a number of sauce options—the Mardi Gras Mustard is the best in my estimation—but I opted for the sauce that the cashier personally assured me was made for this release: habanero ranch. (At $4.99, I am compelled to point out that the combo is a far better value than the $3.99 price of a Rip’n Chick’n a la carte.)

Pictures and posters present the Rip’n Chick’n as a series of thin, irregular tenders connected at the base, but the reality can only be described as Lovecraftian. The long tendrils curl as they cook in the deep fryer. The batter forms uneven bulges over it. The delicious seasoning of the spicier batter adds a red coloration where batter meets white flesh. My Rip’n Chick’n looked like an octopus reaches its tentacles out of the basket toward the vat of habanero ranch. It was also damn tasty.

The chicken was tasty because it was Popeyes. There is literally nothing special about it beyond the form. The habanero ranch was a letdown in the same way that most spicy or blackened ranches are: a hint of good flavor overpowered and assimilated by the all-enveloping mediocrity of ranch. The single best reason to order this is to get a decent chicken combo from Popeye’s for $5, which isn’t a bad reason as at all. (Want to be the coolest kid on your block? Want to impress your significant other by recreating a fast food recipe with a twist? Continue reading past the following image.) 

But I was somewhat inspired by the design, and so I returned to my flippity floppity floop to make my own Rip’n Chick’n. I also combined it with a recipe that had long piqued my interest because I’m trendy as hell: I made a Nashville Hot Rip’n Chick’n with hot fried pickles. And now you can, too.   
Nashville Hot Rip'n Chick'n & Pickles a la Haute-N-Ready
Ingredients:
1 boneless chicken breast
1 1/2 cups of flour
the big bottle of Valentina (hot sauce substitutes possible but not recommended)
some eggs
a few fingers of milk
1 jar of hot dill pickles
a jug of canola oil
cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar

Instructions:

1) Pound chicken breast with mallet until it is tender and of relatively even thickness throughout
2) Cut lengthwise, making sure each strip is still connected to the base. The Rip’n Chick’n doesn’t work if the tentacles have become tenders. I cannot stress this enough, people.
3) Slice pickles lengthwise or just buy chips or something.
4) Mix eggs, milk and Valentina in a bowl. (Not the whole Valentina bottle, mind you. Just as much as you’d normally slather over chicken.)
5) Put the flour with a pinch of salt in a different bowl.
6) Mix the cayenne, paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar in yet another bowl. Make sure mixture is mostly cayenne and paprika because those are the good seasonings.
7) Heat oil to 325 degrees. No more, no less. (Unless you are okay with everyone laughing at you, then by all means don’t monitor the temperature.)
8) Roll the Rip’n Chick’n in the flour, then bathe it in the luxuriant hot sauce mixture, then back in the flour before you toss it into the scalding oil.
9) Cook until a sexy golden brown.
10) Remove chicken from oil with a slotted metal spoon.
11) Set chicken aside on drying rack. You remembered to set up a drying rack, right?
12) Repeat steps 8-11 but with pickles. The batter is your guide once again.
13) The most important step: get a cup of the 325 degree cooking oil and slowly pour it into the bowl with the cayenne-paprika-garlic-brown sugar mixture while whisking like you’ve never whisked before.
14) Brush this heavenly hot oil over the chicken and pickles. (Pro tip: If you are a busy high-powered writing guy like me, you can also dump the hot oil directly over the chicken and pickles. The maid can clean up the mess.)
15) Get ripping. Some might argue that pouring hot oil over chicken right before you rip it apart with your own two hands is less than ideal, but those people are wusses. 
(DISCLAIMER: John is not a professional chef. This is not an ancient Locanthi family recipe so much as it is a recipe synthesized from online Nashville Hot Chicken recipes half-assed for the readers’ needs. Nashville Hot Pickles are not actually a thing yet, but by golly they should be.)

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Likely Running for Portland Mayor, Sources Tell

Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor.

Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales or take a run at Gov. Kate Brown. But two sources tell WW that Wheeler told them after the interview that he has ruled out a gubernatorial bid and will likely run against Hales in 2016.

Other sources tell WW that two phone surveys have recently been placed in the field—one, three weeks ago, gauged Wheeler's popularity against Brown; another, launched this week, is testing his chances at getting into City Hall.

Polling results from April reviewed by WW show Wheeler would have faced an uphill climb against Brown, a popular incumbent: Only 24 percent of statewide voters know who he is.

Wheeler tells WW that he is talking about the race with people, but he has not made a decision. “When I decide,” he says, “I will be very public about it."

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