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Thanksgiving [Nov. 12th, 2006|11:59 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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In another step on the path toward this whole "adulthood" thing, I'm hosting a Thanksgiving feast myself for the first time this year. This is going to be an interesting dinner party:

  • leadsynth and mrr, who just confirmed that they'll actually be stateside for Thanksgiving, and not in London working for the BBC and Orbitz respectively, and
  • my friend Elena, who will be flying or Amtrak-ing it up from Oakland, and whom I saw on Labor Day weekend for the first time since college and who is just as awesome now as she was then, and
  • my uncle Joel, who organizes concerts and things for Farm Aid and who's coming all the way from Boston on a flight that arrives at PDX on Thanksgiving Day a mere twenty-four minutes before that of
  • my friend Emily, who's awesome and does computational neurobiology at UCSD, and whom I haven't seen since Grinnell, and both of them will be met at the airport by a welcoming committee consisting of me and
  • my mom and dad, neither of whom have been to Portland in many, many years, and both of whom I'm very excited to see and show around, although I'm nervous about what they'll think of my cooking, and
  • Joel's as-yet-unnamed friend from Seattle, whom I'm sure will be cool because she's Joel's friend, and
  • dan_o_m and eliciel and royhuggins, none of whom will have to travel very far because they live here, unlike any of the above, and
  • possibly my friend Daniel from Tacoma, if his other plans don't work out, and
  • possibly hiamanda, although I'm not sure yet, but I hope she can make it, and
  • maybe you! You know, if you want.

This is going to be so, so great. I can't wait to get all of these people around a table with each other. I especially can't wait to see Maya and Mike, because Maya's never been to Portland, and I've visited them in Chicago twice, and they've visited me never. I want them to see the best of what Portland has to offer. What kind of stuff should we do?

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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2006-11-13 11:05 am (UTC)
You can't go wrong with the Rimsky Korsakoffee House and the Japanese Gardens. And Portlandia.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 11:52 pm (UTC)
I've never even been to Rimsky-Korsakoffee. Yeah, yeah, I know. Maybe this week I'll make it there...
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2006-11-28 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, don't go without good company! It's not the right kind of coffeeshop for solitary reflection. I wish you had been in town when I flew into Portland for the weekend; I took about a dozen people to Rimsky's, and it was such a wonderful time.
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2006-11-13 05:21 pm (UTC)
As keystricken said, the Japanese Gardens and the statues along the bus mall or other downtown places. But also a coffeeshop that brews Stumptown beans (or maybe the Stumptown shop itself on Belmont, or the other location on Division), dinner at a McMennamin's pub and/or a movie there after w/ a beer, a ride on the MAX, a visit to Powell's for the sheer awe of it, and some sushi from a really good sushi place like Hama in the Hollywood district.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 11:52 pm (UTC)
Gardens: check. Powell's: check. McMenamins: check. MAX ride: check. But we didn't check out the statues, we didn't go to Stumptown, and we didn't go for sushi because my dad doesn't care for it. Obviously, they need to come back!
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-26 10:46 am (UTC)
this is late, but I am trying to keep up with the entries, you know.
so, I should mention the Rocco's pizza
the worst pizza that you should ever eat!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-11-27 11:48 pm (UTC)
I've never been there, although my parents went and thought it was great. I'm slightly skeptical of restaurants in heavily trafficked locations. A pizza place across from Powell's is going to do well whether the food is good or bad, y'know? But a place that's hard to find needs to be really good to survive.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-11-29 11:25 am (UTC)
The main thing about Rocco's is, it is all like Star Trek. It has a panoramic view. You get refills on drinks. You can eat the bad, but thick pizza for an hour while refilling your drink and staring at the intersection.
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