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What's the Best Way to Sample Portland's 600 Food Trucks?

August 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland has an estimated 600 food trucks offering cuisines from Scottish to Korean, and you could spend weeks trying them all. If you don’t have weeks, though, sign up for the insanely well-curated food truck tour organized by local institution Brett Burmeister.

Burmeister is a native Portlandian, and he started a blog documenting the local food truck scene several years ago. Since then, his hobby has turned into a bona fide vocation. For $37.50 (and free for kids!), you're off on a 1.5-hour tour of downtown food trucks, with tastings from at least four places along the way.

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How To Get Tickets To The First Comic Con of 2013

December 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tickets for 2013's first big geek fest, Wizard World Portland Comic Con, are now on sale.

The con, taking place February 22- 24, 2013, will welcome The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, comic legend Stan Lee, Homeland's Morena Baccarin, one-time Superman Dean Cain, and Buffy's James Marsters, as well as dozens of exhibitors and artists.

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Last Chance to Catch Portland's 'Trek in the Park' for Free

August 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend is your last chance to catch Trek in the Park at Cathedral Park in Portland, OR. Each summer a dedicated group of Portland theater geeks come together to perform a classic episode of Star Trek before a live audience.

This year's episode is Journey To Babel, in which Captain Kirk learns Ambassador Sarek and his human wife Amanda are Spock’s parents.

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Six New Foursquare City Badges, from Vegas to Jamaica

June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen six new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.

These newest city badges go to Kingston, Jamaica; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Riga, Latvia; and Ghent, Belgium.

How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Kingston (list); Trois-Rivieres (list); Las Vegas (list); Portland (list); Riga (list); and Ghent (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.

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How to Join Season Three of 'Portlandia' as an Extra

June 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are returning to the streets of Portland this summer to begin filming the third season of Portlandia and they want you to join them!

The show will once again be filming in Portland’s neighborhoods, cafes, hiking trails and clubs, and they need real Portlanders to fill in the background of those scenes for a sweet little $70 a day.

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Why Yes, This Donut is Shaped Like an Airplane

June 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goal—to put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.

Let's start out by saying that Virgin America knows how to throw a launch party. They do it often enough that it's now a finely crafted work of party art. For this week's first landing in Portland, the theme was "local": local libations, local entertainment and local celebrities.

Just steps after disembarking the A320 named "Mt. Hoodie," the planeload of first flyers was greeted with a glass of champagne (not cheap stuff, either) and a red carpet, where "Portlandia" mayor Kyle MacLachlan gave a speech in character. It was hilarious and he made sure to let us know that even though his preferred method of travel is bicycle, he was still excited about Virgin America's entry into the city.

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Virgin America's CEO Dishes During Their Inaugural Flight to PDX

June 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goal—to put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.

To say that Virgin America took advantage of every second of the short, hour-and-a-half inaugural flight from SFO to PDX would be a gross understatement. The second the doors closed, all the way until we disembarked in Portland, the activities for passengers kept on coming. Meanwhile, we dutifully filled you in from the air.

To kick off, the flight began by screening an episode of "Portlandia" that heavily featured the flight's two big guests: "Portlandia" mayor, actor Kyle MacLachlan and real Portland mayor/"Portlandia" mayor's assistant, Sam Adams. The episode got everyone on the flight pumped up and ready to party (as if they weren't already), as well as primed for a quick game of "Portlandia" trivia, which we knew all the answers to (duh).

Shortly after takeoff, Virgin's hand-picked crew began beverage service and, before we knew it, we were sitting with Virgin America CEO David Cush. Time for some serious questions.

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Hello from 32,000 Feet, Onboard Virgin America's First Flight to Portland, Oregon

June 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goal—to put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.

LIVE from 32,000' above Northern California:

We are officially airborne and on our way to Portland! The pre-departure festivities at San Francisco's snazzy Terminal 2 were complete with cookies and celebratory remarks by Virgin America CEO David Cush and "Portlandia" mayor's assistant/real Portland mayor, Sam Adams. Kyle MacLachlan, who plays the mayor in "Portlandia," is here as well, so really we just need to have shell art kits in the seatback pockets and all will be ideal.

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Does Portland Deserve an Emmy? The Mayor Thinks 'Portlandia' Does

June 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

With Emmy nominations right around the corner Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Travel Portland, and Oregon Film, are asking Academy voters to Put An Emmy On Portlandia.

In a recent video, Mayor Adams, who is the real Mayor of Portland and also plays the Mayor's assistant on the show, explained why the city is willing is to stand behind Portlandia.

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'Put a Bird on It' and Take 20% Off a Virgin America Flight

May 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh hey— do you live in California or Oregon? Well, as if you needed any more reason to be excited for the start of Virgin America flying to Portland, the airline has launched a contest called "Arts and Aircrafts" with IFC's hit show "Portlandia." Of course there's a prize in it: a free flight to PDX and the opportunity to party in an airplane hangar.

To enter, go HERE, pick one of your Facebook photos, then, well, YOU PUT A FRIGGIN' BIRD ON IT (as we've done with this photo). Don't worry if you don't understand the reference, you will soon enough. The top-voted photo winners will get a free trip to PDX on Virgin America's inaugural flight in a few weeks, in addition to joining in on the Portland hangar party.

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Taking the Bus Between Portland and Seattle? That'll be $1.

May 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yo yo yo. So you know BoltBus, the Greyhound-owned leather seats-and-wifi bus line that drives you to places like Baltimore, New York, Washington DC and Boston? Well, they've gone bicoastal, launching routes between Portland and Seattle starting May 17.

As is usual BoltBus style, the earlier you book your ticket the cheaper the fare. $1 plus a $1 reservation fee is the absolute cheapest, but the average ticket isn't much more at around $10 each way.

Now let's do some comparison shopping. We checked BoltBus.com for a Portland-to-Seattle one-way on May 31 and found four total departure times, the cheapest costing $6. Over on Amtrak.com, the same route by train is commanding $32 for the same date. The length of trip is about the same at three hours-ish. Only the chance of having WiFi on Amtrak is 50% and the chance of having it on BoltBus is 100% (assuming both are working properly). We'll leave the final decision up to you.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Virgin America's Newest Routes Will Totally Help 'Keep Portland Weird'

March 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everything happens in threes, and Virgin America's latest route launches follow the pattern. This year so far it's been new flights to Palm Springs, Philadelphia (launching beginning of April) and now—the third "P"—Portland, Oregon.

Just announced today, Virgin America will begin hopping over to PDX from both SFO and LAX beginning June 5. LAX will get two daily nonstops, while SFO claims only one. Whatever—that's plenty to help "keep Portland weird." Rates start at $99 each way, inclusive of taxes and fees. LA and SF people mixing with Portlanders is usually pretty hilarious, and they're pretty much most of the guests at The Ace Hotel PDX, so Virgin's new flights will just help them make the trip to "where the young go to retire" even easier. But that's not all!

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