Time seems to be flying these days. March flew by, and now we’re getting to the mid-point of April. Aye aye aye. Maybe that means summer will get here quicker. Ha! Unfortunately, we won’t have the greatest weather this weekend. But hey, it’s still the weekend, right?
Here are your weekend tidbits…
– These guys are rad: Sang-Froid Riding Club. Actually, not these guys, because I don’t know them. But, they have a pretty rad event that creates chaos in Foster-Powell yearly. Check it out: Portland Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro. If you live on an alley, you may already be familiar. Or if not, I’ll be the first to tell you that the sound of lawnmowers on speed that you heard buzzing in your backyard last year around this time…yeah, that was these guys racing through the alleys on motorcycles and dirt bikes. And now they’re back this Sunday. I’d keep your kids and dogs out of the alleys.
– In the world of food critiquing, Foster-Powell and its environs got some play on the Banh Mi tour. How did we fare? Well, the one true FoPo representative, An Xuyen, made the “Not Recommended” list. However, @Pho.com and Banh Minh—both on the north side of Powell (82nd and 78th respectively)—made the list, too, and were recommended. Best Baguette, just on the other side of 82nd made the favorable list, as well, which definitely puts our part of Southeast in good standing in the Banh Mi world. Before you write off An Xuyen, though, it should be pointed out that at $2.99, their sandwiches were more affordable (sometimes by at least half) than most the others.
– In other Foster-related, weekly-alternative press: it’s true, bikes do get stolen a lot in our neighborhood. Glad to know I’m not crazy (though that may be better than not being able to leave my bike unattended). As per the Willy Week article, U-Lock or You Walk, in this week’s Bike Guide, Foster Road makes a definitive mark on their heat map of frequent bicycle theft locations. Now, the good thing is we’re not as bad as the inner-East side or Downtown. However, our dear Foster is the lone hot spot east of 50th. Bummer dude. Make sure to lock your bikes.
– For those tired of looking at shoulder-high weeds and the world’s weirdest (er, sketchiest) floral shop presiding over a large, empty lot, you’ll now be able to look at six multi-story townhouses instead. The long-vacant lot at 67th and Holgate found a developer, which means no more duck and bore hunting in the semi-wild, jungle maze of overgrown weeds, bushes, and broken glass. Darn.
– As always, don’t forget to support your local businesses while you’re out this weekend. Coffee and breakfasts are covered; shopping for plants and garden supplies; lunch; post-lunch workout; games to play at home…or even in-store on Foster; beer to go; and dinner. You should already know the spots, but if not let us know. Also, if you know of any happenings, please feel free to post.
Enjoy the weekend, y’all. Be safe, be cool.