Neighborhood Watch – Things From Another World

I love my local comic book store. It’s one of the few places I can walk in wearing a Star Trek skirt or Gryffindor buttons without getting strange looks. Things From Another World is owned by Dark Horse comics, who have been putting out great comics for almost 30 years (ie. Buffy, Star Wars, Sin City) and their Milwaukie store is located right next to their corporate offices.

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Everything from the flying saucer perched on the top of their store front to the figurines that line their windows make coming to this location well worth the drive outside Portland. The other perk is their amazing and friendly staff. They make you feel at home from the moment you step in the front door. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for don’t hesitate to ask Sean or Martin. If you’re looking for suggestions on new series to check out, they are a wealth of knowledge.

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Nate & I subscribe to a box at the store so they pull all the comics we want every week and hang on to them until we come pick them up. Subscribing to a box is free, you just need to have at least 3 titles that you’d like pulled for you. You also get great discounts for having a box, plus if you have a busy schedule like us and can’t always make it in once a week you’ll feel better knowing that all your issues are waiting for you.

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It’s hard to resist feeling like a kid in a candy store every time we visit. If I ever win the lottery I think I’ll just walk in here and take one of everything.

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We usually do come away each week with a new Funko Pop figure or blind box. Our apartment will soon resemble this wall! But I can’t help it, I love them so much.

So next time you find yourself in Portland don’t think twice about driving out to TFAW. Remember, we don’t have sales tax in Oregon so you have no excuse not to stock up on some geeky goods.

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Neighborhood Watch – Interurban

When we got married, Nate referred to me as the Duchess of Brunch in his vows. I love this nickname so much that I plan to have it tattooed on me someday. I really am the biggest fan of brunch, whether it’s homemade, a big buffet, or at a hip restaurant. My only requirements for a good brunch are thick cut bacon & yummy cocktails (usually a big mimosa).

Portland is a mecca of brunch spots, and people will tell you in order to find a good brunch you have to be prepared to stand in line for 1+ hours. I really hate lines, so this has forced me to search for some places that are off the grid.

That brings us to one of my favorite brunch locations in one of my favorite neighborhoods:

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Interurban is a hip bar located in the heart of N. Mississippi Street. The walls are decorated in mounted deer heads, the bar is made of dark wood, and the whole place has a sexy vibe. We like to grab a seat at the bar for brunch since there’s usually no wait, but I’ve seen people only have to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table (which isn’t bad considering Gravy down the street has people waiting for 2 hours sometimes).

The menu is light and creative. Portion sizes are filling and the prices are just right with most plates costing $6-12. My favorites are their weekly quiche special and the Breakfast Biscuit with bacon. These guys do not skimp on the thick cut bacon!

As for cocktails, they really know what they’re doing. I’m a sucker for a mimosa, but since they don’t have bottomless I like to venture out and try some other options.

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Their Pimm’s Cup is pretty fantastic and refreshing. If you’re not careful you could find yourself downing several of them no problem. Nate always likes to get the Walk of Shame which is a bottle of Rainier and a shot of Flying Cock Bourbon. And another great choice is the Corpse Reviver #2. Don’t let the name scare you off, this beautiful cocktail is made with gin & absinthe and definitely would help you after a long night of being fabulous.

They also have a killer beer selection and you can even bring your growler in to get filled with one of the many yummy beers they have on draft.

Lastly, one of the best things about Interurban’s brunch is that it’s not only reserved for Sundays. Every weekend you can enjoy their offerings from 10am-2:30pm. Now that’s a reason to wake up early on a Saturday morning!

What are you brunch must haves?

xx

Candice

Neighborhood Watch – Hollywood District

Weekends usually mean relaxing, catching up on reading & tv shows, and hopefully a fun adventure. Since we both work pretty normal office hours during the week, we try to limit our big outings to Saturdays & Sundays.

This weekend Nathaniel & I decided to spend Sunday morning in the Hollywood District of PDX. We started with a few games at Hollywood Bowl. I haven’t been bowling in years and I forgot how much fun it could be.

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Sunday mornings games are only $0.99! So you won’t feel guilty spending those bucks you saved on a pitcher of beer to help keep you refreshed.

The Hollywood District is full of great things to do after a morning of bowling. You could see a movie at the wonderful & historic Hollywood Theater. Or go shopping for some rare goodies at I Heart Retro (I’ve scored many trinkets at that fantastic store). Popina just moved into the neighborhood, and with spring upon us I know I’ll be stopping by soon to pick up a new swimsuit.

Finally, one of my favorite places in Hollywood is Velo Cult, a bike shop that could also double as your neighborhood bar. Velo Cult has a fantastic beer selection, friendly staff, and you can get your bike tuned up while you enjoy a cold brew with some friends!

If you find yourself in NE Portland with nothing to do, be sure to take a cruise around the Hollywood District. You’ll find plenty of awesome things to do while supporting some great small business.

What fun things did you get up to this weekend?