Checking in with the Portland Mercado

The Portland Mercado is coming to Foster, and it’s going to be big.

There are only few draws along Foster that bring people in from all over the region. These destinations create and shape the greater Portland’s perception of our neighborhoods (for good, or for bad), and can support our growing vitality by bringing in more foot traffic than we’d receive from neighborhood residents alone. (more…)

Cider tasting, costume contests, and more…

Get an early start on your Halloween celebrations this Friday at Mt. Scott Community Center’s Halloween Carnival.  The evening promises a haunted house, crafts, facepainting, creative costume prizes, bounce houses, bingo, indoor park & family swim.  The carnival is from 6-8 p.m. and it’s $3 per person or 4 canned food goods per person. Or tap yourself into an IPA pint while listening to Crooked Toad over at N.W.I.P.A. or singing karaoke at Dusty’s Bar and Grill.



Meet your Neighbor: Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson
The Last Word, Carts on Foster, 52nd & Foster

Who are you?
I’m a recent east coast transplant learning the Portland ways, and trying to soak up everything this city has to offer. I have a passion for cooking, with a focus on the science end of it. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to that. I also love the written word, hence the name of my food cart.

What do you do?
I sling food from a truck. I have a food truck/cart that’s anchored at the Carts on Foster pod. I serve up soups, sandwiches, and ice cream. I try to put a unique twist on the items that I serve. A couple of the menu items are the result of my east coast heritage, but most of them are things I’ve dreamed up, or challenges I’ve had thrown at me. Lately, it’s been popular for other cart owners in the pod to throw an ingredient my way, and say “Make this into ice cream.” So far its produced a maple bacon flavour, a green tea and jackfruit flavour, and a durian and spiced pear flavour. I also provide some more mainstream offerings, such as Rice Krispies Treats. (more…)