A Sweet Treat for Your Oscars Party

Food & Wine:

Oscars night is this Sunday, February 28, at 5:30 PST and if you love red carpets, golden statues, and all things sparkly as much as we do, then why not make it your excuse to throw an Oscars party in your apartment? It’s a great way to gather with your friends and family, munch on popcorn, and root for your favorite films and celebrities.

Wondering what kind of food to serve your guests? No Oscars night would be complete without a classic popcorn snack! Ice Cream Bon Bon Pops are a great snack that’s easy to make for when you need a savory snack for your guests.

All you need to do is use a half-ounce scoop to scoop your favorite ice cream into small balls. Then, roll these balls into crushed popcorn. Last, place a stick into each ball and that’s it! You can leave the pops on parchment paper in the freezer or serve them right away! Your guests will love the amount of flavor in each bite!

Tips for Soundproofing for Your Apartment

Whether it’s rush-hour traffic or your neighbor’s dog, it can be a real struggle to adjust to a noisy environment. Want to soundproof your apartment without spending a fortune? We have some ideas we think you might like.

 

One way to reduce sound is to reinvent the fabrics in your home. Rugs, especially shaggy ones, are great for absorbing sound. Even if you have wall-to-wall carpet, layering a variety of different textured rugs is great for adding color and cancelling unwanted noise. Don’t forget about the curtains! Soundproof curtains will not only help you to reduce noise pollution, but it can also help you get a great night’s sleep! Soundproof curtains use a special coating to block noise and light. Whatever your budget, there are a variety of textures and styles to choose from.

 

For those of you looking to soundproof, even more, head to your local hardware store and you’ll find no damage weather stripping foam tape which is perfect for the tops and sides of door frames. “Door Sweeps” also work well at the bottom of the door and will reduce the amount noise coming in. You’ll be surprised at how much this inexpensive solution reduces that outside noise.

Unique Things to Do This Valentine’s Day in Portland

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and love is in the air! If you live in Portland, then you know that there will be plenty of restaurants to choose from for your date night needs. However, for those of you looking for something new to do this year, we have you covered. Here are some unique ways to make this Valentine’s Day anything but dull.

 

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Head over to The East Burn this Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 pm for the 4th Annual Stupid Cupid Dance Party. The DJ will be playing all of your favorite 80s hits as well. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, you don’t need a significant other to make this holiday enjoyable. You just need something fun to do with the important people in your life and this is it.

 

Walking Tour Of Portland’s Past
Do something different this year and experience Shanghaiers, Saloons & Skullduggery: A Walking Tour of Portland’s Sinful Past! Join historian Doug Kenck-Crispin February 14 at 2 pm as he shows you some famous saloons, bars and bordellos, card rooms, and gambling dens. Meet at Floyd’s Cafe and enjoy seeing some of the most historic places in Portland. Cost: $15. Must be 21 or older.

 

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Portland

Yes, the Super Bowl is this Sunday at 6:30 pm ET, and this year, the showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos is going to be epic. Whether you’re in it for the football, the food, the halftime show, or the commercials, you can make this year’s American tradition memorable by watching it with others. Wondering where the best watch parties are in Portland? We have you covered.

 

The Goodfoot Lounge | SE 29th & Stark | (503) 239-9292

If a 14 inch HD projection screen and happy hour specials don’t entice you, we don’t know what will. Featuring exceptional food and a wide variety of drinks, this is the place to be.

 

Kelly’s Olympian | 426 SW Washington St | (503) 228-3669

If you have yet to experience one of Portland’s oldest bars, then now is your chance. There will be food and drink specials you can enjoy all while tuning into the game on any one of their 3 large screens.

 

EastBurn  | East Burnside & 18th | (503) 236-2876

If you need a spot to gather with friends for the Super Bowl, then look no further! With large screens located in the main room and on the patio, come over to enjoy their special Super Bowl menu and drink special. Did we mention they’ll also be giving special prizes away?

Upcoming Weekend Events Near Your Portland Apartment

If you’re tired of the same old routine or wanting to get outside of your comfort zone this weekend, we have some events we think you’re going to love. What better way to ring in the new year by experiencing the best of Portland arts and culture?

 

Dueling Pianos Show

January 29, 2016

9:00 pm

Head out to Barrel Room located at 105 NW 3rd Avenue for a night you won’t soon forget. This 21 and up show will feature some of the best players in the business. The Barrel Room boasts having one of the longest running dueling piano shows in Portland with show highlights such as sing-a-longs, comedy, and Vegas-style themes.

 

2016 Fertile Ground Festival

January 21 – 31, 2016

The Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival is back for its eighth year of showcasing playwrights, actors, dancers, and various creative projects for all to enjoy. For a full list of venues, showtimes, and tickets, go here.

 

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood

MLK Day of Service in Portland

For some, Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a day off, a chance to sleep in, or an opportunity to catch up on your latest show. Why not change it up this year and do something that will truly honor the civil rights leader? MLK is a Day of Service and through the Human Rights Campaign, you can help out the Q Center and New Avenues for Youth to contribute to service projects that benefit homeless and at-risk youth in the community. There are several ways you can help:

 

Donate
By January 17, you can donate much-needed items like toiletries, sleeping bags, backpacks, flashlights, and clothing. For a full list of items, including drop-off locations and hours, click here.

 

Volunteer
On January 18, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, you can volunteer to help assemble donated items into care packages. This event will be held at New Avenues for Youth located at 1220 SW Columbia Street.

 

Sushi Hotspots Near Your Apartment

We get it. You like your sushi. Living in Portland, there’s no shortage of sushi restaurants either. So, when you’re ready to get your sushi on, check out one of these amazing places Portland has to offer.

 

Bamboo Sushi

Bamboo Sushi prides itself on serving some of the freshest sushi around in a sleek atmosphere. Did we mention they have a wide variety of saki?

 

Masu Sushi

This locally-owned and family-operated sushi hotspot is located on the second floor of one of Portland’s contemporary downtown buildings.

 

Yoko’s Japanese Restaurant

If you’re looking for an award-winning sushi restaurant in a warm and friendly atmosphere, then Yoko’s is for you! Serving up creative rolls and an extensive variety of sake, this is one place you have to try!