5th Annual Block Party


Bigger and better than ever, the 5th Annual Fox Chase Neighborhood Block Party is coming to NE 30th and Killingsworth. A fun event for the whole family, we can dance in the streets and sample the amazing flavors of this unique corner of Portland. The Block Party features complimentary tastings from neighborhood restaurants, food and cocktail vendors, activities for the kids and live music by Trashcan Joe, Broad Stroke, and Oleada.

Monday, August 31st from 5 – 10pm

Participating neighborhood businesses include: 
YakuzaNonnaDOCAutentica Mexican CuisineCocotteThe People’s YogaExpatriate, Roots and Wilder Bar Café. Plus, the Kuza Burger Kart will have burgers for sale and Nonna will be serving up ices and creams. Guest bartender Angel Teta will be mixing specialty cocktails at Yakuza.

Special guest vendors include: 
Pitch Dark ChocolateJacobsen SaltThomas & Sons DistilleryAngel’s EnvyPortland Creamery and Nevor Shellfish.

There’s something for everyone! See you Monday!

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Thomas & Sons Distillery Dinner Pairing at Nonna

tsd-cover-pic-1Join us this Thursday, August 20th for a one-of-a-kind dinner with our friends Thomas & Sons Distillery. Our menu for the evening will include dishes cooked with their liquors as well as special menu items that are paired with specialty cocktails using their liquors.

Nonna will be open our regular hours 5pm – 10pm. This event is kid friendly so bring the whole family!

Make a reservation today: Nonna (503) 894-9840


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Burger Week Specials


To honor Portland’s infamous Burger Week, we’re offering our own burger specials at Yakuza, Nonna and the Dime Store all week long! If you like our already classic burgers, you’ll really love these. They’re only available for a limited time so get your hands on one before it’s too late.

Burger Week Specials for August 10 – 16

Yakuza: Quarter pound burger with local beef and greens, topped with grilled onions and fancy sauce, served with house buttered pickles – $10

Nonna: Double-decker burger stacked with provolone cheese, cilantro aioli and mixed greens, served with a pickle on the side – $11

Dime Store: Breakfast burger, cascade natural beef, topped with fried egg, cheddar and oregon brineworks pickles – $8

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The Colony : Cocos y Calacas


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The Colony & Field Day : Volksfest


The Colony & Field Day invite you to celebrate the autumn harvest
at Volksfest 2013, Friday October 18th – 20th.

A three- day food and spirits gathering to benefit Urban Gleaners

PORTLAND, OR – October 18-20, 2013– The Colony in St. Johns will kick off a 3- Day autumn harvest festival in North Portland the weekend of October 18 to 20th, 2013. The event starts the evening of Friday, October 18th,from 5:00pm – 9:00pm with a Happy Hour Bar featuring Occidental Brewing & Union Wine Co. plus live-music around the Picker’s Bonfire Circle. Stick around and shake off the evening’s chill as DJs lay down beats in The Colony Ballroom until midnight.

Saturday, October 19th, will begin at 11:00 am under the heated Party Place Harvest Tent, with Tastebud’s fresh bagels and warm mulled cider from The Colony Bar. Family Fun is featured mid-day with a Pumpkin Carving Contest starting at 12 noon with judging at 3:00 pm. Fantastic food is the order of the day with Tastebud’s crisp garden salads and famous pizza’s from their wood-fired oven and flame-broiled burgers from the Kuza Burger Kart plus Portland’s favorite, Salt & Straw ice cream, will be scooping from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

There will be live music Saturday afternoon under the tent’s Hay Bale Stage and on the Colony’s Ballroom Dance Floor throughout the night with sets from 10 bands: Bad Assets, Power of County, The Darlin’ Brothers, Trask River Redemption, The Gam, Damn Family, East Coast Dave, The Redeemed & Sing Sing Kill.

On Sunday, October 20th, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm it’s Field Day Feast’s Griddle Cake & Sausage Breakfast, featuring the Hot Monkey Bloody Mary Bar sponsored by New Deal Distillery. A percentage of bar sales will be going to our friends at Urban Gleaners. Urban Gleaners helps alleviate hunger by collecting edible, surplus food and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry.

Family Fun continues Sunday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm with the Scariest Scarecrow Building Contest where imaginations run wild to keep those Halloween ghosts away.

Giving: In the spirit of harvesting the last of the season’s bounty, we are reaching out to the community to bring their excess produce from their gardens (plus any canned goods) to The Colony throughout the weekend to benefit Urban Gleaners.

Stay Up To Date on the upcoming festivities by join the FACEBOOK Events Page:

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Thrillist : Secrets

They’ve discovered one of our secrets!

“Sure, you could sit down at a nice restaurant and order up something off the menu like a chump, but that’s not gonna impress your date, is it? On the flip side, if you sit down and order whatever the hell you want, you’re gonna look like an a-hole, no matter how much you really want chicken & waffles at that upscale Red Lobster. The solution? Request these off-menu items that totally do exist, giving you the best of both worlds” …

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Reader Survey 2013: Best Outdoor Dining Space in Portland

Food Dude at finds out the best outdoor dining spaces in Portland and Yakuza Lounge “an undiscovered gem – quiet and romantic” finds its way onto the list.

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Dayna McErlean’s Portland Empire on

dayna mcerlean : Image by Michael Schmitt

THE COLONY, in St. Johns, used to be a funeral home, then a New Age church. Dayna McErlean is reinventing it as a … let’s see:

The ballroom rents out for weddings, parties, whatever. Cooks can rent the kitchen by the hour. (“There’s huge need,” McErlean says. “There are so many food start-ups in Portland.”) Two stylishly retro suites serve as a miniature hostel. (“There’s nowhere to stay in St. Johns.”) A food cart will sell the Yakuza burger, the signature of the hipster izakaya McErlean cofounded in Northeast.


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Portland Men’s Guide : review

“Inspired by the Japanese izakaya concept,Yakuza is a true food-lover’s bar, and their burger is Portland Monthly’s 2009 favorite. But it’s the hidden treasures like Hamachi and Pork Cheek that make you wonder how a nation’s pub food could be this mouthwatering. And  if their drink list doesn’t blow your mind, make sure you still have a pulse…”


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Travel Portland : Parent and Child spooky sites.

For dinner, check out Yakuza Lounge (, a chic, laid-back Japanese joint 15 minutes away. They host a “kids’ happy hour” three nights a week.

view full text in pdf format here.

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