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I would propose an itinerary like this for the March 11, 2017 PDX Local Guides Meetup. Based on +Eric Peña suggestions I revised the itenerary to the following:

Figuring a few varied places and if you are late or want to skip part come at the time on the schedule.

3:00 pm Townsends Montavilla Teahouse ( Let's start here to gather together and then go to a few places after this.

3:30 pm Hungry Heart Bakery ( Looks like they have Gluten Free Options , hand made pastries, made to order bagel “sammies” and more according to the reviews. Seems like a good place to try.

4:00pm Based on +Nick Lowery's recommendation and a liking for sushi myself I suggest we start at Miyamoto Sushi ( . We could start this as a soft opening and if other people want to try something else we could meet at the next stop.

4:45 pm-? Depending what the people who show up feel like or the crowdedness of the day, I'd say going to the Bipartisan Cafe (thanks +Tony Dicken for the suggestion based on otherworldly pies) ( Also they have a good selection of hot and cold, coffee and tea, as well as floats and milkshakes a nd a variety of bagels, sandwiches or salads. And lots of comfy couches. If for some reason it is packed I would say lets go to one of the other neat places for food on Stark Street

Other options in the area for before or after the meetup:
Thatchers ( is a classic old fashioned dive bar that has brunch 11-3 on Saturday. Went there a few months back and it was filling and priced okay. Good place to have some “old Portland” charm. It has a happy hour from 4pm to 7pm.

If you want a place to drink after the meetup with leftovers, Montavilla Brew Works ( a couple blocks further west on Stark street, encourages outside food as they only have limited snacks available.

Flying Pie Pizza( and sharing doors with Academy Theater (second run films)). tasty pizza, by whole pie, calzone (The Zappi) or hot subs.

For full restaurant experiences try Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine ( or the Country Cat for eclectic American food (

The map of the general area is here for other places to explore after or before the meetup:,-122.582086,19z 

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Good to find this group. Been here a year and still looking to find new things. Was in New York before Portland and grew up in Northern Michigan before that. It's a little tricky to find this group without digging through a bunch of links from Google Maps. Would love to see it easier to find.

Hope to see some of you at an official or unofficial meet-up soon!

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This is a new interview with Maria and myself discussing Holonomics and leadership with Bill Fox from Container13 as part of their series 'Forward-Thinking Workplaces'. 

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Supermega exciting Japanese Trump "commercial".

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