Ahh, Portland. It's the second biggest city in the Northwest (though it kicks that other city's ass, obviously), it's one of the 10 best cities for women in America, the fifth most tattooed city, and ranks sixth for largest p*nises, apparently. But there are also tons of things PDX is better at than anyone else. 26 of 'em, actually...
1. Street festivals
Every Last Thursday, Alberta turns into an orgy of music, dancing, and stranger-making-out-withing. Every First Thursday, the Pearl turns into an orgy of pretending to like art in exchange for free wine. And once a year, neighborhoods like Mississippi and Sunnyside transform their streets into neighborly love fests.
2. Soccer fandom…
… or at least the idea of soccer fandom. Even if you think “RCTID” means “really cool Timbers Internet domain” or something even dumber (it’s hard.. try it), at least your intent is to be supportive. Either that, or you really like drinking and yelling at noon.
3. Wood-fired everything
In the not-too-distant future, no kitchen in Portland will contain a gas stove and everybody will smell like a campfire, or hopefully, Old Salt Marketplace’s roasted chicken.
4. Food carts
In New York, when you think of food carts, you think of street meat and stale pretzels. Here, it’s more like exotic meats stuffed into homemade pretzels. Or tacos. Or gyros. Or pulled pork in a waffle cone. Or lobster rolls… and they’re all within 10ft of each other. And there’s beer
5. Movie theaters
We have reached a point where we now have more movie theaters with beer than without, and many of them show old-school movies. Which means you can forget what happens at the end of She’s the Man all over again. Oh, and pizza is way better than Goobers.