Spring has arrived, and while the days seem much longer than they were just a short time ago, there remains a continuing trend in which we find ourselves struggling to make it all happen. No doubt, it's people like those I am about to mention, that give us the courage and inspiration to go out and make the most of every day.
Liam. Our good friend Liam will be turning six years old this month. This summer Liam's parents are going to remodel their bathroom so that Liam may gain further independence in spite of his Spinal Muscular Atrophy disorder. In order to help pay for the cost of this remodel, Liam's parents have set up a website in which people like you and I can make donations to help aid in their effort (to learn more, please click on the above link).
From our time spent hanging out with the little guy, I can say that he is truly one of a kind, and very deserving of our help. To this day I'm confident that he has consumed more "maple & bacon" ice cream than any customer in the history of our cafe. Not bad for a guy who was only 3 years old when we first opened our doors. This is a direct and easy way to change the lives of deserving people for the better. We are grateful for your consideration in assisting our friends.
Lilikoi. Portland just got a hell of a lot tastier. Friends, it gives me so, SO much joy to announce to you all that our good friends Dekin and Veth will now be serving food to the general public, from a newly occupied space on North Killingsworth St. This past Saturday we were lucky to be able to attend a soft opening party, in which we got to taste various items that they will begin selling out of their shop this coming Wednesday. Think: cream cheese and guava jelly rolls, drunken noodles, and pulled pork sandwiches on homemade Hawaiian sweet bread. Hungry?
I first met Dekin a few years back when we both were working at New Seasons Market. He was my boss in the online shopping department, and we quickly formed a friendship based around a mutual love for teasing coworkers, pick-up basketball, and all things culinary. If you've dined at the cafe on a weekend these past few years, Dekin has more than likely prepared your breakfast. Expertly, I might add. We have been so lucky to have had Dekin's help in the kitchen these past two and a half years. Those who have had the pleasure of cooking with him marvel at his speed and precision, especially when one considers the fact that he never even appears to break a sweat. North Portland is lucky that he and Veth have chosen to open up shop in our quadrant.
Their hours this week are Wednesday through Friday, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.
1324 N Killingsworth St.
Portland, Oregon 97217
We received word from the nice people at Reading Local: Portland that their first fundraising event, which raised over $1,000 for Haiti, went off without a hitch. We are thrilled to have been able to team up with such crafty folks. Keep up the great work!
Jam. We have recently discovered that the most affordable way for us to ship jam around the country is to wrap a single jar of jam in bubble wrap and stuff into a flat rate envelope, which will ship for $4.75. Not bad, eh? Keep those jam orders rolling in folks. We also took it upon ourselves to check with the USDA and the Multnomah County Department of Environmental Health just to make sure we are in compliance with all local, state, and federal food safety laws. Hey, your well being is of our utmost concern. Turns out all is kosher, and we'll continue to jam to our heart's content.
Dylan. Between school, canine training, and starting his own clothing brand, Dylan has made some time to return to the cafe and cook for you in the next coming weeks. We are thrilled to have his help, and even more excited to see all of his recent ideas coming into successful fruition. Dylan's company Gear designs and manufactures clothing for the urban cyclist. Oh, and did I mention he has somehow figured out a way to make everything right here in Portland? Are you f*&$%ing kidding me? Does anyone have the slightest idea of how insanely difficult that is?
Their local short is currently available at multiple Bike Gallery locations throughout the city.
Oh, and last but not least, in recognition of you, our customer, we are currently preparing for a "Customer Appreciation Day," a day devoted to giving away free "Messenger" fried egg sandwiches. Prepare to have your senses assaulted in the coming days as we announce, and re-announce the exact date and time of the event. Feel free to anticipate a party.