What could be better than A REALLY GOOD GRILLED CHEESE?
I'm glad you asked.
How about A REALLY GOOD GRILLED CHEESE served on A SCHOOL BUS?
Welcome to The Grilled Cheese Grill on Northeast Alberta St. (at 10th) in Portland Oregon.
(there's another location in a double-decker bus!)
I thought I'd start a little occasional series on all the awesome things there are to do with kids in this wonderful city, starting with something less obvious than a museum or a kid's concert. Sometimes you just want to get out of the house for a little while, you know? Try Alberta, for a grilled cheese followed by kids books!
But wait. It gets better. The tables are all old school pictures, and ceiling is a huge mural.
Yeah, it's a little creepy. Creepy-awesome. (by Eatcho & Jason Graham).
You know what was really fun at the bus? When we ordered, I put in Clementine's name, and then I started to notice that all the songs playing had "Clementine" in them. They did that! A phone app. It was the coolest.
And did I mention books?
Just a few blocks away on NE Alberta at 16th: tiny, adorable Green Bean Books!
Let it be said that I love all bookstores. But I love independent bookstores most. And Greenbean is a perfect example -- it is such a labor of love, so many delightful unique surprises. That yeti in the window above? Handmade by the owner, Jennifer. (I want it.) And look how cozy:
And there are secret boxes, also made by the owner. I wonder what's in here ...
I'll just open that up ...
Tableaux, always changing. Another box:
Did I mention the repurposed vending machines? This former cigarette machine now contains critters ...
Need a mustache?
Or maybe you'd like a baby. The Miraculous Baby Machine!
There's an original Carson Ellis picture on the wall.
There are green beans.
And I have kind of a fixation for these tiny teddy bear breakfast food collectibles.
Tiny teddy bear-shaped pancakes and flans! GAH!
Not well-represented in these photos is how truly wonderful their book selection is. My bad.
Anyway, there you have a couple of hours of fun with munchkins in Portland, Oregon. Also, Grasshopper is right down the street at 18th Ave, a great toystore that carries tons of EEBOO stuff (LOVE) and its own line of handmade kids dresses and stuff. And nextdoor to THAT? Pastries abound at Le Petite Provence. Or there's always honey-balsamic-strawberry-with-cracked-pepper ice cream at Salt & Straw at 20th Ave. Or, dear god, pear with blue cheese.