Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, April 29th! Bring your Courage Bring your Wisdom Bring your Power (Check your Power at the door. Thanks, Management)
Bring your all, because Fangamer, PwnLove and OTL Gaming have come together to offer a Hylian, fun-filled evening of Legend of Zelda trivia: Triforce Trivia Night at Ground Kontrol!
The Triforce Tribute Art Show from Land Gallery may have ended last weekend but we want to share one more night of showing off our love of all things Zelda so come out to Ground Kontrol (511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209) on Sunday April 29th from 7pm-9pm. This event is 21 and older so be warned Gorons tend to get surly when they drink.
Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue…Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.
Relics of a bygone era. These are tokens from my last trip to a Namco Amusement Center, which was some years ago. Somewhere around here I have tokens from an Aladdin’s Castle, which was the first arcade I ever visited, sometime around 1984-85 in Florida. My brother was seeing the orthodontist, and my father took me to the Castle in the meantime. I honestly can’t remember what I played; my father almost certainly hit up Ms. Pac-Man and Mappy, his arcade favorites.
Tokens were the secret weapon of arcades. By minting their own coinage, arcades could distribute tokens at rates of their own choosing, allowing them to cut a bargain if customers spent $5, $10, or even $20 at a time. The actual value of tokens was thus obfuscated, and could be spent more freely than if you had a handful of quarters. Most clever, though, was that tokens could only be spent at the arcade. If you finished your day with leftover tokens, you had no choice but to return later (thus setting foot back on the premises for more potential sales) or not spend them, giving the arcade free money.
It’s amazing that arcades were once so prosperous that even moderately successful ones could purchase or mint their own tokens, and depressing that they are all but extinct today. I remain ever grateful for the folks at Ground Kontrol here in Portland for still showing off at least a taste of what the old days offered.
Proper Eats (vegetarian cafe; blue corn chips, rice or quinoa, cashew cheese, corn-pumpkin seed relish guacamole) 8638 N Lombard Ave, Portland, OR 97203 503.445.2007 Every day 9am-10pm
Hungry Tiger Too (bar/restaurant with separate vegan menu; house-made vegan cheese sauce or upgrade to Daiya for $1) 207 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 503.238.4321 Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Vita Cafe (restaurant with extensive vegan options; on lunch/dinner menu; brown rice, guacamole, vegan cheese sauce) 3023 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 503.335.8233 Breakfast Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm Lunch Everyday 11am-5pm Dinner Everyday 5pm-10pm
Taqueria Los Gorditos (restaurant & cart with separate vegan menu; soyrizo or tofu, avocado) Restaurant: 1212 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 503.445.6289 Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm
Food Cart: NW corner of SE 50th & SE Division, Portland, OR 503.875.2615 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm
Los Gorditos’ vegan Nachos w/ vegan sour cream
El Nutri-Taco (carts with separate veg/vegan menu; Daiya & Tofutti sour cream, avocado) SE cart: 8438 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97266 503.788.3492 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm
NE cart: 2124 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 503.473.8447 Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Paradox Cafe (restaurant with extensive vegan options; house chili, cheese sauce; add-ons are seasoned taco meat, tempeh, sour cream, guacamole) 3439 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 503.232.7508 Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade (arcade with most menu items veganizable; 5 varieties of nachos that can be veganized for additional $1-2) 511 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 503.796.9364 Every day 12pm-2:30am; limited menu 12pm-5pm, full menu 5pm-late
The Matador (bar/lounge with some vegan options; cheddar Daiya, less the sour cream) 1697 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209 503.222.5822 Every day 12pm-2:30am
Tube (bar with extensive vegan options; veganizable with vegan cheddar, tofu scramble) 18 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209 503.241.8823 Mon-Sun 5pm-2am