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.

Posters designed by the talented Jon Kay.


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.

–Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

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.

Looking For: Nachos

In the mood for some corn chips piled high with toppings? Luckily Portland is full of places to order all variety of vegan nachos! If you have other tips or details, please add them to the comments.

El Nutri-Taco’s Vegan Nachos

Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli (vegan deli; gluten-free notcho cheese)
2314 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm
hot food available at 11:30am

Blossoming Lotus (vegan restaurant; on lunch/dinner menu; gluten-free live nachos w/ spiced tomato & walnut chips, zucchini tahini nacho cheese, ground pecan chorizo, cashew sour cream, avocado dressing)
1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm; Brunch: Sun 10am-2:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Red and Black Cafe (vegan cafe)
400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Every day 10am-10pm

Veggie Grill (vegan fast casual; available as starter; chili, VG cheese, soy cream, avocado)
3435 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Every day 11am-10pm

Native Foods (vegan fast casual; Native Taco Meat, Native Chipotle Crema, Native Cheese)
7237 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tigard, OR 97224
Every day 11am-10pm

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Native Foods’ Nuevo Native Nachos (photo from Native Foods’ Facebook page)

Proper Eats (vegetarian cafe; blue corn chips, rice or quinoa, cashew cheese, corn-pumpkin seed relish guacamole)
8638 N Lombard Ave, Portland, OR 97203
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
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
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
Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm

Food Cart: NW corner of SE 50th & SE Division, Portland, OR
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
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm

NE cart: 2124 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
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
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
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
Every day 12pm-2:30am

Tube (bar with extensive vegan options; veganizable with vegan cheddar, tofu scramble)
18 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Mon-Sun 5pm-2am

photos by Food Mountain except where noted