I Live Here: Emily Engdahl

I Live Here: Emily Engdahl

Name & Age:Emily Engdahl; 34

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Current Neighborhood: Beaumont Wilshire

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Broad stroke rent payment is running a professional office assisting the mentally ill and elderly. Slash is freelance design for boutiques, beer & spirit labels, and small companies in the Pacific NW. I’m also currently sculpting an all paper wedding for someone.

What do you create? I’m a homebrewer, artist & photographer

How did you land in Portland? I’ve lived here my entire life; my children are fifth generation NE PDX residents. We’re kind of entrenched.

What is the last book you read? I’ve been on a hiatus since the spring when I sat by the woodstove at the beach house and read and read and read. Currently working on the autobiography of Charles Darwin and Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels.

Name your favorite tattoo. I only have one, but it’s a big ‘un, and always a work in progress – Oregon/botanical themed… with a bunch of hops, of course…  As for in general, I love them all; I think it’s so interesting to see what people put on their bodies to express themselves. I’m partial to Calavera/Day of the Dead designs though… I love how colorful & poignant they are.  I have a rule, though, I’ll never get Tweety Bird or the Tasmanian Devil.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I’m an awful food-carter. I’m so rarely by any of the pods; my kids just went to Potato Champion without me… The last one I visited was an *original* food cart – the sno-cones outside Grant Pool. Dill pickle, margarita & lime sno-cone, for the win.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I try to stay away from all of them. Politicking and pot stirring irritate me, and I find that most *news* outlets are just spewing opinions.

What is your favorite bridge and why? I love the bridge to Sauvie’s Island for the thing it represents – adventure on bike or off to drink a beer at Krugers in the summer… But architecturally, the St. Johns’ Bridge is the most beautiful to me.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Ristretto, hands down. The people can’t be beat, the latte is fantastically caramel & mellow, and the whole wheat fig roll pastry is delicious.

Coast or Mountains? Coast. We try to spend as much time on the northern coast as possible – scouting around Astoria for vintage treasures, drinking some Vortex IPA at Fort George Brewery, and going for long walks with our crazy dogs.

Only in Portland moment? Driving down the street in our little neighborhood, I saw a family walking their dog… Except as we got closer I saw that it was a sweet little chestnut brown goat on a leash.

A favorite local business? I really try to champion local small businesses as much as possible – and my new favorite place is The Little Tattoo Shoppe on 13th and NE Fremont… But I have to say, nothing beats people watching in the sunshine at The Guild Pub on E Burnside, or a beer on the patio at Produce Row.

Are you a car person or a bike person? I love to ride my bike, but with three kids and a contentious existence between cars & bikes in PDX, we often walk or drive.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I’m not sure that I would change anything about Portland except to put in a sales tax. I know that might irritate some people, but it makes a lot more sense than continuing to jack up property taxes and letting so many of the vital pieces of our infrastructure suffer. Plus, it’s a more even ratio of responsibility.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? I’m on the twitters @emilyengdahl, I blog at pdxhomelife.com, geek out about beer at pdxbeergeeks.com, and write for portlandrules.com.

I Live Here: Emily Engdahl

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