I Live Here: Roya Ghorbani-Elizeh

Name & Age: Roya Ghorbani-Elizeh, 22

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Current Neighborhood: Downtown. I’m a recent transplant from University Park area.

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Recent University of Portland grad/ Intern (x2)/new Blogger/job seeker/professional smiler

What do you create? Press releases, feature articles, cover letters, funny dances

How did you land in Portland? My family moved here from Marietta, Georgia about 10 years ago. I fell in love with Portland at first sight and haven’t felt the urge to leave since.

What is the last book you read? Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I am scared to see the movie in fear that it will be ruined.

Name your favorite tattoo. My only tattoo, Elizeh in Farsi on my right foot. Elizeh is the village in Iran where my dad was born. My tattoo is written in my dad’s Farsi handwriting, which I probably made him write over 30 times before my tattoo.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Built to Grill’s Penne alla Vodka. It is way too good not to get it every time I am at the 3rd & Washington food carts.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Have to stick with my roots (and my love for Steve Duin) and say the Oregonian. I do love WW though.

What is your favorite bridge and why? St. Johns. It’s so beautiful and far away from the city which makes it so majestic.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? I am the complete opposite of a coffee snob. Anywhere that can create a tasty iced vanilla latte will suffice. I do have a love for Public Domain Coffee, just walking into the coffee shop will make you feel more like a Portlander.

Coast or Mountains? Coast all the way. Manzanita is where it’s at.

Only in Portland moment? This morning I saw a man wearing a kilt, riding a Razor scooter, blasting hard rock from speakers. You always see the most interesting people in Pioneer Square.

A favorite local business? Sloan Boutique on 23rd. It’s one stop shopping for unique dresses and fun accessories.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Neither. I enjoy walking around Downtown and catching my chariot (aka the bus).

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? This summer has not been living up to my expectations. More sunshine please!

And finally, where can we find you on the web?



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