Casba: Coffee shop at NW 2nd and Davis

Update: the Casba has turned into the Kasbah, a fabulous lunch spot.

We just moved into a beautiful new office in Oldtown Portland, and there’s a new coffee shop for us to explore.  More later about our previous coffeeshops further up in Northwest Portland.

Coffeeshops are important for us because we like to have one-on-one staff meetings outside the office sometimes, plus there is a great appreciation for caffeine in this office.  So far, the drinks have been fine, if not amazing.  The Mediterranean theme is nice, although I have focused more on bagels with cream cheese.  I will check out the baked pasta dishes sometime soon.  However, my co-worked had himself some Turkish coffee yesterday, and managed to accomplish three days work in one afternoon and then go home and weed the garden.

The coffee shop ambiance isn’t bad — there are tables inside and out and the staff are super nice. However, it’s definitely a table/chair environment — no sofas or comfy chairs to lounge in.

I also love watching a few people hang out in the morning at the outside tables — they often look supremely relaxed while not making me feel like too much of a loser for being at work.

Gelato in the Pearl

Spring weather is starting to hit Portland, and after spending some time at the gym, we went for a late evening (for us) walk through the Pearl.  I’ve heard many a wonderful thing about Via Delizia on NW Marshall and 11th, but I finally took the opportunity to sample their gelato (gelati?).  I had a two scooper of creamy something and chocolate, and I’m proud to say I ate the entire thing (including cone) without any disasters.  The gelato was excellent, and the staff lovely.

Also, both Tanner Creek Park (my favorite Pearl park) and Jameson Square were lovely after dark.  While the Pearl neighborhood still feels a bit sterile to me, the warm spring evening was a great time to wander about.

Rose and Thistle

I love the Rose and Thistle.  Neighborhood bars are a great thing, and the Rose and Thistle (NE Broadway and 23rd) is a lovely place to comfortably have dinner or hang out.  I am also a huge fan of gardenburgers and fries, and the Rose and Thistle does an excellent job of both.   Everything is done just right, and my request for extra pickles is always met.  I also adore the staff at the Rose and Thistle, even when they are busy.

There are also some other cool things on the menu at the Rose and Thistle, including some more traditional Scottish fare.  The specials also tend to be wonderful, particularly a pork chops they had recently.  My love of their gardenburger means I usually have to sample the other dishes via friends and family, but I don’t think any of us have been disappointed.  Even when we’ve eaten there a couple of nights in a row…

I’d love to know more about the history of the Rose and Thistle — there are some intriguing articles posted on the walls, and it sounds like I have missed the former beloved (and perhaps crusty) owner prior to his departure to the big haggis in the sky.