Tan Tan Cafe & Delicatessen: Where Beaverton Bites Banh Mi Sandwiches

May 5, 2015 2:21 pm

You could read through the many items listed on Tan Tan Cafe & Delicatessen's menu, or you could cut right to the chase and order the pho and a banh mi. If you did, you'd be heeding the advice of countless returning diners who claim that these dishes are where Tan Tan really shines.

Pho, for the uninitiated, is a traditional Vietnamese soup that brims with noodles, meats (or tofu), and veggies in a flavorful broth. At Tan Tan, pho arrives with your choice of brisket, meatballs, tripe, or tofu, plus a generous plateful of fresh basil, bean sprouts, and a lime wedge on the side. The banh mi sandwich, on the other hand, comes in 14 different variations, but with a few things in common: they're all served on a fresh baguette with housemade mayo, pickled veggies, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro. Get yours stuffed with grilled lemongrass chicken or Vietnamese-style ham, both crowd pleasers here.

Wash it all down with a coconut bubble tea.

Tan Tan Cafe & Delicatessen
12675 SW Broadway St.
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 641-2700
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Let Kids Lead the Way at Portland Children’s Museum

April 28, 2015 4:36 pm

Billed as "the museum that doesn't act like a museum," Portland Children's Museum caters to a younger crowd than your typical museum. In fact, the museum's website suggests that you take cues from your child when you begin to explore the museum. Let him lead you through the hands-on exhibits—chances are you'll have almost as much fun as he does, and maybe learn something new.

Many local little ones love the Water Works room where they're allowed to splash, spray, and pour as they learn more about the relationship between cause and effect. You can also take kids to The Clay Studio, where they get a hands-on lesson in creating. The Zany Maze invites pint-sized guests to zig-zag between hedges and duck under tunnels, whereas the Grasshopper Grocery store teaches them how to load up a mini grocery cart and check out. Other exhibits include the Pet Hospital, the Treehouse Adventure, and the Campsite—the latter is located outside.

Portland Children's Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 223-6500
www.portlandcm.org
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Don’t Miss Cosmic Bowling at Sunset Lanes in Beaverton

April 21, 2015 4:02 pm

Few people are immune to the novelty of cosmic bowling. The lights are turned down low, the music's turned up high, and blacklights and disco balls impart a sense of excitement and energy to a sport not typically associated with glitz and sparkle.

It's no surprise, then, that cosmic bowling is one of the most popular times to bowl at Sunset Lanes. It's held Fridays through Mondays at this Beaverton bowling alley, and both recreational bowlers and league players agree that it's a sight to see — especially as laser beams dart across the lanes, keeping the beat of music videos playing at each lane's end.

Whether your game consists of multiple strikes or a spate of gutterballs, you're advised to refuel with a visit to Sunset Lane's on-site bar and eatery, The B-Town Bar & Grill. There, you can pair a burger or pizza with a beer or margarita. Afterward, challenge your friends to a game of skee-ball at the arcade.

Sunset Lanes
12770 SW Walker Road
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 646-1116
sunsetlanes.com
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