Which Portlandia Stereotypes Are True?

Portlandia has put Portland on the pop culture map and if you have plans to visit Portland, chances are you have watched an episode or two. You may be wondering to yourself are any of these caricatures true? Are the dreams of the ’90s still alive in Portland? From a local’s perspective you can tell that the show is written by a person with a local connection.  Many of the skits hit pretty close to home.  In no particular order here are the stereotypes that I think hit the nail on the head.   Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan: Awards To Asia

In the next few series of posts I am going to discuss international awards, first starting with Asia.  Alaska has a lot of partner airlines that operate flights to Asia.  American, Cathay Pacific, Delta, and Korean Air, all operate direct flights to Asia.  You can even fly Emirates to Asia but you have to route through Dubai.  Here are the award charts for each airline:   Continue reading

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The Big Woody Barrel Aged Beer And Whiskey Festival

Taking place at the Leftbank Annex on January 17th and 18th will be Portland’s inaugural barrel aged beer and whiskey festival, The Big Woody. The Big Woody is an off shoot of a very successful beer and whiskey festival that takes places annually in Bend, Oregon, the Little Woody.   Continue reading

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Redeeming Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles: Domestic Awards, Stopovers, and Free One Ways

Between Alaska’s routing and its partnership with Delta and American, you can pretty much fly anywhere in the United States with a domestic award. Here are the award charts for domestic redemptions on either Alaska, American, or Delta.   Continue reading

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