Next Stop: San Diego

LEGO Land California, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Next Level Sailing, Hotel del Coronado, Len Rainey and The Midnight Players

 

 

 

NEXT STOP SAN DIEGO-TRANSCRIPTION
00:00-00:05 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop from a city heralding our nations best weather.
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00:20-00:41 JON: San Diego, our nation’s 8th largest city has incredible weather, with great weather you’ve got lots of happy people. In fact, that is their slogan here in San Diego, happy happens, and it is definitely happening on this episode, where we will take you to some of the top attractions. We’ll also feature a world class historical hotel. Happy people, local music and more in this episode of Next Stop from San Diego. The fun starts now!
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00:44 JON: Legoland California is a 128 acre park with over 50 family friendly rides and millions of legos. We’re in for education, adventure, and fun
01:01 JON: I’ve been hearing about Legoland California for a long time and I’ve never been here. So far, I’m super impressed Julie.
JULIE: I’m glad, I’m glad you are hear for one thing.
JON: Thank you.
JULIE: And I’m glad you are impressed for another. I think a lot of people expect certain things when they come here, they say Legoland, you have lego models, well we do. We have more than 22,000 lego models within this 128 acre family theme park, we have more than 57 million bricks that make those models.
01:31 JON: You have more than just the Legoland here, this is Las Vegas, you’ve got San Francisco, we have Washington DC, we have New York which is uber cool, but you also have a water park.
JULIE: World’s first Lego themed water park which we opened last year, and it’s great too because again, it is designed for the 2 to 12 year olds and there are not a lot of water parks out that are designed just for the younger set.
JON: So how do you incorporate lego’s into like a roller coaster, or into a water park? How do lego’s fit into that?
JULIE: You know, one of the coolest thing with the water park is build a raft river. This is a unique concept just designed for us, we have inner tubes with actual plates on them, and kids can build using soft lego bricks and kind of build their own rafts as they float down this lazy river.
02:15 JON: There is over 50 rides to choose from here at Legoland. Mike, my camera guy and I are on the dragon. Arrrr!
02:32 JON: Legoland is incredibly impressive, and somebody has to build this stuff. Let’s talk about Star Wars here, this is one of your new exhibits. There are so many millions of pieces, like where do you even start?
GARY: Around us, these are all scenes from all of the Star Wars films.Right behind us is actually from Star Wars Clone Wars. From start to finish, this whole area takes about a couple of years from original concept to starting to do design work, to actually figuring out the layout of where it’s going to go and how we are going to get everything animated and working.
03:13 JON: You are going to help me build something, right? What are we going to build?
GARY: Yes, we are going to build you.
JON: We’re going to build me?
GARY: Yeah, we’re going to build you.
JON: What are we going to do with me?
GARY: Well you can go travel around Legoland.
JON: Let’s do it.
GARY: OK Perfect. I will build one, and you build as well. I will just give you the pieces, so, you are doing great so far.
JON: I haven’t done anything!
03:41 JON: So the coolest thing about building the mini me that Gary actually helped me do is I get to place it anywhere I want in Legoland, San Francisco…I’m choosing Washington DC, because we are planning to do a Washington DC area show in season 2, and I know we’re going to visit the Lincoln Memorial so I’m going to place myself right on the steps and next time you see me in Washington DC I’ll be standing with Mini Me on the Lincoln Memorial.
04:07 JON: I expected a lot from Legoland California, and it far exceeded my expectations. It’s a child’s dream, and it wasn’t so bad for me, and Mini Me, either.
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04:26 JON: San Diego has one of the top sailing communities in the US. Today we set sail with Dennis Connor’s America’s Cup yacht, the Stars and Stripes.
PATRICK: Alright, welcome aboard everyone, welcome. Welcome aboard Stars and Stripes. You are more than welcome to help out, this is 300 pounds and it goes 11 stories up, so we’re hoping someone wants to help out pulling. We do it the old fashioned way, heave ho. So, you are more than welcome to help out on that, we also have the grinding pedestals here, so the coffee grinders, we will get everyone involved in that. Almost there! There are three gears and you will never hear me tell you to slow down
MAN: Once we do that, it’s straight and in the center, right?
PATRICK: So we are going to pick up speed, you will feel it.
05:17 PATRICK: This is actually an IACC International America’s Cup Class, they are designed for where they race. They are designed for one race and that’s it, and then they basically throw them away, you know, they are not used again.
05:44 JON: You seem like a young captain, how long have you, did it take you to learn how to sail on this big boat?
PATRICK: I grew up sailing Lake Michigan, and just over the years of getting used to, I started as crew and then getting used to the boat just worked my way up to captain.
JON: What is the sailing community like here, it seems pretty vibrant, there is so many boats in the water.
PATRICK: It’s huge. San Diego is like a Mecca for sailing. If you look in the local marinas, it’s all masts, not too many power boats, it’s because of the great weather.
JON: Patrick, thanks for having us on board on behalf of everybody on board, it’s been a great day.
PATRICK: we’re glad to have you, thanks for coming out, we appreciate it.
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06:35 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
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06:45 JON: The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Southern California. Lions and tigers and bears and hippo’s…oh my!
07:03 JON: So this is my long lost brother John, he’s the tiger whisperer here at the San Diego Zoo, I like that name, the tiger whisperer. Did you just actually call these tigers down for us?
JOHN: Well they are very food motivated, it’s not like I have some kind of magical power over them or anything, they come down because a lot of the time when they hear me call, they are going to get fed.
JON: This is mama and the two babies.
JOHN: Two boys 5 months old, Christopher and Connor, just tipped the scale at 50 pounds yesterday. They were about 3 pounds when they were born. This is mom’s 4th litter. Whatever moves gets torn to pieces, makes me want to put a piece of furniture in there to see if they can wreck it like my cats at home do.
07:47 JON: Ok Nate, I’ve always been intrigued by hippo’s, they seem so peaceful and docile, but they are not really that peaceful and docile, are they?
NATE: No, no, they have a pretty bad reputation, they are considered the most dangerous mammal in Africa and it’s true they kill more people annually than lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo, any of the other dangerous animals you can think of. It looks kind of like they are smiling sometimes, their lips just kind of open up and those incisors are right there and it looks like a smile. Hippo’s don’t really smile, it’s just a kind of an accident of nature.
08:28 JON: So they say hippo’s aren’t very friendly, but actually they are friendly to guys like me, they like me, they know me, I’m kind of a hippo whisperer kind of guy who can actually get up close and personal, and even give it a kiss. Nice hipp!
08:50 JON: So who doesn’t love a koala bear, they are so cute, they’re so cuddly, but they are not bears, right Jen?
JEN: They’re not bears at all, they are actually a marsupial, they do carry their joey’s in a pouch just like a kangaroo or a wombat. The males don’t have a pouch, only the females do, and they’ll actually carry their young for at least 6 months in that pouch.
JON: And this is a male, introduce us to this cute guy.
JEN: This is Burly, and Burly is very special. He has an aboriginal name, Burly, it means star. We were hoping that once he came out of the pouch at 6 months he would be our star, our little ambassador here at the San Diego Zoo, and he has really turned out to be that.
JON: Look at that face! Obviously we had a great morning at the zoo, it’s been a pleasure meeting you and Burly, but we are off to the Safari park next, what should we expect up there?
JEN: It’s a unique experience, that everyone needs to experience on a day when they are in California. There is just so many animals up there and they have them all together, actually mingling like you would see in the wild, different species together.
09:54 LEAH: Welcome to the safari caravan, welcome aboard.
JON: I’m excited, it’s going to be fun.
LEAH: Alright. Are you ready to head out to Africa?
JON: Let’s go to Africa!
LEAH: Alright, sounds good. We are going to be cruising by our elephant herd here in just a minute. The worlds oldest white rhinocerous standing in the shade of our adult male Rothschilds giraffe. Having animals like this is super important to us, we break longevity records here all the time, we estimate Atomba’s ago to be about 45 years old, we are not 100 percent for sure as she did come out of the wild.
10:38 JON: Look at all these animals living together in harmony.
LEAH: It’s absolutely amazing, watching them interact with each other, that’s what we do out here every day, you see all those great interactions with each other. Our rhino’s interact directly with all the animals in this exhibit, everyone hangs out with everyone else. Sabba is our adult male giraffe, Sabba is a very handsome gentleman, and he is looking very proud of himself because all the babies out here are his. So Sabba here, Sabba is looking for a snack.
JON: Is that what he is looking for, or is he looking to eat me, am I a snack?
LEAH: You guys wanna feed Sabba?
JON: Yeah!
LEAH: Come here buddy. So, the easiest way to feed a giraffe is just like this,you can kinda hold that leaf up for him, and he is going to take that right from you. Rule of tongue for a giraffe is an inch of tongue per foot of giraffe, so Sabba is about 17 and a half feet tall, so he is going to a 17 and a half inch long tongue, and on Sabba you can really see these osicones, these horns on top of his head? Osicones is just a latin word for hair covered horns, they’re lumpy, they’re bumpy, they’re big, he’s got huge osicones. He actually has 5 of them, there is one on the middle there with 2 big ones on top of his head, and there is actually 2 more little ones behind that, and he would use those in combat with other males.
11:55 JON: One of my favorite shows that I’ve watched for years is Big Cat Diary, and my favorite animal to watch is the cheetah, so when I knew at the end of our San Diego Zoo and Safari Park day we were going to do the cheetah run, I was pretty excited.
JANET: I know, it’s pretty incredible, and we are so happy with it. Our track itself is really impressive being 100 meters long, it’s the longest dedicated cheetah track, and we are running outside of an exhibit, it’s an open environment, so people are standing right there, just a few feet from the cheetah, the world’s fastest land mammal, sprinting full speed right past them.
12:38 JANET: Never in history has a wild cheetah attacked a person, they’re always going to choose flight over fight, and I think that does make them endearing, they are that sensitive predator, they are this incredible animal to run 70 miles per hour, to be such perfect athletes, it just really does make them so unique and special.
JON: Well thank you for sharing them with us.
JANET: Well thank you.
JON: The whole experience was just an amazing day at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.. I can’t imagine why anybody coming to San Diego wouldn’t want to do this.
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13:14 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, the historical and legendary Hotel Del Coronado.
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13:24 JON: San Diego has some of the best beaches around, in fact, the weather and beaches are a way of life here in San Diego. The Travel Channel just rated this beach, Coronado Beach, as one of America’s finest beaches, something locals and visitors have known for years. When you are done with your day at the beach, make sure and visit Coronado town, a quaint turn of the century town, complete with beautiful homes, parks, restaurants, shopping and so much more. For more information on Coronado and San Diego, visit alaskaair.com and book your vacation today, you will be glad you did.
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13:55 JON: The legendary Hotel Del Coronado has hosted many celebrities throughout time, from royalty, to presidents, to Hollywood. Today, they host the Next Stop crew.
14:10 CHRISTINE: I am the Hotel Del’s resident historian.
JON: Nice.
CHRISTINE: And the hotel was built in 1888, and we have a lot of history here, the hotel was actually built as a destination resort way before there was such a thing.
JON: So what inspired it back then? Why would they have built such a huge beautiful resort back in the day?
CHRISTINE: Well we’re looking in the wrong direction, the reason they built it here was out that way.
JON: The ocean. Location.
CHRISTINE: Location, location., location. It’s a beautiful location. There is something about coming into the Del that is awe inspiring and people, even little children, understand that it is a very special place, and that is all still here. So much of our interior achitecture, our intertior molding, design is still the way it used to be. All our lovely verandas you can see behind us, it’s actually beautiful here.
15:05 JON: There is a wide variety of accommodations here at the Hotel Del, and this is one of the newer rooms, this room is beautiful.
CHRISTINE: This is a beautiful room, it really speaks to the glamour that was with the Del from the very beginning, and this is in our victorian building which is 123 years old, but you would never know it from this room, it looks like a fashionable room from the hollywood era.
JON: You also have some cottages?
CHRISTINE: We do, we have Beach Village, which is a resort within a resort. It’s a private enclave, it’s own pool, it’s own concierge, it’s own services. It’s very private, it’s where the Hollywood people today like to come and stay.
JON: Well let’s stay along the hollywood line, because you’ve had movies filmed here, Some Like It Hot, Marilyn Monroe.
CHRISTINE: Yes, and it’s a classic, it was voted the number 1 comedy of all time.
15:55 JON: This 28 acre resort is not only stunning on the inside, but there is a lot going on on the outside, They’ve got a great pool, there is every beachfront activity you can possibly imagine, this place is kid-topia. They ever turn this into an ice skating rink during the winter months, how cool is that? My next stop, the spa.
16:19 JON: This is the life Corey, chilling out at the Spa Del. Spa’s just aren’t for women, guys dig spa’s too.
COREY: You said that right Jon. I’ve got to tell you one of the most interesting things I have noticed is that men just don’t appreciate what a spa has to offer. What Mandy is doing right now is not only applying a nice moisturizer to your hand so it will feel real nice later on when you go to talk to your wife, your girlfriend, or any other body that you like to hold hands with, but right now she is pouring a little wax on there, and it feels a little warm, very sensual right now.
JON: It does.
COREY: But in a few minutes what you will find is that it will be coated on there just like candle wax.
JON: I like it. After I do this I gotta do something sporty. You know what I think I will do?
COREY: What do you think you are going to do?
JON: I think I will try out surfing.
COREY: You know, this is the place to do that. Look just behind us folks, fantastic out there.
17:14 JON: This is Gnarly Neal, and he’s bound to get me up on this surfboard, on those waves.
NEAL: OK, here we go, paddle, paddle, paddle. Here it comes, hang on, hands back,toes up, here you go, bring that one foot up, good, good. Let’s throw on our wetsuits and we’ll head on out.
JON: Let’s do it!
NEAL: Alright.
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17:51 Stick around for artistically blended blues, jazz and rock and rool on Next Stop, San Diego.
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18:01 JON: San Diego’s famed Gas Lamp District is a 16 block area, equal parts stately and fun loving. The district, which gets its name from gas lit street lamps along 5th Avenue, has gone through many incarnations. Today you will find numerous restaurants ranging from burger joints to 4 star italian bistros, and much more. Numerous wine bars and night clubs brings this district to life at night and give it a vibrant pulse. If you are looking for action in San Diego, the Gas Lamp District is where it’s at.
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19:14 JON: Our musical guest on Next Stop San Diego is Len Rainey and his Midnight Players.
LEN: The band has been with me now for about 20 years. The band is some of the same guys that have been with me for 20 years. We just got back from Japan, just got back from Chicago, so I’ve been on the road for about 3 weeks, I haven’t seen a bed, a real nice bed, in about 3 weeks.
JON: And this is home for you?
LEN: This is home for me, this is home.
JON: What do you love about San Diego?
LEN: San Diego, the weather.I mean id you, you have to pay for the weather here but the weather is fantastic, and when you have so many great things to see here too, I mean you’ve got the zoo, you’ve got Sea World and all the rest of the things too.
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20:09 JON: How do you describe your music?
LEN: You know, it’s a mix, it a lot of original stuff, a lot of rhythm and blues, um, it comes from a lot of different angles, I’m an old rock and roll bass player, but I used to like a lot of soul and blues so, I kind of mixed it up together I used to call it jazz rock soul, folk funk is what we used to call it, so it’s a mixture of everything.
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20:43 JON: Did you see Anchorman?
LEN: I’ve seen a little bit of it yeah.
JON: OK,so Ron Burgundy was the Will Farrell character, riight?
LEN: He used to be here.
JON: He signed of every newscast, every night, with a message to San Diego, I want you to sign off with that message tonight.
LEN: Stay classy, San Diego, is that it?
JON: Say this to our viewers.
LEN Stay Classy San Diego, oh, stay classy Next Stop, that’s what I will say.
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JON: Thanks for tuning into Next Stop from one of America’s finest cities, San Diego California. The city with the best weather in the nation. With such great weather, there is never a bad time to come here, there is loads to see and do. Thanks also to our shows sponsors, the stunning Hotel Del Coronado, Alaska Airlines, and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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Next Stop: Portland

World Famous Food Carts, Widmer Oktoberfest, Last Thursday, Sailing on the Columbia River, Floater.

 

NEXT STOP: PORTLAND (TRANSCRIPTION)

00:00-00:04 JON: Hi, I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop, from the Rose City
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00:12-00:32 JON: Portland Oregon is one of the more colorful, vibrant cities in the United States, In fact, it was just named the city with the best food of any city in the world. They also have the most breweries of any city in the country, and we dive into that fact on this episode of Next Stop. We also set sail on the Columbia, we’ll introduce you to some of the colorful locals, and we feature Floater, a band that absolutely rocked the house. The fun starts now!
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00:35-00:48 JON Beer is a culture in Portland, it’s not just a drink. In fact, it’s been dubbed beer-vana by beer enthusiasts from all over the world, and for good reason. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the country. Let’s explore this further at the Widmer Oktoberfest.
00:53-01:03 JON: Very honored to be joined by two of the fathers of Portland breweries, the city with the most breweries in the county, take us back to the 70’s Kurt and Rob, what was going on in your world that made you want to get into beer?
01:04-01:09 KURT: We were home brewers, strictly home brewers in the 70, so no aspirations to take it beyond home brewing.
01:10-01:11JON: Now, you went to Germany for a couple years?
01:12-01:13 KURT: I did, I lived in Germany in the mid 70’s.
01:13-01:14 JON: Tell us about that, what did you learn?
01:14-01:19 KURT: Actually living there in Freiburg for a couple years, I came to appreciate where beer actually fits in the great scheme of things.
01:19- 01:21 JON: So then you came back to Portland.
01:21-01:22 KURT: Yeah.
01:23-01:24 JON: Convinced your brother to quit what he was doing, and join you, right?
01:25-01:28 KURT: Well, when I came back, that’s when we started home brewing. we both started doing that, we did that for about 5 years.
01:29-01:35 ROB: It was coincidentally, we weren’t under the same roof or, you know, it was serendipity that we both started home brewing at the same time.
01:36-01:41 JON: Look at this today, would you ever dream back in the late 70’s, early 80’s that you would have something like this today?
01:42-01:51 KURT: Oh, you know, an event like this is so great. I mean, this is Portland, there is a reason why Portland is the number one beer city in the whole western hemisphere.
02:00-02:10 JON: So when you think of Oktoberfest, especially when you spell it with a K, you think of Germany. Constance is from Germany. We found her, she actually found us. Willkommen!
02:11-02:12 CONSTANCE: Thank you.
02:13-02:15 JON: So, Oktoberfests are a big, big deal in Germany. What do you think of our little Oktoberfest here?
02:16-02:20 CONSTANCE: I really love it. It’s like, very cool and bigger that I expected.
02:21-02:22 JON: It’s bigger than you expected?
02:23-02:24CONSTANCE: It’s really bigger than I expected.
02:25-02:26 JON: Now how about the beer, how do you like the beer compared to German beer?
02:27-02:41 CONSTANCE: Umm, like, it depends. Like if you drink the pils and stuff, it’s very similar to the German stuff, but I know people, like my friends, they drink very hoppy beer which is different, a little bit stronger.
02:47-03:08 JON: Question for you on Portland trivia. How did Portland get it’s name?
GUY ONE:I thought you said it was a simple question.
JON: It is a simple question. It was either by a guy named Port, it was a coin flip, or, it was from a sea captain who was in here on Port.
GUY TWO: Coin flip.
JON: Are you sure?
GUY THREE: Yep
JON: You are correct
ALL GUYS: Yeah, yeah!
03:09-03:27 JON: How many different beers are there in Portland?
GUY ONE: A lot.
JON: I know a lot, but how many do you think?
GUY TWO: More than enough! Heck yeah, Heck yeah!, thank you!
GUY ONE: I want say 20 or 30
GUY TWO: I would say 28.
JON: You win. 351.
ALL: Laughter
03:34-03:49 JON: Outside is rock and rolling right now, but Rob brought me inside to this special room, to taste some special beers, out of special glasses. We were talking about that, when you drink wine, you drink pinot out of a nice pinot glass, or cabernet out of a cabernet glass. Most people don’t think about drinking beer out of the right glass.
03:50-04:31 ROB:With craft beers there is so much nuance, that if you drink out of a bottle it’s really kind of like plugging your nose and eating something, you are going to miss, a lot of it.
JON: Yeah
ROB: So this is a German beer from a town called Vossler, this is called agrosa. It’s very low alcohol, so this is a great daily, session style beer. This uses a hop called citra hop, which has a grapefruity character. So, we decided, well, ok, that’s good, but why don’t we add some grapefruit rind to this beer.
JON: Laughs
ROB: SO this has a very grapefruity character.
JON: It totally does!
ROB: Pretty typical pacific northwest IPA, hops are grown right here, most of this character is from this hop.
04:35-04:56 JON: Native Oregonians like to boast they never use an umbrella. What they mean is, they rarely use an umbrella, because after all, what’s a little rain anyway? And when it does rain, its usually a light mist. Portland only gets 38 inches of rain annually, less than New York City, so its pretty safe to say when you come to Portland, you can leave your umbrella at home. But, if you need one, just come down to Pioneer Square, this guy’s got one for you.
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04:59-05:07 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we take a stroll through downtown Portland with Mayor Sam Adams, and will introduce you to some colorful locals at a neighborhood festival.
05:09-05:33 JON: Portland Oregon has the largest wooded city park in America, Forest Park, covering over 5,000 square acres. It also has the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends Park, created in 1948 on St Patrick’s Day, to be the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland. Might explain why Portland has a killer St Patrick’s Day festival, one I always like to attend. This park make me feel big!
05:38-05:48 JON: Portland is truly one of the most vibrant cities in the country, lots of changes, lots of growth. Who better to talk about the growth than the honorable Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams.
SAM: Hi Jon, how are you?
JON: Welcome to Next Stop.
05:49-06:03 SAM: I’m glad to be here.
JON: What a beautiful city, what a beautiful Pioneer Square. Tell us about this place, it’s the center of the city, right?
SAM: Yes, this is Pioneer Courthouse Square, its known as the living room for Portland, and right behind us the Decemberists are getting ready to play at one of our annual music conferences here in the square.
06:04-06:32 JON: Now you guys have lots of things happening here in the square year round, right?
SAM: Yeah, rain or shine, there’s something going on here in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Square.
JON: How is Portland changing right now, there is lots of growth happening, some of the streets are kind of torn up, but its all for good reasons.
SAM: That’s right, we’ve got a whole new extension of our streetcar, we’re about to break ground on an extension of light rail, the other big changes in Portland is that we are becoming a more diverse city, racially, ethnically, and I think that’s great. I think it makes us a more interesting and stronger city. A more creative city.
06:33-06:53 JON: Portland was just voted the number one food city, not just in the northwest, not just in the US, but in the world.
SAM: Our food cart scene is really grass roots. It started on it’s own. We have about 500 food carts in the city of Portland.
JON: So you are number one in beer, number one in food,. We’ve tried the beer, but we haven’t tried the food.
SAM: Wait til you try it!
JON: Let’s go, it’s lunch time
SAM: Alright!
06:59-07:21 JON: So this is pretty much where it all started.
SAM: This is exactly where it all started, and as you can see, the focus is on the food, not necessarily the furnishings or the surroundings.
JON: That’s great though, and now this food cart I understand won the most exotic food cart in Portland, which would mean the most exotic food cart in the world, right?
SAM: This is a fantastic food cart, and I recommend the youcanhazit cheesburger
07:22-07:50 RYAN: It is a quarter pound black angus burger, its in between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches as buns, it comes with fresh lettuce, tomato, grilled onions. Patty melt is whats famous around the country, and this just kind of our take on it here in Portland. Sam and Jon, youcanhazit cheeseburgers.
JON Alright, wow.
SAM: Oh my goodness that’s good, that is a burger to die for.
07:53-08:14 JON: I cannot think of a more beautiful day to visit downtown Portland, the food carts come in all shapes and sizes. We have a pretty pink one here.
SAM: Very pink
JON: And we have Big A Sandwiches, now I understand this place has a sandwich named after you.
SAM: Ah, it’s true, and it’s quite a sandwich from what I’ve heard. I’ve never actually had the opportunity to taste it until today.
JON: You haven’t?
SAM: No.
JON: You are doing it on Next Stop.
08:15-08:54 ALL: Hey, hi.
JON:Hi I’m Jon.
LISA: Nice to meet you.
JON: So Sam and I were debating about the Big A** Sandwiches, with two asterisks, and I’m thinking it stands for Ash, since the Ash Street Saloon is right across the street.
SAM: It’s Art, Art, right? Big Art Sandwiches?
LISA: Big BLEEP Sandwiches. Big BLEEP Sandwiches.
JON: Nice. So speaking of Big BLEEP Sandwiches, you guys have the Sam Adams.
LISA: We do.
JON: What’s on that?
LISA: Ham, turkey, miracle whip on our ciabatta roll.
JON: How did you guys get into this business?
LISA: We wanted to open a restaurant, but economically, this is a little bit smarter. Big Bleep, Mayor Adams.
SAM: Oh, thank you.
BRIAN: There you are sir.
08:56-09:39 JON: You guys have a really good thing going on with food, beer, wine here in Portland, this is fun. And your sandwich, these guys did you right!
SAM: This is a good sandwich. Thank you Big ___ Sandwiches,
JON: You can’t say the word?
SAM: No.
JON: When you are done with all the food carts, you can head down to Voodoo Doughnuts, seen on the food network, seen all over the place.
SAM: You can get a doughnut that designed to look like dirt, and another one that has you know, all kinds of, I don’t know, you will have to check it out.
JON: I see ‘Keep Portland Weird’ all over the city.
SAM: That’s right.
JON: Portland is a wonderful city, what make it, what is the ‘Keep Portland Weird’ thing all about?
SAM: It really is you know, Portland is a place where you can be who you are, and whether that is weird to other people, here in Portland, we embrace that.
JON: Like this guy here. Elvis Presley lives in Portland Oregon everybody.
SAM: He has not left the building.
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09:50-10:04 JON: Portland is a city made up of many diverse neighborhoods. The Alberta district is one of the more colorful neighborhoods. Every last Thursday of every month they celebrate Last Thursday, all up and down Alberta Street. Tonight we also celebrate the opening of the Alberta Rose Theater.
10:39-10:44 JON: Let’s go inside the theater and enjoy the sights and sounds of the March Forth Marching Band, the pride of Portland.
11:09-11:40 JOHN: A group of us got together actually on Alberta, just a few blocks down the street. We had a meeting and put the band together for a fat Tuesday party. Oddly enough when we tour we try to keep it around 20, but we have about 30 something people in the band.
JON: Well this was awesome tonight you guys. The crowd loved you, you christened the theater.What do you think about this place, brand new venue?
JOHN: I really like it. I’ve been living basically 2 blocks from here for about 11 years.
JON: No kidding.
JOHN: So I’ve been…this place was a church forever, and sort of watching it and all of a sudden it’s now a venue, and I’m really excited because there is really no proper venues on this street.
11:42-11:58 ADAM:We have kind of designed the place to be able to do live theater, plays, dance, live music, and soon we are going to install a screen and video projection and we are going to be able to do movies.
12:04-12:23 JON: Last Thursday on Alberta Street was definitely on of the more eclectic events we have ever attended. Portland is loaded with live performance venues, and The Alberta Rose theater, christened tonight, is a great place to be entertained. If you come to Portland, come on the Last Thursday of the month, and come to Alberta Street. I guarantee you the experience of a lifetime.
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12:35-12:41 JON: Coming up, Portland’s vibrant floating home community, and we set sail on the mighty Columbia River with new friends.
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12:45-13:03 JON: Portland Oregon’s Tri Met is one of the most sophisticated light rail and bus transportation systems in the country. It’s MAX, or Metropolitan Area Express, connects downtown Portland with several surrounding areas, and if you are a business traveler to Portland, you can take the MAX right from PDX to downtown Portland and back, it’s very safe, it’s very convenient, and very affordable.
13:18-13:29 JON: Living on the water is a lifestyle for thousands of Portlanders, there is about a half dozen communities. I’ve always been intrigued by this lifestyle, so today we get to learn about it. We’re also going to set sail on the Columbia with some new friends.
13:35-13:57 JON: It’s a gorgeous day on the river, and it’s a great way, and a great way, to make new friends. Kate, Tom, Chelle, what’s it live to live on the water? I’ve always been intrigued. I’ve always wanted to, but I never have.
TOM: Different than on land for sure. One thing is, you are very close to you neighbors, and uh…
JON: You better like them!
TOM: You better like them, You better-you do need to be social.
13:58-14:38 KATE: It’s such a community, I mean, you really are. There is 71 homes down here, and you are family. You are 2 feet away from your neighbors, we’re at the bottom of the ramp, there is only one way in and out. Someone goes out of town and they are like ‘Hey I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks, walk my dog, take care of my cats, water my plants’ I mean we are just so intertwined, it’s so beyond community, it’s really a family.
CHELLE: It’s really great to be able to step out off your deck and go boating. I think most people who live on the water love the water, and love to boat. Most people have boats, and that’s kind of what draws them down here. To us, that’s really what is is all about, is being able to have access all the time to the water. At the spur of the moment if you want to go out on it you can.
14:46-15:28 JON: And away we go. This is nice, tell me about the neighborhood.
CHELLE: This is our neighborhood! When we take our friends around to see our neighborhood we take them up the channel in our boat. When you live on the water this is your neighborhood, it’s a little water world.
JON: How long have you been here Eric?
ERIC: I’ve lived here for 4 years in a floating home, been in Portland 20 some years, Seattle before that. Seattle is where I learned to sail.
JON: Where are we going today Eric, what are we doing?
ERIC: Well, we are going to head out the North Portland Channel, which is what we are in right now, then we are going to head up the river, put some sails up. It’s a perfect day out there, the wind is just right for sailing, and as you can see, maybe 3 clouds in the sky.
15:36-15:52 ERIC: Ok guys, so here is what we are going to do, we’re going to turn the boat into the wind and that will allow us to raise our mainsail. I’m going to send Jacob up to the mast, he is going to do what is called jumping the halyard and Jon, you are going to actually be down here on the wench coffee grinding it up
16:10-16:27 JON: So I love the terminology in sailing, lots of different terminology to get used to. What is this thing called?
CHELLE: This is the mast.
JON: And what is that bar over there called?
CHELLE: This is the boom.
JON: Hmm, we’ve got a boom. That’s our boom right there. I’m going to go ahead and guess that your boom is more useful that our boom.
16:38-16:51 JON: I always wondered what it would be like to live on the water and now we know. It’s a lifestyle I could definitely get a hold of. We had a great time, we met some new friends and went sailing, we are ending here at the Island Cafe right on the water. I like it. You guys have a good thing going on here in Portland.
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16:56-17:01 JON: Portland has one of the best live music scenes in the country, so stick around for our featured band, Floater.
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17:58-18:12 JON: Portland Oregon’s music scene is off the charts, one of the best in the country and Floater tonight absolutely rocked one of the best live music venues, the Crystal Ballroom. Three guys! Three guys bringing that kind of sound to the stage.
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18:48-19:29 JON: Who writes your music? Because your new cd tonight is fantastic, it’s awesome. Everything you guys do is great.
ROB: Ah, thank you, wow. You know, it’s pretty collaborative really. I mean sometimes I’ll come in with a whole song that I think is done, and then these guys will play it and go, you know, it would be better like this, and then it is.
JON: Laughs
ROB: Then sometimes we don’t even have a starting point, we just start kind of throwing ideas out and they stick, and you know there is an element of like when the chefs will just throw noodles at the wall and see what sticks.
JON: See what sticks!
ROB: We do a lot of that like…that one works.
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20:03-20:59 JON: Let’s talk about about Portland music, because, you know, I think most viewers watching around the country right now are not probably really privy to the Portland music scene. This is a thriving, bumping music scene. Why Portland Oregon?
ROB: It’s crazy, it’s crazy. I mean what blows me away, you go out on tour and you can be in a city that has 12 million and there are fewer clubs to play than there are in a city like Portland that is 2.
JON: Exactly.
ROB: And you find yourself going why are you 6 times larger in terms of population but there is so little happening, you know, and you come to Portland and there is this sort of bizarre like renaissance, it’s incredible.
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21:32-21:50 JON: Thanks for tuning in to this episode of Next Stop from the gorgeous Rose City of Portland, Oregon. You guys have to check this place out, we met some great people, what a beautiful city. Thanks also to our shows sponsors, Alaska Airlines, award winning Alaska Airlines, and Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. We’ll see you next time on Next Stop. Where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody!