This is a luxury gym for sure. Very clean, very fancy, very swanky. Very expensive. And the expensive membership fee ($299 initiation plus $111/mo) doesn't cover everything either. It's mostly to cover getting you into the door and giving you the basics that other gyms in the area provide, but all the extra goodies that makes this place unique require extra dough.
Some of the specialty areas like access to the high altitude room or rock climbing are not included in the membership fee. And the day pass doesn't cover belaying...so you need to bring a friend that's certified (and get certification for yourself) or pay extra for a staff member to do it.
The food in the restaurant was great. I had a delicious juicy buffalo burger with sweet potato fries. If someone else drove me to the gym, I would have partook in sampling their sakes. The cafe's smoothies are no Jamba Juice, but it wasn't horrible either. My fruity "Detox Smoothie" had a very powdery chalky taste to it, like drinking a protein shake without mixing it in very well. On a subsequent visit, I tried the "Leaf Green" shake which tasted a bit flat as well.
The pool is pretty cool too. From what the staff described to me, it's non-chlorinated and uses UV purifiers to keep it clean. It was nice to be able to swim without the eye-burning sensation that usually follows afterwards.
The staff has been wonderful as well. Very friendly, no complaints. This is a wonderful gym, no doubt, but I'm going to stick to my low-budget "ghetto" 24 Hour Fitness membership for now.
My friend gave me a Groupon deal to this place as a gift, and I have to agree with the other Yelpers that Valya's an excellent masseuse. She's friendly, professional, and has the strong hands and arms needed for deep tissue massages.
Scheduling an appointment was easy. Just go to their website and click "Book Now" to set one up.
Also, don't accidentally walk into "Lake Oswego Massage Therapy" like a dork (whom will remain nameless) because that's the wrong place that just happens to be in the same corporate park. As the e-mail states: "Enter through the door marked with 245 above the glass doors. Take the elevator to the Lower Level. Turn right out of the elevator to find our suite."
It's a window, you order waffles from it. Concept is good, but the execution leaves much to be desired.
The 3B waffle topped with egg was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, to go with the waffle, I found their flavored lemonade to be absolutely disgusting. Portland sure loves their bitter drinks for some reason. My wife's coffee was atrociously bad (with coffee ground lumps floating about) and the self-service station was a messy wreck.
The Bread and Ink cafe staff were not friendly at all (which prompted us to go to Waffle Window in the first place), so eat at the covered patio outside if you can and avoid those grumps. The Waffle Window staff were friendly but way too overworked to be attentive to their own dining areas. Maybe that fuels some of the drama with the cafe... who knows?
I want to come back and try more waffle combos, but my wife hates this place and there are more convenient options around that won't cause marital strife. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it for other people.
TL;DR: Come for the waffles, bring your own drink, avoid the cafe.
The claim to fame for Threat Dynamics is their virtual shooting simulators where you fire modified guns with CO2 magazines at virtual ranges or interactive videos of bad guys taking people hostage or trying to kill you. This is no Wild-West first person shooter video game experience as you're encouraged to follow the proper rules of engagement and Oregon laws.
You can do the scenarios in cooperative teams, which makes for a great experience for corporate team building and birthday parties. For the extra brave or the manliest of men (or women), they have shock belts for zapping you when you get "shot" by the sim. And those things hurt!! But they will give you a real adrenaline rush after the first time you fail.
This place recently moved from their location in Tualatin. It looks like some map programs haven't been updated with the new address yet so make sure you're heading to Tualatin-Sherwood and not Tonka.
The new location has more room and all the fun virtual shooting sims as before. It's great for training and introducing someone who's squeamish or inexperienced with firearms to get acclimated without the deafening loud bangs or danger. And when they're ready to graduate to real guns, they also have a new live-fire range. If you don't own a gun, they have firearms available to rent for the range.
The only downside is that it's a bit on the expensive side and if you don't schedule an appointment in advance, finding a time slot for the sims can be difficult or impossible. Apart from that, the people here are friendly and very knowledgeable, and I highly recommend this place!
I love a good Eggs Benedict, and this place poaches those eggs very well! The presentation is as top notch as the attentive and fast service. And just so you don't get bored, they have rotating specials of different types of benedicts like prosciutto and crab (sold separately).
The potatoes are consistently under-seasoned, but otherwise pleasant. A little salt or ketchup helps, but it's a blemish on what would otherwise be perfectly cooked potatoes.
Breakfast is definitely their specialty and they're open every day for breakfast, but if you want to come here for dinner, check the hours because they're only open at night a few days out of the week. It's also a bit cozy inside, so you'll want to keep the groups small.
TL;DR: The place to go for breakfast and Eggs Benedict!
This is a run-down greasy spoon diner that opened up 30 years ago and probably hasn't been updated since in terms of decor (and menu). Even though ceiling tiles are missing and falling off and the booths are tattered and worn, the place is clean and has a lot of interesting and unique aviation-related memorabilia scattered throughout, which is worth a few points.
The food is just ok, but expect your sides to be like frozen fries and canned peaches. Sandwiches are a safe bet.
Prices are cheap and service was friendly and prompt and that's what makes it better than the Wings Cafe. Also, wi-fi.
TL;DR: Timewarp to the early 80s.
When this place opened up, I didn't realize this was a popular chain with 400+ locations all over the country. This is the first one in the Portland area and it's got some pretty good stuff going for it. My favorites include the sausage (both kinds), coleslaw, chicken breast, ham, baked beans, and ribs.
The mashed potato casserole was just ok. It definitely needed to be heated up. It was too cold for the cheese to soften let alone melt. The biscuit was kinda meh...a bit too doughy but it's starting to grow on me.
The pulled pork and brisket were big disappointments in the flavor department. In terms of texture, they're excellent, but you really need to slather on the sauce to cover up the dry and unseasoned meat.
The dinner area is small and can get very crowded quickly during the lunch rush. The floor also has this weird greasy-slippery feel to it. Not sure what's up with that... watch your step?
The big plus are the people working there. Always friendly and pleasant and eager to offer helpful suggestions if you're stuck on what to order. There's also free soft-serve vanilla ice cream if you care for some dessert afterwards.
TL;DR: Not bad for some quick BBQ
This was my first Renaissance Festival I've had the chance to go to, so I came here with no expectations of what it should be. To put it in simplest terms for those unaware, it's a bunch of performers and guests using the Washington County Fairgrounds to roleplay "Medieval Times."
I had a blast! It was a very hot day, so the crowd was a bit on the light side, but the performers seemed just as enthusiastic and energetic as if it was a full house coupled with a lot of audience interaction. I had more fun at this than I ever did at the Washington County Fair and actually spent the entire Sunday there.
The various scheduled events on the roster don't cost money to watch, but the entertainers do solicit for tips. There are multiple showing, so plan accordingly if you want to see everything.
Maybe my expectations are lower than most because I haven't been to any of the other more established Renaissance Festivals in the country, but it was an overall enjoyable experience and I look forward to attending again next year.
Sign me up for a job at NASA for I am the lauded lord of landing lunar landers (according to this simulator)! What do you mean I'm over 40 years too late? Oh... I may have no future in being an astronaut, but I can always enjoy learning about them at the Museum of Flight. Practice landing the space shuttle, walk through a space station command module, and see samples of all the gross stuff they had to eat back then. And I think there were also planes or something like that too.
But seriously, this is one place you don't want to miss if you're into airplanes or astronauts. Step back through time and see decommissioned passenger aircraft, including Air Force One (as of this review), and reminisce about this thing called "leg space" that air travelers used to have! For an extra price, you can fly in an interactive fighter jet simulator that tilts and rotates and spins you upside down while you shoot down enemy targets.
Oregon residents can enjoy tax-exempt purchases in the gift shop and the employees that work in the museum and shop are very friendly, unlike the depressed lot assigned to the Wings Cafe. Skip that place, by the way.
At first, this seems like an appropriately themed cafeteria with aviation stuff on the walls and tables, and that's about where the fun ends. Otherwise, welcome back to middle school, complete with dirty tables, sticky floors, and pre-packaged and reheated frozen delights.
I paid six bucks for a do-it-yourself loaded baked potato with little tubs of sour cream, shredded cheese, and bacon. The bacon and cheese were a bit icy (just pulled out of the fridge) and the potato itself was lukewarm. The net result after combining all the ingredients was a cold potato.
The buffalo wings were barely warm, the pulled pork sandwich was unevenly heated (microwaved), the coleslaw was very bland (get better slaw at KFC), and the pita was soggy and gross on the bottom with a big hunk of plastic wrap stuck to it.
I saw a "chef" wheel in a large pallet of sealed plastic bowls of salad that you would find in the grocery store. You're basically paying fresh-food prices for vending machine/frozen food.
The employees working here feel dead inside, especially in contrast to the friendliness and positive attitudes the employees at the rest of the museum have. I wonder if it's a rotation thing and the cafe is the crap job everyone hates to do when it's their turn.
Penalty: -1 - foreign object in food
TL;DR: Eat somewhere else, support the museum by buying something at the gift shop instead