It’s no secret that I love my city, Portland.
I talked about it nonstop while in college on the East Coast. Convinced college friends and world travelers that anyone who comes to visit will fall in love with the city too.
Plus, it doesn’t help that Portland has more breweries and pubs per capita than anywhere else in the world!
This being said, I was thrilled when my friend, Sara Gray reached out to me for her project I Live Here:PDX. The concept is simple, show case local residents, who are involved in their local communities, doing cool things across the city. I immediately agreed, filled out a quick survey and a couple days later Sara and I met up for a photo shoot at BridgePort Brewery Co.
On Monday morning, I woke up for my post-Thanksgiving food coma to find my profile was showing on I Live Here:PDX! Definitely check it out.
Name & Age: Jenna Forstrom & 25
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Current Neighborhood: Old Town Chinatown
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Community Manager / Beer Blogger
What do you create? Engagement and conversations. Laughter and love. Beer.
How did you land in Portland? Returned back to PDX after four years of college on the East Coast.
What is the last book you read? Currently reading Game of Thrones.
Name your favorite tattoo. The only one I’ve got! My Native American Orca on my left foot.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? Pad kee mao.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? None… Katu.com, CNN.com, Mashable.com
What is your favorite bridge and why? Steel Bridge. It’s right by my house and I love walking the Waterfront Loop.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? If it has caffeine I’m happy.
Coast or Mountains? Why not both? That is what makes Portland so great. You can go skiing on a Saturday and hike at the coast on Sunday!
Only in Portland moment? Anytime I have a friend visiting from the East Coast something crazy happens. Great people watching any time. Day or night.
A favorite local business? Any of the breweries! Particularly, HUB, Upright, Migration, Rogue, Deschutes and Bridgeport.
Are you a car person or a bike person? MAX, have a car though, bike was recently stolen
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Homelessness. It breaks my heart seeing people sleep under the bridges.
Live in Portland and want to be part of I Live Here:PDX, sign up here. Also, need a photographer? Check out Sara Gray’s website! We grew up going to church together and I’ve loved working with her on previous projects. Check them out here, here and here.
Ever been to Portland? What did you love most about it? (It’s the beer, I know!)