Looking for a SW Haven
I had a really nice time meeting some other urbanmamas at Sohbet in North Portland today. I have now completed the Triad of kid-friendly cafes as reported here on Urbanmamas and Marlynn's Best of Family Friendly Portland survey:
Sohbet (NE) (nice toys, great food and coffee)
Urban Grind (NE)
Tazza Cafe (NW) (smaller play area, but great stumptown coffee)
I enjoyed them all. Maika (my 20 month old) liked them all, too, though her favorite was probably the Urban Grind's kitchen toys. My problem is that I live in South Beaverton. While it doesn't really take more than about 20 minutes to reach any of those three cafes, I would love to find one close enough that Maika doesn't fall asleep in the car on the way home.
I have found some great kid-friendly restaurants (Pasta Veloce on SW Scholls currently being my favorite. You walk in, order and pay up front, then sit down and they bring you a menu. Drinks and napkins and extra silverware are self-serve, and they have a few boxes of giant lego-type toys to take to your booth.) in my area, but am still looking for a haven where I can take Maika and then manage some socialing or some writing at the same time as I sip a hot drink. The local Conestoga recreation play gym, while extremely nice, just isn't the atmosphere I am looking for.
Any ideas, anyone?