Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Oregon, but mostly Portland Dining Experiences… my second quarterly report! March to June 2015!

Stromboli at Muddy Rudder in Sellwood… love this place!
So, here we go again!  My second quarter of eating everywhere I can in Oregon but mainly in the Portland area!  I am finding it easier to post these lists every quarter instead once a year because it gives YOU the chance to experience what I have all throughout the year.  It works right?!!!

Hope you get a chance to hit some of my favorites and please note:  these are my personal notes, my views and be sure to find me on Yelp for more ratings and info and photos of my food of course!  Enjoy and go eat, drink and be merry!

I won’t mention little places I’ve been to over and over again for ice cream such as Salt & Straw and some places for coffee, etc. unless they are outstanding of course.  And, if you see a *... it’s because it’s either new to me or the first time I’ve had food there some places I frequent:  Barista on Alberta St., The Tea Bar on Killingsworth, Salt & Straw, Eb and Bean, Baker and Spice in Hillsdale, Cheese and Crack, etc…...

Been To:  Since mid March!

*Bamboo Izakaya-now a sushi place on Alberta. Food was good and cocktails... delicious but I don’t like sushi so I prob won’t go back.

Lucky Lab-only had beer but food looked and sounded good and had the grilled cheese before once with salsa in it and it was delicious!

Meat Chz Bread-Ray liked his chicken salad sandwich and I had the fall Panzanella which is good but I find that I pick the greens and the croutons out and leave the squash.  It’s a bit chewy is all but tasty.

*Woodblock- nice tour and chocolate good for dark choc lovers. 

*Bang Bang-delicious curry bowls. Lots of flavor. Smallish place. I had Paenang and yes, I’d go back! 

*The Brooklyn Park Pub-just beer. Smelled like greasy food inside so I prob won’t go back.

*Red Pig Garden Tools-neat place in Boring, OR.  Everyone needs to go! 

*Jonsrud View Point-view of the Sandy River Canyon and it’s gorgeous and a must see!

*The Conquistador Lounge on Belmont. Food ok and Margarita was great. All vegetarian and great for Vegans too!!! 

The Knock Back. Great bar food for our first time to eat there. Hubby had the dirty popcorn which he loved and I had a veggie slider that had great flavors!  Lovely Tom Collins!!  This is a cool bar in the summer when the evenings are cool.  Order and watch the bartender make your cocktail and sit by the fire to enjoy it.

Blue Goat in Amity. Had sunchoke soup. Delicious and a must go to anyone in that area of the Willamette Valley!

La Sirenitas Alberta St... as always, decent Mexican food, cheap! 

*Boxer Ramen... Good flavor but music was screaming loud and so I won’t be back.

*Farina Bakery on Hawthorne... so sweet and clean and cute.  Had a savory scone and one Macarone... orange cardamom.  Steven had a savory galette and a little fruit thingy.  She sent us home with a goodie bag since they were officially closed.  Owner is young and one of those bakers that started baking from her apt.  Love stories like that!

The Old Gold.. went a while ago for Whiskey 101 but had food and beer there this time.  Had a grilled cheese and it was ok.  Fries are coated.  This is a noisy but fun happy hour place and prices are great.  Great whiskey selection so we’ll be back over and over again!

*Cup and Bar on MLK... just for coffee but oh man.  Take Ray asap.  Next time I’m having the Dirty Charlie!

*Ville Velo Bake Shop at Prescott and NE 15th Ave.  So sweet and they’ve only been open about a month.  Today is 4-28-15  I had a lemon berry scone and I brought home a cookie for Ray.  They have everything right there so you can pick what you want.  I was on a walk and ate the scone walking home.  Good at the time but disappointed when I got home and had already ate my scone.  Dang it!  Reminds me of a smallish cake shop in an English village I’ve been to.

Stella Taco and I loved the margarita and vegan molé taco!  Lots of flavor in there!

*Garden Bar in the Pearl... just a salad but a good one.

Pip’s and as always.. perfect!  Loved the seasonal strawberry rhubarb doughnut!

*Jade in Sellwood for macarone’s and a chocolate chip cookie... so good and cheap!  Can’t wait to try lunch or dinner there.

Bye and Bye for chili frito pie!  Yumeeee!  On May 4, 2015

Milk Glass Market for breakfast on Sat. May 2, 2015.  I had an Oatmeal pudding thingy and an apple butter scone that was delicious.  Ray, Steven and Ann had a breakfast sandwich that they really liked too.

Opa in Sellwood for their calazones... so good as always!

*Upright Brewing.. so fun and good beer and thanks to Jacko, we love this place!

Ex Novo again because I love it!  Highly recommend it!

Liberty Glass.. my fav and took mom and dad and they shared the Date Cake and loved it!

Back To Eden.. as always, so good if you want Vegan sweets!

*Taco Pedaler on Broadway... good little tacos and cute little place.  It will do well and I’ll go back again!

*Eisenhower Bagels inside Pinky’s on Interstate.  I want to go back for breakfast there but I brought home three salt bagels that were delicious boiled bagels.  They were real!

*Migration Brewing for a beer.  It was ok but has this weird smell that a lot of places with concrete floors have.  It needs to be power washed?  Great for the neighborhood and love the patio!  They have new outdoor seating available and it’s super nice out there.

*The Fireside on NW 23rd for a grilled cheese and fries and a cocktail which was yummy.  I’d go back.

*Portland Mercado for food truck food and it was good with the Barrio, a bar inside.  Took home some Chicken to cook for Burritos.  The carts are cute and clean and I love all of it!

*Belmont Station for beer... bought some to bring home.  Great idea with lots of beer to chose from.  I’ll be back over and over again.

*Costello’s Travel Cafe... went a few weeks ago for coffee and it was cute and busy.  Went today for a waffle and it was ok.  I’d go back for lunch.  Interesting place.

All-Way... my first time to the downtown location.  So freaking good!  Went back a few weeks ago on a Sunday evening and even though it was still good, my bun wasn’t toasted or grilled and that makes a huge taste difference.

*Buttercraft... very cute but would like to see them offer more.  They are super new so I’m sure they’ll grow.  Tried some butter but not a fan of eating it off a spoon.  Would suggest a plain cracker or piece of bread for sampling.  Took some strawberry butter home.  Haven’t tried it yet but son did on toast and loved it!

Dar Salam... had the falafel sandwich and it was amazingly delicious!

*Culmination Brewing for beer only.. good but would like it colder.

Milk Glass Market... Apricot Scone and oatmeal pudding... yum!  Would like if they would let me order that scone and two scrambled eggs but I was told, there are absolutely no substitutions or changes to the menu.  I get that but how hard is it to scramble two eggs??

*Creo Chocolate... I had a coconut brownie that was delicious and Ray loved his chocolate nib brownie.  I took a few candy bars to SoCal for family.

*Ringside... they boast of their onion rings.  It’s the dressings that are good!  Had a veggie platter... eh.  Ray loved his steak though.  Will save this place for celebrations.

*Teote.. omgeee.. So good!  I had the veggie bowl and loved it and loved the plantains and the corn cake was perfect.  The best guac in the city!  Will go back! 

Prost... just for beer and it was good as always!  BTW... their pretzels are amazing!

*Thai Noon on Alberta St... just ok flavors.  Kind of hot and there’s so many places like this so it’s hard to say which is best.

Went back to All-Way downtown and my burger wasn’t as good this time.  I think they need to be more consistent?  Anyways, it was good but I was taking a tried and true burger lover that adores In & Out and this time just didn’t do it.  I think the first time I went to this location, the bun was toasted or put on the grill to toast and this last time it wasn’t.  It really makes a difference.

Miss Zumstein’s... so good!  Love their bran muffins and son loves their muffin tin doughnuts but they don’t make them very often.

Base Camp just for beer... it was good!  Had the wit!

Solstice in Hood River... had the S’mores dessert before pizza and it was delicious!  The pizza was amazing too!  Love this place.  Had a cocktail called the Farmer’s Daughter.

Arleta Library Cafe... delicious as always!  Raspberry Coffee Cake this time but I wish they would switch coffee and quit using Stumptown.  

*Red Wagon Creamery Ice Cream at an event for Little Green Pickle.  It was pretty darn good ice cream!

Stella Taco... had the Fried Avocado Taco and the Street Corn.  Both amazing but the corn... OMG... hope they have this all summer long!  The ice blending margarita was so good but man, there’s a lot of tequila in those suckers.  Barely made it walking home and I only live a few blocks away!

*Angel Face Bar... super cute, service was fine and cocktails were ok.  Desserts could be better.  I have ideas cause they didn’t seem to be housemade.  Seemed frozen and thawed.

Muddy Rudder... always a favorite with the best stomboli in town and a great bar period!  For the locals but it’s welcoming to everyone and so we go now and then.  One of my top favorites in town.

Autentica.... first time for dinner.  First thing I noticed was the menu was not long as far as entrees go and the prices seemed steep but, the food is outstanding and filled with flavors with just the right texture.  I had the only “no meat” option on the entree menu and again, delicious.  Others had goat, beef and loved it!  The tortillas are soft warm and just made along with the guacamolé and the margaritas, this place is perfect!

*Cruise In Diner... it was a cute place and in the middle of nowhere.  We have malts and burgers and it was ok.  It was pretty packed but we found a place to sit on the patio.  It was nice and warm and we could see vineyards etc. from there.  I’d go back.

*Stammtisch’s... a German sister to Prost with a bigger menu!  Great beer selection and love the menu!  Not totally packed with items it’s truly perfect with a little of everything you need to say you ate authentic German food.  Had some potato pancakes with applesauce, frites, asparagus with hollindase sausce, a warm soft pretzel with German hot mustard and hubby had schnitzel and boiled potatoes.  Everyone love it.  Nice sized restaurant with some outdoor sidewalk seating too.

Gigi’s in Hillsdale... second time out and had the angel food waffle with syrup and some eggs.  Steven had the Monte Cristo on a waffle.  Delicious.. all of it!

Baker and Spice... got Ray a chocolate crackle and chocolate chip cookie and Steven picked up some goodies too.  All of it so good.  Some day I’ll go for breakfast again.

Autentica for brunch... again.  Delicious and their patio has been redone is so cute and comfy. On Fr’s day.

Radio Room... go here for meetings once in while.  Always get the grilled Margarita cheese sandwich and soup.  Always good!

*1856 is a bottle room on Prescott and NE 15th near Grain & Gristle.  Love this little shop.  Went in yesterday for a cold beer and they have a lot to chose from to drink there and/or take home. 

Solstice in Hood River… the S'Mores Dessert!

Eb and Bean on Broadway!

Baker and Spice.. next to Gigi's in Hillsdale!

Here's the link to my earlier list this year… from January to March 2015:

1856 on Prescott and NE 15th Ave.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cannon Beach… where Sandcastles are built in the sand! An Oregon Coast Holiday!

Another Oregon thing I have wanted to do for a long time can finally be checked off my list!  This Sandcastle Competition in Cannon Beach has been on my calendar for a few weeks and so last Saturday we headed toward the Oregon Coast!

There were things I had seen and read about in Oregon before ever moving here almost 8 years ago. I've been able to say that I have almost completed that mental list that I was keeping but seriously, every time I think there can't be anything I haven't done, I prove myself wrong.  This sandcastle competition had me searching on-line for lodging because I wanted to see it from the beginning and get an early morning start.  I waited too long and there were no rooms available however, one day at the coast is fine and can easily be done from Portland.

I don't know the particulars about this event however, I do know it lasted about four hours.  There's an end time of 4pm for obvious reasons called high-tide.  We got down to the beach about 2pm and noticed the people lined up around visions of castles, chess pieces, frogs and more.  I immediately took off my sandals as my newly poppy pink manicured toenails sunk in to the warm sand.  We trekked for a bit and made our way around these sand formations.

More than castles, these masterpieces were truly amazing.  As we wandered from exhibit to exhibit, we noticed everyone was snapping photos however, we also noticed that at about 3:00pm, water from the tides began trickling upward and making its way into human dug motes that surrounded the sand art and the water slowly began wearing away at the pieces of sand taking bits with each little wave.  Kind of sad in a way but also knowing that this would all be gone soon, made it seem a bit magical too.  I wanted to stay and see how the man-made sand bridges would hold up or how the treasure box pictured above would maintain it's shape, or if the "game of Life" could truly last a life time.  I knew it would be washed away soon.  So, after many photos, watching many standing and staring in admiration, it was time to go.

Next year, I'm hoping to snag a beach house for the week or weekend but I will be back if for just a day!

Notes to self:

Be sure to not forget the sunscreen, beach towels, and a blanket!

Take extra clothing and a hat… it gets pretty cold near the water!

Go early to watch the competition from the beginning!

Book a house or room earlier in the year so we can enjoy at least a weekend at the Oregon Coast!

Don't forget snacks, water and my camera!

Monday, June 15, 2015

A short day to explore the suburbs of Portland and the Cooper Mountain Nature Park!

Some essentials of course!

I am learning to take the things that are essential on my hikes.  A bigger pack is what I need but yesterday's hike was short and so I was able to get by with my new smallish Sherpani bag, some sunscreen, a few maps and this new bandanna from REI!

We slept in Sunday and got up when we got up so we got on the road a little later than we planned but it wasn't a rush day… we had no plans really, no schedule to keep or anyone to meet at any time.  It was time to play and so we did!

Our first stop outside Portland was the Cruise In Country Diner.  Set in the middle of nowhere really, amongst fields of vines, veggies, foliage of all kinds and some orchards, this diner is very sweet.  Throw me back to early times, cause it does take you back a little, we dined on burgers, chocolate malts and root beer floats!  In the farmlands of Hillsboro and where agriculture is rooted deep, you'll find this diner packed and delicious on a Sunday afternoon.

Found at Farmington Gardens… I'm getting this next time!

We made it to the Cooper Mountain Natural Area with full bellies and prepared ourselves for a short hike around a short trail. There are a few trails to chose from which is great and it was a pretty warm day so we took the shorter route.  Learning along the way, this nature area has everything!  See this "listening trumpet" we found pictured below.  We put our ear to it and listened intently as bird sounds, chirps and squawks rang in our ears as if we were flying right next to the birds in the sky.  This is a great place for kids and places like this are what make this region so great and be sure to bring some snacks, water, sunscreen and something to keep cool with if you are trekking out to the nature area this summer. There's not a ton of shade so keeping cool and hydrated is important!

The listening trumpet at the Cooper Mountain Nature Park!

We hiked around for an hour or so and then decided it was time for a beer!  Our plan was to eventually make it out to the McMenamins at Forest Grove, the Grand Lodge.  So, I guess we did have one plan with lots of little stops along the way.  First we came across the Farmington Gardens which I had bookmarked in Yelp.  We strolled the trees and foliage in this huge nursery and I came home with a lime green smokebush I had been searching for.  This place is awesome and there's so much to see that it would take a lot longer to really appreciate it but this was a "happened to come across" place so we were anxious for that cold beer!

The parlor at the Grand Lodge, McMenamin's!

The Grand Lodge is just that, a former Mason Lodge, this McMenamins is pretty fancy if you can call it that.  There was a wedding party forming, folks playing disc golf, families running in the grass, people eating and then there were the two of us enjoying the picnic table in the shade.  On the cool lawn, people watching and sipping two very cold McMenamin beers, it was a good day.

I wanna say we were gone from Portland about 4-1/2 to 5 hours in all and that was a perfect half-day getaway in my opinion.  We could have added more stops with all the barns selling goods, the wineries in the area and more but this was enough, this was perfect and we got to see new things we had never seen before.

Find your happy place or your half-day road trip right here and let me know how you liked it.  Feel free to add places to extend this trip outside the city.  Have fun and stay cool!

Tattoo on our server at the Grand Lodge… I love it!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Oregon Lakes… we covered five in one day and they are all near Mt. Hood! An itinerary for a day trip!

Trillium Lake 
Bear Grass!
Looking for that day trip where you leave the city behind and discover a whole other world you never knew about?  I have the day trip for you and you will be amazed at what I found!  

I followed some friends on Instagram that love to hike and explore quite a bit.  I noticed one of their posts came from a lake near Mt. Hood.  As I followed them on their journey, I saw that they covered several lakes in just one day.  I wanted to do that too and so then, our day trip was planned shortly thereafter!

Leaving Portland in the morning after a good solid breakfast, got us on the road about 9am.  We headed east and very soon found ourselves surrounded by tall firs, winding roads and a whole hour or so of conversation on just how beautiful Oregon is.  I promised myself years ago right after I moved here and spent my first year in awe and admiration of this state that I would never take it for granted.  I don't think I have but to be honest, I get more joy out of seeing our visitors ooh and awe at the same things I did only a few years ago.  There is great beauty here to be seen by everyone and it feels good to share it.

On this day trip, on the way to the lakes, we stopped first at the Zigzag Ranger Station on hwy 26. I highly suggest you do this before trekking out on your own.  Filled with info both verbal and on hand outs that include maps, the rangers know the area pretty darn well and were able to give us a small map that outlined the route to several lakes I wanted to see.  Soon, we were on our way!

I kept noticing these white wildflowers pictured here as we drove past forests, fields and hills.  I finally saw a whole meadow of them so, that was a perfect place to stop and stretch and get a few photos or in my case a whole load of them.  I found out later, these blooms are called Bear Grass.  I still have to look that foliage info up but I'm wondering if bears really consume the grass or not?

We decided that we could get to five lakes possibly if we scooted along so we made our way first to Trillium Lake. It was a bit windy and there were a few clouds but Mt. Hood was as picturesque as ever and peeked through a bit and we were able to admire it and snap a few photos as well.  The lake was filled with little boats and fishermen with rods and reels enjoying the sunshine and hoping to catch a few fish I'm sure.

From there, we headed out to Frog Lake.  This is a tiny body of water and easily doable with a kayak.  In fact, all the lakes we saw with one exception are practically made for kayaking.  Next time!  There's plenty of parking and some places to sit as well so if you make it out there, take your time and enjoy the scenery or perhaps a walk around the lake.

Clear Lake was next and there's campgrounds everywhere.  We saw many campers,  more folks fishing and after a little accidental "off road" jaunt, we were back on the real road as we quickly admired again the scenery and crystal clear water.

Clear Lake!

Timothy lake is actually at the bottom of the map our ranger gave us so we hit it next!  A perfect view, a perfect day filled with sunshine and a few picnic benches calling our names and this is where we picnicked and threw a football around for a bit.  I could have stayed a while longer but we had one more lake to go and I didn't want to miss it.

So, the last lake, Little Crater Lake is just that… it's little and it's blue and clear and deep and oh my gosh!!  If all you have time for is this little lake, that's ok just go see it.  This lake alone is worth a whole day trip just for it's tiny self.  There's a short trek from the parking spaces to the lake however, it's paved somewhat and perfectly fine for a wheelchair or a stroller.  There's a small landing and some info at the lake itself and be sure to bring your polarized sunglasses and be prepared to jump a little.  I lowered my shades over my eyes and almost felt like I was standing on the water looking in to it's deep abyss. Surrounded by meadows with tall trees all around here and there, this lake is probably one of my favorites now.  I will tell everyone I know headed that way about it.  It's something everyone has to see.

We took the path around the lake and discovered a sweet trail lined with jumping frogs, kissing gates and a hike that could possibly take us further in to the woods.  However, short on time and more to see, this day went way too fast.  Seeing the five lakes on our map and on my list was accomplished so it was time to head up to Timberline for that delicious hot chocolate.

Little Crater Lake!
Back in the car, we took hwy 35 toward Hood River.  More meadows, that mountain and the rocks and river drew us silent for a bit as we admired the scenery.  I swear someday I'm going to read about the formation of this whole area and learn about the topography.  It's interesting lines in the hills, cliffs and water tell many stories I'm sure.

Hood River is one of my favorite Oregon towns.  We stopped and shopped and then found food!  Solstice is one of my places I have to hit every time I'm in the area.  Today though was special.  It was going to be the very first time I have a S'Mores dessert I keep hearing about.  There were five of us, we ordered pizzas, cocktails and that dessert and didn't care about in which order everything came out.  Set out on the table before dinner, the S'More was five spoons deep in and devoured within a few minutes. I got two bites and was satisfied.  The pizza came and we drove back to Portland happy, full and feeling a little pooped out but then… there's Multnomah Falls.

A quick stop at the falls and some more admiring and picture taking and then it was time to get home!

S'mores Dessert at Solstice in Hood River!
Some notes here before you head out:

You can certainly do all this in a day but you would be smarter to spend a night in the Hood River Valley… The Old Parkdale Inn and Sakura Ridge are two of my favorite places is that area.

Take extra shoes, water and sunscreen and perhaps a snack.  Even though these lakes aren't too remote,  it's always good to be prepared in my opinion.

Pack a picnic and take time to enjoy all or at least one of the lakes for a while.  We hurried through but that will serve only to make me yearn to go again… soon!

Have fun and let me know if you go and want more ideas for stops, food or lodging.  Drive safe!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Strawberry Jam making at the Portland Homestead Supply Co. The Hot Bath Method!

The boiling berries!

I grew up with a grandma that made tons of pickles in a kitchen hallway lined with crocks and shelves filled with canning jars.  I hated waiting for them and when we were finally allowed to open one, we would crowd around and eat them like they were special candy.  She occasionally made jam too!  Again, we'd line up and wait for the process to be over and the great thing… we didn't have to wait very long because jam doesn't have to ferment like pickles and you can literally eat it right away.  However, I dutifully brought my jar home yesterday after my very first jam making class .

I have taken other classes at the Portland Homestead Supply Co. and they've all been fun and I learned a lot.  We watched this process yesterday being done by a Master Food Preserver, Eric Tworivers, M.F. P.  And yes, you go to college for that degree and he knows his stuff.  He said you can make jam out of anything pretty much.  He mentioned beer jam and I know now, this has to be done soon!  He's getting me the recipe.

So, below, you'll find the recipe for the hot bath method strawberry jam we made yesterday and have at it!  I am still a bit nervous to do it but I'm gunna go for it once I get my hands on a flat of berries!  And as for that beer jam… I'll let you know how that goes and perhaps let you sample it too!


Berries and jars heating up!

Eric Tworivers, M.F. P



  1. PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.  Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
  2. COMBINE strawberries and lemon juice in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that can not be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. ADD entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
  4. LADLE hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  5. PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

    Doughnuts are added to this Third Wave Coffee Tour… a Portland Tour Pairing to love.

    My cuppa at home before the tour;))!

    I was standing there watching the barista at our last stop of this coffee tour making a pour over.  At that moment, I connected with the real reason I began drinking coffee. The barista said something about the journey, the experience and so on and I was like, yeah… I get that.

    There's something about opening a fresh bag of roasted beans and pouring them in to my jar at home. Something about the way the grinder releases the wave of scent throughout my kitchen and then that something that hits you when your hot water touches the grinds and you watch it trickle down slowly and fill and you know it's almost ready.

    Last year Lora from Third Wave Coffee Tours here in Portland, invited me to come along on her adventure.  An adventure it was since we just had a snow and ice storm pass over Portland that lasted about a week.  We trekked through that snow and ice and tasted coffee at several spots on the east side of town.  I learned a lot and watched how methods of making coffee has changed over the years and those methods have certainly become an art form in my opinion.  So, this year, Lora added artisan doughnuts to her tour and that pairing makes perfect sense to me.  I was happy to tag along on this Artisanal Donut and Specialty Coffee Tour!  Follow me here and I will re-cap our tour and the highlights that got me excited:

    Coco Donuts!
    First we met at Coco Donuts where I just found out they began roasting their own brand of coffee  a short time ago.  That with a platter of delicious, what I call somewhat normal good old fashioned donuts greeted me at the door.  I love talking to the owners/chefs personally and I enjoy hearing their story and the joy they get in what they do.  I have liked Coco Donuts for a long time so I was excited to try their roasted coffee.  It was good and hit the spot at this first stop.

    Headed north, we trekked over to Sterling Coffee Roasters and I had been before.  This place is teeny and darling and I found out two things… they pack up each night and turn in to a cool little bar and they evidently have the best hot chocolate in Portland.  We sampled their coffee and that hot chocolate. Some of us mixed the two and that was like heaven.  I highly suggest you peek inside and perhaps sit at one of the cute little tables and enjoy a cuppa soon.

    There's one joint I have walked buy a hundred times when I lived in the Pearl and never walked in to. That would be Local Roasting Company.  What a great place and the big take away here… they make their very own hazelnut milk.  I could never switch from half and half for my morning coffee but they just may have turned me!  They made us lattes with that milk and I have to say, it was delicious so yeah… I'll try it again.  I suggest you check it out cause it's a great place with lots of interesting contemporary art as well as that delicious coffee!

    Over to Blue Star Donuts for a box of goodies where everyone salivated just a tad while Lora scooped up the box for us and we headed to Barista on NW 23rd.  I have a Barista Coffee by where I live in the Alberta Arts and I've been to another location in the Pearl but this one… C L A S S Y!!!  What a divine idea to class this coffee house up.  Love the leather booths, the wallpaper, the lighting… I love it all and there's the coffee of course!  Iced coffee all around and you must go and check this place out.  In fact, JUST TAKE THE TOUR with Lora!

    We left there reluctantly and then found out about this great coffee supply shop just up the road a bit.  Seattle Coffee Gear is one of those places you dream about if you're a coffee freak like me.  Tons of equipment and people to show you how to use it all.  We watched as a barista taught us about coffee, made a pour over and gave us a quick coffee run down.  This is the only Seattle Coffee Gear out of Washington State so get over and check it out!  And, this is where Lora passed out those Blue Star Donuts.  Lucky us!
    Blue Star Donuts!
    I suggest you take the Third Wave Coffee Tour especially if you love coffee however, you can certainly just take it for the donuts too.  Together though, this pairing… it's perfect!  You can pair this tour and tuck it nicely in to one of my itineraries for your time in Portland as well.  Let me know if I can provide more info or help you turn your time in Portland in to a Coffee and Donut, city trekking, sight seeing, all the food loving experiences you came here for.


    Barista's at Sterling Coffee!

    Sterling Coffee and Hot Chocolate!

    Barista on NW 23rd… so classy!

    note:  though I did not pay for this tour, my thoughts are purely my own.  thank you Lora!

    Friday, May 15, 2015

    FEAST PORTLAND 2015… let's get this show on the road! Tickets available beginning today May 15th!

    The info is here folks… it's easy!  Just read, buy your tickets and sit back and wait with eager anticipation to eat your heart out!  Feast Portland 2015 tickets are available today!  Go for it… plan that trip to Portland and we'll see you in SEPTEMBER!

    Feast Portland Reveals Year-Four Festival Lineup, Including
    New Saturday Marquee Event Smoked!,
    Hottest Roster Yet of Local, National and International Chefs

    PORTLAND, ORE.May 15, 2015 – Tickets are now on sale for the fourth year of Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland: A Celebration of Oregon Bounty,September 17-20, 2015. The Feast Portland 2015 lineup is hotter than ever with the addition of their new Saturday night marquee event, Smoked!, a sizzling celebration of animal, vegetable, sea and forest. Taking place at The Fields in Portland’s Pearl District on Saturday, September 19 from 6-9pm complete with an epic view of Portland’s Fremont Bridge, Smoked! will be a wild night of live fire, bold Northwest Wines, classic cocktails, and some of the best bites of the weekend.

    Feast will also feature legendary chefs from around the country and the around world like Ollie Dabbous of Dabbous in London, Christopher Haatuft of Lysverket in Norway, John Tesar of Knife at The Highland Dallas in Dallas, Philip Krajeck of Rolf and Daughters in Nashville, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station in LA, Paul Kahan of The Publican in Chicago, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Viet Pham of ember + ash in Salt Lake City, Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole in New York City, Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury in Washington, DC, Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb in San Francisco and dozens more, plus Oregon’s very best chefs, artisans, winemakers, brewers, cider houses and distillersTickets for Feast Portland 2015 are available now at

    As the flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest, Feast Portland has more than 30 events at beautiful venues across Portland, including large-scale marquee events, intimate dinners, tasting panels, hands-on classes and industry parties over four intense days of eating and drinking. Balancing debauchery with philanthropy, Feast Portland continues its mission to end childhood hunger in Oregon and across America by donating festival net proceeds to No Kid Hungry and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, giving more than $162,000 over the last three years.


    In a region celebrated for innovations in food and drink, Feast Portland unites local talent with internationally recognized chefs, industry leaders, culinary media and influencers. Founded by Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch in 2012, Feast has become a premier festival for emerging and established culinary talent.

    “It has been thrilling to see Feast Portland evolve into one of the most celebrated food festivals in the country, but not surprising. From the quality and variety of ingredients to the talent and originality of the chefs and artisans, Oregon is peerless,” said Feast Portland co-founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch.

    This year, Feast Portland is excited to welcome more international chefs than ever before to the 2015 lineup including Angus An of Maenam (Vancouver, Canada), Ollie Dabbous of Dabbous (London), Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery (Vancouver, Canada), Christopher Haatuft of Lysverket (Norway), and James Knappett of Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs (London).

    Oregon chefs participating in Feast Portland 2015 include Aaron Barnett of St. Jack, Ben Bettinger of Laurelhurst Market, David Briggs of Xocolatl de Davíd, Kyra Bussanich of Kyra's Bake Shop, Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, Beau Carr of RingSide Steakhouse, Jose Chesa of Ataula, Matt Christianson of Urban Farmer Restaurant, Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of OX Restaurant, Scott Dolich of Park Kitchen, Rick Ebster of Bottle + Kitchen, Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl, Ken Forkish and Rich Meyer of Trifecta Tavern & Bakery, Jason French of Ned Ludd, Alissa Frice of Frice Pastry, Rick Gencarelli of Lardo, John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Gregory Gourdet of Departure, Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood of Bunk Sandwiches, Tim Healea of Little T Baker, Sunny Jin of JORY at The Allison, Scott Ketterman of Crown Paella, Stephanie Pearl Kimmel of Marché, Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant, Troy MacLarty of Bollywood Theater, Tyler Malek of Salt & Straw, Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Tony Meyers of Serratto, Katy Millard of Coquine, Bonnie Morales of Kachka, Kristen D. Murray of Måurice, Earl Ninsom of Langbaan, Daniel N. Oseas of Broder Café, Vitaly Paley of Imperial, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Nong Poonsukwattana of Nong's Khao Man Gai, Will Preisch and Joel Stocks of Holdfast, Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Ryan Roadhouse of Nodoguro, Allen Routt of The Painted Lady, Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon, Adam Sappington of The Country Cat, Sarah Schafer of Irving Street Kitchen, BJ Smith of Smokehouse Tavern, Nate Snell of Pip's Original Doughnuts, Scott Snyder of Levant, John Stewart of Meat Cheese Bread, Johanna Ware of Smallwares, Cathy Whims of Nostrana, Justin Wills of Restaurant Beck, Justin Woodward of Castagna Restaurant and Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi.

    National chefs participating in Feast Portland 2015 include Nick Anderer of Maialino (NYC), Franklin Becker of The Little Beet (NYC), Justin Brunson of Old Major (Denver), Alvin Cailan of Eggslut (LA), Andrew Carmellini of Bar Primi (NYC), Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy (NYC), Chad Colby of chi SPACCA (LA), Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice (Chicago), Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb (San Francisco), Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop (NYC), Elizabeth Falkner of Falk Yeah Productions (NYC), Brad Farmerie of Saxon + Parole (NYC), Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station (LA), Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (Austin), Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes (LA), Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer (Kinston, NC), Michael Hung of Faith + Flower (LA), Paul Kahan of The Publican (Chicago), Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable (Minneapolis), Philip Krajeck of Rolf and Daughters (Nashville), Matt Lightner, Sam Mason of OddFellows (NYC), Tony Maws of Craigie on Main (Cambridge, MA), Steve McHugh of Cured (San Antonio), Harold Moore of Harold's Meat + 3 (NYC), Viet Pham of ember + ash (Salt Lake City), Paul Qui of qui (Austin), Chris Shepherd of Underbelly (Houston), Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury (Washington, DC), Nancy Silverton of Mozza Restaurant (LA), Alex Stupak of Empellon (NYC), John Tesar of Knife at The Highland Dallas (Dallas) and Rachel Yang of Joule (Seattle).

    “What I love most about Feast Portland is how, from day one, it has attracted the best, most innovative chefs in the world. Not because we pursue them, but because they want to be a part of Feast,” said Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport. “They want to visit a city whose dining scene is as vibrant as any in the country, and participate in a festival that organically taps into that scene’s energy and creativity. The result is a food festival unlike any other in America.”

    Note:  Info provided by Little Green Pickle!