Thursday, September 11, 2014

Making Plans… Portland, Oregon! Let's see how this pans out!

I finally had a chance to sit my butt down and make some serious plans!  Our daughter Sher and her boyfriend Aaron are coming up next week and we have promised them an amazing time here in Portland.  So, I've sketched out some time for some of the things we HAVE to show them… places we need to dine, sip cocktails, shop and play!  Follow me and see if we even get time to do half of this!  And… I'm squeezing Feast Portland in there too… oh my gosh!!!  I picked up some tickets for some Feast events and I get to sneak in with my blogger pass to enjoy more events so watch for those photos on my Instagram feed and on my Twitter account.  Here goes it for the plans we've made so far…

"Hey there... I was going to do this fancy itinerary but thought that I should just keep it clear and concise.  I didn't fill in ALL of our time but this is what we have planned so far.  Some or most things can be changed and/or moved around but this is what I have:

9/16 - you guys arrive around 11ish and I thought we could go to Old Salt Marketplace for dinner...  Don't have any other plans so we can plug in more things during the day or just head down Alberta St. and get ice cream at Salt & Straw later or something. p.s… the sweet corn and buttermilk ice cream is really yummy!

9/17 - IT'S YOUR BDAY!!!  So, we'd like to take you to Arleta Library Cafe... and see this...  They won't have this particular dish on a weekday but it's a sweet place with delicious food!

Go to Boys Fort...

Go to Heart Coffee...

3pm Sellwood Farmers Market...  They will have a Fall Harvest celebration there this day!!!!

Go to Ground Kontrol...

Before dinner cocktail at Pepe le Moko...

Dinner wherever you decide you want to go!

Home for cake and beddy bye.

9/18 - Sleep in and hang out in the morning and have a homemade breakfast here.  Biscuit sandwiches with fresh eggs and ham from Old Salt Marketplace sound good??  Oh and coffee… your favorite Breakfast Blend from McMenamins!

Go to Lan Su Chinese Garden for ceremonial tea...

Pick up my Feast Media Pass sometime in the morning at The Westin 750 SW Alder on the 19th Floor.

Enjoy the Sandwich Invitational that begins at 6pm and then head over afterward to...

The White Shed...  Here we can get pizza or burgers and drinks... I love the Fireside and eat and drink by the fire at the White Shed!!!  Cigars and Bourbon for daddy!

9/19 - White Lightening Elec. Co. comes to see why we keep having electricity blow outs and then we are free for the day!  We can plug in some things here or just relax at home, go to the gym or whatever.  We have reservations at Ava Gene's... at 7:15 pm and then we are off to Ecliptic Brewing... for beer and a star party in the parking lot.  They will have several telescopes set up so we can view the night sky.  


Sep 19th. at 7:30pm
Location: Ecliptic Brewing parking lot
We will have members of the Rose City Astronomers setting up telescopes to show you bright objects in the sky. John will also have his telescope out.
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9/20 - Off to Hollywood Farmer's Market in the morning after breakfast. And then... We will head downtown to the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting event at 7015 SW 6th Ave. any time between 12pm and 5pm. About 3:45pm, we will head to 1219 SW Park Ave., near downtown for a Tasting Panel that begins at 4:15pm... Get Lei'd-It's Tiki Time!!!  These two events daddy will not attend however, he may go downtown with us and just hang out or we can meet him somewhere later for dinner.  I'm sure he can find somewhere to have a cigar and Bourbon… ya think!?

We have four tickets to LIVE WIRE at the Alberta Rose Theater!  We need to be there about 7ish and they have snacks and beer and wine there for us to enjoy!

9/21 to 9/24 - Seattle!!!

9/24 - Home from Seattle!

9/25 - The Country Cat for breakfast... if they are open for breakfast that is...  If not, we can walk down to the Tin Shed... or Gravy... or wherever you'd like!

Pips Doughnuts for housemade chai and doughnuts!… they've got their APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS right now!

We'd like to take you to The Pied Cow... for Hooka and dessert.  Also, we can hit Hawthorne Blvd near here if you want to shop!  

We can plug in the gym and other places you'd like to go to anywhere in this schedule.  Or... we can throw the schedule out and wing it. Either way, we are so excited to have you both come up to Portland.... love you!!!


p.s.  some other places we must see.... Blue Star Doughnuts, A Roadside Attraction, The Waypost, Prost.. a German pub and more!!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OREGON BOUNTY can be found at Feast 2014! All the info you need to attend, ship your wine and plan that perfect Feast get-away!

Oregon Is The New Bounty

Bounty Bounty Bounty Bounty Rockin' Everywhere
On Friday And Saturday Of Feast Portland

Feast Portland has over 30 uniquely delicious events, but our biggest showcase of Oregon’s best food and drink is the two-day Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting presented by Alaska Airlines onFriday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th, featuring 38 wineries, 18 breweries, and more than 20 artisans and chefs. And it's not just Portland representing - this is a celebration of all of Oregon, and our friends at Travel Oregon have helped us bring together artisans and chefs from every region of the state, from Bandon to Eugene to Central Point and beyond.

While guests eat and drink their way through Oregon's bounty, they can take a seat and watch cooking demos from celebrated chefs like Paul Qui, Naomi Pomeroy, Jenn Louis, Chris Cosentino, and Hugh Acheson on the KitchenAid Main Stage.

All of this takes place in Downtown Portland’s beautiful Pioneer Courthouse Square, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary!

» Click here to buy Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting tickets

New Dinner Event Added!

Thanks to our friends at Rewards Network, Feast Portland has just added a new Dinner Series event to our 2014 Saturday night lineup: Chris Cosentino and Kyo Koo at Bluehour presented by Rewards Network! Tickets are available now through September 5th exclusively to Rewards Network's Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Dining members. It's completely free to sign up with Rewards Network, and you will earn 500 Bonus Miles with every ticket purchased for this event.

»  Click here to purchase tickets to Chris Cosentino and Kyo Koo at Bluehour

Team Feast Wants You

If you want to be part of the Northwest's flagship food and drink festival, become a Feast Portland volunteer!
With over 30 events throughout the weekend of September 18-21, we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved.
» Click here to fill out a Feast Volunteer Application

Bon Appetit's The Best New Restaurants In America 2014

With Bon Appétit'The Best New Restaurants in America 2014 issue hot off the press, Team Feast is excited to announce that we've adding one of the2014 Hot 10 winnersAaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury in Washington D.C., to our already stellar lineup at Feast Portland's sold-out Dinner Series event, The Hot 10 Dinner: Celebrating Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in America!

Also, congratulations to Portland's pastry queenKristen Murray of Måurice Luncheonette for earning a coveted spot on Bon Appétit's The Hot 10 list! Taste for yourself why Måurice is one of the best restaurants of 2014 at Feast Portland Dinner Series: Dessert For Dinner at KitchenCru.

» Click here for Dinner Series: Dessert For Dinner tickets

Finally, props to Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Pépé Le Moko for making Bon Appétit's The 5 Best New Cocktail Bars In America. Learn a thing or two from Jeffrey at Feast Portland's Tasting Panel: Beans and Booze.

» Click here for Tasting Panel: Beans and Booze

Oregon Wines Fly Free!

When you travel to Feast Portland, it’s easy to take a taste of Oregon home with you, thanks to the Oregon Wines Fly Free program offered by Alaska Airlines, Travel Oregon, Whole Foods Market and the Oregon Wine Board. Check a case of wine (6 or 12 bottles) for free on your flight home on Alaska Airlines from Eugene, Medford, Portland, Redmond or Walla Walla, WA. Mix and match or bring a whole case (6 or 12 bottles) from your favorite Oregon winery. If you don't have time to visit wine country, pop into one of seven Portland Metro Area Whole Foods Markets where you'll find a huge selection of Oregon wine as well as secure wine travel cases starting September 3rd.
» Click here to for more information about Wines Fly Free

Feast Travel Deals

It's not too late to save money on your travel to Feast Portland. Get great deals on your flight to Portland and your hotel stay during the festival thanks to our our fabulous sponsors.

» Get 10% off your Alaska Airline flight to Feast Portland with discount code: ECMV395

» Book your "All You Can Feast" package with exclusive deals from Portland's Provenance Hotels

Travel Oregon Suggested Itinerary:
Riding The Oregon Fruit Loop

The Hood River Valley makes for great road biking. Take a two-wheeled journey on the quiet country backroads. Winding through them in the spring, you’ll witness an explosion of cherry, pear and apple blossoms. There’s low traffic, a constantly changing landscape, and tacos, pies and wine around every turn. What’s not to like?

» Click here to experience Hood River's culinary bounty as you bike The Oregon Fruit Loop.

» Interested in more tasty trips and all things deliciously Oregon? Click here to sign up for Travel Oregon’s culinary e-newsletter.
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Speaker Panels, Night Market, Brunch, Sandwiches, Grand Tastings, Coffee, Booze and more! Feast 2014… it's almost time!

Last year was my very first Feast event.  I received a blogger pass and along with the event tickets I purchased and the passes in to events I was covering.  Skipping in to food events that would stop a train filled with chef's from all over the world was quite amazing!  We are all interested in food and so it's no doubt that bringing that interest and combining it with swag city, plenty of party space, some of the world's top chefs and then adding a few thousand folks to shake things up a bit that you get  FEAST 2014!

I attended enough events last year that by the end of it all, I was rubbing my belly and smiling that silly grin that says, I ate and drank way too much, enjoyed every bite and bubble and learned so much about food!   Falling asleep that last night, I dreamt of doing it all again and having another chance to immerse myself in all that is food in Portland, the PNW and around the world!

Sandwich Invitational!

It's not too late to get in on all the fun and food so check out Feast 2014 and find your tickets. We've got rooms, airline tickets and plenty of space in Portland to have you for a visit.  Be sure to stay a few days and explore the city!  You will find some great itineraries and ideas for your visit right here on my blog.  Look back and find your fun!  And BTW… if you are staying at The Monaco, say hey to my son, Steven.  He's the cute one at the door when you arrive.

Chef Gregory Gourdet at Night Market last year!

Night Market, Feast 2013!

Hope to see you at some of the events and be sure say hello if you see me snapping away and probably munching my way in to oblivion!  I plan on enjoying every bite;)!!

Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting!

Speaker Panels!

Baby Got Beer-Back event at Feast 2013!
note:  Learn about how you can fight hunger where you live:  FIGHT HUNGER and join Feast 2014 and make a difference in a life.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aufderheide Scenic Byway… a drive through Autumn in Oregon! Making plans for the season!

Our picnic at a campground on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway!

Are you looking forward to Autumn as much as I am… no, I didn't think so because I am the biggest fan of Autumn!  I dream of it, I smile at the thought of it and feel it in my soul every year about this time.  I am a lover of anything and everything Autumn!  So, it's no surprise that I have already made plans to make plans to make the most of this upcoming Fall season!

This is my itinerary so far… just in the planning stages.  I've been on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway twice before and fall more deeply in love with this winding road of heaven each time.  This year will be no exception.  Follow me and make your plans or take mine why don't ya.  See you on the byway!!

Lichen mustaches on trail!  Aufderheide 2013!

"Hey you gals... So, I am planning a fall trip this year and thought it would be nice to have you along Jeannie!!  Donetta and I have already agreed that a drive through the Aufderheide Scenic Byway would be fun and then a night in Oakridge and a ride out to Salt Creek Falls the next day in later October sounds like fun.  I have been twice already on this scenic byway but love going and it's always gorgeous in Autumn.  Plans thus far:

go later in October so the colors are more vibrant.. let me know any dates that don't work

take a picnic to enjoy at a campground on the byway which is a darling spot

stay at a cute place in Oakridge which I will secure once we decide on a date for sure and it'll be just one night:  and

And yes... this is a hostel however, I've stayed in many and love them.  Shared bathrooms aren't as gross as they sound and if you click on the second link, you will see how many stars they have rec'd and read the reviews as well.

Dinner at Brewer's Union:

This pub is very sweet and I have been several times and with Patty once as well.  BTW... Patty lived in Oakridge for over 20 yrs. so she'll be a great resource for what the city is like and I'm sure she has some juicy gossip and stories about it's inhabitants as well!!

go to Salt Creek Falls the day after Aufderheide

maybe a lunch in Eugene when we are done at The Barn Light:

drive home via 99E or W or whatever and hit Coburg and the big red barn on the way back to Albany

I have five seats in my car and happy to drive unless someone else would like to drive.  I have a big trunk for luggage, picnic baskets, etc.

This will be fun and I hope you all can go.  Again, late October is best so just give me dates that absolutely don't work.


Sorry, my car isn't big enough for all of you but you get the idea… load up yours and pack your picnic basket and head out this fall to the Aufderheide Scenic Byway!

Always beer after a hike or scenic byway… Brewer's Union in Oakridge!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Portland Oregon… a doughnut tour, shopping trip, food cart lunch and an organic frozen yogurt ending!

Pip's Original! 

After spending five days showing friends Portland, the Oregon Coast and Seattle, we had a few hours to scrub and re-make beds and plan an itinerary for the next batch coming to town!  So… we, planned this little doughnut tour here in Portland and it turned out quite nicely.  We added a garden tour, some antique shopping, lunch in a 'new to us' food cart pod and a nice finish at a local organic frozen yogurt shop.  All in all… it was exhausting but so much fun and delicious!

The Emmylou… housemade chai tea!

First stop was Pip's Original on Fremont!  We didn't even know till the next day that Pip's had become the number one place to have a doughnut in Portland so we felt very lucky to have been there and tasted these goodies.  Everyone that comes to Portland and sees us, gets a trip to Pip's.  Sometimes we drive over but more recently we've enjoyed a walk through some of the gorgeous historic neighborhoods nearby.  From the Alberta Street area, Pip's is only about a mile and a half away and on a nice cool perfect Portland day, you can really work up an appetite for Pip's.

We ordered a dozen little ones to share with the six of us however, the good folks at Pip's said they thought we needed more and donated 14 more to help the doughnut tour cause.  Thanks so much for that by the way!  And… did I mention they make all their own Chai as well??  I always get the Emmylou because it's like a soft pillow that smells sweet of lavender and honey and yes… that's how it tastes too!

A mixture of heaven!  Pip's Original!

Next stop was Coco Donuts on Broadway!  Of the three we visited, this one is more like a typical doughnut shop than any of the others.  The scents and wafting coffee through the air as we entered drew us in to order four regular sized doughnuts to share!  Pictured below is our treasure and the light fluff of these doughnuts was perfect and the best way to come from and move on to our last stop!

I only had a bite of that chocolate doughnut with sprinkles and am still amazed at just how light and fluffy these are.  I believe I heard somewhere that Coco Doughnuts is famous for a blueberry doughnut.  I think we were too late.. next time!

Chocolate with sprinkles at Coco Donuts on Broadway!

Recouping from lots of donuts!

Our last stop was Blue Star on Hawthorne Blvd.  Walking in to the bright, white and European style decor, the doughnuts were not plentiful like in a stacked rack at some of the more typical doughnut shops.  These puppies were placed on cute trays, cake plates and stacked for style and taste!  We ordered the Blueberry Bourbon Basil, the Champagne Peach and Lime Curd and high tailed it to a secret garden to devour these in private!!

Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Lime Curd and Champagne Peach from Blue Star Doughnuts!

So, let me tell you about this secret garden.  I found this place with a friend over a year ago.  It's called Elk Rock Garden or the Bishops Close.  It is located in SW Portland on the way to or from Lake Oswego.  It was a home to a family long ago that was donated to the Episcopal Church at one time.  It's open every day from about 8-5pm.  No food is allowed as well as professional photography but as always, I'm not a good rule follower because I always assume they are meant for someone besides me.  Well, so I'm bad but we snuck in these delights and sliced them up to share on an old garden altar out in this beautiful garden.  We picked up all our garbage and actually followed the scout code and left the place cleaner than we found it!

I asked everyone in our group which place was their favorite.  I got three different answers so they all win!  This was only three doughnut shops but folks… if you want a simple tasting where you don't get sick of doughnuts, three is really enough!

From the garden, we headed to Westmoreland and enjoyed walking through Stars Antiques and then headed to Rejuvenation on Grand.  Spent some time there letting the doughnuts settle before heading to the food cart pod on Sandy Blvd. I've read so much about!

Rose City Food Park is really as clean as they tout and they have lots of choices for really good food!  I had Greek with a locally brewed beer and others had lamb kabobs and a burrito.  So, yeah, there's lots of carts there with lots of choices for food!


Half eaten organic frozen yogurt from Eb & Bean!

I jokingly said something about this organic frozen yogurt place I had been to recently, Eb & Bean.  I assumed everyone in our group was filled and ready to hurl but no… they said, "let's go!" So, we did! I had the strawberry with hard shell and sprinkles but I tasted a pistachio with a salted caramel sauce topped with dark chocolate chips.  That's what I am getting next time!

I think this day was pretty amazing and ended well with dessert.  I am looking forward to sharing this itinerary with others and having a great time playing tour guide in the city that I love!

Tips for an itinerary like this one:

Plan ahead and don't eat a big breakfast but some protein is a great beginning before a day of doughnuts!

Take and drink plenty of water during the day.

Take your time at each place and if you are too full, taking the doughnuts to go is a great idea because then you get to discover somewhere fun to have them.  Although, don't ever take Pip's to go… they are so good when they are just made, hot and delicious with that Chai Tea so have them there!

Be sure to shop in-between because it's not only good to spend money in Portland, there's so many cute places to shop!!!!  Westmoreland, Sellwood, Hawthorne Blvd., Fremont St., Alberta St… I have a list in case you want it.

Finally… always end with something cold like Eb & Bean or Salt & Straw.  I don't know why but it's just a good way to end a food day in Portland!