Sunday, November 10, 2019


The original plans were for Mike and Teresa to both come to visit us this weekend, however, Teresa is a manager at Kaiser Hospital and there is a pending strike that keeps her tied to her office and job.  We really miss seeing her but having Mike here has been a pleasure.  

Friday morning Mike took the train into town from the airport and we hopped onto MAX to meet him at Mother's for a great breakfast.  That started out the day with lots of talking and "catching up" so time went quickly.

Saturday, of course, is Farmer's Market so Mike and I did a little food shopping and then had Biscuits and Gravy at the Pine Street Biscuits Food Cart at the market.  They have a restaurant on 23rd Avenue and the food is fabulous!

Today we planned a tour of the Columbia Gorge waterfalls but Mother Nature didn't cooperate.  The forecast was for sunshine and 60 degrees - - - reality was fog, followed by rain, followed by wind and a low temperature of 54.  We decided a brisk walk and lunch at Jake's Crawfish was a better idea.

It has been a great weekend but the fun is almost over.  Mike goes back home tonight ......

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday is PERSIAN DAY IN PORTLAND .........

A visit from my niece and her husband, Kim and Greg Gentile from Daly City, was a perfect excuse to fix a Persian feast.

Roger has been in the kitchen for two days.  Persian food preparation is a science - everything precisely measured and everything cut and diced perfectly.  

Today was lunch so he prepared a "simple" meal of:

Pistachio Humus with Pita

Beef and Lamb Pan Fried Kabob
Fresh tomato rice
Green rice with dill and black eyed peas
Shiraz salad

It's Fall so, of course, we had to finish with a pumpkin pie.

A lovely Monday, delicious food, precious family and ........ fabulous leftovers ...............

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Beethoven's Fifth at OREGON SYMPHONY

Portland is home to the Oregon Symphony and I was Ann Olsen's guest at last nights performance of Beethoven's Fifth.  It was a magical evening with amazing music, along with a solo by Johannes Moser, on the cello.

The Heathman Hotel is next door to the theater so we had "happy hour" before the performance at the Headwater's Restaurant.  A perfect evening.  Thanks, Ann ............

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SOUPER NATURAL at Portland Farmer's Market

Today in Portland was like a vignette of our image of a perfect Fall day.  The Park Streets Farmer's Market changes this time of the year - fewer tourists - fewer vendors - but, instead, it's filled with locals who clearly love eating healthy and eating well.  Fresh caught fish, baked goods, fall vegetables, an immense variety of apples and so much more is available, along with locally made goat cheese and small batch brandy.  (Something for everyone).

Golden leaves are starting to drift down from the trees and the temperatures are starting to get chili and people are smiling everywhere I go.  It seems that this is Portland's favorite season.

I've fallen in love with a local soup company, "SOUPER NATURAL'.  They provide four different soup tastes each week and a menu of soups that are Vegan, Gluten free, Vegetarian, and meat based.  Today I bought a mushroom, bacon and white bean and tomato basil.  Defrosted in my refrigerator is clam chowder so that was my lunch.  They ship so even if you don't live here, you can enjoy these fabulous soups. 

As I'm writing this, fireworks are starting at the river = a perfect way to end a lovely day.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The movie documentary of MOLLY IVINS

"Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins" is now showing at the downtown Portland Living Room Theater and it is a fast paced look at a very smart and funny journalist.  I wish that she was alive to give us her unique take on the times we presently are living in.

See the movie - you'll love it and you'll fall in love with Molly !!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Lawrence Halprin's Open Space Sequence THE SOURCE

Across the street from my condo is a small fountain known as "THE SOURCE".  It is the first in a sequence of fountains that were designed by the famed architect, Lawrence Halprin.  

Because it is by far the smallest in the park walk-thru areas we tend to ignore it - but today, the fall leaves and bright sunshine could not be ignored and I realized how beautiful it is in its simplicity.

ROSA ROSA at the Dossier Hotel on Alder in downtown Portland

After watching the movie, JUDY, I walked over to the Dossier Hotel on Alder to try the new downtown restaurant, ROSA ROSA.  The restaurant is advertised as being Italian but I found the menu to be more mediterranean with a sprinkling of items from Spain and Italy.  The atmosphere is relaxing with wrap around windows to let in lots of light even on a rainy day.  I arrived right at the cusp of luncheon ending and happy hour beginning so I was able to still order lunch.  They offer a three course lunch special that gives a choice of soup or salad, an entree and a dessert - all for $15.

Today the salad had a mixture of baby greens, endive and hazelnuts.  The entree was pasta with scallions and arugula pesto and the dessert was baklava.  The portions were so generous that I'm having a repeat meal at home tomorrow from my take-home boxes.  Portland restaurants just keep getting better and better ...................