Category Archives: USA

Simple Pleasures

ninkasi

Sometimes all you want is beer and cake.  Not necessarily at the same time. Eugene, Oregon has just want you want. Perhaps just what you need. Ninkasi Brewing Company (map) 272 Van Buren St. Eugene, OR 97402 541.344.2739 Sweet Life Patisserie (map) 755 Monroe Street Eugene, OR 97402 541.683.5676

Portland. Keeping it weird.

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Portland is a lot like that cool uncle of yours, the one with the tattoo and the longish hair who used to show up at family functions with stories flushed with innuendos about hot girls and smoking pot, which only sounded mysterious and cool as a seven year old.  Also, he bought you Mario Bros…

Gilt Club – Not Colin the Chicken, but Billy the Goat

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“You know that restaurant that was in that Portlandia clip?  We went.  It’s pretty good.” My friend’s rec had a touch of blasé to its tone, but it was good enough to pique my interest.   With two hours to kill and a belly full of Voodoo Doughnuts and iced coffee, I had nothing left to…

Bunk Sandwiches – Lowering Expectations

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In typical Portland anti-establishment fashion, the Bunk Sandwiches website says: “We didn’t think it was very nice to brag about how incredibly awesome our sandwiches are.” OK, fine. I’ll do it. Bunk Sandwiches made the best vegetarian sammy I’ve ever eaten. Ever.

Coffee & Doughnuts the Portland Way

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Coffee and doughnuts. The Northeast does Dunkin. The South does Krispy Kreme. Canada does Tim Horton’s. And Portland? Well, Portland doesn’t do chains. Unless of course they are locally owned, organically grown, artisanally focused and, of course, quirky to the fullest.

The Call of the Pacific Northwest

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Over the years I’ve made occasional weekend trips to Seattle for this, that or the other, but never had I spent any significant time up there.  So in lieu of planning my typical exotic vacation this spring, I hit the open road: Portland to Vancouver and everywhere in between. I’m no stranger to road trips,…

The Art Institute of Chicago – A Whole New Perspective

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I always find it amusing when people (myself included) go to art museums and take pictures of the art.  What exactly is it that we’re hoping to capture?  Proof that we saw the art firsthand? A miniature replica to frame for the mantle? I recently revisited the Art Institute of Chicago in spring.  Prior to…

A Thousand Words: Falling Up

empirestate

The Empire State Building on a blustery Sunday night. Am I falling down, or looking up? The metaphor is just too close to home.

Longman & Eagle – A story of Facebook, old friends and food

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Where would we be in life if we couldn’t Facebook stalk one another? What would know or not know about each other? My cousin now “In a relationship”… The post-marital bliss of a barely-known Trojan alum… Blathering status updates of a colleague’s baby mama drama… Or an old high school classmate’s shared love of food.

A Tourist Eats Seattle: Ivar’s and Matt’s in the Market

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In a trip to Seattle, I was with old friends, and in some instances, whatever is easiest for the group wins. We found ourselves at two conveniently located tourist eateries: Ivar’s Acres of Clams, located at the waterfront near the Seattle Aquarium, and Matt’s in the Market, located in Pike Place Market.

Cross-country Meat Fest – The Guide

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2010 was a major year for me… a trip to Bali, a blissful summer parting with my beloved Los Angeles, and finally a cross-country road trip to New York. After six days, 3,000 miles and untold amounts of gas, I made it to my new home. Moments of boredom and fatigue were countered with unparalleled…

Discovering Discovery Park

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Going to a tame little urban park in Seattle seems a bit minor league considering all the spectacular hiking to be done around Mt. Rainer and the surrounds, but when you’ve only got a weekend and a few hours to spare, Discovery Park is worth the detour.

An ode to Pike Place Market

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I know Seattle is much more than Pike Place and coffee, but for whatever reason I always find myself at the market every time I’m here. The brisk morning walk from a downtown hotel is just too convenient, the lure of the waterfront too inviting, and the draw of food and shopping and restaurants too exciting.

A Thousand Words: What, you lookin’ at me?

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I can’t take credit for snapping this photo, my boyfriend was actually the one who found the cantankerous feller resting at harbor’s edge. Ah, gray skies and a grumpy seagull — only in Seattle is this considered a beautiful day.

Get your cup on at Victrola Coffee Roasters

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Maybe it’s because Seattle smells like rain brewing in a big coffee pot. Or maybe because it’s the birthplace of Starbucks and Seattle’s Best. Whatever it is, you gotta “do coffee” if you’re Seattle, much like you have to “do Mexican” in LA or “do pizza” in New York. But if you’re going to be spending $5 on coffee, you’d want the good stuff, right?