Then there were three…

Working on the Oregon coast today.  *

With temperatures in the 90’s in Portland,  Astoria is a cool choice in more ways than one!

First stop, the lovely port city of Astoria, also of “Free Willy” fame. Continue reading “Then there were three…”

Great Coffee Great People

As sure as the day breaks in Portland, you will find me sipping a cup of hot coffee.

On warm days, I sit on the patio with Ginny, my Goldendoodle, who wonders when we are going for her morning walk.

In the winter, we sit by the fire listening to soft music.  If it is raining, Ginny is much less interested in going for a walk.  She is a fair-weather girl!

Rose City Coffee

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Coffee from Rose City Coffee, Portland, Oregon. Photo Lori Greer

In my cup you will find Rose City Coffee.          Rose City Coffee

The people are lovely,  The coffee is great.  I take it on trips.  I give it as gifts.

The owner, Christie, has created warm welcoming spaces at both of her locations in southeast Portland.

Rose City, I love you too!  Lori

 

A Saturday Night in Portland

Dr. Whatever

Balsamic Fig

Habanero Lime

Lemon Mint

Pomegranate Mint

Cream Soda

Ginger Ale

Natural Cola

With names like these, I had to sample these sodas from Portland Craft Soda.

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~Portland Craft Soda ~Photo Lori Greer ~Portland Oregon ~June 2018

We were at a food cart pod sampling the flavors while we decided what to eat.

It was fun especially as the evening was warm and people were happy.

There was music and laughter.  Strangers talked and joked with each other.

French crepes, Middle Eastern, Mexican, a full bar, hamburgers… So many tempting choices.  We finally settled for a  fennel sausage pizza from the  Pyro Pizza Cart.  It was delicious! We will return soon to try the other pizzas and the arugula salad.

Plus some of the other food carts too.

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~Food Cart Pod in SE Portland Oregon ~Photo Lori Greer  ~June 2018~

The Results

The Habanero Lime was a “must try’!  Just a whiff of it took my breath away but I was determined to drink some.  Whoa Nellie, as they say, it was strong!

The basamic fig reminded me of kambucha.

My hands-down favorite was the Lemon Mint.  It was refreshing with a hint of sweetness.

I did not try them all.  I did find a winner in the Lemon Mint and ordered a full glass.  A new favorite!

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~Cartopia Movie Night ~Photo Lori Greer ~Portland Oregon ~June 2018

Catching a movie at “Cartopia Movie Night” sounds fun especially with friends.  It’s fun to hang out with milennials. It would be fun to watch Jaws with a group of milennials and their kids.

I do love Portland!

Rose City Coffee

This sign captures the essence of Rose City Coffee.

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Sign at Rose City Coffee, Portland, Oregon ~Photo Lori Greer~

Both locations are warm and inviting.  You want to sit and stay awhile.   Continue reading “Rose City Coffee”

Day of the Dead

 

Day of the Dead XICO
~Photo XICO newsletter

Thursday is the Day of the Dead!

Celebrate and commemorate this special holiday at XICO.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.  Wikipedia

Bring a picture of your dearly departed to add to XICO’s altar and light a candle in their honor.

Enjoy special dishes by Chef Kelly Myers, a special cocktail with hibiscus, pineapple and mezcal, and Mexican wedding cookies for everyone!

Day of the Dead Specials

FALL HARVEST VEGETABLES & APPLE MOLE
Apple pasilla mole de milpa with late harvest succotash of local shelling beans, Ayers Creek hominy, winter squash, sunchokes, leeks & smoked wheat

MOLE ROSA & SQUID
Taxco mole rosa made with rose petals, beets, mezcal, almonds, pine nuts, white chocolate and more, served with squid

BEEF IN OAXACAN CHICHILO MOLE
Oregon beef in Oaxacan mole chichilo, a black Oaxacan mole of cascabel, mulato and pasilla negro chiles

PECAN COOKIES
Mexican wedding cookies of toasted pecans and powdered sugar.

HIBISCUS PUNCH WITH MEZCAL & TEPACHE
A special cocktail made with hibiscus flower tea, mezcal and tepache, garnished with a pineapple flower

The regular menu will also be available.

XICO Restaurant

3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR.

503-548-6343

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I love chicken especially on Monday nights at XICO, an upscale Oaxacan restaurant in Northeast Portland.   Continue reading “Fabulous Chicken Dinner”

Halloween at Saint Honore Bakery

These made me smile!

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Saint Honore Boulangerie

Saint Honore Boulangerie is one of my favorite places to meet friends, to relax in the sun, to escape the rain, to slow down and enjoy life.

The food, from pastries to entrées, is always excellent.  The service and the ambiance are delightful.

For a short while I feel as though I am in France.  Often, I hear French being spoken by other patrons.

Continue reading “Saint Honore Boulangerie”

Oyatsupan Bakers

I am in love with this Japanese bakery!

The baked goods are different and delicious.

I feel as though I am in Japan without having endured a long airplane flight! Continue reading “Oyatsupan Bakers”

Beeswing Restaurant

Quirky, fun, happy!

Delicious food!

It’s no wonder that Beeswing has become one of my favorite places for breakfast and lunch.

I like it so much that I have eaten there four Sundays in a row! Continue reading “Beeswing Restaurant”