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.

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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”

Breakfast in Birmingham

 

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The Original Pancake House, 1931 11th Ave. South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205

For years, I have heard about how wonderful the food is at the Original Pancake House in Portland.  Even so, I never have set foot in one.

Until I was in Birmingham, Alabama.

That’s right.  Rather than go to the one a few miles from my house, I waited until I was on the other side of the country to try one.

My breakfast was scrambled eggs and Canadian bacon. So tasty.

I never get my hopes up when it comes to scrambled eggs in a restaurant knowing they can be cooked from dry to runny.

These eggs were perfection.  Scrambled light and fluffy.  I wish I had some right now!

My companions had pancakes, over easy eggs, and corned beef hash.

They were pleased with their food also.  We all belonged to the “clean plate club”!

The service was excellent too which made it a perfect place to eat.

It Started in Portland

I was curious as to the difference between the two restaurants.

Could both just happen to have the same name?

I looked up the Portland one on the Internet.

“The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary field, and their extensive working knowledge of authentic national and ethnic pancake recipes they were able to offer without compromise this unique and original menu which has gained national acclaim. The Original Pancake House is a second and third generation family business, which takes great pride in maintaining the high standards that make our food so outstanding. We now have over one hundred franchises from coast to coast, which have won local and national acclaim. Our recipes demand only the very finest of ingredients, such as 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour, and our own recipe sourdough starter. Our batters and sauces are made fresh in each restaurant’s kitchen.”  Original Pancake House

The Birmingham one was listed as part of the chain.

So, now I will have to try the local one and see if it measures up to its satellite in Birmingham.  I hope so.

As much as I liked Birmingham, it is a long way to go for breakfast!

 

 

Pisello inglese e insalata di barbarietole!

I know it’s spring in Oregon when Nicoletta’s Table adds Pisello inglese e insalate di barbabietole to their menu.

It is a favorite of mine!

Nicoletta’s Table does a fabulous job with all of their seasonal salads.

Then again, shouldn’t all salads be seasonal using fresh ingredients?

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Girlz Trip to the Beach

Road Trip

Two yoga buddies, we headed out to the beach in my friend’s adorable Mini Cooper.

Adorable is usually reserved for puppies, but don’t you agree that this is the cutest, most adorable car??

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Red Hills Market

Even though the beach is less than two hours away from Portland, we stopped in Dundee for lunch.

Taking our time.  We were like school girls playing hooky!

We had a tasty egg salad on arugula sandwich and coffee at the Red Hills Market.

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Pretty soon, after conversing about everything under the sun, we arrived in Lincoln City.

The Beach

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My friend and I stayed in her contemporary beach house near Lincoln City.

An open floor plan, two-story,glass windows in the living room and bedrooms with incredible views.

Sunshine and light everywhere with simple elegant furniture and striking artwork.

Even though this was an elegant custom home, I felt comfortable.

She and her late husband designed and built it just in time for their honeymoon.

I smiled at the picture of him carrying her over the threshold over twenty years ago.

Her husband’s life was cut short a few years after the completion of the house.

There were many other photos of family gatherings, meals by the lake and life outdoors.

I felt honored to spend time in this special place filled with memories.

Settling In

We opened a bottle of French red wine to sip while enjoying the view.

After relaxing and watching the water for awhile, we prepared dinner.

I should say Linda prepared dinner.  I did help stuff and fold the dumplings.

In my bedroom, I left the blinds on the windows open so that I could enjoy the early morning sun.

The two large windows on two adjoining sides of the room provided a watery panorama.

At first, I felt a bit seasick watching the water…no joke!

Because it is Oregon in the spring, it rained and rained.

I slept well.

Our last day on the Oregon coast.

An amazing sunrise over the water.

A warm, dry day after days of rain.

Young eagles in the tree outside.

Fresh coffee.  An omelet with Linda’s homemade sundried tomatoes.

A bit of lunch before heading back to Portland?

Let’s go to Bella Beach!

Cafe C’est la Vie

Penelope Cole, the owner, has created a magical French creperie in this tiny beach community.

I always make it a point to go for breakfast or lunch when I am in the area.

The food is always good and Penelope is gracious and charming.

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Cafe C’est La Vie speaks to my heart with its French books, memorabilia and French cuisine.

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I think Sylvia Beach would approve.  As would the grand dame of French cuisine.

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C’est la vie!  

C’est si bon!  

Cafe C’est la Vie, 8 Bella Beach Drive, Depot Beach, OR 97341

Cafe C’est la Vie, Bella Beach, Depot Bay, OR

Mini Chinese Lesson

I love the whimsical ambiance of Dan Wei Canting.*

I go for the fantastic food but enjoy the atmosphere.

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The staff is friendly and attentive.

It was a great place for an early dinner recently.

It was raining and I had just seen a powerful, one-person play “Golda Meir”.

I was ready to exhale and relax.

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This Month Needs Your Support!

 

Let’s be fair….

We observe Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Gay & Lesbian Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month….I would bet that this is an incomplete list.

These are causes that speak to the heart of life in America and deserve our attention.

However, I must point out that we have another month-long cause that deserves our immediate and unconditional support.

No matter where you stand on issues or what you believe in, I call on you to support Continue reading “This Month Needs Your Support!”

Celebrate Pi Day at Lauretta Jean’s

PI DAY is here!

You owe it to yourself to eat pie at  Lauretta Jean’s today, 3.14!

Lauretta Jean’s delicious pies are handcrafted with fresh ingredients.

I have served them proudly at dinner parties.  They are that good! Continue reading “Celebrate Pi Day at Lauretta Jean’s”

Danwei Canting~Beijing Cooking

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This brilliant mural by Murphy Phelan sets the tone at Danwei Canting

Ho-hum

My typical experience with Chinese restaurant food in America has been vegetables and meat swimming in a non-descript sauce. No matter what I ordered.  Even the egg dishes, the fried rice dishes or the noodle dishes all tasted the same.

Not much to write home about.

Needless to say, I was not one to seek out Chinese restaurants.

Until now…

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