Manhattan Bound

Going back to this gem of a city. Will report back!

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Homemade Lara bars

I’ve been eating lara bars so much that I decided to make my own. There are endless flavor possibilities! I used these basic instructions. I started with dates, hazelnuts (from Bernard’s Farm), and almonds for the nut/dried fruit base then added cinnamon, cardamom, cocoa powder, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and flax meal. You basically just pulse the ingredients in the food processor then roll it out and cut bars (or whatever shape you prefer). For me, it was a great excuse to use my dog-shaped cookie cutters. They were delicious and I will definitely be trying out new nut/fruit/spice combinations soon.

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Punchbowl Falls Hike & Swim

There is a plethora of waterfalls along the Columbia Gorge but the hike to the Punchbowl Falls is the most memorable. It’s about a 3 mile hike there and back, traversing a cliff at one point, then descending down toward the falls. In order to get the best view of the waterfall, we swam through ice cold water to perch ourselves on a closer rock. Being my first time swimming to a waterfall, it was quite an adventure! We went fairly early to escape the crowds. Best time to go!

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Mississippi Records Portland, OR

Mississippi Records is one of my all-time favorite record stores. It moved locations (from Mississippi St.) since my last visit so I was eager to check out the new spot. It’s right next to Sweedeedee, a sweet cafe with a turntable spinning records, so we stopped to fuel up before digging through the bins. Mississippi also has a record label which includes reissues of obscure blues/folk musicians like the one man band Abner Jay. They have two listening stations so you can preview before the purchase, or just listen to the unknown to discover new tunes. I will be back, oh yes!
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Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Bernard’s Farm- McMinnville, OR

After the long drive up to Portland, we quickly left town again in search of a u-pick farm to get some fresh produce for the week. Bernard’s Farm in McMinnville, OR had a bounty of varied produce to pick to our heart’s desire. Raspberries were in abundance and we picked almost 3 lbs at $1 per pound. There are many options for u-pick spots closer to Portland but Bernard’s Farm seemed to have the largest variety to make it worth the trek.

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tomatoes galore!
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fun with food.
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green beans hanging out.
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baby squash with blossom.
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apple tree.

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curly kale!
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sweet corn.
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rad raspberries.

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asian pear tree.
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All this food made me hungry.
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loved these colorful farm crates.

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Image from here

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Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-66

I was blown away by Richard Diebenkorn’s abstract expressionist landscapes of Berkeley now on view at the De Young. His use of color and geographical arrangement of shapes made me feel like I was parachuting over the land. His figurative pieces featuring women looking out the glass at landscapes in contempative poses really resonated with me. Go figure. The exhibit is on display until September 29th.
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Bike Ride from SF to Mt. Tam: German Tourist Club

I went on the longest bike ride in my personal history: 34 miles round trip. We rode from San Francisco up a mountain (Mt. Tam) to our destination, a magical Bavarian style beer garden in the woods. The German Tourist Club is only open on Sundays once of twice a month. Once there, we refueled with a picnic and beer then started the journey home. It took us 45 minutes to climb Mt. Tam but only 5 minutes to go down. No bike photos pictured, I was too busy concentrating on accomplish my goal.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I finally watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid the other evening. Robert Redford and Paul Newman are quite the handsome wild west bank robbing duo. The western landscapes weren’t so bad either. Next up, The Sting!

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