Archives for September 2009

Donuts Plus

As fall paints life's landscapes with the rich hues of crimson and gold, the crisp air calls us to hats, scarves, warm mugs and donuts!  One of Portland's best donuts is found on the West-side at Donuts Plus.  The name is nothing extravagant, the establishment itself is quite simple, the slogan genuine and true.  On my first trip to Donuts Plus I … [Read more...]

Hoyt Arboretum

The Hoyt Arboretum is a 187 acre living museum of trees and plants. Located in Washington Park it is conveniently located just 2 miles west of downtown Portland.  It is easily accessible by car (the Zoo exit off of Hwy 26), bus or the MAX light rail which stops just down the road from the Arboretum (the Washington Park zoo stop).  What was once … [Read more...]

American Dream Pizza

4620 NE Glisan St  Portland American Dream Pizza is located across the street from Providence Hospital in SE Portland and has been around for as long as I've lived in Portland which is over 23 years.  If you find yourself in the area or anywhere near Laurelhurst/Hawthorne areas you will want to stop in.  It is even worth a special drive over … [Read more...]

Cedar Mill Farmer’s Market } Organic Produce

One of the best things about Oregon is access to local, organic produce!  Nothing tastes better, and nothing is better for you!  The Cedar Mill Farmer's Market offers several vendors who provide delicious organic produce.  It's a routine of mine to buy most, if not all of my produce at the market during the season.  Not only does the food taste … [Read more...]

Local Park Series } Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park is one of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation's newest public gems.  Built and dedicated within the last year, Magnolia Park is still a secret that only the locals have discovered.  It is ideal for young families, parties, picnics, hot days, or a lazy checkers game.  That's right, I said checkers!  Enjoy cozy seating for two across … [Read more...]

Mississippi Pizza

3552 North Mississippi Ave Portland Whether you are looking for a great date night or a family outing on a rainy Saturday, Mississippi Pizza will not disappoint.  Started by a husband/wife team eight years ago Mississippi Pizza is one of North East Portland's local gems.  A place only the locals know about and known for their signature gluten … [Read more...]

Vaux Swifts

For the last fifteen years between 20-40,000 Vaux Swifts and been roosting in the chimney at Chapman School in NW Portland.  Chapman School is located at NW Pettygrove and 25th in Portland. During the month of September you can view the show every night at about dusk  (approx. 6:30 p.m.) as thousands of birds descend into the school's … [Read more...]

Ken’s Artisan Pizza

Ken's Artisan Pizza located at 304 SE 28th Avenue, just off Burnside is a result of the popular Monday pizza nights at Ken's Artisan Bakeryin Northwest Portland.  Because of their success Ken decided to open up a seperate pizza restaurant where Portland could find his pizza every Tuesday through Saturday evening.  They are open 5 p.m. to 10 … [Read more...]

Eastbank Esplanade

The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is named after the former Portland mayor whose vision and support helped with the construction of the Esplanade. The Esplanade is 1.5 miles long along the Willamette River, extending north from the Hawthorne Bridge, past the Morrison and Burnside Bridges, to the Steel Bridge with connections to eastside … [Read more...]

Cedar Mill Farmer’s Market

The Cedar Mill Farmer's Market located in the Safeway parking lot at Cornell Rd. and Murray recently celebrated ten years of serving local Portland families and businesses.  I stopped by just in time for a slice of birthday cake, and the friendly local shopping experience I've grown accustomed to at this market. If you haven't had the chance to … [Read more...]