Wine Haiku Contest 2015!

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It's time for the wine haiku contest 2015! Every Spring since 2006 I have held this competition. The entries are always great, and I look forward to the event. This year, it's "Wineku" - all the entries have to be about wine. Write a haiku about wine and post it in the comments below. Let’s limit it to three … [Read more...]

The Backlot Dims: Remembering Joan Rivers

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The most memorable person I have ever met, was Joan Rivers, and it was all because of a last minute bartending job. In the late 1970's, I was working at a "fern bar"; the hot new thing, known for featuring lots of greenery and Boston ferns in macrame hangers, fake antiques, and a clientele wearing mostly polyester … [Read more...]

Book Review: Breakfast in Bridgetown 3rd Edition

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In 2006, Paul Gerald contacted me, asking if I would like to run some reviews he had written about places to eat breakfast in Portland. I was dubious, as I frequently get approached by folks with great ideas that they never follow up on, people with personal agendas, and quite a few who have a sense of taste that … [Read more...]

Sunday Dinner with Betty

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In the 1990's, I was living in Sonoma County California. This was during the middle of the AIDS crisis, and somehow I had ended up working in a hospice, counseling patients, walking their dogs, cooking, cleaning their houses, arranging memorials... whatever I could do. It was a fulfilling yet exhausting job, sharing … [Read more...]

Making the Perfect Gin and Tonic

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Gin & Tonic is what my father would have called “an honest drink.” Nothing fancy; direct and to the point. However, making the perfect gin and tonic requires a few simple steps. In the 50’s I’d come home from school and mom would turn on the Children’s Hour on NPR.  I would sit sideways in the egg chair, lost … [Read more...]