Canard – French American Food, Portland OR

Hollandaise is usually fear or fever food. When a fear girl orders the $15 hollandaise and scrapes it clean, fear transforms to fervor. Next time we are in Portland, we will try the evening menu. Canard – Try it, you’ll like it. The restaurant just opened in April. Burnside awaits… Shrimp toast Benedict

Planet of plants – amazon spheres

The horticulture wonder of the Amazon spheres welcomes visitors to a gorgeous green velvet world speckled with color and zig zagging patterns. Go call up a friend favor (an employee) to escort you in to see 40k individual plants. Massive leaves hover protectively over delicate specimens clinging to vines and leaves of grass.

Pom poms for Mom

The best compliments are ones from moms to other moms. Thank you Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis for rallying for Mother’s (singular) day. Pom Pom flower cheers for all moms. During a conversation with little league baseball moms yesterday, one woman so nicely complimented me by asking me to repeat what I said to her the…

Los Angeles, meet me at Hope and 7th

So when did LA become fancy? The downtown LA area is now “DTLA” complete with city bikes (un-rented)  lining Broadway. A street clinging to the childhood I left 30 years ago. I walked a whopping 1.5 Miles from Little Tokyo back to the Wilshire Grand Interncontinental hotel, truly a walk through the inner chambers of…

Stutzman Farm for flavor grenades

Repeat experiences induce memory making maps. Fingers crossed trenches have formed for my kids – the connection between farmers, food, health and just pure appreciation and fun of a working farm.   (Almost) Every fall we go fruit picking at one farm, Stutzman’s ranch  in Wenatchee and say hello to farmer Floyd.  All in one…

Think Outside. There is no box. • Banff National Park, Canada

I can see the appeal of a drone camera…some places just require a wide lens to capture the WHOLE thing.  Fly into Calgary, stay a night and drive to Canmore for home base.  Stop by the Canmore Brewery for some nice beers (love their slogan, •think outside. There is no box•) Plan for 5-6 days…

green fig jam with honey 

Be kind and generous. That’s a top priority in our family. Our fig tree continues to spoon us heaps of generosity.  After friends and family gather their loot, the remaining less camera ready ones become fig jam. My first attempt…I shouldn’t take credit considering it’s a perfect food to begin with. I looked around for…

Fried Bananas with Beer Batter 

Anything deep fried is going to be deliriously good. My second daughter loves plantains and burro bananas plainly fried in a pan.  However today was deep fried day.  These mini sweet bananas sell for 99 cents per pound. Stop by the Asian market, pick up sweet mini bananas, the mix and a bottle of beer….

Tasty find: Beyond meat plant based burger 

I am 4 decades along and I’ve never had a steak. When I tell people that tidbit, gasps and no really?! Replies. Never had probably never will. And yet my husband lives for steaks and burgers. He cooks/grills it himself of course. 😋  I’ve been reading about plant based meat alternatives and tried it out…