Impressions on a Blank Slate

Portland, Oregon is not one of those places folks talk about a lot.  The city is rarely in the news – real or entertainment – which would imply to me that is lacks both famous people and significant crime.  I don’t hold either of these things against it.  Here is what trying to conjure up ideas of Portland made me think of before I actually went to Portland:

  • Maybe it’s like Seattle
  • I think it might rain a lot there
  • Isn’t that where those mini grapes come from?
  • Was Portland somewhere you stopped in the game “Oregon Trail”? Continue reading

Food, Glorious Food

I love food.  I love cooking it , I love eating it, I love cookbooks, I love restaurants, I love wandering around in the grocery store looking at food and making plans with it.   (Ok, that last bit sounds dumb: “Yes, artichoke, we will live in the countryside with a small dog named Muffin and you will bring me daisies.”)

But there are so many things to think about. Continue reading