Recently, I escaped the dreary Oregon spring for an extended weekend in Orange County. And on a Saturday afternoon with a little time on my hands, I ventured north to the San Gabriel Mission and Pasadena.
The mission turned out to be quite the hub of activity -- hosting both a traditional wedding on one side of the lot, and a car show complete with aging rock band along the main drag.
And while the cars were certainly shiny and bright, I think my favorite part was the display of handpainted tiles set into the sidewalk surrounding the mission.
11 April 2009
I love discovering new things about places I already have an affinity for.
An afternoon walk downtown to a favorite paper shop introduced me to the work of Anahata Katkin. She is based out of Ashland. Who knew?
I selected two lovely postcards to send to lucky postcrossers. However, I may have a hard time parting with these. They may take up residence in my permanent collection.
From my hotel room I had a panoramic view of Pilot Butte, an extinct volcano within the city limits. It was a little too brisk and breezy this morning to hike to the top, so instead I went in search of this little bakery:
I had stumbled across some promising reviews of The Sparrow Bakery online, so I went to try out the ocean roll for myself.
I was not disappointed! It mixed the goodness of a sticky bun with a kick of cardamom -- sweet and spice all rolled into one.
The Sparrow Bakery is tucked into an odd industrial corner of downtown Bend.
So naturally, I took out my camera.
Before leaving today, I stopped by Mother's Juice Cafe on the westside of town. The fruit & veggie blend (apple, carrot, orange, cucumber, beet and lemon) was the perfect treat to quench my thirst.
To live here full time though? First, I'd need a Subaru and a road bike!
04 April 2009
A quick search on the internet revealed the beginning of the Blue Sky Choreographers Series in a quiet space in downtown Portland. Enjoying contemporary dance is something I don't get to do very often anymore, so this was a nice renewal of that appreciation.
Afterward, I decided to check out the Belgian fries that are gaining an appreciative audience over at Potato Champion.
Sitting in a corner parking lot at Hawthorne and 12th Street SE, this festive cart is only open Wednesday-Saturday, from 8 pm - 3 am. Perfect for late-night snacking. And they only serve one thing: fries. Order a cone full, sprinkle on some salt, and nosh away!