Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wooden shoe tulip farm

Wooden shoe tulip farm
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Tulip festival

March 20 to April 20, 2008
I got my Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm catalog in the mail today. The pretty catalog reminded me that it is time to go to this year’s festival. I hope to go there several times this year. I want to take more beautiful pictures and wander around the gorgeous fields.
$5 per vehicle Saturday and Sundays. Free during the week. Over 40 acres of blooms.
33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn, OR Follow signs off I-5 Woodburn exit or from Hwy 99E in Woodburn. They way is well marked.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mississippi station

Mississippi station
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
I had yummy French toast at Mississippi on Friday. The bread was very thick slices. They call it bread pudding French toast, a house specialty. The French toast is $7. We sat in the window eating our French toast, watching the people walk by the restaurant. Our table was wobbly. The floor is rough cut and uneven old wood flooring. Our server fixed the wobbling table by putting a coaster under one table leg, leveling out the table.
The place has a nice long bar. The patio looked like a pleasant place to be at in the summer.
No Cover weekly music: Janice Scroggins 7 -9 pm Sundays; Pete Krebs Duo 7-9 pm Tuesdays.
3943 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227, 503. 517.5751
Hours: Brunch 8am to 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3 pm weekdays. Dinner 3 pm to close 7 days a week.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pistils Nursery

kalachoe fedtschenkoi
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

I found the plant that I have been searching for at Pistils Nursery yesterday. I have been looking for a plant that I remember from my childhood that I called the maternity plant. When I described the plant to sellers of succulents I was told that very few people carried the plant because it was considered weedy. The current nick name for the plant was mother of millions. We went into pistils to look at the baby chickens. You can have three hens but no rosters in your back yard in Portland. After looking at the cute chicks I noticed a new shipment of succulents at $2 apiece. I asked if they had mother of millions she pulled out a plant from the box and said this is it. The Latin name for my plant is Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi and it is a sedum.
The nursery isn’t very big but it has lots of interesting and useful things, plenty to keep you busy in your yard. They even have the red compost worms. After I set up new worm box I will go back and get red worms.
3811 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 503.288.4889

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar

Monday we stopped in Southpark’s Wine bar before an Oregon Symphony Concert.

I enjoyed a glass of the house red wine. It was a smooth red blend. The wine is nicely priced at seven dollars a glass. The tables are small and the place is cozy. The food served at Southpark is made from fresh local ingredients.

The concert was a woodwind lover’s delight. I was trilled to hear all the oboe solos. It was wonderful to listen to the quiet dissonant movements in En Saga by Jean Sibelius. Pekka Kuusito did a wonderful job playing Stravinsky’s Concerto in D major for violin and Orchestra. After three ovations Pekka came back on stage and played a little Bach on his violin. After the intermission the Orchestra played Symphony number 4 in F minor by Tchaikovsky. A pleasant way to end the evening.

Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar

901 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 326-1300

Oregon Symphony

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

vinideus wine shop

vinideus wine shop
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Two locations one in the pearl and one in Beaumont village. I have been stopping in the Beaumont location to listen to Jazz on Saturday evenings. Last Saturday I had a delightful evening sipping wine and listening to Jazz. Their wines are handcrafted from small vineyards. They are very good at finding me a wine to drink that matches my description of what I want to drink. They serve wine by the glass and small plates of food that compliment the wine. Pay a small corkage fee and drink any wine in the shop.
Up coming events at the Beaumont shop: March 15, 2008 from 5 pm until close $15 for six Oysters and a flight of three wines. Saturday March 16, 2008 sample 2004 Marguaux and 2004 Ch√Ęteau Vernous from 4 – 7 pm; Music from 7 pm – 10pm by Nick O’Donnell Band.
Vinideus Pearl 1019 NW 11th, Portland , Or
Vinideus Beaumont Village 4759c NE Freemont, Portland, OR

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bob's Red Mill

Water Wheel
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
On Friday I went shopping at Bob’s Red Mill. We stopped for lunch at their restaurant. They serve breakfast until 3pm. It being lent I had an omelet, hash browns and biscuits. Everything they serve is made from whole grains. The whole grain biscuits were quite nice. While I was there I noticed many new gluten free foods. The new gluten free pizza dough mix looked nice. Gluten free chocolate cake mix is on sale the month of March. Use their web map locater to get directions to the store on International Way in Milwaukie, OR

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Portland Saturday market

Open now Saturday and Sunday for its 35th season. Everything sold in the booths is handmade. There are many different things to choose from. There is something for everyone from baby clothes, candles to wood toys. The food venders serve a wide variety of tasty foods. Choose from whole multi grain vegan elephant ears and kettle corn, along with food from every continent BBQ, gyros, spring rolls, and burritos to name a few. Check out their web page for the lists of all the venders.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Fabric Depot March 7 and 8 Sale

Fabric Depot is having a 40% off fabric sale today Friday March 7 and Saturday March 8, 2008. The rest of the store is 30% off. This store is such a treasure for Portland. Last Saturday I had a great time riding the bus that fabric depot provided to Sew Expo in Washington. I got many fun new ideas for projects at sew expo.

Fabric Depot 700 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97233

Thursday, March 6, 2008

First Thursday Art Walk March 6, 2008

I am hoping that the sun comes out for a nice evening tonight. It was a beautiful sunrise this morning and it would be pretty to have a nice sunset. Dodging the construction downtown I am going to look at art in the galleries. Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery 929 NW Flanders is showing painter James Boulton, who is paying a measure of homage to 19th century mathematician and philosopher, George Boole.

The museum of Contemporary Craft is a lot of fun to visit. 724 NW Davis

Blackfish Gallery 420 NW Ninth

Digital Art Group Show is a jointly organized exhibition by Blackfish Gallery and Mt Hood Community College.