Coffee Break Monday | July 28, 2014 Subject: St. Honoré Boulangerie | Location: 3333 SE Division Street, Portland
One of the dozens of authentic stone lanterns on view along the graceful pathways of the Portland Japanese Garden.
As I began to do research for this post, I have to admit that while I have always enjoyed the wonderful meals and delicious desserts of Papa Haydn, I was not familiar with this Portland institution’s long history and its impact and influence on the Portland dining scene as we know it today. Papa Haydn tells their own story best, in an excerpt from their website: “The fall of 1978 saw the opening of a small cafe on the Westmoreland end of Milwaukie Avenue that would have a profound impact on the way Portland looked at dining, and in particular, desserts. Papa Haydn was home to Portland’s first espresso machine, and the lines of hungry diners were legendary. The limited menu of European-inspired pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads soon gave way to an expanded space with a full kitchen and a comprehensive lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menu. A comprehensive remodel was finished in late 2007, with updates including a full bar, expanded kitchen, and a heated patio. In 1983, when Northwest 23rd Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood was little more than a hodgepodge of thrift stores, laundromats and run-down Victorians, the second Papa Haydn location opened its doors on the corner of 23rd and Irving [today’s image features this location’s tile entry way]. What a difference 31 years makes! Northwest Portland, and 23rd Avenue in particular, is now a bustling, thriving, and vital mix of retail, residential, and restaurants. A mecca for shopping, eating, and people-watching! What hasn’t changed, however, is the popularity of this family-owned destination restaurant, as popular with tourists as with locals. The focus remains, as always, on the highest quality foods, beverages, and service.” And about the name: “Music has always been an important part of the ambience at Papa Haydn. These days the well-rounded mix covers many genres, but credit for our name goes to an 18th-century classical composer by the name of Franz Joseph Haydn. A Viennese composer, regarded as the father of the symphony and the string quartet, Haydn’s kindly fatherly qualities earned him the nickname that has become our trade name. The link to beautiful music and the renowned pastries of Vienna was irresistible!”
Not a lot to say about this image…it pretty much speaks for itself, and it looks like it’s saying…Splat! Shot at the strangely beautiful and endlessly photographable remains of the former Taylor Electric Supply Company building, located between SE Clay Street and SE 2nd Avenue, which was destroyed by fire in 2006.
These beautifully ornate window treatments adorn the Frank Manor House on the Lewis & Clark College campus in Southwest Portland. For more views and information on this gem of Portland architecture and history, please see the following posts: May 22, 2014 | May 23, 2014 | May 24, 2014 | May 25, 2014
Coffee Break Monday | July 21, 2014
Subject: The Red e Café | Location: Inside the Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Avenue (Pearl District)
The Tour de France heads into its final 8 stages today (Stage 14 takes place on Saturday with the 177km route from Grenoble to Risoul), and as a photgraphic tribute to this great sporting event, pdx|cept looks back to last summer’s Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. This amazing display of bicycle helmets—forming the museum’s “P” letterform/logo—greeted visitors above the museum entrance near the public sculpture garden.
There are many sculptural representations of Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark (see here for another example), but this bronze sculpture,designed and constructed by Patricia Egan Police and Joe Police, stands out as one of the most unique and interesting. Simply entitled Sacajawea (and dedicated in 1980), the sculpture stands at the turnaround joining Fifth Street and North Elm Street in Cannon Beach. Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacajawea might have stood at this very spot over two-hundred years ago, enjoying a perfect location for taking in the beautiful vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
Did Piet Mondrian visit Portland and try his hand at architecture? Apparently, that could be more than just a fantasy considering the appearance of this downtown building, reminiscent of the vertical/horizontal grid lines and interlocking geometric color planes of the great Dutch artist’s famous paintings. Mondrian’s distinct style is referenced often in popular culture—from Yves Saint Laurent clothing lines in the1960s to the colorful patterns of The Partridge Family bus—and this building may have also derived inspiration from Mondrian’s minimalist masterpieces. (Also see Portland a la Mondrian | October 21, 2013)
The Scholar’s Courtyard in Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden is a quiet place for reflection and inspiration. Symbols abound, including the plum trees and mosaic stepping stones—symbolizing “plum blossoms on cracked ice”—which signal the coming of spring and symbolize endurance and hope. (Excerpts from the Lan Su Chinese Garden website)
“Situated in the historic Mississippi District, Prost! (at 4237 North Mississippi Avenue) offers Portland an inviting neighborhood pub as a gathering place for friends, great bier, and authentic German food. Each bier, imported from Germany, is poured properly into its appropriate glass, fulfilling German tradition and guaranteeing great taste. Biers range from light Lagers, to Weissbiers, to Schwarzbier, and come from numerous breweries such as Spaten, Paulaner, and Ayinger, among others; they are served in traditional sizes spanning the half liter, to the mass (1.L), to der stiefel (2.L) (aka “das boot”). Each bite of food is made with the best local ingredients, in the traditional German way. Each table is an open spot for communal seating to share with friends and to make new ones. Come join us at the Pub!” (Excerpts from the Prost! website)
(Note: Admittedly, I am not a huge football/World Cup fan, and this post is not meant to be an endorsement favoring Germany in the World Cup Final. I congratulate both teams on making it through, and if Germany wins, great; if Argentina wins, great as well. But, if you are inclined to favor Germany to take home the prize, Prost! could be a good Portland location raise a few glasses and cheer on your team!)
A companion piece to an earlier post (May 27, 2014), this is another example of the many creative bird houses that pop up out of the lush and abundant herb garden at McMenamins Edgefield, located just east of Portland in Troutdale. The elongated, vertical shape and half-moon roof of this birdhouse is reminiscent of the wide range of amusing art and architecture found throughout the grounds of the Edgefield.
Portland’s Clinton Street Theater (located at 2522 SE Clinton Street) was built in 1914 and opened in 1915 as The Clinton. It is a unique single-screen independent art house cinema which is said to be the oldest continuously operating movie house west of the Mississippi. The venue became known as the 26th Avenue Theatre in 1945 and the Encore in 1969, before reverting to a resemblance of its original name in 1976. The Clinton Street Theater often screens grindhouse, documentary, cult and experimental films, and has become known for hosting regular screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show since 1978, making it one of the longest running movie engagements in the world. (Excerpts from Wikipedia and Cinema Treasures)