Archives for the month of: July, 2014

bridge_of_the_peopleWhen I first posted about this new bridge across Portland’s Willamette River (Under Construction, December 28, 2013), the working name was the Portland–Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge. After the public was invited to suggest names for the bridge in the summer of 2013, four finalists were selected in January 2014, and in April 2014, TriMet announced the official name of the bridge: Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. According to Wikipedia: “Tilikum is a Chinook Jargon word meaning people, tribe, or family, and the name is intended to honor the Multnomah, Cascade, Clackamas, and other Chinookan peoples who lived in the area as long as 14,000 years ago. The Tilikum name also references the pervasive use of Chinook Jargon in Portland’s first half century in the frequent trade interactions between pioneers and Native Americans.” The crossing is still under construction and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015; it is the first new bridge to be built across the Willamette River since 1973.

street_art_pettyhorse_flatStreet Art PDX | No. 7     “Pettyhorse” | Location: Telephone pole flyers posted on Northwest 23rd Avenue, Portland

cafe_broderAs Portlanders, we are very fortunate to have the various cuisines of the world at our doorstep (or at least only a drive across a bridge away!) For example: If one gets a sudden craving for Swedish meatballs, Aebleskiver (Danish pancakes), Förlorade Ägg (’Lost Eggs’; two eggs on a bed of sliced ham & spinach under a parmesan-panko crust, served in a skillet with sourdough rye toast), or Smørrebrød (a trio of open-faced sandwiches), those cravings can be satisfied by making one’s way to Café Broder, located at 2508 Southeast Clinton Street or 2240 North Interstate Avenue, Suite 160. Café Broder has been serving a varied menu of delicious Swedish dishes since 2007. Smaklig måltid!

coffee_break_monday_7_28_14Coffee Break Monday | July 28, 2014     Subject: St. Honoré Boulangerie | Location: 3333 SE Division Street, Portland

industrial_abstract#28Industrial Abstract #28 | Location: Southeast Industrial District, Portland

stone_lanternsOne of the dozens of authentic stone lanterns on view along the graceful pathways of the Portland Japanese Garden.

IM000055.JPGAs 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!”

splatNot 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.

window_treatmentThese 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

clouds_over_the_willametteDramatic clouds gathering over the Willamette River, photographed from the river’s west bank and looking out to Portland’s east side with the Burnside Bridge at right.

coffee_break_monday-7_21_14Coffee Break Monday | July 21, 2014
Subject: The Red e Café Location: Inside the Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Avenue (Pearl District)

industrial_abstract#27Industrial Abstract #27 | Location: Southeast Industrial District, Portland

tour_de_franceThe 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.

sacajawea_cannonThere 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.

portland_a_la_mondrian_part2Did 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)

stepping_stoneThe 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)

garden_gateGarden Gate is a painted aluminum work created by Portland sculptor Mel Katz in 2002, on display in the public sculpture courtyard at the Portland Art Museum.

coffee_break_monday_7_14_14Coffee Break Monday | July 14, 2014   Subject: Sound Grounds Cafe | Location: 3701 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland

prost “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!)

street_art_pdx_no6_saint_kurtStreet Art PDX | No. 6     “Saint Kurt”  |  Location: Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard at Southeast 34th Avenue, Portland