Autumn has arrived and the colors of fall are everywhere in Portland and all over the beautiful state of Oregon. Today’s scene: The marquee of the Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon as seen through the fiery glow of autumn-colored leaves in the trees along Northwest Wall Street.
Coffee Break Monday | September 29, 2014 Subject: Cinnamon-topped cappuccino and a delicious Gateau Orange et Gingembre (Flourless cake made with ground almonds, puréed orange and a hint of ginger) at Saint Honoré Boulangerie. | Locations: 2335 NW Thurman Street, Portland | 3333 SE Division Street,Portland | Millennium Plaza, Lake Oswego
Two Bits (2011) is a sculpture by artist Greg Congleton, located in Farewell Bend Park in Bend, Oregon. The life-size horse logging sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the timber industry that put Bend on the map in the early 1900s; it is made of found objects including a Singer sewing machine, chain saws, wrenches and gears, golf clubs and an automotive transmission.
Oktoberfest celebrations kicked off on September 20 and are now in full swing, including the Bend Oktoberfest which took place in Bend, Oregon this past weekend. Helping to celebrate the event, Ranch Records on NW Wall Street created a festive front window display of Oktoberfest-themed LPs. Prost!
Coffee Break Monday | September 22, 2014 Subject: La Marzocco at Extracto Coffee Roasters | Location: 2921 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland
Vincent Van Gogh’s 1884 Ox-Cart (a special post for a special someone on a special day). This early work by the Dutch master was a gift to the Portland Art Museum, and the wonderful backstory of the painting’s provenance can be heard at this link to a 2007 segment on NPR’s Morning Edition.
An ecletic selection of vinyl is always spinning at Courier Coffee Roasters, 923 SW Oak Street, Portland.
The eighth in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. Today’s post features a pair of beautiful sculptures included in the exhibit, along with a reminder that there are only five days left before the ‘park closes’ and the exhibition ends on September 21. Thank you to the Portland Art Museum for presenting a truly oustanding exhibit, and for bringing a bit of Paris to Portland for the past three months!
Coffee Break Monday | September 15, 2014 Subject: Iced coffee served in Mason jars at Courier Coffee Roasters | Location: 923 SW Oak Street, Portland
MÅURICE Luncheonette, the French-themed creation of owner and self-described “sweet savant” Kristen D. Murray is Portland’s hottest new dining experience and has recently landed the #9 position on “The Hot 10 (2014)”—Bon Appetit’s list of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. A well-deserved honor, and congratulations to all! As described in their own words, MÅURICE is : “A Modern Pastry Luncheonette bound by old world charm, named after Maurice, Kristen’s French lop rabbit and constant for over a decade. As an homage to his companionship, goodness and generosity of spirit, it seemed a natural fit to baptize her dream shop with her beloved rabbit’s name. We are located in the Southwest corridor of downtown Portland, on a quiet tree lined street [921 SW Oak Street] amid the bustle of bicycles, the iconic streetcar and a bevy of foot traffic. MÅURICE is a universe imagined by Kristen, animated by generosity, excellent products and celebrating the art of the pastry kitchen. Inspired, small, cozy and welcoming. MÅURICE Luncheonette is open to everyone who enjoys the sweeter things in life, with no reservations.” I will add my voice to the chorus of praise by saying that MÅURICE was one of the best dining experiences I have had during my 11 years in Portland. The decor is understated and elegant, with pristine white chairs, booths and tables that seem to provide a blank canvas for the savory and sweet works of culinary art that are presented. Note the small details, such as the rabbit ear coat hooks on the booth endcaps and simple light strings made of Madeleine baking forms. Amazing aromas fill the room, recalling memories of favorite Paris boulangeries, while appropriate French music (Brigitte Bardot, music from “Amélie”, etc.) plays in the background, enhancing the feast for the senses. Félicitations MÅURICE!