Portland Gluten Free Bakeries

Tula Bakery

We are going to take a break in the middle of gluten free week here on the blog and give you a little tour of a few gluten free bakeries we visited here in Portland during the week Cali was home.  Like I said before, if you have to be gluten free, Portland is a great place to live.  Today is just a sampling of some of the fun and delicious bakeries that are available in the Portland metropolitan area.  If you are wondering if you have any gluten free [Continue Reading…]

Ruby Jewel Ice Cream}Portland

ruby jewel

The temperatures are rising here in Portland.  We get excited about that because it doesn’t happen too often! Nothing tastes better than some yummy ice cream on a warm summer day. Don’t you agree? Today I am sharing one of my favorite local Portland ice cream shops,  Ruby Jewel Scoops located at 3713 N. Mississippi. They also sell their delicious ice cream sandwiches at the Portland Farmer’s Market as well as having a second location in the Pearl at 428 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205.  So many convenient locations! [Continue Reading…]

Silver Falls State Park and Weekend Recap

Farmers Market4

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and memorable Memorial Day Weekend. I hope we all took a little time to express our gratitude to all the men and women who faithfully and courageously defend our country today and in the past and especially to those who gave their lives for our freedom!  We are blessed. Our weekend started out with our Saturday morning trip to the Farmer’s Market. The produce selection is growing each week and the colors were bright this week. I thought the orange beets were amazing!! [Continue Reading…]

Portland}The Grilled Cheese Grill

Grilled Cheese Grill Food Cart

Now that the weather is getting better in Portland one of our favorite things to do is hit one of the food cart pods that are all over the city for lunch or dinner. Portland is a mecca for food carts! One of our favorites is a food cart that just serves grilled cheese. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of our favorite comfort food. I think we grew up on grilled cheese and tomato soup at our house. The Grilled Cheese Grill is located at 1027 NE Alberta [Continue Reading…]

Hall Street Grill}Portland

Hall Street Bar & Grill

A few weeks ago Tessa and I were invited to enjoy brunch at Hall Street Grill, a local restaurant in Beaverton. I love brunch but most restaurants only offer it on Sunday and since we don’t go out on Sundays we don’t do brunch a lot. I was excited to learn that Hall Street offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday. We use to be frequent visitors to Hall Street but then for some reason we stopped going. One of our favorite date nights was to go to their Happy Hour [Continue Reading…]



Last weekend Tessa was home for a visit from college – she needed a little Mommy and Me time!  We had fun exploring some new places around Portland- a favorite pastime of ours.  A friend and blog reader had emailed me about a new place that had recently opened up over in the Hawthorne/Belmont area of SE Portland called Fizz.  She thought I would enjoy it and she was right. Fizz is a good old fashioned candy shop and soda fountain but with a modern feel. Who can resist a [Continue Reading…]

Veggie Grill}Portland

Veggie Grill

Recently I was invited to the grand opening of a new restaurant here in Portland – Veggie Grill.  It is a new franchise to Portland and has come up from California. The Veggie Grill is a vegan restaurant.  Now if you are like me your first thought may be – no thanks!  I am not a vegan and I am not a vegetarian.  So I have to admit I was a little leary before my first visit to the Veggie Grill and so was my husband. We were pleasantly surprised!  [Continue Reading…]

Portland}Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons

Today’s my birthday and I’m off to celebrate just how I like – with lots of good food, my friends and family (only Jim since the kids are at school), and a trip to Goodwill with my friend Marsha to find some treasures!!  I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Portland restaurants while I’m out celebrating in my wonderful city! While the kids were home for the holiday we did a little bit of eating, just a little bit.  At home and out.  We had to hit [Continue Reading…]

Portland}The Tin Shed


We are going to make one more stop on NE Alberta Street, at least for now. This area of Portland has become my new favorite. So many places to explore and great places to eat. The Tin Shed is one of them. As stated on their website: Our goal is to give the food a good ride from farm, to grocer, to the Shed and to you. And they do just that with the freshest local ingredients they can find.  They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but I [Continue Reading…]