Pacific City to Oceanside, Tillamook County, Oregon Coast

Among the many sea stacks that are found along the Pacific Coast, Cannon Beach is famed as much for iconic Haystack Rock as for its art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants. It's natural to think that Cannon Beach has the tallest stack along Oregon's coast, maybe because of the town's unverifiable claim ("third largest intertidal monolith in the world"), but the one... Continue Reading →

Spruce Goose

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose has found a home in the most unlikely of places in McMinnville, Oregon, housed in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, having made its way from southern California. Originally built as a World War II transport aircraft, made entirely of wood, it retains the record of having the longest wingspan (almost... Continue Reading →

Ataula: Sublime Call ‘To the Table’ (Portland, OR)

I'll say it right off. Ataula is the best tapas restaurant my wife and I have ever been to. Not only was the food consistently sublime but the wait staff was above reproach and the tab less than we expected to pay for such quality. Ataula is somewhat hidden away on a quiet side street of Portland's... Continue Reading →

Nicholas Restaurant (Gresham, OR)

After a long day's drive in blistering heat into and out of Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St Helens Volcanic National Monument and checking into our motel, my wife and I were ready for a margarita and an ice cold beer. (Mis)guided by Quality Inn's confusingly formatted list of recommended local restaurants in Gresham, we... Continue Reading →

No ‘Garbage’ Here: Luigi’s Italian Sandwiches (Medford, OR)

I thought I was in the wrong area, looking for Luigi's Italian Sandwiches, surrounded by Macy's, J. C. Penney, The Gap, Sports Authority, and the like. A neighborhood joint was what I was expecting. Then, I saw it, a small building sitting on the corner of Ohio and N Riverside, across the street from the... Continue Reading →

Better Than Your Average Brew Pub: Falling Sky Brewing (Eugene, OR)

Craft breweries are springing up almost everywhere. The Pacific Northwest has seen its mini-explosion start business only within the last decade. It's fun when the beer is served in a pub setting, even more so when there are noshes, too. Most of these places are content to sell burgers, fries and pizza, maybe chicken wings. It's the rare... Continue Reading →

Back to Taqueria Los Temos (Salem, OR)

The drive down through Oregon wasn't the downpour that I had braced myself for. By the time we got to Salem though, it was drizzling and there was enough pall in the sky to call it gloomy. The atmosphere completely changed when we walked into Los Temos, a return visit to an outstanding taqueria after... Continue Reading →

Black Cat Cantina (Portland, OR)—CLOSED

"What are your favorite things on the menu?" my wife asked. The waitress quickly glanced at her, then me, as if gauging what might appeal to us. "I would recommend the ceviché de camaron, shrimp mixed with mango and strawberry, chile and chopped cilantro. There are also lemon and lime juices in it. You will love it.... Continue Reading →

Thrill of Multnomah Falls (Troutdale, OR)

There are few things more thrilling than standing near a stupendous waterfall. The feeling is almost visceral, mesmerizing. Some people claim that they feel better when standing next to a waterfall, maybe having something to do with the production of enormous amounts of negative ions (oxygen molecules with an extra electron) that research has shown... Continue Reading →

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