Get Your Fill of Figs at The Third Annual Fig Fest!


OMG figs.

Mark your calendars! The third annual Fig Fest is this Sunday, September 22 from 10am-5pm out at One Green World Nursery, located in the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Pleasant Valley (and not too far from the Leach Botanical Garden, which, if you haven’t been to yet, you need to visit). Figs are one of the most wonderful fruits and I came to love them when I lived in Queens where fig trees (and grape vines) were pretty much everywhere (thanks, Greek and Sicilian immigrants). Continue reading “Get Your Fill of Figs at The Third Annual Fig Fest!”

Ride and Dine For Madison South at the Lumberyard In September


Photo credit: the Lumberyard’s GoFundMe page

As you may have heard, there was a major fire over on Bridgetown Bites headquarter’s side of town (I could see the smoke from my house). On August 26, 2019 it burned in a section of the Madison South neighborhood around 82nd Avenue and NE Knott Street, seriously damaging nearby structures—homes and businesses. The Lumberyard—a local business, and one that was affected, though only lightly—has counted their lucky stars and organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for those who did not fare as well. Continue reading “Ride and Dine For Madison South at the Lumberyard In September”

Big Ass Bake Sale in September Will Support RAICES


An excellent event is just over the horizon—the Big Ass Bake Sale at Cookshop. Over 40 of Portland’s best bakers, pastry chefs and restaurant owners are banding together to produce this sale, with all proceeds going to RAICES, “a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.” It will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 10am to 2pm, or until they run out of sweets. Continue reading “Big Ass Bake Sale in September Will Support RAICES”

The 42nd Annual Middle Eastern Festival Was Delicious and Beautiful


Some of the delicious cookies and baklava available at the Middle Eastern Festival this past weekend.

Yesterday I made my way to the far east side of Portland to attend the 42nd Annual Middle Eastern Festival at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church. There was some great music, dancing, a gorgeous church, a silent auction, and, of course, plenty of good food, including a spit roasted lamb, glistening in the sunlight. Continue reading “The 42nd Annual Middle Eastern Festival Was Delicious and Beautiful”

What To Do On August 17 In Portland


Tom McCall Waterfront Park on better days, i.e. no Nazis

As you probably know, right-wing bigot hordes are expected to invade Portland to proclaim their warped worldview; Antifa is planning on responding. There may be violence. Many Portlanders are wondering what to do about it all—some are choosing to carry on with their lives as planned, some are planning on heading to downtown to either protest or observe. Continue reading “What To Do On August 17 In Portland”