foraging: an Oregon tradition

every time i visit Oregon i pass through Portland (its still wonderfully weird), and we spend at least one day outdoors foraging for food. we have gone berry picking, fishing, crabbing, or this time, digging for clams. except this time we forgot our clam gun, which none of us realized until after we drove out to the trail head and parked. no matter, we rolled up our pants and waded out into the cool waters anyway..

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i expected Francis to dig up a few for us, but he was more excited about smelling everything and then peeing on it.  oh well, maybe next time..

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Oregon coast

i just spent a long weekend on the Oregon coast. i’ve been visiting Oregon since i was a kid, and its one of my favorite places to go. there are so many beautiful beaches, sweet little beach towns, and great hiking trails through the old growth forests.. its a magical place :*)

last weekend my family gathered for a reunion, all hoping to relax and enjoy the sun and surf. day 1 started with violent thunderstorms. we thought by lunch the storms would stop and the fog would burn off, but no it raged all day long. i think only the Californians enjoyed it. we don’t get thunderstorms often, and we haven’t seen rain in a long time.

by day 2 the storm passed and the fog lifted. again the Californians marveled – it was all so green and lush!

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old bridge

i’ve been wandering across the new bridge to hang out in Berkeley a lot more lately. the jury seems to be out on the new Bay Bridge, but we all still love the old one. even in its various stages of demolition..

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4th of July weekend

it was a long weekend..

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and i have no regrets :*)


Berkeley

Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley is one of my favorite brunch spots, and i thought this would be a nice spot to share with our out-of-town guest. its just a diner, but they do things right: eggs are scrambled soft french style, they make beautiful dutch-baby soufflé pancakes, there are donut muffins.. its good! as expected the owners had pictures of the German Futbol team up, and for once were nowhere to be found. i like to imagine they’re taking a much needed break and are enjoying the World Cup in Brazil right now..

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:*)


summer summer

my neighbor’s tree is in full bloom. those itty bitty flowers are now replaced with plums, lots of them. and while they look small, they’re already heavy and full of flavor. this is how i know its summer..

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and then there’s also Pride :*) always the last weekend in June, always the official start to summer here. a weekend of sparkles, love, and dance-all-day-all-night goodness.

happy Pride y’all!!

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post card from afterwards

my roommate has a friend in town for a few days. we always start innocently enough – just a glass of wine, only one more cocktail – and then its nearly 8pm and we are famished. tea leaf salads, Shanghai soup dumplings, gemili dripping in cracked pepper and cheese…

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i think she’s having a good time, San Francisco really is lovely after dark.

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BUN

i found him on my way home from happy hour the other night. i think Bun’s peach blush was what caught my eye..

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kawaii neeeeeeeee!

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postcard from San Francisco

found on Valencia, between 23rd and 24th Streets.

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from AP.

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because Monday

yesterday my friend ‘wanted to feel pain.’ so, being a man, he decided to do this in a manly way. (sigh, i don’t know..). i, on the other hand, was waiting to hear from the boys, as we were supposed to have dinner together. when 8pm rolled by and i was still alone and hungry, i called only to find them half-way through a bottle of cheap champagne in a tattoo parlor. thankfully, they were in good hands, Ms R was very gentle and in good humor about the whole thing..

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LV  *_*

he had LV tattooed on his ring finger. it’s latin and i was told what it meant, but i’ve already forgotten. afterwards we took our little-boy-in-pain to the new Magnolia in Dog Patch for some barbecue and beer, they karaoke’d to punk metal the whole way there and home again. i think he accomplished what he set out to do.

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