Kristin Fintel on July 30th, 2010

  You know how you can live in an area for a long time and never get out do your own town?  I actually have done a lot of northwest Oregon, but there are some things still on the “to-see” list.  This summer I finally got out to check off two more of Portland’s landmarks.  Just [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 27th, 2010

I know it’s hard to imagine, but sometimes I get tired of cooking.  So for us, Panaderia y Taqueria Gonzalez is good easy food.  For our guests, it can serve as a break from the fancier, wine oriented restaurants in the area. Gonzalez, located right on 99w and College is a wonderful Mexican restaurant and bakery.  [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 16th, 2010

In a world full of so much stress, it’s not surprising that lavender is so popular.  There are lavender soaps, perfumes, dried wreaths and fresh bouquets.  At a restuarant in Portland last month, I had a lavender lemon drop, and lavender lemonade is a tasty treat in the heat of summer.  And of course, lavender has a starring [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 14th, 2010

On a bright Sunday afternoon, Kristin and I stopped by VIDON Vineyard.  The name ‘VIDON’ (pronounced vee-dohn) comes from Vicki and Don, the founders of winery.  Don is the winemaker and does most of the farming on their 20 acre vineyard.  Don plans to add another 12 acres to the vineyard and will hire his [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 8th, 2010

Full disclosure here: one reason I like Silver Falls State Park is because Curt took me here just as we started dating… I qualify it as a pre-date, his story is that it was a real date.  It’s best not to get us talking about it.  But the other reason I like it is that it’s [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 6th, 2010

 Downhill from the Red Hills which bring us delectable Pinot Noir lies a bistro whose goal is to bring wonderful, seasonal dishes to match our wines.  The Dundee Bistro, now celebrating over 10 years in the heart of Dundee, provides an excellent home for regional food and wine. Curt and I often start our meals [...]

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Kristin Fintel on July 1st, 2010

The first Friday night of every month, Main Street in Newberg transforms itself from quiet little thoroughfare into the place-to-be as the businesses open into the evening with art, music, wine and food to celebrate the vitality of the local culture.  ARTwalk, which started in 2002, draws folks from near and far to hobnob with [...]

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