Kristin Fintel on September 30th, 2010

So here’s my confession:  I’m not very good with bird identification.  I am getting better – I even used our guidebook to help me learn that one of our regular summer visitors at the B&B is the Red-Necked Grosbeak.  That was an exciting moment for me. But whether I know my birds or not, I [...]

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Kristin Fintel on September 27th, 2010

 My mom has always been a good gardener.  Unfortunately, we moved around a bit, and half the time we actually live in military housing where her gardening was confined to inside plants.  After I left for college, however, they retired a spacious property in the northwest and when I visited them I was introduced to a new [...]

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Kristin Fintel on September 17th, 2010

The Holy Grail for a Pinot Noir lover is to find a fine bottle of the ruby red at a price point that allows one to break open a bottle for dinner even when it’s not a special occasion.  Oh sure.  It’s not hard to find a great bottle of Pinot in Oregon for $70.  [...]

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Kristin Fintel on September 13th, 2010

All the rumors are true: I do need to avoid gluten.  Now, if this sentence means nothing to you, here’s a little food science.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat flour (and rye and barley and a few other grains) that gets gooey when mixed with a liquid.  It’s what makes all the ingredients [...]

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Kristin Fintel on September 12th, 2010

It was five years ago when Curt and I found our house.  Well, “house” is a pretty lenient word for what was here.  We called it the “half-house” because the guy we bought it from had to abandon construction due to finances.  When started to work with our architect to redesign the interior to be our [...]

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Kristin Fintel on September 1st, 2010

Although Curt and I have been to La Rambla countless times, I must admit that I have never had one of their Platos Principals or their renowned Paella.  Without shame, I admit that we never get past the tapas. Housed in an historic building on trendy 3rd Street in McMinnville, La Rambla artfully merges Northwest ingredients [...]

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