Portland

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Kids and Dog inside the Tow Truck

At least a dozen Bob’s Red Mill products grace the shelves of our pantry.  Steel cut oats, buckwheat flour, gluten-free pancake mix, and garbanzo bean flour to name a few. The company’s founder, with his glasses, silver hair and beard also reminds the kids of their dear Grandpa (affectionately known as BaBa). That resemblance plus…

Laughing Planet Cafe

Laughing Planet Cafe outside

Portland offers a fabulous mix of healthy living, inventive cuisine, and eclectic fun. One of our favorite restaurant stops was at the Laughing Planet Cafe where they put the FUN in Portland’s Funky. Bright artwork and old Godzilla movie posters, retro toys in a display case, and plastic dinosaurs scattered around on the tables provided ample fun…

OMSI is Out of This World

Controlling a real robot

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland is truly amazing. We didn’t have nearly enough time to see everything but general admission to the main sections of the museum provided ample interaction, entertainment, and learning for all of us. If you have more than just one day to explore, you’ll also want…

Breakfast With Mom

Cup of Coffee

Mother, Grandmother, Chef, Entrepreneur, World-Traveler, Survivor, and Cookbook Author Lisa Schroeder is the driving force behind Mother’s Bistro & Bar, an inviting restaurant at the corner of Stark and 2nd Avenue in downtown Portland. Crystal chandeliers, pale yellow and sage green bead board, white cabinets, and polished pine tables create a cheerful shabby chic ambience. If you’re…

Family-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Hotel Vintage Plaza

Front of Hotel Vintage Plaza

I’m not sure if it was the complimentary glass of wine that was offered upon arrival (they host a daily wine reception from 5 to 6pm in their stylish and welcoming lobby) or the friendly valet who volunteered an easy, affordable parking option rather than selling us on the Hotel’s valet service but Hotel Vintage…