Syncline Winery and the Gorge

September 15th, 2010

The perfect spot for a picnic -- Maryhill Museum of Art's picnic grounds. That peacock did not eat with us but I'm sure cleaned up our crumbs.

My mom and her husband visited Portland from Cincinnati (where I grew up) mid-August and I’ve been meaning to post about their visit for awhile since a lot of what we did centered around food and drink as it usually does. We had some great meals out at Toro Bravo, Ping and Acadia to name a few and we also had a really good barbecue at home on their last night in town.

The trek we took this time while they visited was out to the Gorge. On our way out in the morning we stocked up on all sorts of great picnic supplies and then we pretty much beelined for Maryhill Museum of Art. I wanted to finally visit what Raymond Carver referred to, in so many words, as the strangest museum he ever went to.

By the time we got there mid-day — it takes about two hours from Portland — we were hungry and headed straight to the picnic grounds. It was a great picnic spot next to the sculpture garden and behind the museum with our peacock friend. My favorite foods from the picnic were the spicy paprika loaf from Edelweiss Sausage & Delicatessen on Grand Central baguette and the tiny pickled anchovies from New Seasons Market.

On the way home (the museum was great and I fully agree with Carver) we only had time for one winery stop so we made it Syncline Winery and I’m so happy that we did. We tasted several of their delicious reds and whites and came home with two whites — their Viognier and Roussanne. I’ll be back to Maryhill and to Syncline. Check both out the next time you’re in the area.

We tasted the whites and the reds. Tastings are $5, deducted if you buy wine...

Turn here for Syncline Winery in the Gorge...

The tasting room is in the production house with the fermenting tanks and the barrels.

Syncline Winery, if you can't tell already, is beautiful.

Maryhill Museum of Art
Goldendale, Washington

Syncline Winery
Lyle, Washington

Portland Downtown Takeout

June 1st, 2010

The case of the fork that tried to eat me. Nong's Khao Man Gai poached chicken and rice hides in there.

Since early fall I’ve been working downtown as an editor at Hawthorne Books. I love taking the Max to and from work, being downtown, and I absolutely love my job. What took some getting used to however were nearby lunch options. Our downtown office doesn’t have a huge amount of dining spots nearby and although I try to bring lunch with as much as possible as life gets busier takeout gets easier.

I have my favorite block-away-spots and I go to those so often I get burnt out. When that happens I usually make more of a trek for the SW Alder Street and 10th Ave. food cart pod. Here are some of my favorite downtown takeout options as of late…

It's hard to have Taste of Jakarta's nasi padang too often. It's so bleeping good.

Kenny & Zuke's breakfast leftovers for lunch -- the 222 -- two eggs, two latkes, two slices of pastrami. I'm sorry if this reheat is sacrilege Nick but it's so good...

Taste of Jakarta
1239 SW Jefferson St.

Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen
1038 SW Stark St.

Nong’s Khao Man Gai
SW 10th and Alder St.