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Five Best Peanut Butter Treats

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey 2 Comments
Find the best peanut butter treats in the greater Portland region.

Find the best peanut butter treats in the greater Portland region.

Important question: crunchy or creamy peanut butter? It’s a polarizing question, we know. Whatever side of the peanut butter debate you fall under, you can satisfy your peanut butter cravings—and celebrate National Peanut Butter Month!—right here in the Tualatin Valley. We’ve rounded up five spots that are just as nutty about peanut butter as we are.

1. Peanut Butter Cream Cone from Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Portland’s premier chocolatier is not messing around when it comes to its peanut butter cream cone, which weighs in at an impressive 8.64 ounces, filled to the brim with peanut French butter cream.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co.: 11705 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton; Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2. Peanut Butter Cupcake from Sweet Story Bakery
We’re partial to the peanut butter cupcake in all its decadent glory, but you can’t go wrong with any of the peanut butter desserts at this cute shop. Adorable peanut butter cake pops show great restraint, while the heavy-duty peanut butter bars could almost qualify as a meal.  
Sweet Story Bakery: 16227 SW 1st Street, Sherwood; Tuesday-Friday from 9 am. To 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. African Peanut Stew from the Native Foods Café at Bridgeport Village
Peanut butter can be used as a key ingredient of a main course. Enter the healthy, nourishing and oh so savory African peanut stew. Though if you have room for dessert, go ahead and order the peanut butter parfait—its layers of whipped peanut butter and banana bread crumbs are irresistible.
Native Foods: 7237 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard; Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4. Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake at the Hillsboro Pharmacy
This old-school soda fountain has been making milkshakes for over a century! So, they really, really know what they’re doing and it shows in the thick and perfectly sweet chocolate peanut butter shakes.
Hillsboro Pharmacy: 243 E. Main Street, Hillsboro; Monday-Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

5. Red Wine Truffles from…us!
Instead of a PB&J, we go for a PB&P. That is peanut butter and Pinot, of course! Try our easy recipe for red wine truffles, made with peanut butter chips and David Hill Vineyard’s Pinot.

Now try all five options and report back with your favorite!

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Over Thanksgiving weekend, pick up knitting supplies and meet new friends at the Alpaca Open Barn & Holiday Sale.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, pick up knitting supplies and meet new friends at the Alpaca Open Barn & Holiday Sale.

The Tualatin Valley is happily flooded with new faces, visiting family and friends over the holiday weekend. Every year, we are so grateful to share the start of the holiday season with locals and guests from all over the country. With so much hubbub on actual Thanksgiving, plan ahead for the relaxing days after the big feast. To start, check out our seven things to do in the Tualatin Valley this Thanksgiving. And see below for even more Thanksgiving weekend events:

Races

Give & Gobble Thanksgiving Run/Walk
November 27 | 9 a.m. start | Sherwood High School | $15-$70
After you gobble, it’s time to wobble across the finish line. Choose from run and walk options, completing a 5k or 10k options.

Jump Start Christmas Celebrations

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
November 28-November 30 | 7:30 p.m. | HART Theatre | $11-$17
This musical is full of Americana charm as a duo of beautiful singing sisters travels to a Vermont lodge—owned by their former army commander—on Christmas.

A Christmas Survival Guide
November 28-November 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Broadway Rose New Stage | $20-$35
Shed the bahumbugs for a few laughs with this light-hearted review of that teases holiday traditions.

Miracle on 43rd Street: a 1940s Holiday Radio Massacre
November 28-November 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Venetian Theatre & Bistro | $22-$32
This classic radio broadcast gets a gritty do-over as a Mafia mobster gets in a tangle with a New York detective.  

Forest Grove Holiday Tree Lighting
November 28 | 6 p.m. | Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce | free
Fa-la-la-la-fall is almost over, but a visit from Santa makes the incoming winter less dreary. Your face will  light up just as the holiday tree does at this annual tradition

Hillsboro Holly Days & Marketplace
November 29 | 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza | free
Feel holly and jolly with a tree lighting, live music, a visit from Santa and even an indoor playground!

Art and Gift Shows

Student & Alumni Holiday Art Sale
November 28-November 30 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | OCAC | $10 suggested donation
The Oregon College of Art and Craft welcomes 70 of its current students and alumni to share and sell work inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Helvetia Christmas Festival
November 28-November 30 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Helvetia Christmas Tree Farm | free
Beyond the delicious smell of holiday trees, the scent of homemade lavender gifts delights the scenses…as does the marshmallow roasting station.

Alpaca Open Barn & Holiday Sale
November 28-November 29 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Alpacas of Oregon | free
Meet some fuzzy friends before heading into the gift shop for all your winter knitting needs.

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Nature Passport: Magness Memorial Tree Farm

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

 

Enter an enchanted world at Magness Memorial Tree Farm, which is just minutes away from Portland.

Enter an enchanted world at Magness Memorial Tree Farm, which is just minutes away from Portland.

The Nature Passport is a treasure trove of Tualatin Valley’s nature hot spots, leading outdoor enthusiasts to the locations that look like they came straight out of a fairytale. For example, Magness Memorial Tree Farm is nestled in the woods via a tranquil nature walk that will lead you to the rustic log cabins that—if you have the right imagination—seem like they might belong to Hansel and Gretel (don’t worry, no witches here!).

Just 23 miles south of Portland, it’s easy to escape city life in favor of something a bit more earthy. Try and spot the more than 30 different species of trees. At the very least, it won’t be hard to identify the Giant Sequoia and Douglas Firs linking the 2.5 miles of hiking paths, as well as the flying squirrels jetting between them. For a little more help, take the free guided tour that is offered every Sunday at 2 p.m. Ask your guide to point out some stinging nettle, which is edible and taste like spinach!

On a dry day, Magness Memorial Tree Farm offers choice options for a picnic. Whether you’re going for a blown-out meal or simply an along-the-way snack, stop in downtown Sherwood on your way to your woodsy adventure. Symposium Coffee will give early-risers a jolt with a Stumptown coffee buzz and Sweet Story Bakery will provide a sugar rush to match.

Watch this segment from Grant’s Getaways explore the Magness Memorial Tree Farm:

Magness Memorial Tree Farm
Location: 31195 SW Ladd Hill Road, Sherwood, OR 97140
Phone: (503) 625-7471
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. September-May; Daily 9 .a. – 7 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day

With so much eye candy around you, don’t forget to pack that camera. Whether it’s capturing a deer having breakfast in the morning light, the breathtaking view of the Coast Range or an artful stargazing time-lapse, share the best pictures from your visit with us via the Focus on Autumn Nature Photo Contest. Who knows? Your picture could win you a prize package of pro-photography loot worth $2,500!

Past Nature Passport Blog Posts:
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Cook Park
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Fernhill Wetlands
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Loop
L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park

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Focus on Autumn with Fall Harvest

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

To focus on autumn means to focus on Oregon’s bounty. Focus on the gentle breeze whistling between the Tualatin Valley’s apple trees. Focus on the bright flavor of a just-picked pear. Focus on the gleeful expression of a child finding that perfect pumpkin in the patch. Focus on the sun setting in the hazelnut orchard. And don’t just focus on these precious moments—take a picture of it for the Focus on Autumn Nature Photo Contest!

 

A filbert farm sunset along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. Photo by Karl Samson.

A filbert farm sunset along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. Photo by Karl Samson.

The Focus on Autumn Nature Photo Contest is our way of celebrating all the ways people experience autumn in the Tualatin Valley. In addition to capturing beautiful moments, photographers are also encouraged to enter their photos for a chance at the prize package that is worth $2,500! With a first, second and third place prize (as well as an honorable mention), you could win premium and professional photography gear like a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera and amazing editing software.

So, hang your camera strap around your neck and be ready to snap the magical moments you catch at our farms and markets, as well as on the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route. In case you want a creative sparkplug, we’ve included a few photography ideas below:

From Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, pumpkins are a big deal in the Tualatin Valley. Our pumpkin patches are a photographer’s dream with punchy-orange gourds resting below the mountain-scape views and barrels of hay.

The ever-photogenic poinsettias will be waiting to be photographed at the Evening of Lights (November 6 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood; free). Here, stroll through designer-decorated holiday trees and freshly grown poinsettias as one way to usher in the upcoming holidays.

Photo contest procrastinators can rally at the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend (November 28-November 30; varying times, locations and tasting fees). Tour some of Oregon’s best wineries for stellar wines, as well as beautiful photo-ops. Just don’t forget to submit your photos by November 30.

 

A winery along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route in fall. Photo by Wayne Flynn.

A winery along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route in fall. Photo by Wayne Flynn.

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Amphorae Project at Beckham Estate

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Andrew Beckham explaining his handmade amphorae and the wine he ferments inside of it.

Andrew Beckham explaining amphorae and the wine he ferments inside of it.

For many of the best winemakers, their winemaking began as a passion project. For Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate Vineyard, his process is actually a combination of two passions: wine and ceramics via handmade terracotta amphorae (i.e. vessels) that are used to ferment the estate grown wine.

The ceramics came first. As a potter and full-time high school ceramics teacher, Andrew is a bona fide clay expert. His intricate and artful vases (sold in the winery’s tasting room) are stunning and he relishes the experience of creating a level-playing field between students of all different walks of life in his ceramics classroom.

The wine…that actually came later. When Andrew and his wife Annedria moved to their hillside home in Sherwood, they quickly became friends with their neighbors of La Bonne Terre Vineyard, whom eventually supplied the first clones for their own vineyard. As the Beckham’s family grew, so did the vineyard. One fateful day, Annedria showed Andrew an article about winemaking in amphorae, which is defined as a tall Greek or Roman jar with two handles and a narrow neck that dates back to as early as 10,000 B.C.

Annedria and Andrew both knew that an evolution toward their own amphorae project was inevitable—excitingly so! Just a short walk from the charming Beckham Estate tasting room stands the Beckham Estate studio. Here, Andrew creates the impressive amphorae, which are tall and weigh a few hundred pounds more than most fully-grown adults. While Andrew instructs his high school students on how to create hollows in their ceramic pieces with their thumbs, Andrew uses his full arm to create the deep belly of each amphorae, using a coiling method to build each vessel’s height.  

Here’s an important note: the amphorae isn’t just neat. It also creates great wine. Under the A.D. Beckham label, Beckham Estate Vineyard’s 2013 vintage included about 280 liters of amphorae-fermented Pinot Noir and an orange-style Pinot Gris.

We know, we’ve only scratched the surface of this fascinating project. Luckily, you can learn more about Beckham Estate Vineyard’s amphorae process here:

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Five Great Places for Outdoor Dining

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Fact: this sandwich tastes even better on the patio at Hayden's Lakefront Grill

Fact: this sandwich tastes even better on the patio at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill

In Italian, “al fresco” means in the cool air. Yes, the cool air after the high heat of the day has passed and a refreshing evening breeze begins.  Dining al fresco is one of the simple joys of summer, encouraging leisurely dinners among friends. Check out a sampling of our favorite outdoor dining options:

Fireside
The Fireside Grill adds spark back into dinner time with fire pits in the middle of their patio tables. Try “The Portlander” burger: a vegan patty on a gluten free bun with hummus, served with a salad dressed in lemon chia seed vinaigrette. All that’s left is to put a bird on it!

Lake Sunsets
Hayden’s Lakefront Grill is situated along Tualatin’s Lake of the Commons, where the lake mirrors the sky’s peachy pinks and periwinkle blues. The evening is heightened by calamari and risotto cakes, followed by a lux slumber at Century Hotel.

Beer Garden
McMenamins Raleigh Hills Pub brings Bavarian summer traditions to the Tualatin Valley with a lovely outdoor beer garden. The garden sits adjacent to the pub and its pyramid-style roof, which looks just as impressive from outside as from within.

Vineyard Views
Ponzi Vineyards Winery shows how al fresco dining only requires a nibble, so long as there is good wine. The tasting room’s patio sits atop a Chehalem Mountains slope, providing sweeping views lush farmland. The antipasti plate makes for a great patio snack.

Treehouse Experience
Tree’s Restaurant lives up to its namesake as every seat has views of gorgeous greenery.  While you can sit outside with the patio heater, the al fresco lifestyle is brought indoors with large windows and thoughtful tree artwork. So settle in and enjoy the Italian-Creole fusion cuisine, including shrimp with Parmesan grits.

Farm-to-Table Events
For a truly extraordinary al fresco dining experience, sign up for a farm-to-table dinner!

Farm to Table Dinner at Nana Cardoon Farms
July 19 | 6 p.m. |$75 per person

Our Table in the Field Dinner
August 9 | 4:30 p.m. |$85 per person

Farm to Table: Celebrating Hillsboro’s Agricultural Heritage
August 22 | 5:30 p.m. |$75 per person  

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Kitschy Old World Themed Summer Events

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Meet Maid Marian and her Court at the Sherwood Robinhood Festival.  photo: Robinhood Festival

Meet Maid Marian and her Court at the Sherwood Robinhood Festival.
photo: Robinhood Festival

From the “Game of Thrones” series to the Settlers of Catan board game, there seems to be a new wave for the old world. Here in the Tualatin Valley, experience multiple kitschy summer events that fully embrace the throwback to olden and mythical times.

Sherwood Robin Hood Festival
July 18-July 19 | all-day |Old Town Sherwood |free
Dress up like the heroic outlaw—or his fair maiden—during this 60-year old Sherwood tradition. This family friendly event includes a regal knighting ceremony, quick-fire castle building competitions, and the ever-popular International Archery Tournament.

Midsummer Night Paddle
July 19 | 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. |Tualatin Community Park |$10-$50
After a rousing day jousting and jesting at the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, cap the evening with a romantic paddle down the meandering Tualatin River. With a nod to Shakespearean romance, keep an eye out for a mischievous Puck hiding in the lush flora—or you can just enjoy the serene wildlife watching.  

Oregon Renaissance Festival
August 16-September 21 | Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. |Washington County Fair Complex |$7.95-$15.95
Get ready to party like it’s the year 1499! Just a few minutes from the trendy restaurants and boutiques of Portland, you can transport yourself to a 16th century European village, complete with cackling witches, exhilarating duels and hearty food fit for a Medieval king.

Pietro’s Pizza
Year-round | Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight
If your historical daydreams have sea legs, then unleash your inner buccaneer at this pirate-themed mini-golf course and laser tag arena. The mix of blacklight and laser guns with swashbuckling pirates creates a near-steampunk atmosphere that’s easy to love.

After you’ve successfully binge-watched “Game of Thrones” and you need to quit Settlers of Catan before you and your loved ones get in an epic fight over lumber resources again, get out of the house and make a quick getaway to Oregon’s Washington County. We’ve got mystical and daring adventures in the flesh!

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Vineyards After Hours

Posted on: May 30th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
At Ardiri Winery, friends can enjoy a summer evening toast, fire and movie.

At Ardiri Winery, friends can enjoy a summer evening toast, fire and movie.

It’s the end of Oregon Wine Month, but guess what?…The grapes are still growing ,vineyard dogs are still wagging their tails and the long summer days ahead will having our wineries open into the late evening. We’re listing the best dusk-hour sipping spots below:

Ardiri Movie Nights
June 14, July 12 and August 9 | 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. | $15 per person
Cozy up to one of the winery’s patio fire pits. Your entry cost covers food, a glass of wine and a classic movie. This is a popular event; so, RSVP early to info@ardiriwine.com.

Neighbor’s Night at Cooper Mountain Vineyards
Various Fridays June-September | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | $8 per person
When visiting Oregon’s Washington County, locals will treat you like one of their own. Example: “Neighbor’s Night” welcomes all who enjoy live music and stellar wine (pretty sure that’s you).

Oak Knoll Toast to the Tunes
Various Thursdays June-August | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $5 per person
Enjoy a leisurely wine tasting while chowing down on James Gang Dinner’s lip-smacking BBQ. Your picnic isn’t complete without a sweet serenade from a local band. Kids and leashed pups welcome, too!

Plum Hill Date Nights
Every second Friday of the month | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Free
Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Summer lovin’, had me some snacks. Okay, we made up that second line, but couples keep the romance alive here with wine tastings, music and—yes—snacks.

One-Time Evening Wine Events

Field & Vine Dinner at Tualatin Estate Vineyard
June 17 | 5:30 p.m. start | $80 per person
A vineyard tour leads into an enchanting outdoor dinner. With six courses and a rustic-chic community table, foodies come together for a summer evening you’ll never forget.

Patio Grill Night at Apolloni Wines
June 20 | 6 p.m. start | $45 per person
In the last official day of spring, usher in summer with a gourmet four-course menu and wine pairings.  

Field & Vine Dinner at Beckham Estate Vineyard
August 16 | 5:30 p.m. start | $80 per person
Good food, good wine and good friends. What more could you want? Get it all at this very special outdoor dinner.

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The Four Questions

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Celebrate Hillsboro's tall trees, as well as Jewish roots, during a spring vacation.

Celebrate Hillsboro’s tall trees, as well as Jewish roots, during a spring vacation.

Chag Sameach! In Hebrew, this means happy holidays or joyous festival, which is appropriate with Passover just around the corner. For many, travel plans and Passover celebrations end up overlapping each other in the busy springtime. Whether you’re planning how to observe Passover while vacationing or just wanting to learn more about a new culture, Oregon’s Washington County has fun and unexpected ways to pay tribute to the holiday.

A traditional Passover Seder includes the asking of the four questions; however, we’ve taken some liberties and are asking—and answering!—four Passover-related questions of our own.

1. Where can I observe Shabbat Chol HaMoed?
The community-oriented Hillsboro Chabad welcomes visitors to its Shabbat services every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a traditional Shabbat Kiddush. April 19 is Shabbat Chol HaMoed, a special Shabbat during Passover, with Kosher for Passover noshing included.

2. Where can I find matzo ball soup that is almost as good as my mother’s recipe?
Being away from home during a holiday can be hard, but you shouldn’t have to miss out on its defining food. Enter the matzo ball soup at Rose’s Restaurant and Bakery. Some say this Jewish-style deli restaurant has the best matzo ball soup in Oregon.

3. What do people do with all that left over Matzah?
After Passover’s four cups of wine, you may be ready for some post-holiday hops. Though it’s not kosher for Passover, Matzah-flavored beer? You bet! While it’s not kosher for Pesach, Ambacht Brewing celebrates the end of Passover each year by brewing a batch of its famous Matzobraü. The tasty beer is made with over 50 pounds of leftover Matzah!

4. How else can I celebrate Jewish Culture during Passover?
Dance! People from all backgrounds come together Israeli Folk Dancing at Café Shalom (April 15 from 7-10 p.m. at 7045 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland). Learn traditional choreography to the tunes of classic Israeli music.

Happy Passover and happy spring!

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R&R, Pedal by Pedal

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

After discussing hot-to-trot running events, we’re taking on bike events next. The ultimate trick to besting your personal record? New scenery. Pedaling through the Tualatin Valley makes the ride quite literally breeze by. All the love and sweat that go into training deserves an accompanying getaway to go with it! Take your pick of bike events below with our suggestions of activities to go with it.

Pedal by agricultural splendor, like this charming farm and barn on the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Pedal by agricultural splendor, like this charming farm and barn on the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway.

 

Race Across America Challenge Series
May 10 | 7:30 a.m. start | $55-$825 | Register Now!
The bike-friendly vibe of Portland extends into the city’s neighbors, with the first major cycling event of the season happening in Hillsboro. Compete in a 200 mile or 40 mile race, cycling in the thick of some of Oregon’s best bikeways.

Stay here: The Orenco
Do this: It’s more than just veggies at the Hillsboro Sunday Farmers Market!
Facebook: RAAM Challenge Series

Bald Peak Half Marathon
June 21 | 7:30 a.m. start | $65 | Register Now!
Cycle your way into a pastoral dream of the Chehalem Mountain. You won’t just cycle through the Willamette Valley, but open down it—pedaling up challenging hills that reward you with sweeping views of the area.

Stay here: Four local hotels are offering stellar rates for the event.
Do this: Massage calves during a movie at the plush style Cinetopia and fill a growler at The Growlerie.
Facebook: The Bald Peak Half

Wine, Women & Wheels
August 3 | 9 a.m. start | Registration info forthcoming
This stress-free ride unites women for a day of pedaling by—and enjoying the products of—vineyards, lavender fields and herb farms. End the day with a vineyard lunch at Hawks View Cellars because you deserve it!

Stay here: Century Hotel
Do this: Live music and a steak dinner at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill.
Facebook: Wine, Women & Wheels

Beaverton Banks & Beyond Bicycle Tour
August 23 | 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $25-$40 | Register Now!
NW Bicycle Safety Council welcomes novice to advanced riders along a scenic 100-mile, 86-mile, 64-mile or 32-mile bike tour. The ride includes some of the best of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, including beautiful farmlands and the shady-green Banks-Vernonia State Trail.

Stay here: McMenamins Grand Lodge
Do this: Get a soothing concoction at Hippocra Teas and a craft boozy one at SakéOne.
Facebook: NW Bicycle Safety & Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

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