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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.
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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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Washington County is for Lovers!

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Your sweet day can be even sweeter here.

Your sweet day can be even sweeter here.

Love is in the air! Nearly a quarter of a million couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day. Couples from near and far choose Oregon’s Washington County as their place to say “I do.” And for good reason with gorgeous views, special venues, and all the accoutrement for the best day of your life.

Kick-off wedding planning with the Grand Lodge Wedding Expo (March 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $15 per couple). Here, couples can envision their upcoming nuptials, from
primping at the Ruby Spa, toasting at the Doctor’s Office Bar, and concocting signature cocktails options.

Rustic Charm
We love the creative spirit of our brides, which shines through in their choice of venues: rustic beauty whimsically intertwines with modern style. Such is the case with historic downtown Sherwood’s Bella Via, as well as Hillsboro’s McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall. The 1850s roadhouse includes an octagonal barn that is darn right magical when laced with twinkle lights.

Au Natural
For a joyous, boho wedding day, look no further than Horning’s Hideout. Exchange vows by the lake, along a tree-lined creek, or on a large outdoor stage with room for 700 of your closest friends. With 24 hour rentals, guests can celebrate into the night and to camp under the stars.

Vineyard Views
With great Pinot, Oregon’s Washington County ensures some of the best wedding bars. Wineries like A Blooming Hill Vineyard & Winery host intimate wedding parties and rehearsal dinners.

Hole-In-One
The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club promises a picturesque black-tie affair.  Lovebirds tie-the-knot on the wildflower-bordered patio. For the party, the clubhouse is like celebrating in an Oregon-style castle.

All in the Details
Nowadays, it seems like no wedding is complete without a photobooth, such as local vendor Cheesy Mugs, or an after-party food truck. Guests can chow down on the ever-popular bulgogi tacos of Koi Fusion PDX food truck. For a fun twist on Oregon wine, rent the Union Wine Company’s wine truck!

Start planning your wedding! Get more resources on our Wedding Wonderland page.

And find more venues for your wedding, no matter your style: rustic charm, nature settings, golf courses, and vineyards and wineries.

Pure Heart & Good Soup

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Take home a soup-y souvenir with a vintage bowl from Rose City Modern.

Take home a soup-y souvenir with a vintage bowl from Rose City Modern.

Who knew Beethoven loved soup? He said, “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” Oregon’s Washington County is pure-hearted and—in honor of January’s claim to National Soup Month—we are simmering soup for blustery days. Get a ladle and dip into our soup roundup!

Café Classics & New Creations
When Banks Café says it has fresh soup, it means it. Freshly-cut herbs from the café’s garden prove it. The über crisp ingredients take soup mainstays—like broccoli-cheddar and roasted red pepper—to the next level.

South Store Café is the quintessential lunch spot, offering daily soup specials. One favorite is the chicken and artichoke, which offers familiar flavors in a new and tasty way.

Old Deli Style
East Coasters revel in the Jewish deli standards at Sherwood’s Rose’s Restaurant and Bakery. Of course, no Jewish Deli would be complete without a piping hot bowl of chicken soup with a fluffy matzo ball plopped in it.

Asian Spice
Portlanders are known to break-away from their urban streets for Beaverton’s authentic Korean food. The Oregonian even dubbed Nak Won as the best spot for kalguksu, with knife-cut noodles floating delicately alongside thin ribbons of zucchini and tofu. For a truly special dish, the Duk Man Doo Gook cooks dumplings to perfection in savory broth.

Got a cold? Pho will kick it. Vivi’s Vietnamese Noodle House simmers fresh beef bones, ginger, star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon into a replenishing broth. Vegetarians can enjoy the flavorful tamarind soup.

More is More
Can’t decide which soup to have first? Start with a three cup sampler at Fresh Thyme Soup Company. The soup shop has old-time favorite, as well as specialties on rotation: chicken, peaches, and cream; chicken and pear; and mulligatawny topped with raisins and coconut.

Speaking of soul-satisfying food, put gourmand tendencies to a good cause at this weekend’s Meals on Wheels Crab Feed in Beaverton, North Plains, and Tualatin. A $35 surf-n-turf meal will go toward millions of nutritious meals in the greater Portland area. Detox from the feast with soup!

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Gifts for the Beverage Bon Vivant

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

A sip of this, a slosh of that. Everybody has a beverage that really wets the whistle. For tea fiends, hot chocolate addicts, and lush libation lovers, gift new varieties of whatever leaves rings on your loved ones’ coasters:

 

Gift Guide: Beverage Bon Vivant
Gift Guide: Beverage Bon Vivant by jackie-xxiv featuring gift sets & kits

 

1 & 2 Stash Tea holiday blends include the peppermint-ginger “White Christmas” and the chocolate-peppermint-lavender “Christmas in Paris.” Sip it in a Stash mug while opening presents.

3 & 4 Moonstruck Chocolate Co. makes velvety hot chocolate. We pour it over treats for December 16’s National Chocolate Covered Anything Day…Which we’ve decided to celebrate through December (and 2014, too). Moonstruck’s Distillers Collection engulfs a bourbon truffle in rich milk chocolate.

5 Ponzi Vineyards offers delectable Pinot wine and the Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook. The cookbook seamlessly weaves recipes, harmonious wine pairings, and stories from the vineyard’s rich history.

6 Verbena Botanicals is not a drink, but these bath products smell so good that you’ll be tempted to taste it! Instead, soak in the herbal bath teas. The directions even call for “steeping” the ingredients.

7 SakéOne is a great gift for a sushi date in the New Year. Winning the Double Gold and Best of Show from the LA International Wine & Spirits Competition, Momokawa Ruby saké is a sure bet.

8 Bull Run Cider’s Bramble Berry Dry Cider is a welcomed departure from the season’s hot cider. Instead, take in the distinct flavors of Oregon’s apples and berries—gluten free foodies love this one!

9 McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and Imbrie Hall brews some of McMenamins famous beers and spirits. As a reminder of the watering hole’s eclectic décor, gift a brass bottle opener embossed with McMenamins flair.

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Gifts for the Outdoorsman

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 by Jackie Luskey 1 Comment
Find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy friends on your list.

Find the perfect gift for the outdoorsy friends on your list.

Thanksgiving has past and you’re stuffed with Turkey and holiday cheer. Now stuff Santa’s bag with gifts for everyone on your list! During December, we’ll share our gift guides for the outdoorsy, retro-cool, gourmand, and romantic. The shops of Oregon’s Washington County have something special for everyone on Santa’s nice list.

You know that friend or family member with the dirt under the nails, the closet jam-packed with sporting gear, and a never-ending stream of stories from past adventures? Oh yes—it is the outdoorsman. Check out our tips on how to help your favorite nature lover experience the great outdoors in new and fun ways.

Well Outfitted Outdoorsman
Even a minimalist outdoorsman has a few wish-list items, with quality trumping quantity. Get the best of the best at The Streets’ expansive REI location. With no sales tax, you’ll catch a break on some of the season’s snazziest new gear.

High in the Sky Outdoorsman
An Adventure Passport to Oregon’s Washington County gives dare-devils access to the Tree to Tree Adventure Park. The package also includes local wine and culinary adventures to match outdoor ones, as well as plush lodging after an action-packed day.

One-with-the-Birds Outdoorsman
Speaking of taking flight, birders can welcome feathered friends to their front lawns with charming bird houses from the Made in Oregon store. For a truly spectacular gift, pair the bird house with a gift certificate for Portland Birdwatching Experiences whose tour follows the 40-plus types of ducks, geese, and swans that grace the tranquil waters and whispering trees of Fernhill Wetlands.

Next Generation Outdoorsman
The burgeoning cyclist will love a gift from Santiam Bicycle, which has a stellar collection of kids gear to help new riders cycle better, safely, and with style. Gifts range between frilly and affordable handlebar streamers to top-notch bike models like the 2014 Scott Spark JR 24 and Giant Bella. Even better, put the gifts to good use on kid-friendly biking trails like the Rock Creek Trail.

See you next week with our gift guide for the retro obsessed!

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments

Once the Thanksgiving plates are cleared, we’re ready to deck the halls. Hauling home a tree is the kick-off for jingle bells, eggnog, and merriment. See our full listing of Holiday Tree Farms.

We asked three holiday tree farm employees to tell us what makes December so special in Oregon’s Washington County:

The Christensens, Owners of Christensens Tree Farm

The Christensens, Owners of Christensens Tree Farm

Christensen Christmas Tree Farm
Cindy Christensen: Owner/Accountant/Mom

1. What do you love most about working on the tree farm during the holidays?
Everyone brings their own ideas and traditions. Some like perfectly shaped trees while others look for ones with more “character.”

2. What is your favorite kind of holiday tree?
I put a Douglas Fir in the family room with ornaments and a Noble Tree in the front room with crystal. I live on a tree farm—why not have multiple trees in the house?

3. What is your favorite thing about the holidays in Oregon’s Washington County?
The Christmas Choral Show, The Spirit of Christmas for Young and Old.

 

 

Grace, "Cashier Elf" at Christmas Tree West

Grace, “Cashier Elf” at Christmas Tree West

Christmas Tree West
Grace Myers: “Cashier Elf” for the past three years

1. What do you love most about working on the tree farm during the holidays?
I love the cozy rustic holiday atmosphere. I offer kids s’mores packages to roast by the bonfire.

2. What is your favorite kind of holiday tree?
That’s hard to say since they all have particular qualities. All of them smell so good—especially fresh cut.

3. What is your favorite thing about the holidays in Oregon’s Washington County?
Looking at the holiday lights—it makes things so magical!

 

Jim  Kessinger, Owner of Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm

Jim Kessinger, Owner of Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm

Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm
Jim Kessinger: Owner

1. What do you love most about working on the tree farm during the holidays?
Watching families find, cut, and take home a tree knowing it will be a focus point for their holiday season.

2. What is your favorite kind of holiday tree?
The Noble. I like the spacing between branches. The decorations have space to really shine!

3. What is your favorite thing about the holidays in Oregon’s Washington County?
I love driving the area to see the beautiful Christmas lights.

 

Don’t forget to put presents under the tree! Our holiday shopping guide can help.

Accolades for Asian Eats

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Willamette Week found plenty of stand out Asian cuisine in Oregon's Washington County.

Willamette Week found plenty of stand out Asian cuisine in Oregon’s Washington County.

Just admit it. You’re a foodie—and that’s a great thing! Just like our Winning Wines blog post, Oregon’s food critics have been up to writing year-end best-of lists again. Time and time again, even the most Portland-centric come to find that much of the region’s best Asian cuisine is in Oregon’s Washington County.

Willamette Week’s 2013 Restaurant Guide is a holy grail for locals and tourists alike. This year’s guide paid homage to Korean, Japanese, and Indian cuisine in Oregon’s Washington County.

Less than a quarter-mile from the MAX station, DJK Korean BBQ is convenient and comprehensive. Willamette Week’s profile commends the restaurant for doing everything well, from shabu shabu to bibimbap bowls. Another Seoul soul food classic, Nakwon, offers epic portions with delicately balanced flavors.  

In the mood for sushi? Willamette Week loves local sushi chef Ki Moon’s two restaurants, Sherwood’s Crazy Sushi and Beaverton’s Shoten, with its traditional food and playful décor. Or sway from the typical Saturday night sushi date with Yuzu. The Willamette Week profile dares to compare Yuzu’s sticky-sweet pork spareribs to the much obsessed-over Pok Pok wings.   

Willamette Week’s Indian food profile holds Maharaja at the helm.  Try it all for just $8.95 at the lunch buffet (don’t miss the lamb coconut masala).

Alright foodies, it’s time to get your hands on this stellar grub!

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Winning Wines

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
Montinore's special biodynamic vineyards earned them top marks with Portland Monthly.

Montinore’s special biodynamic vineyards earned them top marks with Portland Monthly.

Wine lovers unite! With December in sight, Oregon’s wine critics craft year-end best-of lists. It’s no surprise that the wineries of Oregon’s Washington County are gems in the crowds.

Portland Monthly’s October 2013 issue made a Pinot-colored splash with its “50 Best Oregon Wines.” Within the Breathtaking Bubbles category, the 2010 Brut Nethode Traditionelle from Kramer Vineyards was commended for sweet done right. The 2007 Brut Rosé from J. Albin Winery was noted as a perfect Thanksgiving treat. Pick up a bottle during the Thanksgiving Wine Weekend.

Portland Monthly celebrated environmentally conscious wineries with the The Biodynamic Brigade category. Montinore Estate’s Pinot Noir “Swan Song” lives up to its name as grapes from an ugly duckling vineyard are transformed into a cheery blend.

Wine & Spirits Magazine also got in on the Washington County love, naming Elk Cove as one of its 2013 Wineries of the Year.

In the digital age, snooth.com connects over a million wine users from around the world. The Snooth team announced Oregon as the 2013 Region of the Year, taking note of the Willamette Valley’s long-loved Pinot along with its innovative Riesling and Chardonnay.

Come visit soon! We cannot wait to show you our world-class, award-winning wines.

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Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road?

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Jackie Luskey No Comments
These runners have surely earned an epic Thanksgiving dinner.

These runners have surely earned an epic Thanksgiving dinner.

…To get to the finish line!

Corny jokes aside, turkey trots and holiday runs are one of the best ways to see a new place, spend quality time with family, take in a late fall morning, and justify that second slice of pumpkin pie. From the list below, which race will have you lacing up your sneakers?

Mustache Dache
Time: November 16, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Starting Location: Big Al’s
Length: 5k
Cost: $25-$40 per person
Register here

Run in a sea of mustaches! Fellas grow mustaches—and ladies don faux ones—to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Celebrate with a post-race Mustache Bash and beer garden.

Kid Perks: Years from needing a razor, kids can still paint on their mustaches for the half mile “Little Dache.”

Ugly Sweater Run
Time: November 16, 10 a.m.
Starting Location: Griffith Park
Length: 5K
Cost: $39-$50
Register here

Dig deep into your closet for the ugliest holiday sweater you can find. This run celebrates the holiday with a whole lot of kitsch. After burning some calories, refuel with hot chocolate, beer, and cider.

Kid Perks: All kids eight and under can participate for free!

18th Annual Hillsboro Youth Turkey Trot
Time: November 26, 3:30 p.m.
Starting Location: Hare Field-Elden Kellar Track
Length: quarter mile to 1 mile
Cost: Free

This one is all about the kid perks! Instill a love of running at a young age. From pre-k to eighth grade, new runners can share the fun and pride of completing a race.

Give & Gobble Thanksgiving Run/Walk
Time: November 28, 7:30 a.m.
Starting Location: Sherwood High School
Length: 5K and 10K
Cost: $15-$30
Register Here

Rev your metabolism before your Thanksgiving feast. In addition to the endorphins, you’ll feel good knowing that your registration fee and food donations help provide Thanksgiving dinner for families in need.

Kid Perks: The Give & Gobble fosters a love of running with a discounted registration fees for families and students, as well as stroller-friendly roads.

Oregon Turkeython
Time: November 28, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Starting Location: Washington Square Mall
Length: 5K and 10K, 10k Relay 2.5K fitness walk
Cost: $10-$80 per person/family
Register here

Running the perimeter of Washington Square Mall is a good warm up for post-Thanksgiving shopping, especially with Black Friday coupons available at check-in. Beyond shopping frenzies, 2013’s Mrs. Oregon will be there to spread word of good health and holiday cheer.

Kid Perks: Kids can race pre-wrapped gifts for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to “The North Pole.”