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In this blog, you'll read my views on cheese, wine, restaurants, cooking, food trends, and.. more.

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Read my thoughts on writing and literature, Op-Ed pieces on certain current events & issues,.. poetry, vignettes, and some occasional thoughts on pop culture.

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  • Good Service Is Part Of A Good Meal
    on Jul 1, 2016 in Eating Out
    -I enjoy eating out.  Yes, I just heard the collective "WELL DUH" from my regular readers; anyone who's read this blog knows that I love having a good meal served to me in a comfortable setting.Subject: Waitress | Date: 03/27/2008 | Photographe...
  • School Buses And Lemons
    on Jun 16, 2016 in Op-Ed
    -Americans gasped Sunday as they watched reports, from CNN and other sources, of an American-born man, who gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, after pledging himself to ISIS.Subject: Lemon | Date: 02/13/2...
  • The Enemy Of My Enemy Isn't Necessarily My Friend
    on Jun 3, 2016 in Op-Ed
    -A few weeks ago I wrote about a series of Donald Trump quotes in order to define my opinion of the candidate.  This isn't that.  Today I'm much more disturbed by recent trend which has arisen in response to Trump's campaign.Subject: Mr Do...
  • Pizza Hut's Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Crust - A Review
    on Jun 2, 2016 in Eating Out
    -First, Pizza Hut stuffed their crust with a ring of Mozzarella.  Then, Little Caesar's wrapped their pizza in bacon.  Now, Pizza Hut is returning the volley by stuffing their crust with Mozzarella AND bacon.Subject: Bacon Stuffed Crust Piz...
  • TV, It Is A Changin'
    on May 20, 2016 in Pop Culture
    -Last week I commented on Facebook that I think Marvel does better movies, but DC does better live action TV. I backed my assertion by saying, I love the DC shows; Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, IZombie, and Gotham; but the last 2 Sup...
  • Pampered Chef's Dijon Mustard Rub
    on May 17, 2016 in From The Grocery Shelves Recipes
    -Before I begin, I have to reveal that, Pampered Chef purveyor, Lee Anne Krause is a friend who's kindly allowed me to promote my blog on her Facebook page for the last few years. Pampered Chef is a global multi-level marketing company that offers a...
  • I Have To Speak Up
    on May 10, 2016 in Op-Ed
    -Back in October, I was on a coffee date with a friend of mine, and I kind of turned her off by talking politics.  I felt bad, so during the holidays I made a resolution to keep political opinions to myself.  Boy, did I pick the wrong year...
  • Salvador Molly’s – A Hot Review
    on May 2, 2016 in Eating Out
    -Like many cable viewers, Salvador Molly’s (1523 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239) has been on my radar ever since Adam Richman took Molly's fire ball challenge.  The challenge is centered around their Great Balls of Fire ...
  • M&M's Favorite Flavor Race
    on Apr 27, 2016 in From The Grocery Shelves
    -During 2016's primary election season, three experimental varieties of M&M's chocolate peanut candies; Chili Nut, Honey Nut, and Coffee Nut; are vying for snackers' votes to determine America's favorite M&M's peanut candy. Subject: Experime...
  • Playing It Safe
    on Apr 26, 2016 in Sports
    -Subject: Andrew Golota (on the left) vs. Kevin McBride at the Madison Square Garden | Date: 10/06/2007 | Photographer: Charlie |This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.For a few years there's been...
  • Cotswold Potatoes - A Welcome Side
    on Apr 20, 2016 in Cheese Recipes
    -Photo Courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. Originating in Gloucestershire County, England, Cotswold is Double Gloucester cheese with chopped onions and chives mixed into it for added flavor.  It's a dense semi-hard whole milk cheese whi...
  • Why I Can't Review Chick-fil-A In Hillsboro, OR
    on Apr 13, 2016 in Eating Out
    -Subject: Chick-Fil-A's signature chicken sandwich | Date: 03/06/2007 | Photographer: J. Reed |This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.According to Chick fil-A's site, "Truett Cathy opened a tiny A...
  • Those SUPER Heroes
    on Apr 12, 2016 in Pop Culture
    -Subject: Heroes of Marvel Live | Date: 03/05/16 |Photographers: James Kiester & Bonnie Kiester | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |Recently, I was at Portland's Moda Center (home of the Trail Blazers), watching a Marvel Comics...
  • Pizza Hut's Stuffed Garlic Knots - A Review
    on Apr 5, 2016 in Eating Out
    -Subject: Pizza Hut's Stuffed Knots | Date: 04-04-2016 |Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |Last night I ordered a pizza for dinner, and included Pizza Hut's $5 Stuffed Garlic Kn...
  • There's Bacon In My Sausage Links
    on Apr 2, 2016 in From The Grocery Shelves
    -Subject: Homestyle Bacon Sausage Links from Farmland Foods | Date: 04/01/16 | Photographers: James Kiester & Dani Cogswell | This picture was taken by the author of this blog. |I was at WinCo Foods in Beaverton, Oregon (3025 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
  • Russell Street BBQ - A Review
    on Mar 21, 2016 in Eating Out
    -I'd heard about Russell Street BBQ, at 325 NE Russell St. in Portland, for quite some time.   After watching Andrew Zimmerman devour major portions of Texas BBQ last week, I finally decided to take the trip to the far side of the river for a me...
  • What Makes Irish Stew "Irish?"
    on Mar 15, 2016 in Food History Recipes
    -Photo Courtesy of Amazon's Affiliate Program. I was heading past Reedville Cafe, the other day, when I noticed their reader board was advertising Irish Stew.  My first thought was, "Oh, that'd be good."  Then I stopped and asked...
  • 2 A.M.
    on Mar 9, 2016 in Mental Salmagundi
    -Subject: A shot of the glorious full moon that visited my Bible class on 09/08/14 | Photographers: Linda Waltmire |I'm a great person at 2 a.m..  I stare at the ceiling's shadows, depicting borders of fictional nations, and ponder the even...
  • Frustrated By Commercials-That thar TV tells me;Chilis is featuring a 10 oz. Honey-Chipotle Shrimp & Sirloin - "100% USDA Choice sirloin with chile spices, topped with seared honey-chipotle glazed shrimp & chopped green onions on a bed of asparagus & garlic roast...
  • Shoot Me If I EVER Care-I was listening to the "Is it Time to Make Up with Merlot?" episode of America's Test Kitchen last weekend, during which Chris Kimball interviewed, wine expert, Stephen Meuse.  At one point, Meuse made the statement, "...once people c...