Archive for August, 2009

Tipping Point

August 23, 2009

Dear McMenamins:

By the time you read this, I will be gone. Although we tried to make it work, I just can’t spend any more time with you.

I always wanted to like you. I am proud that you make historic preservation a crucial part of your corporate brand. Modern buildings are sleek and cool, but I would rather hang out in one of your older building that has tons of character.

No, I’m not leaving you because your food and beer is mediocre (although it is). I never expected fine cuisine from you so that isn’t what drove us apart. As long as your service is efficient and friendly I can put up with average food and beer.

The reason I’m leaving is because your service is a ragged disappointment. Oh, I’ve tried to overlook it, but it happens too often. The fun has been sucked out of our “eat, drink, and have a good time” relationship. (more…)

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Service "going to the dogs" – brilliant!

August 7, 2009

I’ve been a Farmers Market fan for years. I love eating local and there is nothing like having a direct relationship with the farmer who takes such great pride in what they bring to market.

I’ve been a fan of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market since I moved here a couple of summers ago. It is everything a local market should be – close to home with high-quality and local fruits, veggies, cheese, nuts, meats, flowers, breads, and other assorted goodies.

It didn’t take me long to scope out “my” vendors – the German lady with the excellent lettuce, beans, and potatoes. The “Peaches People” who have the most excellent peaches, nectarines and cherries. Oh, and the mushroom lady! Not only does she have all kinds of different mushrooms, she is savvy enough to have a chef cook up different dishes to highlight all the tasty things possible with mushrooms and a little imagination.

But one of my favorite things about this market is not the food or the friendly vendors. It is seeing all of the happy dogs that are taken care of by the market’s free Doggie Day Care service.  (more…)


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