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The Breakfast Bulletin - January, 2013

New Year, New Website

Hello my chilly friends! I know that's not a breakfasty picture up there, but it's lovely, and I'm going snowshoeing this weekend, so it's on my mind.

The big news around here is that 2013 has brought a new website - and then the website got hacked and crashed, and now it's back. For a while there, apparently I was selling viagra and didn't even know it! Long story, server problem, now we're all good.

It's the new PaulGerald.com, and I think it's pretty cool. I blog about hiking, breakfast, travel, and spiritual stuff, and there are lots of pretty pictures. It's also the home of my new web store. Groovy all around. The breakfast blog is still its own thing.

Otherwise, I've been spending my time launching Peaceful Places in Portland, and even being interviewed on TV about it again - this time KGW.

Read on for more, and thanks for following along.

Breakfast News
and Reviews

As I get cranking on the third edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown, I am back on the Portland breakfast scene, "checking the pulse" of the city but more like feeling my stomach moan from self-abuse.

The Crew and I have been out for some meals, which is always fun. We really enjoyed the new Verde Cocina in the Pearl, were impressed at how Jam on Hawthorne has grown, and we felt all grown up at Nel Centro downtown. And while we enjoyed the Hawthorne Street Cafe, we were a little underwhelmed by it.

The Portland breakfast world lost a couple of folks recently, as well: the Morning Star Cafe downtown closed, and the Berlin Inn gave up their brunch, although I can't say I'll miss it.

And finally, the Portland Tribune asked me for my 2013 portland breakfast predictions, and my response was phantasmagorical waffles.

Powell's in SE Tonight!

Super short notice, I know, but I was wrestling with demons on my website.

This Thursday, January 10, as in tonight, I will be talking about Peaceful Places in Portland, and perhaps a few other things, at the Powell's Books on Hawthorne. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Be Social!

Meanwhile, Over on the Blog ....

I did a lot of prep work on the breakfast blog over the holidays, which means there's once again a bunch of useful information over there. So here are links to:
I am working on other lists like "best hotel brunches downtown" and "best breakfast dishes in town." Any other suggestions?

Let's Hook Up
(and get you a prize)

I am still trying to make sense of Google+, but my Web Guru insists it's important. So far, it's pretty much him, me, and my buddy Robb talking about stuff.

So here's a deal: I'll pick three of the next 20 people who "plus me," or whatever it's called, and they'll get a prize. You can choose between a Besaw's gift certificate (dinner only, sorry), a signed book of your choice, or a big, wet kiss. Okay, that was a joke. Gift certificate or book. If you want a kiss, send a photo and we'll see.

Right. Here's my G+ profile. Hope to see you there!

Trips and Events

TRIPS:
April 28 – May 9, 2013:
Trails and Tables of Tuscany (Still a few spots left!)
 
TALKS:
Thursday, January 10:
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7 p.m. Talking about & signing Peaceful Places: Portland.

Friday, January 25:
Appearing as a guest on Late Night With Alex Falcone! (Starts at 9 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 13:
Mazamas, 7 p.m. Slideshow on the Oregon PCT and backpacking in Glacier National Park

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