From the Grease-Stained Fingers of a Local Author ...

Eatin', Hikin', and Plannin'

AUGUST 30, 2013
First Up, Welcome New Folks!
I had a great time selling books at Multnomah Village Days a couple weeks ago, and as a result we also have 17 new readers of the Bulletin. Welcome, everybody! And congrats to Chris, who won the drawing for a Besaw’s gift certificate.
Mmmm, Breakfast …
There hasn’t been a whole lot of news in the breakfast world lately. I have been working on the book and making some plans, and for once the Portland restaurant scene has calmed down, more or less. There were a few openings and closings I noted in a news post called Quartet is Going, Spints is Gone.
(Quick side note on the art of headlines: I stole that idea from the week when Jerry Garcia died. Mickey Mantle was in his last days as well, and the New York Post ran the following headline: “Mickey is Going, Jerry is Gone.” I loved it. One last note on headlines: The guy who wrote, for the Post, the uber-famous headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” was recently laid off after 30+ years … by email. Tough business.)
I’ve been out for a couple of breakfasts recently – one new, one old and maybe changed. When Bakery Bar on NE Glisan suddenly got new owners and, according to published reports, they laid off the whole staff and replaced them with friends and family … that didn't sound good. And for a while I heard that it had taken a dip in quality and service.
But I went over there recently and found that they haven’t changed much, which is good. They did add dinner service and more outdoor seating, the latter being much appreciated.
Meanwhile, Mama Mia Trattoria started serving brunch. That’s the Italian place right at the end of the Morrison Bridge, SW 2nd and Washington. I tried to have some fun with my review, since I was of too minds about the place, so I called it Having Brunch with That Guy. You know That Guy.
Out On The Trail ...
I’ve been working away on the 5th edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland (still on tap for April 2014), and right now it is absolute prime hiking season on Mount Hood. Everywhere, really. For the latest in hiking news and conditions, check here.
Currently, since the Vista Ridge hike kind of burned up a couple years ago – but is still really cool – I’ve decided that my favorite hike around here is McNeil Point in August. Here’s why. I’ll be out a couple days this weekend, so keep an eye out for trail reports in the next Bulletin.
“Trails and Tables of Tuscany” – September, 2014
I am thrilled to announce the 2014 version of my “trails and tables” tour, which is just exactly what it sounds like. We hike around (casually) and eat (seriously) in Tuscany for 12 days. This year we are going to roam just beyond Tuscany and go to a magical place called Cinque Terre. (Teaser images here)
I’ll have more details in the next Bulletin, but the dates are August 31 to September 12, 2014. That’s leaving Portland the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend – a year from now! – and getting back the end of the following week. This page should get you more interested.
And don’t forget the tougher, more amazing, hike across Corsica I am helping with in June!
Next … Trees
I said in my last Bulletin that I would be knocking out three new books next year, but I didn’t say what they would all be. Here’s just a little more info:
  • March: Third Edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown
  • April: Fifth Edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland
  • October: Something really cool about trees. With pictures from the amazing Steve Terrill. Stay tuned.
And while we’re at it, current plans call for:
  • Spring 2015: Another all-new hiking book.
  • Summer 2015: I’m going international!
That's it from me for this week. What are you working on and planning? Reply to this email with an answer, and you'll be entered in the next prize drawing.
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