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Archive for November, 2013

Tips to Enjoy in Portland, Oregon

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Portland provides many fun things to do. The town is very multicultural so there are a ton of little restaurants to try out. I’m a big fan of Asian food and Portland does not disappoint. Thai food is probably my favorite and Portland seems to have a Thai food restaurant on every corner. The food is very authentic and tastes amazing, for a reasonable price. I also love Indian food and while there are not as many Indian food joints as Thai food, they are still amazing. You can also find a wide assortment of ethnicities represented with restaurants, such as Ethiopian, German, Chinese, Mexican and Middle Eastern.

Portland is a very green city. There are trees everywhere and it’s very beautiful. If you are an outdoors type of person you would really enjoy Portland. There are more hiking trails and parks then you can count. With several parks and forests, there is no shortage of places to get away from the noisy sites and sounds of the city. Portland is also very bike and pet friendly. Many people bike to their jobs and around town. There are many bike paths available. You can also take your dog to one of the many dog parks to socialize with other animals.

Portland has a great night life as well. There are many fancy clubs with great music. There are many unique clubs including an old remodeled church, a club that drops water from the ceiling when its warm and clubs that are underground.

Another amazing thing about Portland are it’s bars. Beer is big in Portland and there are over 1000 brands of beer bottled in and around town. There are also more bars then I can count. It’s very easy to get a taxi or ride the MAX (train type transportation) and go bar hopping around town. The people are friendly and the beer is plentiful.

If all of this wasn’t enough for you, Portland has an NBA team and a huge stadium called the Rose Garden. If you are not into sports, they also hold many concerts and other events there. The MAX stops right outside and it’s easily accessible. There are shows there almost once a week when the basketball season is not going on.

Next time you are thinking of visiting the North West, check out Portland and you will not regret it. Stay a few nights and get a feel for the town and enjoy all the activities it has to offer.

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Minnesota’s “Cool” Wine Country

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Any one that has spent any time in Minnesota knows about the short growing seasons and the long winters. Infamous names in Minnesota wine growing lore include Louis Suelter, 1870 era German homesteader from Carver, Minnesota and A. W Latham, a Minneapolis transplant in 1865. Both of these men spent considerable time and effort producing new types of growing grapes adapted to the climate of the state.

Conditions as found in this state are not conducive to development of a substantial wine industry. However, the University of Minnesota reported in 2008 that the wine industry’s total impact to the state’s economy was a little over 36 million dollars. Employment was around 324 people with a labor income of around 10 million dollars. Some would say, “That ain’t hay”. Many grape varieties require special handling to protect them from the winter weather, including in some places burying the vines under soil for the season. Research has developed several hybrid and other grape varieties that are cold hardy. Grapes produced include Marquette, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Concord, Edelweiss, Delaware, La Crescent, La Crosse, St Croix and several others.

There are approximately 30 wineries in the state of Minnesota. Most are located within the lower Mississippi, Saint Croix and Cannon River Valleys in the southeast quadrant of the state. Most of these wineries have websites one can visit to get specific information on their operations. Wine crop harvest generally happens in September but will vary slightly depending on the variety. A recent addition to the wine scene in Minnesota is the Three Rivers Wine Trail. This Trail was established to feature the Wine Haven, Northern, Saint Croix, Falconer and Cannon River Vineyards in the southeastern part of the state. These vineyards are five of the oldest in the state. There are several events planned at these wineries and at the same time, you can explore towns like Chisago City, Stillwater, Red Wing and Cannon Falls.