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Toast – A Portland neighborhood restaurant

I have driven by Toast so many times. I thought it was a coffee shop. If you live in Portland and you see a small neighborhood spot with a full bike rack out front you think indie coffee shop. I Googled Toast a few weeks ago and looked at the menu and knew that I had to try this place.

Toast is a neighborhood restaurant that specializes in using local, seasonal, fresh, and natural products. They make freshly baked breads and pastries, and grind meats for their sausages and burgers in house. They say that they buy the best product available in order to provide customers with a top quality experience.

I love trying small local restaurants with the philosophy like Toast’s. Local and fresh is the best! I had the Dismal Times – Ground hanger steak, white cheddar cheese, chives, greens, served open faced on toast with two fried eggs and a rosti.” The hangar steak was seasoned just right, the eggs were fried to my exact specifications and the rosti was wonderful. You also get a mini scone of the day as a starter with your brunch. Today’s scone was lemon zest and was really good, all two bites of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch today. So much so that I stopped at the counter to tell the cooks and the rest of the kitchen staff how wonderful my food was. I told them it was excellent and I will be back. When I got home I wrote up a review and posted to UrbanSpoon, Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Toast’s Hours of operation: Open for Brunch 7 Days a week! Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 2p.m. Monday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (There is a small adult beverage drink menu available to imbibe with your brunch. Next time I will have the Bloody Mary.)

Lunch Wednesday – Saturday Not available Sunday well maybe Sundays just ask

Dinner – Thursday and Friday only  5:30 p.m. – 9:00pm (Limited menu)

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Wordless Wednesday

A spectacularly beautiful fall day!

Previously I have written blog posts about how crappy the weather can be in Portland. I may have even ranted about it. When it rains non-stop for a week or two it can get really old. Gray skies, damp and windy days are very common most of the late fall to late spring.

This is about the weather here in Portland but it’s not a complaint. Today it was 68 degrees, blue sky; sunshine and I drove with my sunroof open. The leaves in Oregon change later than a lot of other areas of the country. Some trees have completely changed colors while others are just beginning to. It was just a beautiful fall day!

Overall I really should not complain about the Portland weather.

  • We have very little snow. Usually it only snows every couple of years or so. However, when it does snow it tends to be layered, snow, ice, snow, ice.
  • We don’t have hurricanes or tornados.
  • Summer forest fires are frequent but they are in the rural areas of the state especially southern, central and eastern Oregon.
  • We have an occasional minor earthquake but haven’t had one that caused any damage since 1993.
  • In parts of the state, even in the city sometimes there are creeks and rivers that flood due to a really long spell of rain or a fast snow melt.

So here’s what I saw today. The beautiful blue sky and the wonderful colors of the changing leaves.

Good eats!

I read a few years ago that Portland has more restaurants per capita than any other large city west of the Rockies. That means more than LA, San Francisco and Seattle. There is a lot of ethnic diversity represented in the restaurants in Portland. Portland has  large Asian and Mexican populations so those types of restaurants are very common. Besides ethnic restaurants there are  a lot of fish and seafood restaurants due to the proximity of the Pacific ocean.

I started thinking the other day about the food options where I live, Milwaukie which is a suburb of Portland. Within two miles of my house there are four Mexican, three Chinese, three Thai restaurants and one Hawaiian. Of course there are the standards fast food places as well. If I want to go out to eat I usually think ethnic and I have lots of choices.

For my birthday dinner the other night we went to Pambiche. This is an authentic Cuban restaurant located about 7 miles from where I live. It was great.

Michelada, Cuban red beer

Michelada, Cuban red beer

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Portland boy Kyron Horman – Missing day seven

I am not a news reporter. I don’t have first hand facts. But I have to say that the more I read about this local Portland story the more confused I am.

Fact one

  • His stepmother dropped him off at school after visiting the science fair. Several reports said that was the last anyone saw of Kyron.


  • Kyron was in his classroom and left to get a drink of water and never came back. But then later that was denied.

Fact two

  • When Kyron didn’t get off of the school bus his stepmother called 911


  • When Kyron’s stepmother and father went to pick him up at school at the end of the day they were told that he had not been at school all day.

    These are just two of the discrepancies that I have read in the various online news reports.

    Whatever the facts are this kid needs to be found. Kyron’s case doesn’t fit the profile of the Amber Alert system so that avenue has not been used to aid in the search.