An adult movie experience

No not that kind of movie!

I went with my daughter and her husband to Living Room Theaters to see Alice in Wonderland in Disney Digital 3D.

Living Room Theaters is located downtown Portland just a few blocks from my office. There are six theater rooms with comfy lounge type chairs. Each chair has its own wooden side tray with cup holder. There is real food on the concession menu as well as a lunch menu and bar. Because LRT is independently owned they choose the movies they show. Most of the movies are independent film makers and not at all mainstream.

On LRT’s website they say

“Living Room® Theaters is a celebration of great, independent films and filmmakers. We’re deeply committed to the vibrant, growing local film community. We also chose to launch in Portland because of active film lovers like you – Portland has one of the highest per capita film going audiences of any city in the U.S.”

It was a different experience and I am glad we saw Alice here rather than one of the mega cinemas.

I am not normally a Tim Burton fan. His movies are often too dark for me. But Alice after all is a Disney movie so I knew it would be different than Burton’s usual films. In fact Tara said she was surprised that I said I wanted to see this movie. It was very good. I enjoyed the 3D aspect of the movie as well.

“The story and film of Alice In Wonderland is unique and necessary to the culture of our times, in that it expresses not only the importance of individuality, but also of the of the validity of children’s ideas, and the power of females self determinism, among much more.”

Living Room Theaters

Sunday breakfast spot

Most Sundays I go out to breakfast. My favorite restaurant for breakfast is Sully’s Cafe in downtown Milwaukie. Everything is fresh, made from scratch and local whenever possible. Once a month they have for the special a fresh Dungeness crab leg omelet. The omelet is filled with spinach or asparagus, cheese and tomatoes. It is topped with about 8 big crab legs and a light Hollandaise sauce. It is really good and like with most of their breakfast dishes I usually have leftovers.

Sully’s is small, only about 10 tables inside and 3 outside. That’s one of the reasons I like it. The restaurant has a lot of regular customers. We talk to each other like we really know each other when in reality we only see each other eating breakfast and make some small talk.




This is one of the many hanging flower baskets along the streets of downtown MIlwaukie.



The photo below is of Gabi one of the waitresses. Gabi told me that she just registered to continue her college education, she is majoring in finance. It’s been a struggle for her but she keeps going even if she only takes a couple of classes a term. Good for her is what I tell her in my pep talks. All of the current waitresses happen to be Hispanic. There is a mother and daughter who work at Sully’s. Once I found out they were mother and daughter I wondered why I never noticed the resemblance before.


This was taken in the “Beauty” mode which “Enhances the skin tone and texture”. I did take a shot in the regular mode and I could see a little difference in the two photos. Gabi is very pretty and photogenic.



This is George. My daughter did not use to like him because he can be moody. Now Tara and Kelly think he is the funniest guy once they got to know him. Oh, yes Sully’s has become Tara and Kelly’s favorite place to eat breakfast too. George bought Tara and Kelly breakfast on their wedding anniversary without knowing it was a special day for them. He is a nice guy!



Delicious corned beef hash enough for leftovers for breakfast the next day.


Homemade Oregon strawberry jam.


Milwaukie on a Sunday morning

It’s going to be a hot day at around 95 degrees so I got an early start on my day. I went to my favorite breakfast restaurant Sully’s which is downtown Milwaukie.

Here a some photos of what I saw this morning.

The geese were out everywhere even in the streets.



Here are more geese on the next block over



Original 1925 sign at Bernard’s Garage from when the current owner’s  grandfather ran the garage and filling station.



These are some of the beautiful hanging baskets in downtown Milwaukie. There is one at every corner and some in the middle of a few of the blocks.








Milwaukie historical mural “Take a stroll past the four large panels representing Milwaukie history between 1800 and 2000. Located on Adams Street, just west of 21st Avenue, Milwuakie, OR 97222



Here’s close ups to see the details





Another visit to the Farmer’s Market – June 14, 2009

My goal this day was to buy some local Oregon strawberries. Mission accomplished! They were great, juicy and flavorful.

There was once again some absolutely gorgeous flowers whether they were cut, in hanging baskets or potted.

I bought:

  • Fresh local strawberries (Damascus, OR)
  • Smoked salmon cream cheese and a green pimento olive cream cheese from Jacob’s Creamery (Portland) Their website says “coming soon”.
  • Asparagus from the Canby Asparagus Farm (Canby)
  • Quinoa bagels from Gabriel’s Bakery (Portland) Their website is under construction.
  • Oregonzola Cheese (milder and creamier than most Gorgonzola) from Rogue Creamery (Central Point, OR)
  • Rosemary and garlic goat cheese from Black Sheep Creamery (Adna, WA)

Breakfast at Bob’s Red Mill

I had my haircut this morning and decided afterward to go down the road a bit to Bob’s Red Mill for breakfast. They have expanded their menu and now have quite a good variety of breakfast dishes. When they first started serving breakfast it was pretty much pancakes and baked items. They serve lunch too. Lunch is mostly sandwiches but there a several that sound good.

“To celebrate our 25th anniversary and our enduring dedication to being the nation’s leading miller of healthy whole grain foods, we unveiled our beautiful new Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center. The 15,000 square-foot facility is a stunning addition to Portland’s many attractions, featuring an 18-foot high operational water wheel, displays of historic milling equipment, and a working stone mill using French buhr millstones from the 1800’s.”

Bobs Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Bob's Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast