Happy 100th birthday dear piece of sidewalk in SW Portland! The stories this little piece of cement could tell…

Blueberry tea cake from Baker and Spice. These and their ricotta tartlets - any flavor of each - are the best treats they make.

No better way to start a Saturday morning at the Portland Farmer’s Market than with the Reggie Deluxe from Pine State Biscuits. Sausage gravy, fried egg, cheese, bacon and fried chicken breast on a fresh buttermilk biscuit.

Fun story. This is a water storage tank up the hill from the house we rented outside of Novato, California. When I say up the hill, I mean UP - roughly a 20 degree grade quite a ways up. We walked around the tank, just to see, and saw some deer on the other side. Then as we walked back to the trail apparently my wife got too close. A computerized voice scared the hell out of us, warning us our pictures had been taken and to step back. So we did. Freaky though. Wonder where those pictures went? Did they find a match?

The mixed plate from Love Belizean, a food cart that was on SW 6th in Portland but currently is without a home. Beef, chicken, beans and rice, and salad, topped with prickly pear pepper sauce. The meat melted in your mouth and the sauce provided a nice kick to the stewed flavors. Would love to go back, whenever they find a new home.

The chocolate peanut butter ice cream sandwich from Storrs Smokehouse in Newberg, Oregon. Very good, actually, and somewhat unexpected at a BBQ place. Unfortunately we were there too early to order meat (before noon) so we’ll have to return.

Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, California. Not only do they have some absolutely fantastic cheeses - most of which they will offer up samples of - but this baked to order mac and cheese is the best we’ve ever had. Ever. Worth the drive to the coast just for this. The Red Hawk was excellent too.

Napa Roast Pork Sandwich at The Fatted Calf in Napa, California, with sliced shoulder, apricot mostarda, lemon aioli and arugula. Tasty little snack, though the bread was a bit tough. If we lived in the area this is the type of place we’d shop at.

Petaluma Creamery in Petaluma, California. Tried the Oreo and the peach ice creams. The cream parts were good, but the peach pieces were ice bombs. Cheese curds and butter were fantastic; Misaki approved of the curds.

Our water carafe at Mi Mero Mole. Really, officer, all we drank was water…