Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We Are The Seeds Event Slated for August in Santa Fe, New Mexico

As I mentioned in my article, August in Santa Fe: SWAIA Indian Market and So Much More, there are events and markets throughout Santa Fe during the Indian Market Week. We Are The Seeds is held in the Santa Fe Railyard, walkable from the Plaza if you like walking!

We Are the Seeds is a 2-day event at the Santa Fe Railyard Park that highlights Indigenous fine art. It’s a festive celebration that includes music, dance, fashion, literary arts, and traditional Native foods.

The event will host approximately 60 artists representing a diversity of cultures and regions. Artists include renowned painter Baje Whitethorne, Sr. (Navajo), innovative potter Brenda Hill (Tuscarora/Choctaw), master jeweler Fidel Bahe (Navajo), award-winning basket weaver Sally Black (Navajo), and high fashion jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey (Chickasaw). During the event, four featured artists will share their art by demonstrating techniques and artistry for visitors.

The Seeds Stage includes Master of Ceremonies Sherenté Harris (Narragansett) and performances by singer songwriter Zachariah Julian (Jicarilla Apache), DJ Celeste Worl (Tlingit), Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Euchee/Muscogee-Creek) with modern flute music, and Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers.

Seeds Santa Fe will feature a variety of interactive experiences for visitors including an “Art Creation Station”, a youth workshop, a social dance and dinner, and “Rise to Our Voices” a spoken word poetry workshop for Indigenous women.

We Are the Seeds Santa Fe Event Schedule:

Art Show and Sale
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 10a-6p Friday, August 17, 2018 – 10a-6p

Performance Stage
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 11a – 5:30p
Friday, August 17, 2018 – 11a - 9p

We Are the Seeds Social (open to the public) and Benefit Dinner by Jambo Cafe (ticketed)
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 5:30p 

ACONAV Fashion Event (
Friday, August 17, 2018 – time TBA 

Youth Art Workshop – Screen Printing with Damian Charette
Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Friday, August 17, 2018 – 10a-12p and 2p-4p 

Rise to Our Voices: Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Indigenous Women with Nicole Kahbah Johnny
Friday, August 17, 2018 – time TBA 

For more information, visit We are the Seeds on Facebook.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Solstice Events in Fairbanks, Alaska

Summer Solstice, on June 21st, is Fairbanks, Alaska’s most celebrated summer holiday. Because Fairbanks is located at 65 degrees north latitude, the sky never gets dark for up to 24 hours per day during Midnight Sun Season, April 22 through August 20. Summer Solstice is the apex of the Midnight Sun Season. Three long-standing events that capitalize on the everlasting sunshine include the epic Midnight Sun Festival, the Midnight Sun Baseball Game and the Midnight Sun Run. 

I've never had the pleasure of exploring Fairbanks, but wouldn't this be an extra fun time to travel to Alaska?

Held annually from noon to midnight on the Sunday closest to Solstice, the Midnight Sun Festival is Alaska’s largest single-day event drawing up to 30,000 sun-worshippers. Downtown Fairbanks’ 1st, 2nd, 3rdand 4th avenues become pedestrian only and turn into a huge street fair offering food, drink, merchandise, information and activities. The cornerstones of the festival are four large stages that present 45 live performances including folk, rap, ballet, rock and more. The free festival is in its 37th year but history proves that downtown Fairbanks has been celebrating Summer Solstice in a variety of ways for at least a century.

Midnight Sun Festival in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Photo by Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks

The Midnight Sun Baseball game has been held on Solstice for the past 113 of years and has attracted national attention in outlets such as ESPN, Conde Nast and The New York Times. The game begins at 10 p.m. and continues on until 1 a.m. famously without the use of artificial lights. During the course of the baseball game people can watch the sun set and begin to rise without the sky ever getting dark.

The 36th annual Midnight Sun Run is a quirky Alaskan event that attracts more than 3,500 participants some wearing costumes. Super heroes, bumblebees, swashbucklers and more don running shoes and hit the route at 10 p.m. cruising into and beyond the midnight hour. Not your typical 10K, the Midnight Sun Run winds through neighborhoods where locals host outdoor house parties to cheer on participants.

The Midnight Sun Run in Fairbanks, Alaska—an annual 10K run under the late night summer solstice sun. Photo by Sherman Hogue/Explore Fairbanks
 The Arctic Circle just 140 miles north of Fairbanks is defined by the fact that on Summer Solstice, June 21 (occasionally falling on June 20), the sun never dips below the horizon for 24 hours. The midnight sun is fundamental to summer time in Fairbanks and people worldwide come to bask in the sun and participate in these sunshine-inspired, middle-of-the-night events.

Find out more at

Information Courtesy: Explore Fairbanks

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Feast Portland 2018 - Schedule and Ticket Information and Links

Feast Portland 2018 Festival tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 9am PST on Friday, June 8 at Here’s the Feast Portland schedule so you can be ready!

Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland returns for its seventh year, Thursday, September 13 Sunday, September 16, 2018. The Pacific Northwest’s flagship food and drink festival and leading national culinary event continues to bring together legendary and emerging culinary talent at more than 40 inventive dining experiences.

The 2018 schedule, packed with large-scale main events, more ‘not too big and not too small’ fun-sized events, once-in-a-lifetime dinners, cutting-edge tasting panels, immersive classes and killer industry parties, will give guests countless ways to Feast across the four days.

New this year, top chefs will battle for the best decade in an 80s vs. 90s throwback throwdown to kick off the weekend. Friday evening’s Night Market introduces a ‘Ring of Fire’ theme covering a breadth of adventurous food and drink. Seven new Fun-Size events are creatively designed to be more action-packed than ever before.

 Highlights from this year’s epic chef lineup and schedule include:

      ALL NEW Thursday night main event, 80s vs. 90s! Twenty of the hottest chefs from Portland and across America will throw down at the ultimate throwback cook-off that’s guaranteed to be one for the books. The competition style event will enlist half of the participating chefs to represent the ‘80s and the other half the ‘90s all while set to cassette-worthy mixes at RoseQuarter Commons. With 80s vs. 90s as the inaugural inspiration, the Thursday night competition theme will change each year. 
      Night Market: Ring of Fire Edition Presented by Alaska Mileage Plan will take on a ‘Pacific Rim’ theme, showcasing dishes from the West Coast and places like Peru, Mexico, East Asia and more. Encompassing everything from Hawaiian pig to American whiskey, the breadth of adventurous food and drink from 20 all-star chefs and bartenders will keep guests wanting more.
      Feast’s popular Fun-Size Events are the ‘Goldilocks’ events of the Feast family – not too big, not too small, but just right for a hot summer night of fun bites and cool drinks. This year’s events will include the return of Aaron Franklin’s Franklin Barbecue and Friends, a slice of Austin in Portland. Attendees can indulge in their love of French bistro food and Old World and New World wines at Nouveau Bistro, hone in on the electrifying flavors of Chinese-American cuisine at Big Feast in Little China, polish off a few oysters with beer in hand at the very first Feast Sunday Tailgate, and test their culinary skills (and knowledge!) in good ‘ole Basically Bar Trivia with the Bon Appétit team. 
      Bringing together legendary culinary masterminds from near and far, 2018’s coveted Dinner Series will be one for the books. This year’s lineup of ten once-in-a-lifetime meals will feature an epic evening with Emma Bengtsson + Dominique Crenn + Kristen Murray; a one-night-only culinary trip to Mexico City with Joshua McFadden + Elena Reygadas + Fabian von Hauske; and a NYC’s alum beefsteak reunion with Peter Cho + Angie Mar. Plus, Feast’s first Zero Proof dinner featuring Gabriel Rucker, Andrew Zimmern, Sean Brock, Michael Solomonov, Gregory Gourdet, and Evan Zimmerman will break down barriers while serving up a life-changing meal.
      ‘Glass’ is back in session: Feast’s trend spotting Drink Tank Presented by Imbibe panels will return for discussions and tastings with leading beverage professionals hand-plucked from around the world covering hot topics like revered natural wines in Act Naturally: Natural Wine Comes of Age, a peek into designing the perfect, sessionable cocktail at The Art of the Session Cocktail, how rosé is inspiring brewers and cidermakers at Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Ciders and Beers Are Taking Over, and more.
      Feast’s Classes will once again give guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of a tastemaker, a topic, and leave the festival with more than just a full belly. This year’s classes include Brunch with Benefits, a look into how to host an epic bubbles-fueled brunch, Pie Goals, where you’ll never think about your lattice pies the same way again, Steak & Eggs Part Deux, and an afternoon with Portland’s macramé master Emily Katz where she will demonstrate a handful of her favorite knotting techniques over rosé and bites at Macramé + Rosé, and more.
      The festival will see the return of the third “Feast Fab Collab” series, teaming up with some of the top participating artisans and chefs to create limited edition, one-of-a-kind Feast Portland-inspired items. Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland will partner with Portland-based apparel company Bridge & Burn to create a limited edition festival t-shirt, now available for purchase at A portion of proceeds from all “Feast Fab Collab” items and the Bridge & Burn collab t-shirt will be donated to Feast’s charitable partners. 

Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland is an organization with a strong charitable mission. Since 2012, Feast has raised more than $372,000 to help end hunger in Oregon and across the country, and is proud to continue supporting this important cause through its 2018 charitable partners.

The festival will continue its collaboration with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, a statewide nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the problem of hunger and solutions, advocates for more just programs and policies to end hunger, and connects communities to food resources. This year, Feast will also add a second, Oregon-based charitable partner Urban Gleaners. Urban Gleaners collects and redistributes over 70,000 pounds of food every month, feeding over 5,000 people every week through school pantries, summer free farmers markets, and Mobile Markets at low-income housing communities.

The complete Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland lineup with event descriptions, list of participants, and ticket information can be found at Tickets for each event are sold individually and prices are all-inclusive of food and drink served at that event.

Follow Feast Portland on Facebook, Twitter (@FeastPDX), and Instagram (@FeastPortland), and subscribe to the Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland newsletter at to stay updated on all things Feast.

Information courtesy Feast Portland

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bosque Redondo Memorial Commemorates 150 Years since the Treaty of 1868

I keep in touch with the happenings at the memorial at Bosque Redondo, NM through the museum association’s newsletter. I wrote about my somber visit to the site several years ago. I was terribly moved after visiting and talking with elders on the Navajo Reservation whose relatives had been forced to endure The Long Walk to Bosque Redondo.

The memorial has announced that Friday June 8th they will offer an opportunity for Navajo and Mescalero Apache visitors to shape the museum’s interpretation of their cultural history. On Saturday, June 9th visitors will have a chance to participate in a recreation of the Navajo return to the homeland to promote solidarity and reconciliation.

Also on Saturday, the 150th Treaty celebration will host cultural dances, respected speakers from tribal and state government, along with tribal elders sharing their oral traditions as they pertain to the hardships and resilience of life both during the reservation era as well as the post reservation era.  Traditional foods and artisans will be on site in support the event and the culture.

After the event, visitors will have the option to participate in a 6.5-mile walk/run, led by DCA, from Bosque Redondo Memorial to Fort Sumner High School in honor of the Navajo return to the homeland.  Upon arriving at the high school, visitors can choose whether to continue the 350-mile walk back to Window Rock, AZ or remain at the high school for refreshments.

To learn more call 575.355.2573

Information Provided by Museum of New Mexico Foundation

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Grilled Cheese Grill on Portland’s Funky Alberta Street

Portland, Oregon is known for pop up restaurants and food truck cuisine. But imagine my delight, as a grilled cheese lover, to find a trailer kitchen devoted to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. These were not the grilled Velveeta sandwiches of my youth, but carefully thought out, creative delights with locally sourced ingredients.

A gourmet grilled cheese sandwich? Yes, that is what Portland’s Grilled Cheese Grill does so well. They serve up simple to elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches at three locations. We went to the Alberta Street location in North Portland one day. The grill was in a food trailer and patrons sat outside on picnic tables or inside in the funky converted school bus.

Oh yes, they have sandwiches other than cheese. Try the Original Cheesus burger. It’s a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Only $9.50. And yes, they have gluten free and vegan options.

But we were totally impressed with The Mondor for $7.25. The Mondor included Tillamook pepper jack cheese, avocado, fresh red onion and roasted red peppers on multigrain wheat. You could add bacon or turkey for $2.00. Couple that with a beverage and you’re set for a tasty budget-conscious lunch and probably will take some of it home.

Good breads, great ingredients.

More Food Carts

Once you enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich that is a gourmet treat, you might want to venture out and try more cart finds.  Eater PDX has their top food carts mapped out to make that easy.

Food carts have become part of the Portland culture and the food is excellent. Portland has over 500 food carts available at any given time. Most carts are organized into what are called “Pods.” These are surface lots with more than a few carts. Here is a map where you’ll find these Pods. And, the website has things organized for your phone. Their iPhone and Android app is always updated with the current location of the carts. You can find the app here.

More Information
Grilled Cheese Grill Address: 1027 NE Alberta St.

Portland, Oregon

Food Cart Blog

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 Study Shows American Vacation Usage Increasing

Nearly Nine in Ten Americans Say They Haven’t Seen Enough of the U.S. 

American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from Project: Time Off, jumping up nearly a half-day (.4 days) from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010 (17.5 days) and a more than full-day increase since bottoming out at 16.0 days in 2014. 

While this progress may signal the beginning of a cultural shift, there is still more room for improvement as a majority of Americans (52%) left vacation time unused in 2017 (down from 54% in 2016). Further, nearly a quarter (24%) of Americans have not taken a vacation in more than a year. 

The findings, from Stateof American Vacation 2018also show Americans are not fulfilling their wanderlust. The majority (84%) of Americans say it is important to them to use their time off to travel. Yet workers use less than half of the vacation time they take—just eight days—to travel. It follows that a staggering nine-in-ten (86%) Americans say they have not seen enough of their own country. 
The 52 percent of Americans who left vacation time on the table accumulated 705 million unused days last year, up from 662 million days the year before. The increase in unused days, despite Americans taking more vacation, is attributed to employees earning more time off (23.2 days in 2017, compared to 22.6 in 2016). America’s unused vacation time is a $255 billion missed economic opportunity that has the potential to create 1.9 million jobs.  

Barriers to Vacation Time
While Americans rank cost (71%), children (45%), and pets (39%) as the top barriers to travel, these barriers have little impact on actual vacation usage. Respondents who agreed that cost was a top barrier take about the same amount of vacation time as average (53% leave time unused, compared to 52% overall). The same proves out with children (52% to 52%) and pets (54% to 52%). 

In fact, it is work-related challenges that continue to have the most influence on Americans’ ability to vacation. Employees who were concerned that taking vacation would make them appear less dedicated or replaceable were dramatically less likely to use all their vacation time (61% leave time unused, compared to 52% overall). This held true for those who felt their workload was too heavy (57% to 52%) and no one else could do their job (56% to 52%). 

The Traveler’s Advantage  
Americans taking all or most of their vacation days to travel—or mega-travelers—report dramatically higher rates of happiness than those using little to none of their time for travel. 
Happiness with… 
All or Most  
(more than 75%) 
Little to None  
(less than 25%) 
(% points) 
Physical health and well-being 
How you spend your paid time off 
Your company 
Personal relationships  
Your job 

Further, mega-travelers are getting ahead at work. More than half (52%) of mega-travelers reported receiving a recent promotion compared to Americans who use little to none (44%) of their time to travel. Mega-travelers also report a higher likelihood of receiving a recent raise, bonus, or both than those staying at home (86% to 81%). 

Workcation All I Ever Wanted?

The always-on work environment has created a new trend of workcations: traveling somewhere with the intent to work remotely for all or part of the time you are away. This new trend may be just a fad with only 10 percent of Americans haven taken a workcation and a majority (70%) calling the concept unappealing. Millennials will be the driving force if workcations become more mainstream: nearly four-in-ten (39%) Millennials say they find the idea of a workcation appealing, compared to 28 percent of Gen X and 18 percent of Boomers.   

Work Perks That Work
This year’s study also found that some workplaces are starting to understand the benefits of a positive vacation culture. The percentage of workers who say their company’s culture encourages vacation jumped five points from 2016. The research found a major split when it came to the happiness of employees at companies with encouraging cultures versus their peers at firms that are discouraging or ambivalent to vacation (72% to 42%). These employees are also much happier with their job (68% to 42%) and how much vacation time they use (77% to 51%). 

Information courtesy: Project Time Off

Sunday, April 15, 2018

This Year's Top Events on the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington

I just returned from a writing trip to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. I checked out the newly renovated Shelburne Hotel. There’s always something going on and many reasons to pack your getaway bag for the beach.

Community organized events on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, a 28-mile-long beach destination bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and Willapa Bay, offer the opportunity to experience an array of local pastimes and passions. Among them are razor clam digging, coastal gardening, beach running and cultural events.

Top events include the following:

·      Long Beach Razor ClamFestival (April 20-21) resurrects a popular community event of the 1940s as well as a subsistence tradition. Participants can learn from longtime residents how to find, dig and clean razor clams, taste and vote for the best clam chowder, visit with mermaids, enjoy musical entertainment, relax at a beer garden, enter contests, and more.

·      Beach to Chowder (June 16) run/walk, with a start and finish at the “World’s Long Beach Arch” on Bolstad Avenue, Long Beach, is an ideal way to engage the entire family (dogs permitted on leash) in a fun event over Father’s Day weekend. Local and visiting competitors in 5K and 10K distances run or walk for fun and prizes along a flat stretch of hard-pack sand. Steaming bowls of chowder are enjoyed afterwards during the awards ceremony.

·      Music in the Gardens (July 21) showcases a variety of lovingly tended, magnificent, coastal gardens up and down the peninsula. Hosts welcome ticketed tour goers with garden insights, plant identification and light refreshments, while regional musicians entertain. 
·      Water Music Festival (Oct. 12-14) brings classical musicians to perform at intimate and interesting venues on the Long Beach Peninsula. Many of the attendees are local residents who appreciate world-class chamber music performances brought by the Water Music Society to their remote locale.

·      6x6 Art Show and Auction (Nov. 3) offers a glimpse into the thriving local art scene. Fantastic art objects produced by the region’s most talented artists are auctioned off as a benefit for the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s exhibition programs. 

The Long Beach Peninsula is host to more than 50 annual events. For event details, destination information and trip planning, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access to download the 2018 event calendar directly.

Information Courtesy: Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adrift Distillers - New Spirits Debut on the Long Beach Peninsula of WA

There’s some crafty work going on at Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The new Adrift Distillers is introducing three inventive craft spirits with ingredients from local partners, making it the first to bring creative spirits to Pacific County.

“Our spirits are unique because they begin with our partners and the raw ingredients they provide. We highlight their story as much as our own in the creation of our products. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, including Starvation Alley’s organic cranberry juice, to heritage grain varieties from Living Heritage Farms, and tailored malts from Skagit Valley Malting. We’re blending and using ingredients that no one else is considering,” said Matt Lessnau, partner and head distiller.

Originally from the Long Beach Peninsula, Lessnau studied engineering and worked in the aerospace and consumer electronics industries in Seattle before relocating back to Long Beach. Lessnau combines his experience working behind the bar with his love of experimentation to make distinct local spirits.

Tasting Room Opening

The Tasting Room will open to the public on March 2, at Noon – 8pm. Each taste will cost $1. The distillery will be open with the following hours to start, with expanding hours in the summer.

Noon – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
10 a.m. - 3pm Sunday

Address: 409 Sid Snyder Drive BLDG #3
Long Beach, Washington

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

March is Portland Oregon Dining Month - $33 for Three Courses!

Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City this March with more than 120 local restaurants serving up three-course dinners for just $33, every night of the week. In addition, Feastly, an online marketplace that produces unique culinary pop-ups hosted by talented chefs, will participate for the first time this year.

Now in its ninth year, Portland Dining Month allows foodies to experience delicious meals, prepared by award-winning chefs from around the city, at a reasonable cost. Each participating restaurant offers a unique three-course prix fixe dinner menu. The 2018 roster includes local favorites like AndinaDeparture and Paley’s Place, as well as first-time participants like Bistro AgnesSouthfork and Alto Bajo. A full list of participating Portland Dining Month restaurants and their menus can be found at

Last year, we planned to experience a Portland restaurant once a week. It was a fantastic way to dine our way through Portland on a budget.
Autentica was my fav.
Pop-up dinners are also on the menu, with Feastly Portland joining the Portland Dining Month lineup. Twenty-one of the platform’s top chefs from all over the world will host dinners in the Feastly space on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and at select venues around town. Chefs represent a diverse range of cuisines and will prepare ticketed dinners highlighting Ethiopian, Filipino, Turkish, Puerto Rican and Nigerian fare, among others. Find out more at
Making a reservation for Portland Dining Month can also benefit the community. Travel Portland has partnered with OpenTable for the eighth year; a donation will be made to Oregon Food Bank’s hunger-relief efforts for every reservation booked at participating restaurants through