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Month: November 2012

Thanksgiving in Bend — The Report

Thanksgiving in Bend — The Report

The menu: Herb-roasted turkey breast  Vegetarian-ish stuffing Mashed butterball potatoes from Fields Farm Caramelized sweet potatoes Roasted vegetables (beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower) Fields Farm arugula with fennel, parmesan and persimmons Apple cobbler Pumpkin cheesecake The menu and budget got away from me a little. Planning and shopping for a dinner with 4 adults is like herding cats (but with much better results). One of the adults is vegetarian so we had to supplement local produce with brussel sprouts,…

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Thanksgiving in Bend: Economical, Epicurean, and Local (with a side of love)

Thanksgiving in Bend: Economical, Epicurean, and Local (with a side of love)

I’ve always hated “orphan” thanksgivings. If you live in a decent-sized town more than a few hours from your parents, are over 30 and single, you know what I’m talking about.The orphan Thanksgiving is a hallowed urban tradition where a mish-mosh of single people gather at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and make awkward conversation with people they’re not likely to see again until next year, if ever. In my (somewhat crabby) opinion these dinners just throw everyone’s “singleness”…

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Learning to Swing (+ Lessons in Love) at Bend Dance

Learning to Swing (+ Lessons in Love) at Bend Dance

Last night I found myself in Southwest Bend, with eight strangers, in someone’s converted garage, standing on a temporary dance floor, staring at myself in mirrors (repurposed mirrors leaning against the newly painted sheetrock: they were formerly sliding closet doors).This is Bend Dance. A one-woman show led by Victoria Tolonen, the owner of the garage attached to a new-build house. Judging from her posture, the open-toed low-heeled dance shoes and the Lladro-esque trophies perched atop a bookshelf, she’s an award-winning dancer. I…

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