Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tin Shed Restaurant

Tin Shed Restaurant-A great place for food and fellowship!

Terri, Judy, Cheri, Me, and Stacey

The Tin Shed is an Alberta Street classic. Brunches are incredibly hearty with lots of eggs, potatoes, gravy, and all the other things you get up in the morning for. The rest of their offerings include: decadent burgers, creative sandwiches, homemade soups and salads pastas and more.

Potato Cakes with Rosemary Gravy and Buttermilk Biscuits...Yummy Deliciousness!

There are many factors that make this place so popular here are a few: vegetarian friendly, kid friendly (everything on the kids menu is $2) pet friendly (they even have a doggie menu), a gorgeous covered garden patio with a central fireplace. Crowds flock here for all these amenities, so prepare to wait on the weekends.

Stuffed Breakfast Burrito with Cheesy Grits

If you get there by 8:30, you will more than likely be seated right away.  When we left at 10:30, there was a line that stretched down the be early if you want to be seated quickly ;-) 

Looked so good that two of the ladies ordered the breakfast scramble
with asparagus,garlic, bacon, tomatoes. 
Comes with a side of potato cakes and a buttermilk biscuit.

Service was terrific....really friendly and upbeat. You could tell the food was made from scratch...just simply delicious!
Breakfast scramble with mushrooms, zucchini, onions, sausage, cheese and eggs. 
Topped with rosemary gravy...tasty!

A really laid back, realxed atmosphere that you will love.  I recommend this restaurant to all of my foodie friends out there!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dairy Free & Delicious Pineapple Preacher Cake

A moist and delicious cake that everyone will love!


1/2 c

2 c
all-purpose flour
2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
2 tsp
1/2 c
1 can(s)
20 ounces crushed pineapple - undrained (I use pineapple in it's own juice)

1 pkg
8 ounce cream cheese - softened
1 3/4 c
powdered sugar
1/4 c
butter or margarine
1/4 tsp
1/2 c
2 tsp

1. CAKE:Combine dry ingredients; add remaining ingredients, and mix by hand.
Bake in a 9 x 13 prepared pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (check frequently as cooking time may vary). *Some people have mentioned that their cake only took 30 minutes to bake, so please check your cake at that time and make any adjustments in cooking time from there.

2. FROSTING: Mix well and spread on cake in pan. Enjoy!

3. If you would like to save calories, instead of using the frosting, just sprinkle top of cake with a bit of powdered sugar and enjoy!

4. There is NO milk, butter, or oil in the cake. A great recipe for those who cannot have dairy J

* You may add other fruits or coconut to the cake if you like: some suggestions are: dried cranberries, raisins, currants, tub of mixed dried fruit, and even fresh blueberries.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oktoberfest in Mount Angel, Oregon

Some Family Fun for the Weekend...

The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. 
It is Oregon's largest folk festival.
Mt. Angel is located 18 miles northeast of Salem on Highway 214. Founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, this town has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. They celebrate their German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest.

Mt. Angel Abbey, set high above Mt. Angel on a 300 foot bluff is a century old Benedictine monastic community built in 1883 by Swiss Benedictine monks. Views from the bluff include Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, as well as the lush Willamette Valley farmland. The beautiful library, designed by Alvar Aalto, stores a priceless collection of illuminated manuscripts, and features a display of rare, hand printed books.
Guided tours can be arranged by appointment.

Four Days of Fun-Filled Activities
"September 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2011"

Open Thursday - Saturday From 11 a.m. 'til midnight.
Open Sunday from 11 a.m. 'til 9:00 p.m.
Continuous live music on four stages
Free Kindergarten with rides and shows Friday and Saturday night street dancing
Over 50 Alpine food chalets serving a wide variety of ethnic foods
Large Arts and Crafts Show
Traditional Biergarten, Weingarten and Alpinegarten
Over 30 musical groups featuring the Original Donaumusikanten from Germany Courtesy Lufthansa
Cruz-n Car Show

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gravy....located on Mississippi right in the heart of restaurant row!

Gravy restaurant located on Mississippi in Portland is a great place if you like huge portions, delicious food, and great service!  It was unbelieveable the amount of food you are served.  You may want to plan on sharing unless you have a very, and I mean VERY, big appetite.  Arrive early and don't plan on being seated right away.  We got there around 10:45 and signed up on the list.  We were not seated until 11:25. 
Though the wait was long, it was well worth it!  We took a menu and sat outside. You can even get your cup of coffee while you wait to help pass the time.  We sat at the bar (it's not really a bar, but that's what they call it) and enjoyed the view.  We were watching the cooks make the incredible breakfasts. 
 The serving size for the hashbrowns fills an entire medium sized frying pan! 

(Cook flipping the hashbrowns...check out those flames from the oil...scary!)

The hashbrowns are perfectly browned and with a crunchy crust. 
 We initially wanted to order biscuits and gravy. We figured since the name of the place was "Gravy" that we should try it.  They have a vegetarian gravy that looked very good, but we finally decided to try something else on th menu.

I ordered the Turkey, Ham, and Swiss French Toast Monte Cristo served with 
 two over easy eggs, hashbrowns, and maple syrup..oh my goodness! Keep in mind that these plates are the size of small platters, so the food is bigger than it looks here.

3 Huge Fresh Blueberry &Pecan Buttermilk Pancakes with warm
Maple Syrup and 3 pieces of Apple Smoked Bacon.

These pancakes were the size of large dinner plates! Staci could only finish one pancake with her bacon. As  result,  she took the rest home for round After everything was said and done...the Monte Cristo French Toast won....and I could not eat another bite.  I ate half of my meal and with Stacey's assistance we were able to finish the hashbrowns. This meal was literally enough food for two adults or one very large linebacker!
I give up!!!

This is the place to go for a great breakfast with friends. Only warning I would give is to come early and get your name on the list the second you get there.  Every meal coming from the kitchen looked delicious with each one looking better than the last! We were both anticipating what our own meal would look like.  Neither of us were dissapointed.  The service was friendly, food was delicious, and the portion sizes were straight up ridiculous! Like I said before, the only down side was the long wait.  It was a beautiful sunny day so we didn't mind sitting outside to wait.  Well worth the trip.  Will have to make another trip to visit some of the dozens of interesting restaurants located on the same street.  Two thumbs way up!