Oregon wasabi

Oregon Wasabi?

Oregon-grown wasabi is a versatile and spicy option for your cooking written by Sophia McDonald Sushi aficionados, take note: That spicy, lime green paste next to your dragon roll may be called wasabi, but chances are it isn’t the real thing. Most of the time, it’s a combination of horseradish, powdered mustard and green food coloring.  Wasabi is native to Japan, but you can buy it closer to home than you might think. Oregon Coast Wasabi in Tillamook County is one of only three commercial growers in the United States. Co-founder and CEO Jennifer Bloeser quite by accident stumbled onto the relative of the horseradish plant at an equestrian event. A fellow participant had brought some plants to the gathering and was giving them away. Bloeser’s neighbors in Southeast Portland were always sharing the bounty from their gardens with her, and she was looking for something to give back. Wasabi,…

gin cocktail

Cocktail Card

Rosemary’s Bee Bee recipe courtesy of Hannah Loop at The Winchester Inn, Ashland •  2 ounces Hendrick’s Gin  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice  • ¾ ounce rosemary black peppercorn honey syrup  • Rosemary garnish FOR SYRUP​ •  tablespoons black peppercorns​ •  cup water​ •  cup honey​ • handful of fresh rosemary FOR COCKTAIL Combine and shake over ice, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary. FOR SYRUP​ Toast black peppercorns, then add to saucepan with water and honey. Bring to a low simmer.  Add a small handful of fresh rosemary and let simmer for five minutes.  Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Strain. 

rafting the Owyhee

Rafting the Owyhee River

Travel through time in a land of legends written and photographed by Adam Thorn Smith Outdoorsy Portlanders love to say “every environment is an hour away!” But, what if we went farther? What if we went … all the way? There is a place in our state—an inexplicable convolution of time and rock—where a river spills like mercury through the heart of an ancient supervolcano. Hot springs still steam with hidden heat. Relics lie lost in caves. Legends are born and die here, some never told.  Oregon’s loneliest corner and most remote region, the extreme southeast, is seven hours and 400 miles from Portland. To most imaginations, southern Malheur County must be a bland expanse of tumbleweed and juniper, the rare hare or coyote, somewhere past Steens Mountain. In truth, earth-bending natural wonders and geologic monoliths abound. People who venture here, by luck or lack thereof, are as unusual as…

Partners in Diversity

All in for Diversity

Partners in Diversity seeks to draw professionals of color to the Portland area—and keep them there You don’t have to live in Los Angeles or New York to know that American demographics are changing. According to Mari Watanabe, the executive director of Portland-based Partners in Diversity, it’s in everybody’s—and every company’s—best interest to keep up.  “As the demographics of the country shift, businesses have an opportunity to meet the demands of a more diverse customer base,” Watanabe said. “Likewise, as a company’s customer base becomes more diverse, so should its workforce.” Partners in Diversity is a nonprofit organization that helps companies recruit, support and retain professionals of color in both Oregon and Southwest Washington. For individuals of color, it’s also a lucrative lifeline to connect with others on both a personal and professional level. On the business side, Partners in Diversity offers a robust agenda of educational forums and events…

Ultimate Oregon Road Trip

The Ultimate Oregon Road Trip

12 days, tons of sights Get ready for the drive of a lifetime written by Sheila G. Miller After being cooped up, hitting the open road can be invigorating.  The past few months have been a trying time for all of us. But there’s no balm like the outdoors to soothe anxiety and give us a renewed sense of self.  We spent some time trying to construct the ultimate Oregon road trip—that is, a twelve-day trip that takes you through the natural wonders of our state. From the dunes of the Oregon Coast to the jagged edges of the Wallowas, we tried to hit them all. For now, reopening our state to tourism is uncertain, so some of this may continue to be a pipe dream. But that doesn’t mean we can’t plan and dream—join us, won’t you? DAY 1 BEND Bend is in the center of the state, making for…

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Home + Design Trending

Connect to the local & regional market with our Home + Design Issue! DURING THESE TIMES, home projects have been surging in the Pacific Northwest. From DIY bookshelves to cozy outdoor living spaces, people in quarantine are making the most of their homes. Home sales have surged as people reconsider their long-term goals. Make sure that your brand is reaching our audience for greater sales and brand awareness. Reach our local audience of home buyers and nesters who are looking for homes, ideas and products that will get them into a new or more cozy space of their own. Contact us now and receive a discount on your ad in the Sept/Oct Home + Design Issue! Jenny Kamprath, [email protected], 503.515.8576 Kevin Max, [email protected], 541.948.7476

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Home Grown Chef, pasta

An easy homemade upgrade to your Marinara

1859’s Home Grown Chef Thor Erickson shares the secret to a gourmet alternative to marinara that you can easily do while in quarantine. Try Thor’s simple pasta all’Amatriciana!   Find more recipes from Thor that use local Oregon products here.