2008 Bite of Bend

The Bite Of Bend is coming soon, and the posters are going up. I finished this and another poster for the 2008 BOB. Another fun “Fest” project for sure! Look for them around town, and if you happen to be downtown, you’ll see the banners on the light posts which will be going up next week.

If you go, make sure to check out the Iron Chef competition! Chef Tim Garling from The Jackalope Grill will be a contestant this year, so it’s bound to be a really good show!

Big Island Kona Mix Plate

My friends at Kona Mix Plate are now advertising every other week in The Source! (Keep a look out for their ads.) These guys are the real deal from Hawaii, serving up the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch and dinner along with other special treats you will not find any other place in Bend. Super tasty food (Ahi Poke is so fresh!) and reasonable prices for sure. It’s a family affair w/ Ricky and his Mom in the kitchen and his wife Sheri and niece Shinobu out in front. Mix it Up! Fresh Mac Salad is soooooo good! With over 1,300 friends on myspace, they must be doing it right! konamixplate

The cost of pizza and not being a Kid

My son and I cruised downtown (Bend, Oregon) last weekend to grab a bite to eat after our bike ride. It was was a great day, sunny, clear skies, a perfect day to sit outside for lunch at our favorite pizza place downtown.

When we arrived we noticed a note on the front door. It stated they were closed for the day – updating the floors. We were bummed. Where were we going to go for a couple of slices of pizza downtown? We started thinking of alternatives. Hmm, good pizza, downtown, reasonably priced, outdoor seating… We couldn’t think of anyplace for a while, and then my son figured it out! Not a pizza place, but they had mini pizzas that were pretty good, outdoor seating and soda. We were on our way.

We get there, request a seat outside (it was an awesome day), sit down, place our orders and enjoy the wait before our mini pizzas and drinks arrive. It was a good day, and this lunch was kind of a pre-celebratory lunch, my son was going to be 10 in the coming week, so we talked about the joys of being in the double digit age realm. It was cute to still see him using the straw. He had this massive tumbler filled with Root Beer and ice cubes, while I had a smaller glass brimming with iced tea and lemon wedge (fancy).

Time melted away and our pizzas came! Woo Hoo, man did they look good, and they tasted great! There was one difference though, and it was brought to my attention by my son – my pizza had “green things” sprinkled on it, but other than that, they were pretty much identical – same size, same topping, same amount of slices, but mine had finely chopped up “green things” and they were tasty too.

So we ate, laughed, and remarked how this pizza, even though different from our favorite place, was still pretty tasty and gave it the thumbs up. We finished and asked for the check.

So we get the check, and we look at it and then look at each other puzzled, my pizza cost $6.50 more! OK, we pretty much had the same lunch – drink and a pizza, so you’d think it would have been a perfect “split check” scenario (not that I was going to make him pay, it was my treat).
My son comments “I hope that green stuff was tasty!”. We both started laughing. It was tasty, but by no means $6.50 more tasty. Holy smokes we couldn’t believe it. But hey, we were downtown in a fancy place. There ya go.

So, the cool thing was my son recognized growing up isn’t all that. Especially if it means his favorite food (pizza) is going to cut into his wallet once he no longer can pull off the “kid” thing.

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Winterfest 2008

Winterfest should be cool this year. Looking forward to seeing “The Blakes” and “Hells Belles” (I’m not a big AC/DC fan, but an all girl AC/DC cover band should be a sight). The kids will dig the fireworks and I’ll for sure go to thump coffee to say hola to K&H and the crew. Carol Sternkopf will be there showcasing her work so that’s cool too.

Working on the creative for the 2008 Winterfest was cool for sure and I can’t wait to see it all come together this weekend.

Mt Bachelor

Great snow for the past week or so up at Mt Bachelor and this past weekend was epic for sure (if you don’t mind the typical overcast conditions).
I’ve noticed that the Sunrise Lodge Map board (this is the main sign element visitors use for guidance at the base of the lodge) has been down for almost a week now with no explanation as to how it happened or when it will be fixed. In a way it’s somewhat of a visual metaphor for the many shared sentiments locals feel about the current mismanagement of this resort.
Regardless, it’s still a fun place to go to enjoy the views, hook up w/ friends and contemplate the meaning of life while on Rainbow Chair. :^)