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Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival

October 30th, 2014 by Julie

culinary festival 2014

Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival

Coming up in November is the 8th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival celebrating Southern Oregon’s best food, drink and creativity in Ashland.

The week-end kicks off on Friday November 7th with food demos, sampling and entertainment and more.

On Saturday November 8th the “Chef Showdown Competition” begins and the competitors showcase their culinary skills through Sunday the 9th November when the Top Chef for 2014 will be announced.

This year 12 Chefs will be competing, Franco Console from Larks Restaurant defends his title as Top Chef  2013.

It’s a big deal for the chefs in Ashland to win the title of Top Chef.

Ashland’s culinary adventures await you with culinary inspiration and brilliance… See you there!

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Rogue Valley Symphony

October 15th, 2014 by Julie

Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra 

The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Martin Majkut  opens it’s 2014-2015 season on October 3rd with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 ” Eroica,”

Then on November 7th  Berlioz ” Romeo and Juliet ” will be performed. Lastly for this year  ” Handel’s  Messiah” will be presented on December 12th.  There will be lots of concerts in 2015, for  complete concert schedule see link below.   All performances will be at the Music Recital Hall on the Campus of  the Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon.

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Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America

October 8th, 2014 by Julie

Ashland’s Lithia Park best Great Public Space in America




Ashland’s Crown Jewel “ Lithia Park ” is named one of the top 10 best Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association.

The ceremony to honor Lithia Park took place on the lawn above the upper duck pond, a plaque was presented to the Ashland Parks and Recreation team on Wednesday October 1st. 2014.

Lithia Park is a 93 acre landmark named for the Lithium Oxide Spring Water that bubbles up into the fountain on the Plaza. The park that was designed by landscape architect John McLaren ( who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park )  it has an organic layout and follows the natural terrain along Ashland Creek. You will find while walking through the colorful Park… Duck Ponds, Emerald Lawns, a Japanese Garden, Tennis Courts, Children’s Playground, Picnicking Areas, a Rose Garden and wonderful trails through the natural environment and the lush canopy of sycamores, maples and oak trees.

Lithia Park was named in the list with other notable public spaces such as The Cliff Walk in Newport R.I, Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland Florida and Rainier Vista in Seattle Washington among others. So we are in good company, visitors and locals enjoy our beautiful year round paradise, wander along the sparkling Ashland Creek and take time to smell the flowers.  Lithia Park is a great place for the whole family.

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Bear Creek Salmon Festival

September 30th, 2014 by Julie


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On the first Saturday in October every year the North Mountain Park in Ashland hosts the Bear Creek Salmon Festival. This year it will be on October 4th. starting at 11 am. until 4 pm.

All ages are welcome to this free event. There will be interactive exhibits on healthy salmon habitat and our region also The Klamath Bird Observatory and The Freshwater Trust.  Mini-workshops with topics including water conservation and wildlife, also fly and spin-casting will keep everyone interested.


salmon festival

The children will love the traditional salmon cooking demonstration on an open fire and the salmon story tent, there is something for everyone.

Figgy’s Food Truck will be there for those who would like lunch or a snack. Music by the Ashland Taiko, Small Fry Accoustic Folk and Dancing Spirit Drum among others will keep your feet tapping.

Don’t miss this fun event..  See you there!

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Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

September 26th, 2014 by Julie

Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

banana cake


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream.
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk



  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for
  • 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  •  Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Dissolve coffee granules in milk; add to butter mixture and beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Dobra Tea House opens in Ashland

September 21st, 2014 by Julie

dobra tea room


Dobra Tea House opens in Ashland.

Dobra is a new Tea House in downtown Ashland. Located at 75 N. Main Street at the corner of Granite Street.

Dobra has a warm and relaxing atmosphere, owners Travis and Nichole Peterson met over a cup of tea while living in Portland. Travis says ” The Dobra Tea environment is designed to offer customers a place to relax and leave the world behind them.”  That is so true, the tea room has a bohemian feel and an eclectic mix of Moroccan and Middle Eastern decor. There are several “rooms.”  At the front of the tea room are cafe chairs and tables, further back into the space there are comfy sofa’s and small tables and on the other side of the room there is an area with low tables and cushions to lounge upon.

Dobra Tea Room is a natural fit for Ashland. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a pot of refreshing tea and a convivial place to sit and relax.

On our visit my son Christopher ( who was visiting from San Francisco)  and I wondered into the tearoom, there we were greeted at the front door by a wonderful aroma of tea’s, we were given a huge menu of tea to choose from, our waitress guided us through skillfully and was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We sat down in the comfy sofa section and given a small bell to ring when we were ready to order.

Christopher chose the Bubble Tea, an authentic tea that originated in Taiwan.  It is a cold tea made with one of five tea’s including Black tea, Oolong, Green, Tulsi and Rooibos. it also contains chewy tapioca pearls ( hence the Bubbles)  he really enjoyed the delicious blend of tea and milk,  he was surprised and happy to find it in Ashland. He is passionate about tea and had tasted Bubble Tea in some of the many places in the world he has traveled to.

I chose a lovely pot of a caffeine free blend called “Open-Hearted” which is a delightful blend of Hibiscus, Hawthorn, Rose Hips, Rose Petals, Orange Peels and Lemon Grass. It came in a clay tea pot with a small clay cup to sip from,  it was clear red and absolutely delicious.

Dobra Tea Room is a natural fit for Ashland. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a pot of refreshing tea and a convivial place to sit and relax. We had a lovely afternoon chatting together and sipping our tea, for us tea is a way of life, what could be better for the mind ,body and soul!

Dobra  serves light lunches such as hummus, babaganoush, ,chevre and pita. They also have yummy gluten free cakes and cookies too. They will have live music and tea classes. Check the web site for information.

On your next visit to Ashland stop in at the Dobra Tea Room for a serene afternoon sipping a beautifully made infusion and relaxing in a quiet cushioned heaven.

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Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

September 15th, 2014 by Julie


Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

kelly's crepes

Earlier this summer Kelly and Steve Sacks opened Kelly’s Crepes at the corner of A and Fourth Streets in Ashland Oregon.

Kelly’s Crepes has an outdoor kitchen, Kelly prepares the large crepes on a commercial griddle imported from France. Kelly and Steve offer affordable hot-off-the-grill crepes, both savory and sweet in a garden setting.

Some of the selections to tempt you are… Ham and Cheese, Pulled Pork, Spinach with Goat Cheese, Nutella and Banana, Raspberries with Chocolate and Strawberries and Lemon Curd. They all sound fabulous. Jean-Pierre and I are planning to visit soon to taste the delights for ourselves.

On the first Friday of every month they join Ashlands First Friday Art Walk and will be open from 5-8 pm displaying original art from local artists.

For a great deal visit on Tuesdays and get any of the crepes for a $1.00 off.

Kelly’s Crepes is open from 9 am till 2 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Take a walk down A street and try something unique in Ashland.




Music to Enjoy in Ashland Oregon

September 8th, 2014 by Julie

Music to enjoy in Ashland Oregon

In our lovely town of Ashland there are lots of opportunities in our restaurants and bars and also local wineries to enjoy fabulous music by local bands and taste some of the most delicious food as well.

Some of the venues where you can hear great music are Enoteca Wine and Bistro, Caldera Tap House, Standing Stone Brewery, Oberon’s Tavern,Blue” Greek on Granite, Pasta Piatti,  Grizzley Peak Winery,  Belle Fiore Winery and The Brick Room to name just a few, see below for more about The Brick Room.

“Into the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th.

August 20th, 2014 by Julie

into-the-woodsInto the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th

The Elizabethan stage is the perfect venue for “Into the Woods” a play written by James Lupine with mesmerizing music by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was inspired by Grimms Fairy Tales stories… Cinderella,  Little Red Riding Hood,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Rapunzel and others.

On stage is a full 25 piece orchestra, you may recognize Matt Castle playing the grand piano, he also played the piano on stage in last years “My Fair Lady”. He was very much part of My Fair Lady and he is also quite a presence in Into the Woods playing Sondheim’s delightful music.

The two Prince Charming’s played by John Tufts and Jeremy Peter Johnson are hilarious, they  also sing some really wonderful lusty songs.   Another stand out is the riveting Miriam A. Laube who plays the humorously menacing witch, she is a fantastic combination of good and evil!

‘Into the Woods’ is beautiful to look at, the OSF multi talented acting company breath new life into the fairy tales we all grew up with. Of course all good fairy tales start with the words… Once upon a time… then the story begins.

What follows is a gorgeously rich Broadway worthy musical spectacular with a unique Oregon Shakespeare Festival flair.

Does it all end Happily Ever After..   You will have to go and see for yourself..

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The Brick Room a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon

August 12th, 2014 by Julie

brickroom restaurantThe ” Brick Room” a new restaurant on the Plaza in Ashland Oregon.

We were all sad to see Alex’s Plaza Restaurant and Bar close for business earlier this year after 25 years as a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

The new plaza restaurant will be open from 7 am. until 3 pm. for coffee and light fare.  From 3 pm. for dining, serving traditional american food, drinks and live music until a late night closing.

We are excited to see a new business open in the 150 year old building.    “The Brick Room”  is set to open it’s doors on August 1st. Owners Elijah Katkin and his mother Gina Katkin have completely redesigned and renovated the whole space, making it more open and a friendlier design. Also they enlarged the bar and have a small area as a stage for live music.

Next time you are in Ashland make sure to go…  for  reservations call 541 708 6030