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Ashland Oregon Culinary Festival

October 30th, 2014 by Julie

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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!

For more information and tickets go to Ashlandchamber.com

Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

October 19th, 2014 by Julie

‘Backwards in High Heels” at the Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

 

There are many reasons to come to Ashland for a getaway when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival goes dark in November until next season..

One great place to go is The Oregon Cabaret Theatre which produces really good song and dance shows all year round.

 Playing now is ” Backwards in High Heels ” a show about silver screen legend Ginger Rogers who captivated audiences and Americans hearts, dancing and singing with Fred Astaire. This show will close on November 9th.

The next show will be ” It’s a Wonderful Life–A live Radio Play “

Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano, present a fresh take on the classic holiday drama.

This show will run from November 21st until December 31st.

For tickets and information go to

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.

For tickets and information go to rvsymphony.org

Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

October 10th, 2014 by Julie

 

Halloween Parade in Ashland Oregon

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On Friday October 31st. 2014 Ashland celebrates Halloween with the Children’s Halloween Celebration. A huge parade which begins at 3.30 pm at the Ashland Public Library meanders along Main Street and ends at the Downtown Plaza.  This year “ Samba Like it Hot “ leads the revelers along the route. This is an event for the whole family where everyone gets dressed up, not just the participants in the parade, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.

 

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After the parade children ( young and old ) will enjoy Trick or Treating, Face Painting and Live Entertainment there also will be a Mad Science activity by Science Works.

The week before Halloween has lots of fun events and activities too ….. on Friday 24th October there will be an all-you-can-eat Pasta Party at the Historic Armory on Oak Street and on Saturday 25th October there is a Monster Dash through Lithia Park.

For more information about events go to www.ashlandmonsterdash.com  and  AshlandChamber.com

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

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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.

For more information go to ashland.or.us  or nps.go

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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!

For more information go to Bearcreekfestival.net

Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

September 26th, 2014 by Julie

Banana Cake with Coffee Frosting

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Ingredients

  • 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.
  • COFFEE FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

 

Directions

  • 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

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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.

For more go to dobrateaashland.com

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

September 20th, 2014 by Julie

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars

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These yummy Chewy Homemade Granola Bars are from the kitchen at Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point Oregon.  One of our very favorite places, and where we buy all of our stone ground flour with which we make our mouth watering  homemade bread here at the Inn.

 

 

The perfect healthy after school snack ,or afternoon treat at work or at home and great for picnics too..

1⅔ cups quick rolled oats {if gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free oats}
½ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup oat flour {or make your own by putting oats in your blender or food processor, pulsing until finely ground}
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts {I used 1 cup pecans, ½ cup unsweetened coconut, ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries, and ½ cup chocolate chips}
⅓ cup peanut butter or another nut butter {I used almond butter}
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter {or coconut oil}
¼ cup honey, maple syrup or corn syrup {I used raw honey}
1 tablespoon water
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9″ x 9″ pan in parchment paper, allowing it to go up the sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.
Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: peanut {or nut} butter, vanilla, melted butter or oil, sweetener and water. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until well incorporated. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing firmly to ensure the mixture is molded to the shape of the pan.
Bake the bars for 30 to 35 minutes, until slightly brown on the top and around the edges {make sure you do not over bake! The bars will seem soft if you press in the center, however; they will set completely once completely cool.}
Cool the bars in their pan completely, or place in the refrigerator to facilitate cooling and ease of cutting. If you used parchment paper, lift and remove the bars by grabbing the edges of the “parchment sling.” Use a serrated knife to cut the bars into squares. To store, wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and keep in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator. These bars can also be frozen. Enjoy!

Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

September 15th, 2014 by Julie

 

Kelly’s Crepes in Ashland Oregon

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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.

www.kellyscrepes.com

 

 

 

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