Betsy’s Best Bets

 October 2012                          

What about our weather? I’ve always said that September & October are great months to be in Oregon. It seems that this year we are having a particularly stunning end of summer, early autumn.

Since it is so beautiful I am encouraging you to go outside and take pictures of your home and garden in case you decide, in the depth of winter, to put your house on the market. If in fact you are thinking of listing with yours truly, give Tamra or me a call and we will send our professional photographer out to take photos for use in the future (at our expense).

But on to my favorite topics – eating and shopping!

We had dinner the other night with great friends and tried the new Vitaly Paley restaurant downtown – the Imperial (next to Hotel Lucia, 410 SW Broadway). It had just opened, service was a bit slow but my meal was incredible. I tend to avoid being negative about a restaurant but we all agreed the noise level was pretty intense – too loud. But again, nummy meals.

Margaux introduced me to my new favorite bakery/sandwich place. Nuvrei in the Pearl (404 NW 10th). Best sandwich ever is their chicken breast with apple slices, fennel, currents and celery – my mouth is watering as I write this.

And the best kept secret around? The express line at Salt & Straw (838 NW 23rd) – this is only for those who will buy a pint (no scoops or cones).

So my shopping hints are these:

In case you didn’t know 20 – 30 something’s LOVE Pendleton!!! I am the biggest hit with newlyweds, nieces, nephews and our own children. For wedding presents I’ve been giving the new Pendleton towels with the traditional prints that you find on blankets. Baby presents – darling bears and monogramed baby blankets (Margaux still loves the blanket Mrs. Bishop gave her 27 years ago!). And everyone loves the wristlets, purses and backpacks – not to mention the traditional Pendleton shirts and sweaters.  900 SW 5th Avenue

Finally – just so you know I am not an accessory gal but my current purse – bright colors, great size (not too big nor too small) – is always being remarked upon. I bought it downtown at Moods of Florence. She has a fabulous collection of purses, wallets, scarves, hats and bracelets. In the Charles F Berg building, 615 SW Broadway, around the corner from the Mercantile.

Final comment – have your gutters cleaned before the rains begin!!!

Cheers and Best to you!