Here are more shots from my portrait session with Shizuko Teshima. We sat, held hands and chatted about her long and amazing life.
Chanukah 2012 is over, but I’m still thinking about the amazing Chanukah Wonderland event put on by the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, SE Portland Chabad and Chabad of the Northeast. So fun! Close to 350 people showed up to celebrate Chanukah as a community, with really cool activities for kids of all ages. Dreidels were made out of clay, plenty of latkes were fried up and eaten and a huge menorah made out of Legos was lit. Next year, I’m putting my camera down long enough to make a beautiful candle like Avital’s. I especially loved how this was a shared project between a few Jewish community organizations. And the best part? This was the first time ever a big Chanukah event was put on especially for the Jewish community on the Eastside. Way to bring on the light, people!
Think you’ll find the best barbecue someplace like North Carolina or Texas? Well, think again. Because Rochester, NY has some of the best barbecue ever. So incredibly good that my husband, who spent part of his childhood in the South, will make a journey back to Rochester for the meat at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que alone. Their food is absolutely delicious, the space preserves history and they serve it all up with Upstate hospitality. Being a hometown girl, I got a complete tour of the former railroad station. I especially loved checking out the enormous ovens, where they were busy smoking some amazing-looking brisket. Then we were generously loaded up with t-shirts and BBQ sauce. Thank you to Kevin, Monica and Danielle for such a memorable meal and fabulous time – we’ll be back for sure!
One of my ongoing photo projects focuses on businesses that have been around a long time. So, when I was back in my hometown of Rochester, NY, I just had to capture some images at the Public Market, which has been in business since 1905. Since 1905, folks! If anything in Portland can hold a candle to that, please let me know.
The Public Market is simply amazing. It’s open 3 days a week, every week of the year. Fruits, veggies, cheeses, breads, meats, food trucks, incense – you name it and you could probably find it here. And the quality of the produce! I saw cabbages the size of basketballs. And listen up Portland: No one has to tell Rochesterians to leave the SUV strollers and dogs at home. No wonder Rochester’s Public Market was voted America’s favorite farmer’s market in 2010 – it’s got it!
When it comes to all things tiki, Craig Hermann and Blair Reynolds know their stuff. They’re the owners of Hale Pele, Portland’s newest tiki lounge, a where you can take a trip to the islands without even hopping on a plane. This place is awesome – from the puffer fish lights to the fresh poke to the extensive cocktail list. Read Ruth Brown’s write up in this week’s WW to learn more about this fun bar and tiki culture. And mahalo Craig and Blair for one of the most colorful portrait sessions yet!
Demimonde Studio and Shop is my new favorite boutique in town. Rachael Donaldson has filled a small, light-filled space on Northeast Broadway with her own stunning jewelry, along with a well-curated selection of bags, cards, candles, and vintage clothes and accessories. Her designs are fierce yet delicate, and constantly evolving. Rachael also has the most exquisite taste when it comes to vintage finds. Demimonde and its neighbors are hosting a Block Party this weekend with sales and Prosecco, and I can’t think of anything more perfect to do on a Saturday afternoon than exploring this lovely space with a glass of bubbly. And if you’re not in Portland, you can purchase Rachael’s pretty jewels in her etsy shop. But you’ll miss out on her dog, Churros – aka sweetest shop dog ever. Even without hot chocolate.
As part of the assignment for last week’s cover story, WW’s Ben Mollica asked for a photo of the fire department’s gleaming new million dollar fire truck. This meant heading out to the fire bureau’s training center over on 122nd, a huge lot where they can create all kinds of scenarios firemen might encounter. It’s a very impressive place, actually. Plus, because it happened to be the day the firemen-in-training were being put through their tests, they were aiming to please and pretty much did anything the Battalion Chief told them to do. Which was pretty much what I told the Chief I wanted them to do. Needless to say, super fun shoot!