The Herb Shoppe Pharmacy

                                                             When you look out of your window, stroll through your neighborhood, hiking in Oregon nature or take advantage and visiting the farms on Sauvie  Island, what you think is the diversity to all the other seasons? Yes, it is getting darker and colder and since we are in Oregon, rain accompanies us most of the times. Personally, it is next to spring my favorite season of the year. It is this magical time, where to harvest what we have seed earlier in the year or Mother Nature gives us the opportunity to fill up our herbal apothecary. Everywhere where you looking at the moment you will see workshops with: How to preserve? How to use seasonal ingredients? Or like the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy, how to making herbal extracts and liquors for the holidays.

Herb Shoppe Pharmacy Mississippi District

Have a sneak preview showing a few pics about the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy in the Old Mississippi District in North East Portland, your shop for custom made herb blends and tinctures and more…. Herbs are more as plants, more as medicine and they grow on every corner. Stay tuned til Sunday for the whole Interview with Amanda Furbee from the Herb Shoppe Pharmacy. “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”- Hippocrates-   [Show thumbnails]  


We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came… John F.Kennedy [Show thumbnails]  

Smith Teamaker

On an average Thursday morning, I entered the quiet, elegant tasting and retail room of the Smith Team, nestled in a brick building on a side street in the vibrant Northwest Industrial Area. As I walked in the tea shop the fine, but not overwhelming tea fragrances wafted in the breeze.  At one of my first visits, I noticed the same tranquil, relaxed energy, and my mind was transported by the beautiful fragrances. The front part of the shop is neatly designed and the interior features many furnitures and décor pieces Steve Smith and his wife Kim DeMent brought back from several India trips.

America’s Walking City & Cape Elizabeth

What are you doing when you feel the itching to explore the East Coast? In our case, we call our friends in Portland, ME and ask if they would host us and would show us some new hidden treasures. So we started last week to our little Trip to Boston, the City with thousands of nicknames and even while we have been accompanied with rain showers most walkable city we have visited so far. We arrived pretty late at our sweet Airbnb Apartment and our host was incredible and told us as from an great Indian Food Place and I  can say we ate the most delicious sweet and spicy Indian Food at Punjabi Dhaba. [Show thumbnails] On the next day, we put layers on, raincoat plus umbrella accompanied us and took the T and even pregnant we walked from late morning until in the evening and explored the whole city almost by foot.  Certainly, I read three books upfront about teatime and libraries upfront and we have been lucky and got the last table in the Courtyard Restaurant at Pubic Library for Afternoon Tea. ( Reservation are highly recommend).  When you follow me a while, you will know that I am regular tea drinker and would say I know a little bit about quality and taste. The overall experience would be excellent, the food was amazing and the staff was super friendly.  The tea itself has been quite good, nothing outstanding, the tea could have been a little warmer but this is my personal preference.   On the next day we took the coachbus up to Portland, ME and visited our friends and we had a wonderful relaxing time. My hubby and I jumped pretty spontaneous on a island tour and saw some beautiful mansions, the rest of the Indian Summer and the sweet little Art District. On our last Day we explored with our friends Cape Elizabeth and ate really yummy local fish and chips. Even it when it rainy, we had the most fabulous time on our trip. Enough said and written, look for yourself


If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh   [Show thumbnails]

Work in Progress

                                                        You don’t have to experience what you want to serve for the remainder of your life, you simply have to recognize what you want to do next. Life is a journey and the little roads can get you just as far as the highway, it just takes a little longer, but it is also more interesting. – Jo Geralski There are times when you simply want to throw up your hands because it’s just too damn difficult. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed an eye-opening conversation with one of my closest friends. You know the person who is always really honest with you. From raising an eyebrow when you want to wear your favorite striped sweater with your leopard heels to understanding instinctively when words won’t suffice and you just need a good hug.

Noir and white Impressions

Noir and White Photography, has and will always something which keeps me fascinated. Collecting memories in our rushed world is priceless and timeless.  Even a glass of water,  featured in noir& white or grey & white, has an positive impact on us. Vibrant places, vibrant life, vibrant moments preserved in white and grey, let us reliving these moments and has an rejuvenating effect on our mind. [Show thumbnails]  

Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan- Alma Chocolate

                                                                                                 ALMA Chocolate Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan When I met with Sarah Hart and her daughter Hannah Sullivan in their new kitchen at NE 6th Ave, they offered me a sample of their “ Salted Peanut Butter Cup”. Literally, in the moment you bite into this sweet and salty chocolate creation and you are a chocoholic like me, you stop a moment out of the daily routine. Why does chocolate make us happy? It isn’t an imagination that we desire chocolate mostly in stressful times or crave after it when we crave to feel relaxed or happy. Chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that let us feel good.

Tiffin Asha- Colorful Journey

Tiffin Asha A food journey to South India When we think of Indian food, we mostly associate it with curries of North India. Elizabeth, owner of Tiffin Asha, a food cart on NE Mississippi and Beech, Portland, introduces us to the overlooked food of South India. Tiffin means, “a snack” or “light meal” and Asha means, “hope” or “wish”. Elizabeth, born in California and raised in Washington, was first introduced to the food of South India by her wife. She felt immediately in love with the unique flavors, the lightness of the cuisine and the techniques of preparation.