February 28th, 2017 My writing to date has flowed in starts and stutters…. I have been hidden in my head especially of late, well because life stuff just took over.  But I am still the e…

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THE GREAT ESCAPE! (While doing what I love)
Singing Chef Helps Assistance League of Bend – KTVZ News

What a great way to experience a new part of the country I have never been . The pine trees, the high dessert and the snow capped mountains in the middle of June were breathtaking. I arrived in Bend Oregon and to my surprise I felt right at home. Also finding out the the whole area is a cycling town it made me what to bring my road bike on my next visit.

As I was greeted at the airport by two lovely ladies as part of the Assistance League of Bend Oregon, I knew I was in for a wonderful time. The food, the people, and the staff especially the Tate & Tate Catering by George and Barbara Tate, the top caterers in the area, made for a very successful sold out show.

The historic Tower Theater, right in the middle of downtown Bend, was the perfect venue to Sing & Cook Italian. Everyone that was there had a great time and the money raised when to the Assistance League that contribute their time and talent to distributing clothes for those in need as well as patients who are in Chemotherapy who need hats and gowns. I am very moved by organizations like this who as their main purpose is to give. 24/7.

I will hope to return to Bend, Oregon, and this time I will take along my road bike.


I have developed a taste for scones. All types. Favorite is espresso mocha chocolate chip.

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A good way to eat while b iking on a windy day. A spicy hot salmon curry in a broth of coconut and spices as the rice noodles are light and it all goes down easy!

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Olio e Limone Pizzaria Stay tuned

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A beautiful night, listening to the waves gently touch the sand on what is known as Hendrey’s beach at a very popular restaurant called The Boathouse, is where I took my stand, or table, for this feast.. Since it is Saturday night, and the outside was packed with folks already on their second or third drink, (I stayed with my favorite passion fruit ice tea) there I was ready to chow down on some of the freshest items on the menu.

First order was the grilled shrimp, four large ones, shells on, that cane lounging on the top of a foot long cut of toasted  French bread swimming in drawn butter and garlic. Wow did I ever need my mints after this dish.Then cam the fresh New England style clam chowder with the clams right out of the shell floating in a creamy broth. I pounded it with Tabasco sauce and sucked it up as fast as Icould.

The rest of the order just kept coming, the french fries where perfect, golden and crispy, with a touch of sea salt. The pulled pork sliiders, there were three, were very tasty and topped with a zesty Bar-BQ sauce.

In between all of the above came the seared Ahi-Tuna on a bed of spicy cold slaw flavored with a vinegar and lemon juice flavor that I ate with chop-sticks.


I ordered a few more Passion ice teas while I watched the place fill up with lots of beautiful people who would follow my lead and enjoy this perfect night out.


I recommend getting there before 6PM if you can if not, you can order a drink or two from the bar and wait for your table. It is worth it! See photos below.

Well I was feeling for some good things from the sea and who am I to negate those food sensations that often come at the spur of the moment. Well here I was, sitting at the Sushi bar at one of my favorite place to eat for lunch, but now it was dinner and I was hungry.

Sitting at the sushi bar to me is like sitting in the front row of a great concert and you have a one on one relationship with the performers who in this case were the Sushi chef’s Starting out with some hot green tea and warm Miso soup then a bowl of white fluffy rice with soy sauce to get my stomach started.

The platter of Habanero Yellow Tail with all the special sauces just seem to melt in my mouth as I sat there inhaling each piece and it slowly diapeared from the platter. /the next roll that came was the spicy tuna roll with more ginger and wasabi as I washed it all down with more green tea.

To top this meal off we finished with Uni Sea Urchin Row,, right from the Santa Barbara waters, FYI most of it is shipped off to Japan, but I am glad they keep some for us, This was gone in two or three bites then two quail eggs with salmon row sat in from of me as I made them disappear into that dark hole they call the mouth


So what is my take on this place It is a must go to while in Montecito. Who knows, you may even see one of the luminaries there from TV land.

Tonno e Carciofi Tuna and Artichoke Pannini with Olive tapenade Soup of the day with Passion Fruit Ice Tea Perfect for a warm Friday Lunch!

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