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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The 2017 G-Class, Forever Young Since it was originally conceived in 1979 as a vehicle to be used primarily in tough off-road terrain, the G-Class has undergone an astounding evolution. The G550 4x42, the most recent offering in the G-Class lineup, will arrive in dealerships in 2017.

initially a very practically-oriented offroad specialist by giving it a premium interior and road- going qualities on par with those of the premium sedans from Mercedes-Benz.

the gene pool for other very successful SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand. The G-Class has been voted off-roader of the year countless times over the past years, most recently this year. A comprehensive range The G-Class today is considered the of features ensures that this classic top model among luxury-class cross- cross-country vehicle remains in a Over the course of 37 years, country vehicles, and has provided class of its own in the off-road sector. Mercedes-Benz has refined what was Mercedes Benz of Salem 2405 Commercial St. SE Salem | Sales: 800.336.4148

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Regulars 7 Bonnie Milletto 8 Gardening With Brenda 10 Lisa on Real Estate 12 Sten: On the Money 14 Kris on Health The 411 6 Charity Spotlight 13 Prairie Farmhouse 16 The Bookshelf

Eating Well in the Valley 18 Tillamook Seafood 22 Dining Guide Out and About 24 Fort Bragg 28 The Hot Ticket 30 The SAC at OSU 31 At LaSells

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Mercy House International, Inc. is a non-profit ministry dedicated to assisting women and their children who are escaping domestic abuse. It was founded in 2010 by Deborah J. Boulanger who is herself a survivor of spousal abuse. The goals of Mercy House are to provide hope, healing and restoration by offering discipleship programs and mentoring, as well as other programs for women at risk. Mercy House also has a benevolence fund which assists women with car repairs, partial rent payments, help with utility bills and other financial needs. 1st Hand Seconds Unique Boutique at 415 1st Avenue West in downtown

Albany is the financial support for the ministry. All clothing and accessories in the store’s 5,000 square feet of upscale resale are donated, and prices are extremely reasonable. The Boutique is open from 10:00 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Plans are under way to remodel the 1st Hand Seconds building including the second floor, which will contain four apartments. These apartments will be leased to the general public. Income from the leased property will be used to assist at risk women and their children with safe housing. Contact the ministry at 541-928-6909 or Visit the website at

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Loving Yourself Starts With Letting Go Everyone wants to be loved. Even those whose very actions seem to be the entire opposite of love may well be crying out for just that… to feel loved.

We all have triggers in our life that can serve to remind us of our fears and failures. These emotional triggers are the most powerful forces inside us. We can choose to stuff everything back inside and not deal with the emotions that surface from past challenges. Or, we can choose to deal with the knots in our stomachs that keep us awake at night. Whatever we do, we can’t keep the circle going. It will only surface again and again and again. I kept my circle going for years. Some will medicate themselves to numb the feelings. My medication was a mixture of work and food. There was too much pain from the past, and I

was not ready to deal with the circle of challenges and the subsequent work I knew would be involved in knowing and being forced to make decisions. Sometimes, holding on for a short while can aid us in becoming stronger and making better decisions in the future; but, when we’re unable to learn, or refuse to learn, or when we have learned and still hold on, we become stuck. When I think about all the struggles I went through in life, most of it came from my negative beliefs. When I got stuck; it wasn’t because someone else was holding me back. The truth was I couldn’t move forward until I got out of my way.

Let Go Almost everything comes full circle. Get bored with your past; it’s over. Forgive yourself for what you think you did or didn’t do, and focus on what you will do starting now. The greatest struggle in my life was the struggle to accept, embrace and love myself. I have learned to be my own best friend, because sometimes I fall too easily into the trap of being my own worst enemy. Learning to love myself has been the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done to myself. When I started to learn to love myself, imperfections included, wonderful things started to happen. I let go. I was no longer stuck. I was happy.

Bonnie Milletto, motivational empowerment speaker, writer and personal growth developer dedicated to helping women, men and youth find meaning to create more success, fulfillment and joy in their lives and work. A former corporate marketing director, dental office manager and basement file clerk, Bonnie is the author of BEEN THERE, From Stuck To Unstoppable, the life-changing BEEN THERE Program for youth and founder of the celebrated Amazing You Women’s Conference. Email,

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In The Garden

Berry Good By Brenda Powell My husband Mitch and I fell in love with Tayberries last summer after buying a box at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market. We were in the middle of our first whole 30* and eating a lot of fresh, local berries. I am a huge fan of raspberries. Mitch favors blackberries. The Tayberry, a blackberryraspberry cross, is the perfect marriage of our individual favorites. We enjoy the delicious sweet-tart taste. The berries are loaded with Vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants. I find them beautiful with their dark magenta to maroon color and elongated shape. The Tayberry was bred as an improved Loganberry and it has an Oregon connection. The breeder, Derek Jennings, studied berries in Oregon after college. It was here that he learned of the Aurora blackberry. In Scotland, he bred

Aurora blackberry with Raspberry 626/67 (yes, a number) to create the Tayberry in 1969 and named it after the River Tay. It was first introduced to the market in 1979. Ta y b e r r i e s are fragile and must be hand-picked, so you don’t find them in most grocery stores. Now that I’ve spilled the berries about how wonderful they are, they might sell out quickly, so I think I need to plant some. Fortunately, they are available bare root now. Bare root means the plants come without soil. That makes them less expensive, easy to transplant and often more adaptable to their new environment. February is the month to find bare root berries, fruit trees and other fruiting shrubs at your local garden center. Let’s get back to Tayberries. They do best in a sunny location,

with well-drained soil and support for the heavy canes. The support can be wires strung between sturdy posts or a fence or trellis. There are You-Tube video’s showing how to build simple supports. Use an organic, starter fertilizer when planting and follow it up in 4-6 weeks with an organic, all-purpose food. Prune out the canes that produced fruit and leave the new ones to berry next year. Tayberries bear fruit on 2 year-old canes, so I won’t have any berries this year. I’ll have to make it to the farmer’s market early or drive up to Bauman Farms in Gervais. I hear they may have frozen Tayberries for sale now and they’ll have fresh ones in season. Just writing about them makes my mouth water. I can’t wait for summer and the taste of those yummy berries!


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Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition, like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic pain, that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms are often directly related to the foods you eat—even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you? Strip them from your diet completely. Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long term health, body composition, and feelings around food.

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Real Estate Update


Buy Land, they’re not making it any more… Mark Twain (1835-1910)

By Lisa Hoefer Zolla

Since we are seeing more of the baby boomers moving towards retirement we are also seeing some of our clientele who are speaking with us about downsizing their homes. Their children have grown and have families of their own and a lot of couples in this situation would like to have less demands and be more mobile when they retire. Here are some things to consider If you are thinking about selling your home and downsizing. Equity of course is a factor. Do you have sufficient equity to make this a prudent financial move? We are seeing equity values dramatically increase in homes in this market and if you have had your home for over a decade, your equity is probably sizable. Consider though that cashing in on the equity you have in your home and transferring it into another home, even a smaller and less expensive one, may not always result in a smaller payment. Smaller homes have also seen quickly rising prices, and sometimes even at a higher rate because of there affordability. Interest-rate as well as price will factor in to your payment amount. Which leads us to our next consideration, interest rates. Depending on when you financed your home, your interest rate may be as high as 7 to 8 percent. If so, selling your home to purchase another with a lower interest rate may work to your benefit. Payments may be smaller and your home smaller and both easy to manage. However if you recently refinanced and have a great low rate, you may not be able to purchase with that same great low rate as rates are gradually ticking upward. Again, The interest-rate that you can obtain will make a difference. Speaking of smaller, if you have a large home that requires a lot of dollars in maintenance and upkeep and a lot of time cleaning and remodeling, then that alone maybe good cause for you to consider downsizing. As we age, these factors can be a very serious part of our reason for downsizing. If you know you’re facing

health issues in the future as part of your retirement, then selecting the right home for you can make a lot of differerence. For example if you have a split level home or a home with a lot of stairs and you are looking at a knee replacement or two, then this is a valid consideration. It’s not always financial. Here are some suggestions for you to think about in relation to your needs as may have been mentioned above. Retirement communities… These are available to all 55 and older with many combinations to choose from. There are a lot of nice assisted-living communities that provide everything that you would need from exercise classes to shuttles to inside mailboxes, outdoor walking tracks and options for pets. These all inclusive living situations are by far the easiest, but do not offer all of the financial benefits of homeownership. Manufactured home parks. Before you turn up your nose, there are many manufactured home parks that are for families and there are those for 55 and older. The lots are small so upkeep is easy as they are most usually in areas that are flat with nice curbs, sidewalks and streets. They most always have a common area and easy access to shopping. You can even pick your own home and have a brand-new home installed depending on your budget And this may mitigate the need for maintenance such as roofs and other expenses that homeowners have to pay for for the next 20 years or so. In addition, most will qualify for homeowners deduction on your taxes. Condominiums. Condominiums offer homeownership without you personally having to do outside maintenance. Homeowner association fees cover outside maintenance and landscaping. The homeowner association Owens and is responsible for everything on the outside of the condominium. The individual condominium owner owns the inside from the studs in and can decorate and remodel at will. There are often other amenities with

condominium such as common areas, swimming pools and meeting rooms. This also provides a home that will most likely increase in equity as well as qualifying for a tax deduction. Gated communities. While these also usually have Homeowner associations that will maintain the outside especially the landscaping area, the homeowner Will most likely be responsible for painting and roof maintenance and homeowner association fees. The good is that you do you own your own home and will benefit from equity increase in a good market as well as possible tax deductions. One down side of this is that gated communities usually bring higher home values. While this is nice and helps ensure the quality of homes and neighborhoods, it may be a dollar for dollar decision that you would like to consider closely. And lastly, something that many people are doing is purchasing motorhomes or RVs. Many of the new RVs and motorhomes are absolutely gorgeous and provide slideouts to make you feel as if you’re in a very spacious, airy home. Compared to stick built home, these are relatively affordable. They are also very mobile and can be lived in for years while traveling and experiencing life on the road. And Arby’s, if I lived in a certain amount of time, can most likely provide tax deductions as they home. However there is usually no equity growth. In fact, it will usually depreciate in value as soon as driven off the lot. In addition to this, unless you have a farm or acreage to park on indefinitely, careful consideration should be given to the additional costs of space rent, maintenance, and transportation costs such as gas, propane, tires and batteries. These are just a few of the options to consider Iif considering downsizing. Again timing of the market, equity in your home, interest rates, and your income and health considerations will factor greatly into it. For more information on the market, equity in your home, and availability of homes that you may be considering, ask your realtor.

Do you have a real estate question? Ask Lisa, at Hamby Realty in Jefferson. 541-619-2876


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On the Money

When Life Events Affect Your Benefits By Sten Carlson

Getting married or divorced, having or adopting a baby and retiring are significant milestones in life. These “qualified life events,” as they are commonly referred to in the insurance industry, may permit you to make adjustments to the benefits you receive through your employer or other provider. If you’ve experienced a life event this year, review your benefits and determine if you need to make new or different elections to ensure the desired coverage for you and your family. Keep the following items in mind as you complete your review: Act promptly. Be aware of deadlines to make your new benefits elections. Generally speaking, providers offer special enrollment for a limited timeframe during which you can update your new status or make changes in your covered dependents. If you miss the window, you may face a waiting period. In some cases, a missed deadline means you’re out of luck until the next open enrollment period or the first of the year, whichever applies to your situation. Change health insurance coverage. Do you have enough insurance? Too much? If you’re newly married,

compare the benefits offered to you and your spouse through your respective employers to see where you can get the most value. A higher deductible plan may make sense if you have two incomes, are both young and healthy and don’t anticipate significant medical expenses. If you add children to your family, you’ll want to make sure they are included in your health insurance as dependents. If you’re retiring before you are eligible for Medicare, evaluate COBRA benefits (continued coverage under your employer’s plan), insurance through a still-employed spouse or your options through the healthcare marketplace. Evaluate life and disability insurance. Marriage, divorce and the addition of children are all reasons to evaluate your life and disability insurance coverage. If your coverage is insufficient, make it a priority to obtain additional insurance. Unfortunately, many policyholders forget to remove a former spouse as a beneficiary to their policies following divorce and remarriage, which can complicate legal matters should your health be unexpectedly jeopardized. When reviewing your coverage, take time to verify that your beneficiary designations are correct.

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers feebased financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. To contact him, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

Adjust your Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions. If you have a health savings account (HSA) and experienced a family event this year, the amount you’re allowed to contribute annually may have changed. If you added to your family through marriage or children, you can set aside more money in a HSA. If you experienced a divorce, you can split savings accumulated in an HSA or assign the benefits to your former spouse as part of a divorce agreement. Check with your healthcare provider to learn how much you can contribute based on your situation. Consider legal and financial advice. Some life events, such as divorce or adoption, may involve benefits decisions that have legal implications. Consider meeting with an attorney to discuss your situation and get advice on next steps. Additionally, these events may trigger numerous changes to your budget, investments or other financial affairs. Think about meeting with a financial advisor who can help you evaluate your benefits within the broader financial picture of your life goals and retirement plans.

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Open for Business - Prairie Farmhouse

McKenzie & Ashley Christie operate Prairie Farmhouse with their mom Gini.

By Ashley Christie I was nine months old the first time I went to Brimfield, Massachusetts with my mom and gramy looking for antiques. I don’t remember much about the trip but I can tell you it wasn’t my last. Antiques and retail have always been a family business for us.

coming back. Our newest family venture, in our hometown of Jefferson, is a little different. We still have those one-of-akind antiques but we’ve mixed in lots of new and unique clothing, jewelry, and home accessory lines that you can’t find in the area.

I spent most of my weekends growing up running around flea markets up and down the Willamette Valley, practicing my math by writing up customer receipts and counting back change. My summer vacations were road trips to antique shows across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The store features items from Pacific Northwest artisans along with items from small, family owned companies. We’ve got a little of everything: shirts, bags, pajamas, socks, soaps and lotions, shoes and flip flops, books, pillows, blankets, baby gifts, the list goes on.

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always find something different. Prairie Farmhouse, operated with my mom and sister, is a great opportunity for shoppers to find something for themselves, their friends and their home. We carry what we love and have in our own home. And it feels good to be in a small town with a strong, growing community. We’re open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and we’re located at 210 Church Street; in the renovated Jefferson Feed Store. We’re online at or you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @PrFarmhouse to learn more.


Here’s to Your Health

The Joy of Fitness By Kris Denning We all know the benefits of exercise, and that we need to be doing it regularly for optimal health. Yet reading about those benefits may not be enough to get you off the couch. Many of you likely hate the thought of working out. Why do some people detest exercise, while there are others who can’t seem to get enough? People who enjoy exercise are not equipped with some special gene that gives them fitness desires that you don’t have. They just love what they are doing, and because they love it, they prioritize it. Motivation, time, and energy are some of the biggest factors in determining whether we exercise or not. If we have the motivation to exercise, we will want to make time for it, and the energy will come naturally with the increase in activity. But how does one get the motivation to work out? Sometimes motivation is prompted by a life changing event, such as a

health scare or illness, or a perhaps a break-up or divorce. Events like these can plant the seeds of desire to change the course of your life. It’s fantastic when a positive outcome arises from a negative event. It will help get you on the path to wellness, but to be able to sustain that motivation for life you will likely have to find fitness activities that you enjoy. Find an activity that moves you, in every way. Your chosen exercise should physically challenge you, and provoke a desire for more. Finding enjoyment in your exercise is everything, or you’ll likely taper off or quit all together, once it begins to feel like a chore. This may mean trying several activities or group classes until you find one that suits you. I’ll bet there’s certain class or sport that you’ve thought about trying, or perhaps you tried, but didn’t love it as much as you thought you would. If it’s a class, try again with another teacher. Classes vary

with different teachers and different crowds. Keep trying until you find the one that inspires you. When you find an exercise you like, you won’t be looking at the clock – you will lose yourself in it. The right kind of music, the right crowd or lack of crowd. Meet friends for a yoga or pilates class or for a run, instead of meeting for a drink (or before going out for the drink). Keep trying new forms of movement, new classes, new workouts, different sports, whatever it may be, until you find what sparks your joy. When that happens, you will carve out the time for it, because it feels good and is fun. Your body and mind will start to crave it. This is truly it folks. I know there’s an activity out there for you, perhaps several, that will spark your joy and help you work toward your healthiest self. Just imagine… Loving your workout so much that you actually plan your day around it!

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The Bookshelf The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Worldwide Bestseller • Barry Award for Best First Novel

In 1950’s Barcelona, a widowed bookseller leads his son Daniel to a secret library and invites him to select a book for his 10th birthday. The novel he chooses is so impressive that he resolves to track down its missing author, Julian Carax. In the gas-lit streets and crumbling gothic mansions of a politically troubled Barcelona, Daniel encounters a series of tragic and menacing characters each with a story to tell about Carax. The intrepid Daniel, his aging father, his picaresque co-conspirator, and the object of his crush, might sound like stock characters, but they are artfully imbued with a warmth and humanity that gives this dark mystery a powerful emotional core.

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The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century by Joel F. Harrington

Frantz Schmidt was a complex man. He spent his life in quest of honor, holding fast to his religious convictions, but earning a living as a career killer. His father was an executioner, and in 1554 that meant he would inherit that profession. Executioners dealt out justice for towns that looked down on them. They were not allowed to hold citizenship, enter churches, or live within the city walls. Frantz kept a journal for 45 years, chronicling the 394 executions he performed and the personal anguish they wrought. With great psychological fortitude, he respected his duty to the violent job he despised. Joel Harrington’s book, The Faithful Executioner: life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, is a fascinating account of a man trying to reconcile the hopes he had for his life with the dishonorable curse he was born into.

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Anna has always dreamt about a nameless stranger who lives by a sea she has never known, but when she moves from Texas to a small island in Washington State, she learns quickly that nothing about her dreams—or the ocean— can truly be trusted. Will Anna’s strange new dreaming prophecies save her, or are they a trick setting her up for danger? Find out in Fireman, book 1 of a lyricallyinspired series about terrifying dreams, confusing teenage love, and the mysteries that lurk deep below the dark waters of the Puget Sound. Willamette Living Magazine February / March 2018

House of Secrets By Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer writes political thrillers based on little known historical facts. His latest bestseller is “The House of Secrets.” This novel is an entertaining page-turner packed with plenty of punch! Meltzer also writes comic books, television shows, nonfiction and children’s books all with the theme of little known American history.

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SEAFOOD Thinking about a quick getaway? The Tillamook Coast is a great option, and it’s only a couple of hours from anywhere in the valley. The secluded coastline is a wonderful retreat from everyday life. You can wander vast expanses of pristine beach and enjoy the crashing winter surf, you can cruise in and out on the coast roads that all seem to lead to some great, scenic spot, or you can take refuge in one of the many fantastic eateries or coffee shops. To sweeten the deal, during the winter season, lodging can be found on the coast at incredibly low rates; particularly

during mid-week. Check out and search for “Tillamook.” You’ll like what you find. Of course, one of the big reasons to visit the coast is the fresh seafood, and there are some fantastic options. Great seafood is not really easy to find in the valley, but on the Tillamook Coast, it’s everywhere. And of course, fish just seems better when you can see, hear, and smell the ocean. Here are a few standouts...

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The photo above is one of their signature dishes, “BBQ Prawns” spicey, smokey, creamy -- you can’t go wrong with this option. Do you like oysters? Try the Netarts Bay Oyster Stew - sure to satisfy the seafood lovers. And for you landlubbers, they also offer Painted Hills Beef burgers. And for the kids... grilled cheese of course!

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How about Clam Chowder, ya like chowder? The best chowder on earth comes from this guy. This is Adam Brecht. With his parents Harold & Cindy, they run this little place in Rockaway Beach. Funky, small, but with outdoor picnic tables and the best, freshest seafood you’re going to find anywhere. And check out the hot sauce selection! 20

5150 Hayes Oyster Dr. Bay City 503-377.2323 Find ‘em on Facebook The Fish Peddler is so close to the ocean, it’s partially IN the ocean. At the end of a pier, it’s part shipping dock for fresh oysters to the valley and beyond, to the likes of Winco, Costo and more, part fresh seafood shop, and part restaurant. There are big, plate glass windows in the dining area through which you can watch the workers shuck, and pack oysters to be shipped out. Lunch and a show!

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the hot sauces available at the Old Oregon Smokehouse.

Pacific Restaurant Nelia Seratista & Philip Biermann, owners of the Pacific Restaurant in downtown Tillamook have got it going on! Veteran restrateurs, Philip and Nelia are building one of the best looking restaurants in Tillamook, or anywhere for that matter. Both formerly of Portland’s Heathman, they know their stuff. Nelia grew up in Hawaii, and that’s apparent in the look and feel of the restaurant, fresh orchids greet you at the door, and there’s a hint of Hawaii in many of their menu items. Philip is from Idaho, and with a tongue-in-cheek, he assures us the potatoes are also world class. While the dining room is stunning, and the

main restaurant is to die for, they are also working on the other side of the building which will become a sleek, modern bar with the same beautiful, slab redwood countertops and cool vibe as the restaurant. Off-site, they also still operate the Hawaiian food truck that “drove” them to the success they now enjoy in the restaurant. And, as if they needed to expand their repitoire, they also cater and will offer group events in the new bar when it’s open. Hats off to these two, they are doing an unbelieveable job, go take a look!

OK, here’s something that doesnt’ happen ever... you walk into a little cafe on the coast, the owner (Brian Williams) walks in, you think to yourself “looks like a nice guy, maybe retired from something and opened a restaurant as part of a life long dream to do something else, maybe a finance guy, or insurance...” Then, he announces he used to run the Cordon Bleu in Chicago, and his wife Carol is a pastry chef. Just a little life-lesson not to judge people before they make you a fantastic Halibut burger! Lesson learned. Go eat here!

205 Main Ave Tillamook 503-354-2350

Big Wave Cafe 822 Laneda Ave Manzanita 503-368-9283

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Delicias Valley Cafe

del Alma

Owners Lupé & Carlos invite you to come have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delicious, authentic Mexican foods prepared in-house.

An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience.

Fresh ingredients & skilled chefs combine to bring you savory dishes your whole family will love.

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Mon - Sat: 8:00 - 9:00 Sunday: 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet Sat & Sun Only: 9:00 - 12:00 933 NW Circle Blvd in Corvallis

(Across the street from Market of Choice)


Open for dinner Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00 136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222

Novak’s Hungarian Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00 - 8:00 Friday: 8:00 - 9:30 Saturday: 7:30 - 9:30 Sunday: 7:30 - 4:00 Closed on Tuesdays 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

Eats & Treats Cafe

Pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked turkey and smoked ham, all done in-house. Wednesday and Saturday, we add St. Louis cut, dry rub, slow smoked ribs and honey glazed chicken thighs. Friday is Santa Maria Tri-tip cooked over open oak wood fire. We're a brew pub and, we're a bit field to table, we process all of our Big River Grains & Flours ourselves. We’re 100% Gluten Free, but you don’t have to be, we just serve darn good food! Tues - Sat: 11:00 - 8:00 Sunday Brunch: 9:00 - 2:00 Closed Mondays Best chocolate chip cookies ever! 1644 Main Street in Philomath 541-307-0225 |


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Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why. 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat 2329 Kings Blvd Corvallis 541-758-9166





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The dining room at Bluehour is a modern classic, designed by renowned architect Brad Cloepfil, who also conceived the adjacent W+K headquarters. The space affords intimacy and conviviality in a labyrinth of corners created with 16 foot tall dark-green drapery panels that move and change according to the desired mood and time of day. For casual or special occasions Bluehour has different menus to suit many cravings. 250 NW 13th Avenue, at Everett Street in Portland 503-226-3394

Rafns’ Restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving a small seasonal menu paired with a carefully curated list of wines and cocktails. Nate & Rochelle always highlight local farms and winemakers on their menu. Rafns’ Restaurant is EarthWISE Certified and was named 2015 Sustainable Small Business of the Year at the Mid-Valley Green Awards. Menus and more at: Open for dinner Tues - Sat 5:00 until 9:00 Closed on Sunday and Monday 479 Court St. NE in Salem Reservations: 503-580-2936

Kaiyo Sushi Albany’s new sushi sensation. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch meeting, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites.

Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant is an Albany institution. The only Hungarian restaurant around, and by “around” that means the entire West Coast! Karen Novak thinks there might be a Hungarian place in Los Angeles, but there’s no need to go and check - Novak’s is where you want to be. Hugarian food was brought to the area by current owner / operators Karen and sister Kaymarie’s parents when they came to the U.S. from Hungary in 1957. One of the signature dishes introduced by Joseph and Matilda (now Papa & Mama) is Chicken Paprikas, chicken in a mild paprika sauce served over homemade spaetzle (noodles). Comfort food perfected. In fact, everything on the menu is comfort food - fortifying and delicious. Go give them a try!

Novak’s Hungarian: 208 2nd St. in Albany | 541-967-9488

Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan options -- even dessert. A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s) (541) 497-2622




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Hidden away on California’s north coast is the historic town of Fort Bragg. And no, it has nothing to do with the military base in North Carolina. It’s not easy to get to, but once you get there Fort Bragg is a great getaway to relax and recharge your batteries. About a three hour drive from the San Francisco Airport, the little town is remote, but worth the trek. Getting there from the Willamette Valley. You can drive to PDX or Eugene and then fly to Oakland, San Francisco or Santa Rosa --home to the Charles M

Schulz airport, where you’ll be greeted by Charlie Brown and Snoopy (their creator was from Santa Rosa). Once you’re on the ground, you’ll need a car to drive north up through the Vineyards and finally to the Redwoods and out to the coast. So the dilemma is: once you drive to the airport in Oregon, fly down to California, and then drive from the airport in California to Fort Bragg... maybe it’s easier to just drive all the way from the Willamette Valley to Fort Bragg? It definitely costs less, and if you enjoy spotty cell phone service, driving between Grants Pass and Fort Bragg is definitely for you! Photo: The Intersection of Main & Laurel

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Whatever you decide, once you get yourself there you’ll love it. Fort Bragg sits near the northern end of the Mendocino coast which starts at the town of Gualala in the south and ends near Legget on the north. Legget is not exactly a town. It’s known as a “census-designated place” -- whatever that is, but it IS home to some of the largest trees on earth. The last town that is actually on the coast as you drive north is Westport, 10 miles north of Fort Bragg, and there’s not a lot going on there. There are some very scenic places to stay in Westport, a great little store, a restaurant or maybe even two, but Fort Bragg is the northernmost city on the Mendocino Coast. Historically, Fort Bragg has always played second fiddle to Mendocino in the battle for tourist dollars. Mendocino has always 26

been billed as the romantic, artsy town with the rich history of artists, writers, musicians and generally enlightened folk. Fort Bragg has always been a blue-collar town where working people work for a living. There were even standoffs back in the day, in the middle of the highway in Fort Bragg between the “Fort Bragg Loggers” and environmentalists of “Mendo.” The history of Fort Bragg is logging and fishing -- that’s it. If you weren’t somehow involved in one of the two, you weren’t in Fort Bragg. Times have changed though, and now the logging heyday has passed. The Georgia Pacific mill that took up an area right on the water equal in size to the entire town of Fort Bragg closed up shop in the 90’s. That was a huge blow to the town that had been built by and for loggers. Most of the local logging operations sold logs to the mill in the center of town. Now loggers

have to drive far and wide to deliver to mills out of the area. The fishing industry has also seen better days, in the 60’s and 70’s locals made a good living hauling in Salmon, Cod, Crab and Sea Urchin from local waters, and the more adventurous (or crazy) would haul north to Alaska and bring in big money with holds full of Salmon, Halibut, or Crab. Regulations and scarcity have brought the lucrative days of fishing out of Fort Bragg’s “Noyo Harbor” to an end as well. It’s been a rough road for Fort Bragg, and the recession of 2008 didn’t help. Property values plummetted, and a lot of locals had to hang up the trade their families had known since grandparents arrived from Italy, Finland, or Portugal. But, like the resilient people who founded Fort Bragg, you can’t keep that place down. Now, the town has become a legitimate challenger

Photo: The Pudding Creek Trestle Bridge

to Mendocino in vying for tourist dollars. The mill property is still in limbo, given the environmental cleanup that’s still underway, and the fact that the huge swath of land is still owned by GP who has yet to announce any plans. But the city has built a walking path through the property, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more scenic spot anywhere. There has always been great food in Fort Bragg, largely as a result of the aforementioned immigrants. Lodging options range from spectacular homes perched on stunning bluffs offered as rentals on, to the Motel 6 in the middle of town. You can spend a lot, or you can get a great deal at the Motel 6, big rooms, wifi, big TV, classic restaurant adjacent, and a pool and spa, it’s a great base for daily excursions. Recently as low as $260 for four nights on

That’s a great deal! Before it was Motel 6, the property was “The Tradewinds.” It’s a classic. There are a ton of places to walk in Fort Bragg, on the ocean side of Hwy 1, try the “Haul Road.” Get there by Pudding Creek beach on the north end of town, just climb up the hill and you can walk out on the recently refurbished trestle bridge, or walk north to Ten-Mile Beach. It’s called the “Haul Road” because logging trucks used to haul logs along the road to the mill in town. At the north end, Ten Mile Beach lives up to its name, it’s really ten miles of beach, and you’ll often find you have it all to yourself. It’s the longest stretch of uninterrupted, remote beach in California. During world war II, Japanese submarine commanders considered coming ashore at Ten Mile, but thought again when they discovered the local residents were more

heavily armed than them. On the East side of Hwy 1, try Jughandle Reserve and it’s “ecological staircase.” You can find the entrance to the trail just south of town. On the trail that leads up into the woods, you’ll see trees ranging from old growth Redwood to the famed “Pygmy Forest” of Fort Bragg -- trees that are hundreds of years old, yet stand only five or six feet tall as a result of poor, sandy soil. It’s an interesting hike, and there are great picnic spots. For details and directions, check If you want to take a great sandwich for a picnic, visit Cyrano’s on Laurel St. in the middle of town, or B&C Market on Oak St. Hint: at Cyrano’s: the “Mendo Melt” at B&C: the Tri-Tip with Horseradish Jack -- you can thank us later!

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The Emerald City Jazz Kings - A Pocketful Of Dreams Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series: Garrick Ohlsson Eugene Ballet - Sympathique and Everything but the Kitchen Sink Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra - The Two Big B’s - Beethoven and Bruckner OSU Wind Symphony OSU Wind Ensemble SAC Presents - An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned Corvallis Community Band Winter Concert


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