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alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand. “With its striking features, the GLA embodies our progressive thinking and enthralls with its off-road proportions,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG. “The clearly defined surfaces convey power and serenity, and we have managed to combine as much emotional appeal as possible with as much clarity as necessary.” As an SUV, the all-new GLA combines the design values of Progression and Tradition, and is the SUV of the future. It is a utility player with hallmark Mercedes-Benz SUV genes, but more youthful, sculptural and full of subtle drama.

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On the cover: Van Gough’s “Starry Night” On December 23rd, 1888, Van Gough checked himself into a “Lunatic Asylum.” In June 1889, he painted this. So, if the holidays are driving you crazy, relax, you just might paint an internationally famous masterpiece next spring, maybe. (we added the sleigh)



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Burrasca The Dining Guide Champagne Fall Recipes

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From the Home Office in Corvallis Did 2015 just disappear? Wow that went fast! We had a lot of fun this year, and I can’t believe it’s almost over. Fear not, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the remaining days of 2015 and in the new year. We went for a quick trip to Camas, Washington to see what’s happening there. What a great little town! It’s tiny and you can walk to pretty much everything. There are some great shops and eateries there. It’s a perfect place for a 48 hour “recharge.” Check out the story in this issue, and pack an overnight bag. We’ve got a story in this issue

about the 10 best outdoor adventures on the Tillamook Coast. I’m definitely going to check out a few of those too. It’s hard to say if I like the coast more in the summer or the winter... but I have no problem continuing to try to decide, by going there. We found a great italian place in Portland called “Burrasca.” Check out the story from Kathleen in this issue, and get up there! It’s very good and very authentic. In this season of giving and gratitude, I couldn’t be happier that our magazine is about to begin it’s seventh year of publication. Thanks to all of our local readers and of

course our advertisers! Our advertisers are the reason this magazine is free, so thank them this holiday season by shopping local! And, big news, we’re launching a second title for 2016: Portland Metro Living! It’s out now too, and you can check it out online, or grab a copy when you’re up in the northern part of the valley. Just like Willamette Living, but big city stuff! Fun huh? We’ve got a big year planned, I hope you do too. We wish you and yours nothing but the best for the holidays and beyond, and until next time, thanks again for reading.

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We all want to “Have a Great Day!” It’s hard to do if you’re not feeling up to it. That’s why our goal, at The Corvallis Clinic, is for everyone to “Have a Healthy Day!” — because if you’re healthy, and you stay healthy, life is always much better. We call our approach Patient-Centered Care, and it works really well. So well, in fact, that the National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized us for providing the highest level of patient-focused primary care in Oregon. If you’d like care that’s focused on you and your family’s well-being, give our Find-a-Physician representative a click or a call. And have a healthy day! 541-754-1368 |

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Charity Spotlight

HELPING H A N D S Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) is a non-profit that fosters cross-cultural understanding in Oregon. We offer people the opportunity to enrich their experiences in a welcoming setting where everyone is both a teacher and a learner.   CMLC’s display of cultural objects and textiles is available for public viewing during open hours. Free tea is available in the kitchen, and everyone is welcome to drop in. You can meet someone from another country and help them practice English through our Conversation Partners program, or sharpen your own secondlanguage skills with a native foreign language speaker.    CMLC hosts an open multicultural lunch potluck the 3rd Wednesday of every month and offers fun, low-cost cooking and crafts classes led by volunteers from all over the world.  

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CMLC also prepares Oregon children to be confident, informed “citizens of the world” by introducing them to other cultures through school field trips and CMLC’s library of free Culture Exploration Kits. We also provide services to the international population in Linn/Benton Co such as internet access, Englishlanguage classes, child-care classes, citizenship tutoring, a sewing and crafts room, volunteer opportunities and more.  We are at 128 SW Ninth Street in Corvallis, near the CorvallisBenton County Public Library, the Arts Center, Oregon State University, and the city bus transfer hub.  Open hours: MondayFriday 10am-5pm. To learn how your donation can make a positive community impact through our wide array of free and low-cost programs visit, call us at 541-754-7225 or visit us at

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In The Garden With Brenda

Give the Gift of Gardening

Looking for that perfect gift? Need some new ideas? Is there a gardener in your life? Well, have I got some suggestions for you. Gloves: Every gardener needs a new pair. They can be inexpensive nitrile or top-ofthe-line leather. They come in fun colors and patterns or just plain black. Gardening shoes: I have 3 pairs, 1 by each door. I slip them on whenever I go out into my landscape. True, I probably wouldn’t have 3 pairs if I didn’t get a couple as samples, but everyone should have at least one pair. Ergonomic tools, especially the Radius brand: I don’t know about you but I’m losing my strength. It sure makes it easier to garden when I’m using these well-designed and easy to use tools. Premium pruners Felco brand: Yes they’re expensive but they’re still the best pruners out there. Most models have all replaceable parts, in case something wears out.

Depending upon how much you use and abuse them, they may last a lifetime. And no, I don’t loan my out. Sickle: My sister is the tool queen at the nursery and she turned me onto this one. The sickle is great for cutting back softer plants like Iris and Ornamental grasses. You know those plants with several hundred stalks that will take you forever to cut individually. Of course, if the recipient is a man, electric hedge trimmers do the job, too. A sickle is a lot less expensive, though. Kneeler or kneeler/bench: If the recipient can still get down on their knees and get up again, give them a kneeler or kneeling pads. It is so much more comfortable than kneeling on bare ground. If the getting up part is getting harder every year, give them a kneeler/ bench. It works in both directions so they can sit on it or kneel on it, plus it helps them stand. One year we gave one to my mother-in-law to help her with her house cleaning, so this gift doesn’t even have to be for a gardener. Hori Hori Soil Knife: This is a multi-purpose tool that digs, cuts and much more. Plus, it’s just super cool. The stainless steel blade is the best quality but the carbon steel works very well, too.

Tuff Tote or Presto Bucket: They are so useful for hauling weeds, tools and other gardening stuff around. Plus they come in fun colors. Herb Stripper: Technically this is for the cook in the family. It is so easy and efficient to separate the small leaves of Thyme and Rosemary from the stem. I can’t believe how I got along without one. For the beginner: How about a build your own terrarium kit and plants to go in it? Terrariums are partially self-sustaining once they’re set up and they’re great for an office. If the plants die, it would make a super cool miniature landscape. For kids: Kids like to play in the dirt. Teach them to garden when they’re young and it will stay with them for a lifetime. Great gifts for kids are their own sized gloves and tools and fun unique seeds, like: giant Sunflowers, Easter Basket Radishes, Jack o Lantern Pumpkins and Rattlesnake Pole Beans. Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of

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Annette on Real Estate

The Time is Now!

Next year should be the year when buyers and sellers markets align. Buyers will be motivated to buy with the outlook of rising interest rates. Sellers will be motivated to sell by solid current prices, and the outlook of lower affordability in the future. So 2016 is YOUR year, whether you are a buyer or a seller! Buyers : Get pre approved by a local, solid lender. Find a broker who listens and does not waste your time on property that is not for you. Narrow down what you want, and when the right one comes along, go for it. This is a competitive market, don’t try to be smarter than the rest and low ball, you will lose out. Find a broker who writes good offers, there is so much more to that than just the money. Be flexible. Ask your broker for a RPR (Realtor’s Property Resource) report on the property you want to buy, there is so much information in them and they contain a market valuation. Try to see houses in daylight. You might not be able to get off from work earlier, but you have a lunch hour, use it! Concentrate on the important things, location, layout, things you cannot change or that are expensive to fix. That is NOT the wall color or the carpet. Sellers: Of course you want the most money you can get for your home. To enable you to get there, preparation is everything.

Cleaning, decluttering, repairs, staging, landscaping, all these are paramount for great photos and the best possible impression. Paint the front door, clean it, hang a tasteful wreath, do everything that says: ”Welcome.” New technology is important to use. Most buyers start looking online. You never get that second chance at a first impression, they need to be wowed by the lead picture and intrigued by a 3D tour. This new feature is an amazing tool. For example: for out of state buyers who might not be able to just jump on a plane when a new home comes on the market. It enables you to virtually walk through the house. Ask me for a sample tour, I’ll gladly send you a link. Ask your broker for a RPR report to ensure you are pricing correctly because even the hottest market recognizes overpricing and your house will sit on the market. Be flexible with showing times. 24hrs notice and no showings on weekends is not helpful. Got a low ball offer? Negotiate! You will never find out what the buyer is willing to pay if you just reject it. With all this you should be successful in 2016! Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year Annette Annette Sievert is a top performing real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis, OR. Do you have a real estate question?

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beautiful views of the surrounding hills and forests. Multiple decks invite you to BBQ and enjoy the peace and quiet. The side yard gives you space to garden and play. All of this so close to schools, shopping and recreation areas.

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The Gift of Art

Every year in Corvallis, Teal transforms a vacant and lifeless d-Valley store-front Tile & Design, Inc. of color, light and beauty for the holiday into a world NW Sycamore season.Ave. ThisCorvallis, year TealOregon is located at 328 SW 2nd St. across 541.745.5305 from the post office in downtown Corvallis. For more than two

decades the opening of Teal gallery is greatly anticipated. Teal has the reputation as “the place� to shop for unique, high-quality hand-crafted gifts by Willamette Valley artisans. This year we are participating in the Corvallis Arts Walk, which will be Thursday, Dec.17th, from 4-8pm. Come join us and enjoy sweets by Melrovia Baking Company and ginger liqueur by Spiritopia.

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Mike, on Health

The 411

Happy New Year, Pain Free by Guest Writer, Kyle Larkin How have you been dealing with early signs of pain? Do you convince yourself the pain will go away and continue to take increasing amounts of ibuprofen to mask its symptoms? For many, pain has become a part of their everyday lives. It becomes an accepted part of every bike ride, every jog, gym workout, or even a trip to the grocery store. What happens when your pain becomes intolerable? Or potentially worse, when ‘knee pain’ also becomes ankle or back pain. You need to take a step back and accept the fact that the body is trying to tell you something. What you need to do is listen. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something that should be happening is not happening. It is also important to note that the site of pain is seldom the site of the body’s problem. Many people become frustrated and ask, “Why did I develop pain to begin with? I didn’t used to have pain.” The Egoscue Method looks at the body as a single structural unit. When part of the unit is out of alignment it causes various states of dysfunction. This misalignment violates the principle loading of body, which subsequently leads to pain. Egoscue uses postural corrective exercise therapy, allowing us to eliminate pain by restoring the body to proper form and function. Founded in 1971, the method has helped thousands of people understand their body’s ability to heal itself. It is a holistic methodology, designed to treat the underlying cause of pain. Postural corrective exercise therapy is also great for increasing overall health and athletic performance. It helps athletes gain a

competitive advantage while reducing risk of future injury. Many professional and Olympic athletes have used the therapy to enhance their careers, including NFL players Marshawn Lynch, John Lynch, Junior Seau, Justin Tuck, Brian Urlacher, and PGA legend Jack Nicklaus. Egoscue is now available through Larkin Exercise Therapy at Timberhill Athletic Club. Each 60 to 90 minute session includes postural/movement analysis, personalized exercise therapy and kinesiology taping to provide a revolutionary method for correcting the leading cause of dysfunctional pain. Certified Kinesiology Taping is also offered as a stand alone service for pain management. Kyle Larkin is an anatomical functionalist and runs The Back Clinics for faculty at Oregon State University and at Timberhill Athletic Club. He has partnered with Dr. Ray McClanahan and CorrectToes to provide natural foot function and restoration. With 11 years experience in personal training and postural therapy, Kyle’s commitment to holistic wellness and individualized attention has helped people of all ages and backgrounds reach their highest potential. He’s excited to bring postural therapy to Corvallis, and is currently accepting a limited number of new clients. For the Holiday season, he is offering single session gift certificates at a special rate. For more information or to reserve an consultation appointment, contact Kyle at (503)528-6864 or Mike Waters MA is the health promotion director for Timberhill Athletic club. For questions, comments on this piece or any other health topics he can be reached at or 541- 207-4368

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Do You Know Your “Why?”


o you know your “why”? Have you found your purpose? That one thing that keeps you up at night, you can’t stop thinking about during the day, the thing you talk about - to anyone who will listen?  If you have found your purpose, why not take the leap?  I often hear the statement: “not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur”  - I disagree!  Could it be that not everyone has found his or her “why” in life, as illustrated in the book, “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek? As per Sinek, “few people or organizations know why they do what they do.” Finding your purpose takes selfimprovement, failure, reflection, and an internal drive to keep pushing until one day . . . you’ve got it.  Now, what are you going to do with it?  What motivates the entrepreneurs to cut the safety lines, to take the risks, work long hours each week for months at a time? It’s the deep desire to build something great, and solve real problems. Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, disappointing, and exhilarating. Entrepreneurship by nature is enjoying the bliss of the highest highs and weathering the disappointment of the lowest lows. As a solo entrepreneur I’ve had my fair share of both. It is only when we experience the valuable lows and keep going that we appreciate the monumental highs of entrepreneurship. In addition to knowing your “why,” answering three basic questions will help clarify your desire to become an entrepreneur:



“There’s a big difference between seeing an opportunity and seizing on opportunity.” – Jim Moore

1. What are you really passionate about? 2.  What are you good at? 3.  What does the market need? This sounds obvious, but people don’t always consider all three. During a recent media interview on women entrepreneurs I was impressed with the insight shared by Carmen Ohling, a dynamic nutrition and wellness professional. “I strive to inspire people to feel good about themselves today- and for the rest of their lives- by teaching them how to fuel their bodies. I am passionate about being the best I can be and helping others to do the same.” She went on to say, “To be an effective business owner you are also charged with the important task of being a leader. Being a leader requires you to be bold, have a vision, and empower and motivate others to create their own vision. I have plans to grow my business in 2016, which is taking some additional capital but I’ve been able to save most of my revenue during 2015 to make this happen.  By doing my research, having a plan, and being knowledgeable of my business needs I have been able to grow my business from 2 clients when I started to over 500 clients in less than 1 year!” Yep, she knows her “why” and has answered the three basic questions. Passion and drive are so important to be a successful entrepreneur. The simplest ideas, some of which don’t really make sense, can be the most successful because of the passion, drive and conviction that shines through from the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many reasons to pursue creating their own business.  They want to empower themselves, basically to

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook


call their own shots. Secondly, they tend to go into fields that excite them. It is not always about innovation and profit, but a correlation of something deep in their heart. It’s about making a difference. Successful entrepreneurs are risk takers who have all gotten over one very significant hurdle: they are not afraid of failure. There are too many people out there who want to stay in their comfort zone and take no action but still complain about their life. Don’t be one of those people. The only thing worse than failure is not starting. A single step gets you closer to your dream career. So, don’t discount the power of action no matter how small. Remember, you don’t have to quit your current job to act on your ideas. You can build upon your dream (as I did) as you continue your current profession. Figure out the best time outside your normal work hours to get something done. To succeed, you’ll have to ignore the setbacks and refuse to take “no” for an answer. A “no” to me means “not yet.” You’ll have to fine tune your internal compass and trust it even when it seems silly to take that step. Be open to the challenges and define your definition of success. Before you make a decision either way, please ask yourself “why” and answer the three basic questions above. Be as honest as you can be about your answers. We’re celebrating a New Year and another chance to do all the things you’ve wanted to do in life. Here’s to you and your success.


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Sten Carlson

On the Money

Holiday Gifts with a Lasting Impact Sten Carlson

If you’re in search of meaningful gifts this holiday season, consider giving a gift that has a lasting impact. Here are some ideas for thoughtful presents that never need to be exchanged or returned and are rewarding to give. Make a charitable donation. Family and friends who are passionate about social causes will appreciate your donation on their behalf. Many charitable organizations are savvy about holiday giving and publish “holiday catalogs” that describe gift levels in terms of how they further the charity’s work. Most charities have an online presence, making it easy to do your holiday shopping from the convenience of home. Keep in mind that a gift of this kind may be tax deductible as well. Give tickets to a charitable event. Buying and gifting tickets to charitable events are another way to make your holiday shopping do double duty for the causes you and your loved ones care about the most. A gift of this sort provides a night on the town that may include entertainment, a silent auction, dinner, and drinks. Give socially conscious stocks. Select socially responsible companies that could positively impact the community or make a difference in an initiative that’s important to your family member or friend. You’ll be investing in a good cause while giving a gift with the potential to pay dividends and grow. Fund an education savings plan. The cost of attendance at a four-year college has skyrocketed. Students (and their parents) will appreciate any amount that can be applied toward tuition, room and board and textbooks. Education expenses paid directly to an institution may be tax deductible. For grandchildren who are still years away from attending college,

consider contributing to a 529 savings plan in the student’s name. Contributions to a 529 savings plan are made with aftertax dollars. Buy gift savings bonds. A savings bond is a great way to help someone establish a financial safety net or start saving toward a larger goal. The U.S. Treasury sells bonds online and requires buyers to set up an account and link it to the recipient to make a gift purchase. You’ll have the option to print a gift certificate or simply have your gift delivered electronically. Don’t underestimate the value of a cash gift. The gift of cash is universally appreciated and gives recipients the freedom to save or spend according to their needs. The 2015 and 2016 gift tax exclusion allows individuals to give up to $14,000 per person annually without the recipient having to treat your gift as income on their tax returns. Explore all of your options for charitable giving. Talk to a financial advisor to learn more about making financial gifts to the people, organizations and causes you care about.

Sten Carlson, MBA, CFP, CRPC, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, an Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Platinum Financial Services Agency in Corvallis, OR. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 22 years. 541-757-3000 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330

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The Book Report

Jewish Slow Cooker By Laura Frankel Available through Amazon

Affairs to Remember By Sandy Axelrod Available through Amazon

In Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes, the encore to her classic book, Jewish Cooking for All Seasons, Laura Frankel, a respected kosher chef and mother of three teenagers, shares more than 120 easy, delicious recipes for everyday and holiday meals— all conveniently prepared in the slow cooker-a staple of Sabbath cooking which Frankel affectionately calls her “Shabbat miracle machine.”

Sandy Axelrod shares lots of fun stories about her years as the Chef/Owner of Affairs to Remember Catering. It is filled with original recipes that made Affairs to Remember Catering such a success. She has scaled the recipes to serve 8 so that you can easily use them when entertaining guests in your home. It is filled with tips on how to cater your own stress free party. In addition the Pantry section will give you everything you need to entertain with ease at a moment’s notice.

Unstoppable! By Gigi Stetler Available through Amazon, or Gigi Stetler tells her life’s story in a casual, conversational, neighbourly tone as if the writer and reader were sitting down together, at the kitchen table, talking over cups of coffee. This book is filled with the true tales of lessons learned at the point of a knife and other crises, peaks and plateaus. Regardless off what attacks or assaults you, yourself, your parents, friends, colleagues, professors, lovers, teachers, competition, your own children, your own past, your own present, or your own future, this book is an invitation to make your own personal commitment to not only survive, but to thrive!


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The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition By Amelia Saltsman Available through Amazon, or www. Here, at last, is a fresh, new way to think about Jewish food. In The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen, Amelia Saltsman takes us far beyond deli meats and kugel to a world of diverse flavors ideal for modern meals. Inspired by the farm-totable movement, her 150 recipes offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking.

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“Up, Up, and Away”, a year-long exhibition about the history of flight, is scheduled to be open from November 6, 2015 through November 5, 2016. See artifacts and learn stories about the past century of manned flight. Themes in the exhibition include ballooning, kites, helicopters, toys, and early development of the airplane and its evolution through the 20th century, during wars, by commercial travel and into space.

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The Wright Brothers’ father, Milton, had many friends in Benton County.

Benton County inventor Thomas Benton Slate built a 212 foot long metal dirigible during the 1920s.

CH2M Hill cofounder Fred Merryfield was a biplane pilot during WWI.

In 1929, Corvallis Boys Scouts painted the roof of OSU’s McAlexander Fieldhouse with a large “Corvallis” sign and an arrow pointing to the Grant Street airport a mile to the northeast.

Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past AND present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free! Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon. It strives to enrich people’s lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs. Please call (541) 929-6230 or visit www.bentoncountymuseum. org for more information.


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Burrasca A Florentine Trattoria Finds a Home in Portland A popular Portland food cart makes the successful leap to brick-and-mortar with a menu of Tuscan classics.

by Kathleen Bauer


Like most towns and cities across America, in Florence, Italy, the neighborhoods are full of characters. The old lady who rides up and down the streets on a rickety bicycle ranting at the top of her lungs and is known as “La Pazzerella” (“crazy woman”). The older egg-shaped man called “Signor Coniglio” (“Mr. Rabbit”) who volunteers at the neighborhood medical clinic driving patients to the hospital emergency room.

soup known as ribollita that allowed the women of the region to use up their dayold bread by combining it with beans and vegetables.

You can meet them all and hear their stories at Burrasca, a tiny Florentine cafe tucked away on a side street off the booming restaurant row that is Southeast Division Street in Portland. Owned by Florence native Paolo Calamai and his American wife, Elizabeth Petrosian, each table in the restaurant is inscribed with the name of one of their neighbors from the years they spent living in Florence. The restaurant’s name came from one of Calamai’s favorite Italian children’s books about a rascally little boy named Gian Burrasca who had a passion for pappa al pomodoro, a Tuscan tomato soup.

“But you’re living in Florence!” they wailed, thinking the couple’s life in Italy must be like all those I-left-my-boring-life-for-theTuscan-sun books that were popular a few years ago.

Burrasca’s menu features the dishes that Calamai learned at the elbow of his nonna, or grandmother, and he credits her with giving him a love of strong flavors. Her Tuscan palate is evidenced in the lovingly made tagliatelle and pappardelle pastas smothered in meaty ragus, as well as other uniquely Florentine dishes like a deeply flavorful kale and squid stew called inzimino or the thick, comforting

The idea for this little trattoria came when the couple announced their decision to move their family lock, stock and pasta machine from Florence to Portland, Oregon, to open a food cart. Their American friends were aghast.

The life their friends imagined the couple was living? “It was a postcard,” Calamai said. “You’re living in a postcard or you’re living in the reality.” So they decided, in their words, to “load up a container with our stuff and fling it over the ocean.” Portland had been in the running for a place to settle because of its moderate size and relative affordability, but also because Petrosian and their two young children had made several trips to the city to visit good friends who had moved there. “It seemed like it was a very family-friendly place,” she said. “It felt like, for families, for us having kids, this is a better place for

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Inzimino, a traditional squid and kale stew.

them to finish growing up.” Experimenting with recipes in the Portland food cart—which garnered raves almost immediately from a growing legion of customers—gave them the confidence to move to the next level, especially when Burrasca was listed among Portland’s top food carts after only a few months in business. A successful Kickstarter campaign helped solidify the plan to move from mobile cart to brick-and-mortar, and in July of this year the restaurant opened its doors. Looking forward, the couple is going to start offering occasional cooking classes to teach their Portland fans some of the secrets of Calamai’s nonna, like how to make the rich ragu and homemade pastas that catapulted them to the forefront of the city’s dining scene. Plus they’re looking for local sources for other typically Tuscan ingredients like artichokes, cardoons and game meats to add even more authentic Florentine dishes to the menu. In the meantime, you can sit at a table and hear the story of Paolo’s uncle, Zio Ugo, over a plate of pappardelle. The 105-yearold with the full-on walrus moustache, his name immortalized on a table top, still takes his mellow constitutionals around his Florence neighborhood, always dapper in tweed jacket, vest, tie and fedora.

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‘Tis The Season to Tour SpringRidge at Charbonneau It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at SpringRidge, an award-winning senior living community located in the beautiful Charbonneau District. With the halls decked and the holly hung, local seniors are warmly invited to treat yourself to a tour and enjoy the festivities. On Tuesday, December 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm the community will host its annual “Holiday Tour of Homes” event. This spectacular holiday event offers seniors a relaxed and enjoyable way to experience the incomparable lifestyle offered at SpringRidge at Charbonneau. In addition to seasonal refreshments, festive spirits and musical entertainment by violinist Aaron Meyer and guitarist Tim Ellis, guests will have an opportunity to preview residences decorated for the holidays. SpringRidge is the ultimate in luxury senior living, boasting amenities such as restaurant-style dining staffed by an exceptional culinary team, a movie theater, Internet lounge, heated indoor pool and spa, fully-equipped fitness center and more. In addition, residents find SpringRidge’s social, cultural and recreational offerings are an engaging part of their lifestyle. Here, seniors enjoy the freedom that comes with SpringRidge’s maintenance-free lifestyle, the peace of mind afforded by the community’s continuum of care and unlimited ways they can pursue their own brand of happiness. Owned and operated by Senior Resource Group (SRG), the SpringRidge at Charbonneau campus includes a variety of wellappointed Independent Living residences, as well as licensed Assisted Living and Memory Care services. Further, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited SpringRidge since 2002. A CARF accreditation is the equivalent of a five-diamond ranking in the hospitality industry, and an important seal of approval seniors should look for when exploring retirement living options.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 27 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience SpringRidge for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 503.862.9498 to schedule.

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Camas Washington


As a quick winter getaway, it would be hard to beat Camas, Washinton. A very short drive over the bridge, either the I-5 bridge, or I-205, a quick left on WA 14, and you’re there. Maybe 20 minutes from Downtown Portland, max - given favorable traffic of course, and it’s 12 minutes from PDX. Camas was founded in 1883 as the “LaCamas Colony” by Henry Pittock, who owned the Oregonian. The spot on the waterfront was a perfect location for his paper mill. The mill is now a Georgia Pacific Mill and it sits where the Camas Slough, meets the Washougal River. The town was incorporated in 1906 to fall under prohibition laws - to control alcohol. Fortunately, that’s over. The old mill was the main economic engine of the town until high tech arrived. Now Camas hosts such tech giants as HP and Sharp.


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As you drive into town, you drive past the mill, and that’s the last you see of it. The little town of Camas is kind of like walking around Disneyland - its a perfect little village with everything you need for a relaxing long weekend, or longer? The main attraction is the Camas Hotel, which is a cool, historic building that has been tastefully restored by the current owner, and has served visitors to Camas for 104 years! It’s not hard to find, it’s the only hotel in downtown Camas. It’s

right in the center of town and makes a perfect base for excursions to shop, eat, or see a movie in the restored Liberty Theater that is just steps away from the hotel. The hotel even offers free movie tickets as a promotion with certain rooms. The rooms are luxurious, and range in price from the very affordable rooms with shared bath, to the luxurious, yet still very reasonable deluxe Jacuzzi suite. Our recommendation: Jacuzzi suite. The hotel also offers a continental breakfast, free wifi (which works great), and offstreet parking. Not only is the theater just

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steps away, so is everything else! We actually went and saw a movie while we were there (A Walk in the Woods Robert Redford / Nick Nolte - two thumbs up), and the theater offers a beer and wine selection, as well as real butter on the popcorn. Yes please!


After the film, we visited the new “Miss Nola’s” the new New Orleans / Southern inspired eatery which is in the corner of the hotel building. The restaurant was packed, mostly with locals who were there to check out the new place. We became the waiting list and

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had to wait a very short time to be shown to our table. Dinner began with, what else, a little zinc bucket of Hush Puppies. That’s deep fried cornbread balls for you Northerners. They were delicious. We then ordered the Shrimp and Grits, and the Cajun Steak Bites

with Bleu Cheese Fondue and Crispy Potatos. Entrées were delicous and we followed them with an order of bread pudding which was served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce needless to say, dessert was also delicious.

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The shopping opportunites abound in Camas as well. There is a little shop which offers a huge selection of flavor-infused olive oils, salts of all sorts and other gourmet items. There are some great gift and home accent shops, and there is a new soap and scent shop where they make all of their soaps in-house. They’re even cultivating plans for an herb garden to use in their delightful handmade soaps.

We didn’t spend enought time in Camas to fully explore all the options, but it’s on the calendar for a repeat visit. If you’re feeling the stress of daily life, book yourself a room at the Camas Hotel, get yourself up there and bid the outside world farewell for a weekend of rest and relaxation, you’ll be glad you did.

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“While you can provide guest bath comforts and niceties for your holiday guests now, perhaps in early January, you’ll want to plan a guest bathroom remodel.”

With the holidays here, and family and friends arriving for a busy season of celebrations, thoughts turn to how to make guests as comfortable as possible during their stay. One room in particular can make people feel at home: the guest bathroom. Truth is, the bathroom is a space built for personal needs, from shower grab bars to favorite lotions. While you can provide guest bath comforts and niceties for your holiday guests now, perhaps in early January, you’ll want to plan on a guest bathroom remodel. Here are few ideas to consider: 1. Space-saving storage. Guest bathrooms are often small, so taking advantage of every spare inch is a good plan. An in-wall, pull-down storage shelf can hold rolls of toilet tissue, magazines and other needs. Narrow, pull out drawers, like the ones often found in kitchens, can be installed and used for towels. 2. Walk-in shower stall with bench. Get rid of the bathtub, and instead create a roomy, easy access shower with a built-in seat. It’s comfortable, and is ideal for guests with mobility challenges. Best of all, no shower curtain needed! 3. Add motion-sensor illumination. It often takes a couple of days to remember where the light switch is---especially in the middle of the night. Adding motion sensor lighting in a restroom helps your guest navigate safely. 4. Install non-slip floors. Tile floors can be slippery, especially for older guests. Slate floors are non-slip, easy to clean, and can withstand rugged use. 5. Full length mirror. If there isn’t wall space for a full-length mirror, install it on the back of the bathroom door. It’s a nice touch to offer your guests.

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Hidden Treasure By Brian Egan

As a young carpenter I fantasized about finding a hidden treasure while remodeling a client’s house. Having heard stories (real or imagined) from older carpenters about secret compartments hidden under stairs or cabinets with fake bottoms I saw myself opening such a hiding place and discovering items that were forgotten by previous occupants of the building. Over the years my best finds were simply tools that some other carpenter had inadvertently left in a wall or old newspapers stashed by earlier tradespeople. I no longer work as a carpenter but during the 24 years that I have employed others they have made some interesting discoveries. Back in 1998, while removing a built-in cabinet at a residence in Corvallis we found some interesting artifacts that we were able to return to a previous owner of the house. The cabinet had been used as a desk/ mail center and several items had fallen into a narrow crevice behind the cabinet. Amongst other items we found a letter sent home by a World War Two soldier, several birthday cards from the 1950’s, and a ruler from the Oregon Electric Railway. My next door neighbor grew up in that house and it was his family that had “lost” the items so returning those was easy. During the reconstruction of our own building, the Historic Caton House, several items were found that we later returned the Gathercoal families who lived here from 1939 to 1950. Valentine cards from the 1940’s found behind a built-in desk, newspapers stuffed into wall cavities and a few old metal toy trucks that we dug up around the foundation. We even found an old stagecoach strongbox that may have travelled the Oregon Trail with Jesse Caton.

One of the best stories concerns another construction company. The wife, who was also the company bookkeeper, decided her husband was spending too much time on “extra curricular activities”. So before leaving him she took the company account books and hid them inside a built-in bench seat of their dining room. When we removed the seat approximately 50 years later the books were still there. It just happened that during our remodel of the kitchen and dining room a woman walked by the house looking strangely at the building. The present owner asked her if she was looking for something and could he offer any help. Well, she was the daughter of the estranged couple and gave us the story of her mother’s revenge on her father. Most recently while removing the carpet around a staircase my carpenter pulled open a door that led to the space under the stairs. Inside were 2 boxes, one metal and one cardboard. Since the house was unoccupied and otherwise empty he figured the owners missed the boxes when moving out. Upon opening the boxes he found that they were full of coins. Inside the cardboard box were plastic bags of pocket change but the metal box contained a real treasure: collectible coins dating back to the 1870’s! Realizing the potential value of the coins he called me so we could place the coins in safe keeping. I immediately took the treasure and placed it in a safe deposit box at my bank. What fun it was to call our client and tell him of our find. His dad, the previous occupant had collected coins for years but his son had forgotten about the collection when cleaning the house after his father passed away.

Brian Egan is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer

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Kitchens for the Way We Live Today’s kitchen is no longer just an area for food preparation. Americans are finding that their families and guests tend to congregate in the kitchen, making it feel more like Grand Central Station than an area for preparing and consuming meals. Food preparation is difficult when you can’t get to all your supplies and ingredients without weaving through onlookers.

For this reason designers must consider how the space is being used to create a truly delightful and efficient kitchen. Cooking, eating, storage, projects, and entertaining all can be included in a space designed for multipurposes. Some families may want a message center while others may desire a more elaborate household management area with a desk and computer area. If a location to do homework is needed, an education center can help keep the kids’ papers from being intermingled with the food. If a TV is desirable, consider who’ll be watching it – the

cook, those at the table, those at the snack bar? Position it so the angle works for the intended audience and the lighting doesn’t create a glare. Beverage and snack centers are best placed outside of the work triangle, accessible, yet limiting traffic in cooking and food prep areas. Is a pet feeding station needed? Drawers can tuck away pet supplies to keep the kitchen looking tidy. A living kitchen helps clients enjoy more time with their friends and families by opening up the kitchen to encompass other areas thereby making the space more functional. This allows multiple users to be involved in multiple activities simultaneously while enjoying each other’s company.

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10 best outdoor winter adventures on the tillamook coast While summer is grand at the Oregon coast, winter offers outdoor enthusiasts special adventures. Let’s also dispel winter rumors: winter does not mean continual rain. Weather is often mild and warmish. So get to the Tillamook Coast now! Here are the top 10 favorites seasonal activities, gathered from locals, who really wanted us to keep them secret! 1. Beachcombing after the storm Locals await eagerly the first seasonal storms, not only because they have a front row view of Mother Nature, but also for the summer-like calm that follows, and the treasures that wash up on the beaches. 2. Catching Dungeness crab While crabbing is always in season, winter brings the biggest bounty. Drop traps in the five bays from a boat, or catch from a dock. Take them home in a cooler or get one of the fish processing companies at a nearby dock to cook them for you. 3. Kayaking winter water channels The Tillamook Coast is a mecca for yearround paddle sports. Five estuaries are designated National Water Trails. But there are channels accessible only in winter when tides are at their highest. Take a guided paddle with Kayak Tillamook and discover the beauty of winter waterways.


4. Hiking waterfall trails If you want to see waterfalls in all their gushing glory, winter is the time to do it. We have several forest trails that lead to waterfalls. Wear waterproof shoes, not because the trails are particularly muddy or wet, but because the forest’s soft dewiness is in evidence everywhere. 5. Scuba diving in the bays Above water, the Tillamook coastline is beautiful. Under water, it’s a fascinating environment that the few who love to dive are lucky enough to see. Read about it in a blog from Brian Cameron. Top spots are in Garibaldi, Oceanside and Tillamook Bay. 6. Fishing for winter steelhead Tillamook County’s five main rivers start filling with steelhead in December. From north to south, the Nehalem, Kilchis, Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers are all top steelhead producers. And after a big rain, steelhead go from a fish of a thousand casts to one catch after another. 7. Surfing bigger waves Cape Kiwanda attracts international surfers all year-round. You’ll find neoprene-clad wave enthusiasts in the water from dawn to dusk, even during stormy weather. If the ocean looks too cold for you, then grab a beer at the Pelican Pub and watch braver souls through the big oceanfront windows.

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8. Camping and glamping Winter campers find peaceful pleasures on the Tillamook Coast. Summer’s crowds have left, and those pitching trailers, RVs or setting up in yurts (and even a few tents) find themselves among kindred spirits. The beaches are wide open, and you’ll have trails to yourself. Bring a book, a journal and a cozy blanket, and let the stars be your reality show. Nehalem Bay and Cape Lookout state parks are open year-round. winter-campers-find-peaceful-beautyon-oregon-coast/ 9. Take an eco adventure on land or water The Dairylands Tour from Tillamook Eco Adventures gives you a cow’s eye view of local dairy farms and treats you to the storytelling skills of guide Brian Cameron. And Garibaldi Charters, which is also a fishing charter boat, brings the bays and estuaries to life with a close-up peek of water habitats. 10. Checking off your bird and wildlife list Be warned: birdwatching is addictive, as is wildlife viewing. And winter brings a wealth of possibilities, from migratory birds that find the Tillamook Coast a perfect place to spend the season, to magnificent elk herds that navigate their way from forest to beach. Bring your binoculars and camera, and start at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. And Kilchis Point Reserve has a new birdwatching station.

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Madeline Puckette During the art-deco era ofContent the 1900s, Champagne was Director, Wine Folly cheap and Champagne houses commissioned poster artists twitter: @winefolly to give the drink a boost. The goal was to inspire the Parisian bourgeoisie (the new middle class) to choose Champagne as their celebratory beverage. The campaign worked so well that over 100 years later sparkling wines have become the emblem of holiday parties. Oddly enough, sparkling wines are a near perfect food wine, matching with a wider variety of foods than even red wine. Here are some ideas that will inspire your drinking Fish and Chips with Cava There are many regions that make sparkling wine in the style of Champagne including Spain which produces a bubbly called Cava. Cava is the perfect everyday sparkler (because it’s so affordable) and pairs wonderfully with salty fried foods or richer slow-cooked meats. What better pairing than perfectly crispy basket of fish and chips. Each bite will be quaffed with a beautiful bubbly. Smoked Turkey with Vintage Champagne As Champagne ages it gains these additional aromas of hazelnut and smoke that are quite lovely. You can bring these aromas to the forefront by pairing it with nutty smoky foods. The subtle smokiness in a freshly sliced turkey will do the trick especially when matched with a touch of cranberry sauce and gravy. Pork Roast and Spice Apple Purée with Crémant Rosé There are many regions in France that make sparkling wine in the same style as Champagne that are called “Crémant de Something,” from Crémant de Limoux in LanguedocRoussillon to Crémant de Bourgogne in Burgundy. These are usually exceptional quality for the price. For this pairing, a Crémant d’Alsace Rosé will be perfect as it’s a Pinot Noir Rosé and will work wonders with the spice flavors. Roast Ham with Lambrusco Amabile The perfect roast ham always has a touch of sweetness perhaps with pineapple or maple–something,–to make it taste impeccable. Because of it’s subtle sweetness, this dish is actually better suited for a bubbly with a touch of sweetness too. Prosecco is a good choice, but Lambrusco is the wine that will take this dish to the next level. It sounds crazy, but there are several producers making incredibly high quality Lambrusco wines. The term “Amabile” means just sweet and if you want to do a bit lighter spring for a Brut level which is just dry. December / January 2016

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NOEL BARS Recipe compliments of New Morning Bakery in Corvallis For the crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into bits

the mixture until it resembles meal. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a baking pan, 13 by 9 by 2 inches, and bake the crust in the middle of preheated 350° F. oven for 12 minutes. Let the crust cool in the pan on a rack.

For the topping

Make the topping:

1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 large eggs, beaten lightly 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Make the crust:

In a bowl whisk together the flour, the brown sugar, and the salt, add the butter, and blend

In a bowl whisk together the brown sugar, the flour, the baking powder, the eggs, and the vanilla and stir in the hazelnuts


Pour the topping evenly, over the crust and bake the mixture in the middle of the preheated 350° F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until it is golden. Let the mixture cool completely in the pan on a rack, cut it into 12 bars. Makes 12 bars.

Compliments of Laura Frankel of “Jewish Slow Cooker”

The name Jerusalem artichoke is a misnomer. These bumpy tubers are the root of the sunflower plant, which is why they are also called sunchokes. They have a nutty, earthy flavor similar to an artichoke and when paired with sweet roasted parsnips they are a match made in heaven.

the parsnips to the slow cooker insert.

8 large parsnips (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into large pieces Olive Oil 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes (about 10) Juice of 1 lemon 3 medium shallots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ½ cup dry white wine such as chardonnay 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 5 cups Chicken Stock Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Sauté the shallots until they are slightly browned and soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the wine to the pan and cook the mixture for 3 minutes. Add the wine-shallot mixture to the slow cooker insert. Drain the Jerusalem artichoke pieces and add them to the insert. Add the thyme and chicken stock to the insert.

SUGGESTED GARNISHES: ¼ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, toasted hazelnut oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle the parsnip pieces with olive oil. Place the parsnips on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, until soft and lightly browned. Transfer

While the parsnips are roasting, peel and dice the artichokes. Place the pieces in a bowl of cold water with the lemon juice to keep them from turning dark. Preheat a slow cooker to low.

Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours, until the Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips are very soft. Puree the soup in batches or with an immersion blender until the soup is very creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped toasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of toasted hazelnut oil.

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Upcoming Events PERFORMANCES

December  12/03, 7:00pm,Community Christmas Concert with Jeff Johnson  12/06, 3:00pm, Holiday Concert – Corvallis-OSU Symphony  12/13, 3:00pm, Corvallis Youth Symphony Concert  12/16, 7:30pm, Swinging On a Star – The Jazz Kings January  01/24, 7:00pm, Dance of Spring – Concert 2016  01/29, 7:30pm, In the Mood – The Jazz Kings


December  12/17, 5:00pm, RECEPTION: 6th Annual OSU Staff Art Show January  01/22, 9:00am, Board Training for Non-Profit Stewardship  01/28, 3:00pm, Starker Lecture Series 2016  01/28, 6:30pm, Retirement Planning Workshop


November/December  11/03 – 12/11, Life & Death by Willamette PhotoArts Guild December/January  12/15/2015 – 01/22/2016, 6th Annual OSU Staff Art Exhibit A public art reception will be held on 12/17 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. January/February  01/26 – 02/19, Albany Artists, 10x10 Public art reception will be held on 02/03 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. February/March  02/23 – 03/15, What Will Last? Original works from the Thomas Kinkade Collection A public art reception will be held on 03/09 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Original works from the Thomas Kinkade Collection Kinkade was an American born painter of international recognition for his realistic, pastoral and idyllic subjects. He is especially known for his capturing of glowing light. In the mid-90's, Kinkade began limiting the sales of his original works to keep for his own collection. Since Kinkade’s passing in 2012, we are pleased to announce Giustina Gallery will be hosting the first show in the pacific northwest to display some of his never before seen original works. The selected originals provoke the idea that many parts of an artist and their life will not live on, but what does last is what matters most. In the case of Thomas Kinkade, what has lasted are the lives he touched, his passion for humanitarian works, his astounding creative process, and his family who continues his legacy.

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Our annual holiday issue. Enjoy!