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Commonplaces & Observations

Musings of a Southern California guy. My blog reflects my life as: Gentleman, Scholar, Chef, Foodie, Artist, Enlightened Being, Son, Brother, Lover, Friend and Child of God.

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Hello, Hello.  (at Pepino’s on Hawthorne)

Hello, Hello. (at Pepino’s on Hawthorne)

No trip to Portland is complete without a visit to #voodoodoughnuts  (at Voodoo Doughnut)

No trip to Portland is complete without a visit to #voodoodoughnuts (at Voodoo Doughnut)

In today’s gospel reading Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me satan”.  It is not a rebuke of Peter himself rather a rebuke of the evil one, the father of lies who would have us believe that we can be Christians without embracing the Cross. Jesus tells is to bear our cross. It’s not enough to simply carry it, we must also bear it as a sign of our witness of Jesus. Lift high the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (at The Grotto Portland)

In today’s gospel reading Jesus says to Peter, “Get behind me satan”. It is not a rebuke of Peter himself rather a rebuke of the evil one, the father of lies who would have us believe that we can be Christians without embracing the Cross. Jesus tells is to bear our cross. It’s not enough to simply carry it, we must also bear it as a sign of our witness of Jesus. Lift high the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. (at The Grotto Portland)

at The Grotto Portland

at The Grotto Portland

Ave Maria, Mater Dolorosa.  (at The Grotto Portland)

Ave Maria, Mater Dolorosa. (at The Grotto Portland)

Local berry fritter with cream cheese tarragon glaze. Eat your heart out doughnut lovers. #bluestardonuts #pdx  (at Blue Star Donuts - Hawthorne)

Local berry fritter with cream cheese tarragon glaze. Eat your heart out doughnut lovers. #bluestardonuts #pdx (at Blue Star Donuts - Hawthorne)

Detail of the center panel of the murals in the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Mary.  (at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)

Detail of the center panel of the murals in the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Mary. (at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)

Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The place is BEAUTIFUL. Met some nice folks from the Diocese of Orange. #pdx  (at St. Mary’s Cathedral)

Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. The place is BEAUTIFUL. Met some nice folks from the Diocese of Orange. #pdx (at St. Mary’s Cathedral)

I hear this is the place for ice cream. #saltandstraw #portland #thedeliciouslife (at Salt & Straw NW 23rd)

I hear this is the place for ice cream. #saltandstraw #portland #thedeliciouslife (at Salt & Straw NW 23rd)

This guy.  (at Portland Downtown)

This guy. (at Portland Downtown)

#dapper  (at The Troutdale House by the Sandy River Wedding and Event Venue)

#dapper (at The Troutdale House by the Sandy River Wedding and Event Venue)

Kind sir, which way?  (at Pioneer Courthouse Square)

Kind sir, which way? (at Pioneer Courthouse Square)

Country roads through Oregon.  (at Sandy River)

Country roads through Oregon. (at Sandy River)

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
St. Augustine of Hippo. Buon onomastico to friends named Augustin a a blessed feast day to the Augustinians.

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
St. Augustine of Hippo. Buon onomastico to friends named Augustin a a blessed feast day to the Augustinians.

#benessere olive oil and vinegar. Picked up some oils and vinegars. Most excited for the fig balsamic. I’m thinking herb crusted lamb chops with fig-fig balsamic gastrique.  (at Benessere Olive Oil and Vinegar)

#benessere olive oil and vinegar. Picked up some oils and vinegars. Most excited for the fig balsamic. I’m thinking herb crusted lamb chops with fig-fig balsamic gastrique. (at Benessere Olive Oil and Vinegar)