Archive for October, 2007

7 Days, 7 Nights, 7 Minutes

Friday, October 19th, 2007

One of the projects I’ve been helping get off the ground is I Live Inspired, an inspirational text-messaging service. The site is good, and the concept is great. One can never have too much inspiration.

The founders, Rob and Chris, are on a mission. They are seeking an audience with the Dalai Lama in Indiana and are walking 7 days in hopes of getting a 7 minute audience. They are also keeping a blog of their adventures. These guys are not much older than me and are trying to get a positive service off the ground. Whether they have audience with the Dalai Lama or not, the experience of the walk, the people they’ve met thus far, and the people they’ve yet to meet, will change their lives. And we get to share in that through their writing.

So take a minute, read up on what the future of America is up to, and if you want some extra inspiration delivered to your phone daily, consider signing up for one of the many great communities at I Live Inspired.

* Disclaimer: While I have helped create the site, I do not receive any compensation for spreading the word. I think its a great service and deserves notice.

Pambiche

Friday, October 5th, 2007

While highlights abound on the Portland tour, one in particular deserves mention. I’ve dined at some pretty sweet places and eaten some fairly exotic foods. While they’ve all been good and memorable, I found that a little Cuban place in Portland has taken the top spot in my dining history. What’s amazing about Pambiche is the unassuming atmosphere surrounding the restaurant. Walking up to, I had no idea what I was about to experience.

Sadly, I was only able to eat there once while in the city, so I can only speak to one dish, Ajiaco. Described as a “one pot meal that comes brimming with a variety of tropical roots and vegetables, corn dumplings, creole seasoned pork and beef”, this tasty meal was unlike any other food I’d tasted. Very subtle flavors and aromas with each spoonful pleased my tastebuds and tummy. And while Cuban food is not traditionally spicy, Pambiche had a homemade spicy sauce which complimented the dish wonderfully.

I am not a food critic so it’s hard to do the experience justice. Next time Portland dining is available, head over to 2811 NE Glisan and taste it firsthand. I plan on doing just that!