Monthly Archives: January 2013

MOBILE PIZZERIA – Del Popolo – San Francisco …

The era of ‘Food Truck 2.0’ has arrived.  Pizzaiolo Jon Darsky has found a way to make a traditional pizza oven mobile by repurposing a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container.  Del Popolo, as Darsky’s mobile pizzeria is known, has won fervent praise from the New York Times and Washington Post for its authentic Neapolitan-inspired pizzas baked in a real wood-fired oven.  Del Popolo’s schedule, updated daily, is posted on Twitter@pizzadelpopoloclick here for his website

For travelers to San Francisco, take a look at Jon’s daily Twitter location schedule and enjoy a unique San Francisco pizza …


By Eileen Garvin-TravelOregon –

Located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Pendleton was first
platted in 1868. The town has a rich history, including many local
businesses that have been in operation for more than 100 years.

Day One
Start your day with breakfast at the Rainbow Café. It’s the oldest business in town, first opened in 1883 as the State Saloon & Banquet.

Enjoy a morning tour of the original Pendleton Woolen Mills,
opened by the Bishop family in 1909. Watch a saddle craftsman at the
Hamley & Co. store. Founded in 1883, Hamley’s became known as the
maker of “the finest saddles man could ride.” They also make a great
steak at Hamley’s Steakhouse.

Next, stop at Montana Peaks Hat Company, which caters to the discriminating hat wearer, then head to the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, the Heritage Station Museum and the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.

Day Two
home cooking at the Main Street Diner. Continue a tour of Pendleton
history at the local Krusteaz factory. Sample delicious mustards, wing
sauces and other gourmet condiments at the Barhyte Specialty Foods Company.

If you are interested in the arts, don’t miss the Pendleton Center for the Arts,
Betty Feves Memorial Gallery at the Blue Mountain Community College and
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at the historic St. Andrews

Pause for lunch at The Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub, before enjoying the historic Underground Tour. End your day with a stroll down the Pendleton River Parkway to the Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Company and unwind with a glass of local wine.

More to see in Pendleton
The first Pendleton Round-Up
was held in 1910 and meant to be “a frontier exhibition of picturesque
pastimes, Indian and military spectacles, cowboy racing and bronco
busting for the championship of the Northwest.” More than 7,000 visitors
saw that first show, and today, 70,000 visitors enjoy the rodeo every

The Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes have lived in
the Pendleton area for thousands of years. Their traditions continue and
can be seen at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and by attending the Happy Canyon Pageant Night at the Pendleton RoundUp.

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Flip-flops are some of the oldest … and most global footwear known to man …

Evidence suggests that the prototype of the flip-flop existed as far back as the Stone Age. We know for certain that they were wardrobe staples just about everywhere in the ancient world. Early sandals were made of papyrus, straw, rawhide and other materials, depending on the region. The construction was more or less the same: a base with a strap attached, worn in-between the toes.

Several centuries later the ubiquitous sound the wearer of this sandal made while walking would become a household name. Christened “flip-flops” in the continental United States, they also went by the name “thongs” in Australia and “slippers” in Hawaii. By 1962, the Brazilian company Havaianas contributed to its popularity by producing and promoting a flip-flop for everyday wear.

According to PecheBlu, a retailer of the sandal, flip-flops are a $2 billion a year industry in the United States. With thousands of years behind it, it is highly unlikely that the flip-flop will meet its demise anytime soon.