Sunday, August 24, 2008

Weekly Winners 8/24/08 - Portland, Oregon Edition

Weekly Winners, hosted by Lotus.

Click pics for better looking larger images or take a peek at the entire album and/or watch as a slideshow at this link.

Maggie's Chicken Tortilla Soup Burritos (see below)

My visiting nephew and I spent all day last Sunday in wonderful downtown Portland, Oregon. It was the perfect day.

Former Elk's Temple
(now part of The Governor Hotel - see history)

Central Library


Escape, Looking Up

Portland Aerial Tram

Downtown Portland from the Tram

Portland Sky from Top of the Tram

Portland Sky from Bottom of the Tram

Jamison Square / Parenting in the Pearl
(seriously, this is cool)

Keeping Portland Weird, Really Weird
(Taken on Trendy 23rd Ave While Minding Our Own Business)

Weird, Departing

Looking Up
Pioneer Courthouse Square Starbucks

Which Way Do We Go?
Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pleasantly Surprised
(We'd seen lots of gorgeously dressed Indian families on The MAX, but we only found out late in the day when we headed to Pioneer Courthouse Square that this was the reason. I left with a belly full of yummy and eyes full of beautiful colors. India fascinates me. I was a happy girl.)

Festive Colors

If some of these look a little familiar, it's because I did a similar Maggie's Grand Tour of Portland when my dear friend J came to visit back in September, photographed in this post.

Maggie's Chicken Tortilla Soup Burritos
* 15 ounces canned corn, drained
* 15 ounces canned black beans, drained (or kidney beans)
* 12 1/2 ounces canned chicken, drained (can save broth for other recipes)
* 10 ounces Ro-Tel tomatoes
* 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
* 10 tortillas (8-inch )

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Heat the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan until warm.
3. Soften tortillas (I microwave for about 10 seconds).
4. To each tortilla, add about 3 rounded tablespoons each of cheddar and the heated corn/bean/tomato/chicken mixture. Fold burrito style - two ends folded in just a bit, then another end folded over the filling and the other end overlapping it.
5. Place in a baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray and bake about 10 minutes or until slightly browned.


  1. I love Portland, you never know what your going to see there! Great pictures and the food sounds SO good, I will have to make some!

  2. Beautiful pictures!! The top one looks delicious! yummy.

    Weird, definitely but made for great pictures didn't it :-)

    Wonderful winners. Have a great day.

  3. Neat shots!! I love sepia toned photos!!

  4. A very nice collection of beautiful pictures ! I get hungry too !

    My WW is on my !

  5. Wow, you obviously know what you're doing with a camera! I'm TOTALLY jealous, we just bought a Canon dslr and I have NO idea what to do with it. It sure is pretty, though.;)
    Great pictures!

  6. You should put the food pics last. Because I saw:

    some pictures
    weird tinfoilers
    some pictures



  7. Great winners this week :) It's interesting seeing different parts of blogger's lives :)

  8. I seriously need to see Portland some time. And the tortillas look yum! I love Indian culture/food as well, that would be na interesting thing to experience.

  9. my 2 year old daughter is beside me when i was browsing your pics and she saw the pic of the tortilla she said oh yummy! delicious.

    you can see my weekly winners here! thanks.

  10. Those area great pictures! I love the bright green sari's(?)

  11. Those box heads were weird.
    Great photos, though Maggie. I felt like I was there.

  12. I can tell you had great fun, Maggie!!
    I love the "looking up" pictures, and the sepia building !

  13. The boxes are looking weird but very interesting! Looks like a fun week! And the first shot? Makes me hungry:D

    My very first time to join! I hope you can drop by my post, HERE:D

  14. I made sure that I had my tea before I came over here lol. Your posts generally make me hungry.

    Great shots of the buildings I liked the angles..
    Was that some performance artists parading in Portland?

  15. Burrito looks yummy, the weird are just..... well,.... weird, the clothes of the Indian's are simply jewel like in color, and the rest of the photos are great as well. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Love all the perspectives. And glad someone is keeping it weird around there. very weird! funny.

  17. You and I are soulmates, I'm sure!! Need I say more? I think not.

  18. You have some nice architectural photography there, Maggie. I think my favorite is Central Library.

  19. I love the architectural shots, they are really cool angles!

    I also love the "which way to go" and "keeping portland wierd".

    Lovely set!

  20. I love portland...i work there :) the keep portland weird is the best! you just never know what u r going to see.

  21. What a neat set of pictures - looks like it was a really awesome day for picture taking!

    I'm going to try the burrito - looks delicious and super easy!

  22. Great shots. I love the building shots.

  23. That burrito looks SO delicious! I love the rest of the photos too. The building shots were nice and that parade looked very interesting/entertaining!

  24. What were the weird people doing? It looks weird indeed! Love the library shots!

  25. Thanks for the recipe! What a bonus. Those look super YUM!

    Looks like a great trip around the city. And yes, I am gonna have to say there was a little weirdness while you were there... : )

  26. Mmm those tortillas look yummy!!

    I love them all, the strange box head women, the traditional Indian dress and the buildings are great too! :)

  27. Great pictures as usual!!! But that recipe really caught my attention this week.. I love all the ingredients so I am SURE that I will be making that dish!!! Thanks

  28. suddenly, i'm very hungry... and have a yen to go to portland ;-)

  29. I love those sepia-toned photos! And what were those people doing with boxes on their heads? Too funny/strange!

    P.S. Had a great race today. I'll post a write-up eventually!

  30. wow that looks deeeelish.
    and great pictures! which one of the girls-in-the-box are you?

  31. Terrific pics! Lots of excitement (and weirdness!). Came over from another post...I give- Diva Cup?? Hmmmm. Sounds interesting.

  32. HOLY tin foil and muffin tops Batman!! :O

    Love the perspectives you shot these pics. The sign post is ridiculous! Looks like you had a wonderful time in Portland. The skies looked amazing :)

  33. Great architecture pics. And the weird ones? Were weird. Love these, a slice of a city I'd love to visit.

  34. Great set of shots and those burritos look really yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  35. Cool pictures! I love Portland even more now that I know they have random strange people marching around.

    That chicken burrito thingie, If you hadn't given the recipe, I would have been very, very angry.

  36. The burritos look delicious. Great shots. I love the weirdness of Portland.

  37. I must remember to eat before I visit your winners!

    Your architectural shots were great... and what a way to capture a great day!

  38. you have to ability to make me wish i was on holiday with your photos!

  39. Good thing you stumbled upon that mouth is watering thinking about the FOOD!!

    Great outtakes :o)

  40. Those are great photos! The weirdness was certainly weird, but interesting.

  41. Can't pay proper attention to your photos with my stomach growling so much... LOL. All of them are fabulous, but I really love the street signs.

  42. Okay, what the heck were those things with boxes on their heads? And did they get super-brave with their attire because they knew no one would see their faces?

    I saw a video with two girls dressed like that. They had words written all over their body, and they were dancing and spelling out the words to the song at the same time. But I still don't know what the heck the trend is about. Anyone?

    You make Portland look so pretty, by the way! I've never had much interest in Oregon until i started seeing all your pretty pics :-)


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