Restoration Hardware's Gramophone will be music to his ears!
In the late 1800s, Thomas Edison introduced the phonograph, and just like that, life had a soundtrack. Restoration Hardware's Gramophone borrowed the iconic speaker horn from those early machines to amplify sound with the power of pure physics. Your dad can connect his iPad® or iPhone to the solid walnut dock, and the metal horn will boost its volume by three to four times, with no need for electricity. Just don't tell Mr. Edison.
Your man of substance will always be reminded of the preciousness of time with this handsome not to be missed (five foot in diameter) french tower clock available at Restoration Hardware. In the French village of Bray-Sur-Seine, time seems to stand still. Fittingly, the original of this clock face hails from there, where it marked the hours beneath the spire of an early 20th-century stone tower. Separated from its clockworks, this reproduction doesn't keep time, but instead makes a timeless statement.
MGM has announced the mother of all boxed sets in celebration of 50
years of James Bond wooing women, breaking gadgets, and thwarting global
disaster on the silver screen. Never before have all 22 films been
available in high definition Blu-ray and compiled into one epic
collectors item that’s truly a must have for any fan of the longest
running film franchise of all time. In fact, the set features nine films
never released on Blu-ray on an individual basis. Just in case the
movies aren’t enough to keep you occupied, the set also includes over
130 hours of bonus features.
We’ve embedded a trailer for the box set after the break as well,
just in case you need a brief refresher on all the shenanigans 007 has
dealt with since 1962.
The Brewcycle is one of the best ways to experience pedaling the city of Portland!
Brewcycle has a great sound system to rock out to your special dad's favorite tunes and offers plenty of room for coolers to bring your favorite non alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated (it's a biking workout!).
Your dad can experience his favorite breweries in a whole new way! Combining Portland’s love of handcrafted beer and biking, the BrewCycle will take him, as fast as he can pedal, to his next ice cold brew!
Ossco Bucco - something your renaissance dad can really sink his teeth in!
All-natural grass-fed Black Angus beef shanks come to you from the La Cense ranch in Montana. Slow cooking with moist heat provides a great starter for your favorite Osso Buco, the traditional Italian dish best served with risotto. Includes bone marrow to enhance richness of flavor.
Each beef shank is hand cut and trimmed, vacuum sealed, and immediately frozen at the time of processing. Order ships in an insulated container with dry ice to that your beef arrives in perfect condition. Set of two 14-oz. bone-in beef shanks. A product of the USA. Catalog and website only.
Here's a great recipe for Osso Bucco compliments of our friends at Epicurious!
8 to 10 large 2
1/2-inch-thick veal shanks, each patted dry and tied securely with
kitchen string to keep the meat attached to the bone
all-purpose flour for dredging the veal shanks
7 tablespoons unsalted butter plus additional if necessary
3 tablespoons olive oil plus additional if necessary
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
3/4 cup finely chopped carrots
3/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 to 4 cups chicken broth or beef broth
1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomato or 1 1/2 cups drained canned plum tomatoes, chopped
a cheesecloth bag containing 6 fresh parsley sprigs, 4 fresh thyme sprigs, and 1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the gremolata
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves (preferably flat-leafed)
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Season the veal shanks with salt and pepper and dredge
them in the flour, shaking off the excess. In a heavy skillet heat 3
tablespoons of the butter and 3 tablespoons of the oil over moderately
high heat until the foam subsides, in the fat brown the veal shanks in
batches, adding some of the additional butter and oil as necessary and
transferring the shanks as they are browned to a platter. Add the wine
to the skillet, boil the mixture, scraping up the brown bits clinging to
the bottom and sides of the skillet, until the liquid is reduced to
about 1/2 cup, and reserve the wine mixture in a small bowl.
In a flameproof casserole just large enough to hold the
veal shanks in one layer cook the onion, the carrots, the celery, and
the garlic in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter over moderately low
heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and add
the shanks with any juices that have accumulated on the platter, the
reserved wine mixture, and enough of the broth to almost cover the
shanks. Spread the tomatoes over the shanks, add the cheesecloth bag,
the salt, and pepper to taste, and bring the liquid to a simmer over
moderately high heat. Braise the mixture, covered, in the middle of a
preheated 325°F. oven for 2 hours, or until the veal is tender. Transfer
the shanks with a slotted spoon to an ovenproof serving dish, discard
the strings, and keep the shanks warm. Strain the pan juices into a
saucepan, pressing hard on the solids, and skim the fat. Boil the juices
for 15 minutes, or until they are reduced to about 3 cups, baste the
shanks with some of the reduced juices, and bake them, basting them 3 or
4 times with some of the remaining juices, for 10 minutes more, or
until they are glazed.
Make the gremolata while the veal is baking:
In a bowl stir together the parsley, the zest, and the garlic.
Sprinkle the veal shanks with the gremolata, pour some of the juices around them, and serve the remaining juices separately.
The mortar and pestle carved from volcanic rock is among the world's oldest kitchen tools. Our molcajete (mortar) and tejolete (pestle) are hand carved from a single piece of basalt rock, making each piece unique. Ideal for crushing whole spices, great for serving guacamole, no two are exactly alike.
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“The Definitive Picnic Kit”
(things every picnic basket should include): Salt, pepper, sugar, a
small all-purpose knife, a corkscrew, a can opener, matches, paper
towels, trash bags, wet wipes, bug repellent and sunscreen.
Keep Your Cool:
Lightweight, soft-sided coolers are the most convenient. My favorites
have a metal frame on wheels. They keep the food just as cold as the
heavy, rigid ones and they are lighter and fold up for storage! I’ve
found nice ones at club stores.
Made In The Shade:
Since picnics are rarely held in cool weather (intentionally), a
lightweight, folding umbrella is a must. At the very least, to shade
the food and, at the very best, some of the guests as well.
Purchase several flexible, re-usable ones—they’re the best for picnics
(and also useful for sprained ankles.) . These are filled with a
re-freezable gel and are most common in a 4”x 8” size that has a
chilling effect equal to a 2-pound bag of ice. This is a very
sustainable choice for chilling.
Cell Phone: Essential for any well-organized picnic planner (as if it would ever be out of your pocket, anyway)
Flexible Cutting Board: Always pack two. They take up practically no room and will prove indispensable.
Lightweight, Folding Chairs:
Great for anyone who isn’t comfortable sitting on the ground. Since
it’s not practical to tote one for everyone, they are a VIP item.
A plastic, child’s game table or two. You will use them over and over as a small buffet or worktable whether on the beach or in a park.
Good looking, re-usable plastic
tumblers and stemmed wine glasses. Glass is often impractical and
flimsy plastic glassware can sap the elegance right out of a special
meal. This is also the most sustainable choice.
A basket of pretty paper or lace fans is a practical décor element. Paper umbrellas are nice touch,too. All of these can be used over and over.
Build a collection of lengths of washable fabric
in beautiful patterns (at least 4 yards each) to drape around tables or
coolers and from tree to tree to create privacy. Find this at tag
Purchase used comforters at tag sales or rummage sales that may not be good enough for a bedroom but that make sweet picnic blankets.
Pack condiments in small containers rather than taking whole jars.
Pack everything possible in light, flexible, heavy-duty Ziploc bags. Take them home to rinse and re-use.
Pre-cut easy finger-food sized portions. Perfect picnic food is easy to eat without utensils.
Take citronella candles to ward off flying insects.
Food tents or covers
(a rigid frame covered with net, large enough to cover 1 platter or
bowl) are excellent to keep flies and hornets out of the potato salad.
With these you won’t be tempted to use toxic sprays. These are
available in various sizes, either rigid or collapsible, at kitchenware
and hardware stores such as Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma.
Pack the ice
for beverages in heavy-duty plastic bags and tuck it around the food.
That way it serves double duty—chilling the food until you need it for
Put the cooler inside the car (where the air conditioning is running) not in the hot trunk.
If the picnic is being held in a private area, a portable iPod player is a wonderful way to add Chopin or Cold Play to lunch. Skip this touch if others might be disturbed by your tunes.
If you haven't noticed, farmers' markets aren’t just for chefs anymore. Yes, culinary artists have always perused local stands for the freshest ingredients, but the last few years have ushered in throngs of curious foodies following their taste buds to wild berries and fresh greens. And with an eclectic array of markets now featuring ripe fruits and veggies, it's hard not to indulge our inner foodies and race to the stalls, too.
Based on reputation, versatility, online user reviews, and overall atmosphere, U.S. News Travel rounded up America's 11 best farmers' markets.
Click Here to see the full line-up of the nation's best farmer's markets. Click Here to connect with Portland's farmers' market online.
"Sure, Seattle has plenty of farmers' markets that delight and dazzle. But Portland's sprawling Saturday market, laid out over the central grounds of Portland State University, is a gem. Maybe it's about being in a new city, and seeing things through the lens of a starry-eyed visitor. Maybe it's the Pinestate Biscuits that tip the scales. No matter. The sun shone bright through Portland's leafy trees. From blocks away as we approached, we passed happy customers with their bags laden with flats of berries and their arms wrapped around generous bunches of dahlias. But for all that tempted, nothing could compare with the fresh baby artichokes on sale for $5 a bag."
With a wide variety of entertainment options, each visit to Grand Central is a new experience waiting to happen. Bring friends along and see where the mood takes you. Twelve modern lanes feature cozy couches, effortless computerized scoring, and giant HD projection screens for an entertaining and dynamic bowling experience. Try our VIP bowling where you can enjoy private luxury seating and two exclusive bowling lanes.
Spice up your dad's next get-together with these extraordinary shot glasses. They have the finely veined, translucent appearance of rose quartz, but they are actually carved from the highest quality, food grade, Himalayan pink salt. Perfect for tequila, the cup will give a salty twinge to your taste buds, but with a more nuanced flavor than ordinary table salt. Salt is naturally anti-bacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance, but don't worry - unlike table salt, the long-lasting mineral salt glasses won't simply dissolve away after one shot, and will bring their unique zest to many a party.
Whether your dad needs to pop a bottle or pop an errant seam, he'll always be prepared when he pops his collar with these Titanium Multi-Tool Collar Stays. Go from snappily dressed to ready in a snap when you stow these featherlight (0.4 oz), 100% titanium multi-functional tools in your shirt collar. A great gift for dads and groomsmen, these sleek and discreet tools let gentlemen look dashing as they confidently tighten screws, slice threads and open bottles in a dash. These stays even feature a hole to keep safely on your key chain. Sold in a set of two (one pair).
"Why don't people make candles with scents that everyone likes?" 14-year-old Hart Main asked, sniffing at the overly perfumed candles his sister was selling for a school fundraiser. Recognizing the opportunity right under his nose, the young entrepreneur combined his passion for helping his community with his interest in making a bolder breed of candle by donating to local soup kitchens and using the empty cans to hold his extraordinary scents. Hart and his family collaborate with local chandlers to craft soy-wax-blend candles that possess the kinds of familiar aromas that no man (or woman) would turn their nose up at. Hart's current lineup includes natural, nostalgic and savory scents like dirt, fresh cut grass, sawdust, campfire, pizza, and coffee. Each comes individually packed in a gift box. Handmade in Ohio. The wax is a 100% renewable resource, a soy and vegetable wax blend.
Land yourself a cat lover? Entertain your scratch daddy by helping his furry best friend get his/her groove on.
You may think that cats scratch in order to stretch their muscles and sharpen their claws. Wrong. When you think about it, isn't it obvious that within every feline lurks a wannabe DJ? Kitty is mad pumped to kick it behind the wheels of steel and throw down a dope set of old skool joints, yo!
Designed in London, the Cat Scratching Pad will enable your dad's furry friend homeslice to spin some phat, chillout beatz with hella catitude. Festooned with cat smiley faces, paw prints, photos of fish-shaped cat treats, and joke band stickers ("Run DOG"), it's a flat pack cardboard kit that you fold together according to the included instructions. No glue is necessary. Made in China.
"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from lack of imagination." Perhaps not the best advice to have near your easily accessible cash, this quote by Oscar Wilde may ease the sting of spending. The words are etched into the brushed aluminum clip, allowing your dad to hold his cash stylishly and securely without the bulk of a wallet. Made in the USA.
What do you get when you combine food, chemistry and art? You get to deconstruct any dish, to change the look and feel of any ingredient, to impress dinner guests, and to take your tastebuds on an adventure--also known as molecular gastronomy!
Turn your kitchen into a food laboratory with this how-to kit that teaches you how to transform liquids, like honey, into jelly-like cubes, spherify chopped produce into flavor-packed beads, or even morph melted chocolate into a delicate powder or spaghetti-like strands. You're only limited by your imagination! So go ahead, play with your food!
Includes instructional DVD. Click Here to order a set now.
Shaves From The Crypt
There's nothing like a close shave after a long night out to bring you back to life--and nothing does the trick faster than a sharp reminder of your own mortality! A skull-cloaked handle hand-cast from sterling silver topped with a double-edged chrome razor makes the Skull Razor an expertly crafted tool that reminds us to enjoy simple, everyday pleasures like grooming. Perfect for the adventurer who values a razor-close shave and likes to live on the edge. Hand-cast sterling silver. Designed by Jac Zagoory. Includes a 5-pack of Shark super chrome blades. Razor box may vary from item shown. Razor made in the USA, shaving head made in India, blades made in Egypt.
He'll be seeing more than spots with this just-for-fun ink blot quiz.
Inspired by the ink blot paintings used by psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach to evaluate personalities, each of the 20 cards displays an abstract, multicolored print. See an angel? An assassin? A donut? Flip the card and match your form to the closest of four suggested answers. Turn to the accompanying book for a raucous interpretation. Don't worry, you haven't lost your mind: The diagnoses here are funny, cheeky and downright irreverent.
Example: If you saw: A Southern belle's hoop skirt. Diagnosis: Frankly Scarlett, we don't give a damn about your condition.
What you see is what you get in this game: A truly irreverent way to reinforce just how colorful all personalities are. Set of 20 cards with diagnosis book. Made in China.
Economy got him down? Help him make cents with these presidential cufflinks.
Artist Stacey Lee Webber takes familiar materials and transforms them in imaginative and unexpected ways, turning common currency into stunning, wearable accessories. These captivating sets of cufflinks are made out of coinage and the face of each link features a solitary profile of Abe or FDR isolated in empty space and encircled by a thin thread of the preexisting copper or nickel from the original coin. Framing past United States presidents in a striking and unconventional double portrait, Stacey's profile clad pieces are sophisticated, full of character, and sure to be a valuable addition to any coin lover's collection. Handmade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cufflink pairs sold separately.
Fire up a feast with this portable, grill-side case of 20 stainless steel utensils topped with heat-resistant handles. Perfect for the on-the-go grill master, this traveling case transforms day trips, parks and backyards with its fully-equipped set of flame-retardant cooking tools. Whether you're flipping kabobs or charring fresh corn, you'll always have the right tool for the job. It's outdoor entertaining in a two snaps of its case. Made in China.
Wine and dine in perfect time! Get his next dinner party humming when he turns sips into a symphony with these glasses-turned-musical-instruments. The etchings on the glasses are musical notations that correspond to the level of the liquid--when the user drinks to D for example, he or she may run a finger along the rim of the glass to create its lush, sonorous note. Or, for the more percussive partier, the same note will ring out with a gentle rap of his or her utensil on the side of the glass. From rounds of "Row, row, row your boat" to more ambitious orchestrations, he's sure to strike a chord with the guests at his next soiree with this set of glasses that covers a full 12-note octave from A flat to G. Made in Austria from lead-free crystal.
Are his old vinyl records gathering more dust than playtime -- and yet you still can't seem to part with them? Whether he twisted to the Beatles, swayed with Aretha Franklin, danced with the Dead, two-stepped with Loretta Lynn or boogied with the Bee Gees, artist Jeff Davis will personally turn his old LPs into these hip, stylish and custom-made record bowls that will put a new spin on his favorite artists. Handmade in Philadelphia.
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His pizza will be perfect any way he slices it!
You may have ordered delivery, but you don't have to cut corners with utensils. Cut slices, instead, with this hand-forged cutter made for gliding through extra-cheesy pies with ease. Hammered from recycled steel using traditional blacksmithing techniques, its dramatic blade and rustic design make slicing an old-world experience. Handmade for lifelong use by Al Stephens in Alabama.
This duo of chair and ottoman will surely bring a wave of conversation to any home. Handmade from retired water skis and dense, unfinished cedar from Oregon, the pair is perfect for when skiing fanatics finally make it to dry land. Handmade in Millbury, MA by Mike Bellino, the "Chair Man of the Boards." Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this item, each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.
Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour - If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows and liked it, then this is the right adventure for you! Unexplained mysteries, ghostly adventures, and spooky stories abound on the “Beyond Bizarre” tour. If you like the paranormal, weird, or wacky, let these tour guides guide you through an evening of adventure. All people of all faiths and backgrounds, including skeptics, are welcomed.
At the start of the tour, you are handed real ghost hunting equipment just like that used by professionals and on TV. You then set out visiting known ghostly places and getting behind the scenes into what hauntings are all about. Unlike other ghost tours, this is not a theatrical performance where lanterns are carried and your guides are dressed up in period costumes. It's a true view into the reality of paranormal investigations, the equipment and techniques are used by professonals, and how they separate the truth from the hoaxes.
Butte Creek Falls for a picnic and and a dip in the swimming hole. This is the first of three significant waterfalls on Butte Creek accessible along the Butte Creek Falls trail system. The Upper falls drop over a wide, uniform and extremely undercut ledge into a large pool below. Paths lead behind the falls into the deep grotto from the trail near the falls. The undercut is so deep that boaters who run this waterfall can even paddle THROUGH the falls. The falls are accessed via an excellent trail system, built by the Oregon State Department of Forestry, which has set aside a chunk of land surrounding the falls for protection, which is nice to see, after driving through the massive clear-cuts en route to the falls.
Enchanted Forest - Children find a world of fantasy in the beautiful lush forest of this land of enchantment, also home of the Big Timber Log Ride, the biggest log ride in the NW. Enjoy Western Town, Summer Comedy Theater, English Village, Fasntasy Fountains water-light show and kiddy and adult rides for the entire family's enjoyment. Gift shops, food, charming picnic areas and more. Click Here for more details.
Festival of Balloons in Tigard - weekend events include a carnival, good food, 5K run, car show and of course morning hot air ballooon launches and NW Natural Night Glow. Click Here for more details.
Forest Grove's Concours d'Elegance features over 300 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and other autos from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as musical stage acts and tasty summer treats that make it fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the Concours d'Elegance help fund scholarships and local charity projects. Click Here for more detailed information.
4th of July Astoria
The area of Astoria and Warrenton is a nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies; a place that takes visitors back to simpler times, its architecture dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides and with a revitalized 1920s era downtown; all set against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty in the temperate rain forest at the mouth of the Columbia River. Visitors have an opportunity to escape into an appealing, intriguing past. Unspoiled and generally uncrowded, Astoria and Warrenton nonetheless have several first-class interpretive attractions including Fort Clatsop, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Flavel House, Fort Stevens State Park, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley and the Astoria Column. The area has an extraordinary sense of place and feeling of history.
Gearhart - Everyone's got a favorite beach in Oregon for one reason or another. This summer our focus is on the charming and secluded coastal community of Geahart. Envision Angela Landsbury riding through town on a beach bike with a basket full of flowers. There's an old fashioned ice cream shop, a gourmet restaurant, general store, gift shops and plenty of motels, hotels and vacation rentals set on a backdrop of pristine beaches that rival the expanse and ambiance of those one finds in the The Hamptons. Click Here for more details.
Glowing Green Minature Golf - A Pirate Island Adventure Themed minature golf course packed with a ton of animated sets with adventure sounds, but the wildest thing is the cool 3-D Ultraviolet blacklight art. Click Here for more details.
Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Casino and Spa offers a variety of accommodations from suites and private view balcony rooms in the Lodge to Village suites and teepees and even a full-service RV Park. Every option is close to all the fun and diverse activities available at Kah-Nee-Ta. Click Here for more details.
Malibu Raceway is a state of the art facility dedicated to racing and competition. Enjoy one of three different styles of race cars. High powered indy style cars for adults, two-seater cars and even cars for the kids. They also have batting cages for all skill levels, a game room, the Pit Stop Snack Bar and great package deals. Check 'em out! Click Here
Maryhill Winery Concerts at the Ampitheater - what a spectacular line-up this year; Earth Wind and Fire, Chris Isaak, Allison Krauss & Union Station and Huey Lews & The News.
PDX Adult Soapbox Derby - Once a year a brave group of racers convene on the daunting slopes of Mt. Tabor to test their metal to their mettle, spill their blood, or even worse, spill their BEER. This unique community of thrill seekers pays homage to the city's volcano that allows these rebels to tickle her spine annually. Click Here for more details.
Port of Toledo Annual Wooden Boat Show
The Wooden Boat Show showcases vintage and new wooden boats at Port Dock One. The finest boat builders in the Pacific Northwest come to display their work and demonstrate their craft. Live music, food from various vendors and events for the whole family. Local artisans line the walk to display and sell their work. Click Here for more detailed information.
Sand Rail Tours - Some of the worlds largest and most beautiful dunes are located on the Central Oregon Coast. Glistening valleys, vast hills of shifting sand, and desert atmosphere make the dunes truly a must see!
When it comes to fun and excitement, Sand Rail Tours can accommodate just about everyone’s needs. From an exciting guided Sand Rail Tour or a Professionally guided Interpretive Scenic Tour on one of our Famous Big Purple Buggies driven by our skilled drivers. Click Here for more detailed information.
Chicago, The B-52s, Jimmy Cliff, Leo Kottke, K.D. Lang, Ziggy Marley, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Melissa Ethridge, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Pink Martini and more are included in a roaring line-up this Summer at The Zoo.