Every day, the kitchen at Mama Leo's Restaurant orchestrates an innovative menu of Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine using exotic spices, colors, and flavors. Relying on authentic recipes passed down through the generations in a tightly sealed treasure chest, cooks prepare dishes ranging from top-round beef with fried plantains or tilapia in coconut sauce to vegetarian offerings, such as arepa—cheese-stuffed cornmeal cakes. On Saturday mornings, they shake up the menu with traditional breakfast soups and cheese empanadas. The kitchen also prepares several vegan and gluten-free items. The fragrant spices of tropic climes fill the restaurant's tiny storefront, creating a pleasant, inviting atmosphere. Though the space is decorated with only a few paintings, accents such as flowers in vases lend a homey feel.
When Marian and Lew Evans bought the 18 year-old Roses Ice Cream in 1968, they neatly divided the labor: she managed the restaurant, he crafted the ice-cream, and their children worked the lunch counter. Perhaps it's this childhood experience that engendered a true love for the place in their daughter, who took over its operation in 1979. She ran the ice-cream parlor until 1994, when she had to sell it—only to see it torn down just three years later. Finally, in 2007, she joined forces with her brother to rekindle the family business and establish the second Roses Ice Cream.
Though modern, this casual eatery follows the precedent set by the original. Throughout the year, the owner and her staff harvest a rainbow of local berries, nuts, and candies, which they blend into the parlor's old-fashioned 14% butter-fat ice cream. Following this painstaking process, they craft more than 30 flavors in 6-gallon batches throughout the year. Sometimes, these flavors change seasonally—shifting from refreshing berry flavors in the spring and summer to heartier pumpkin in the fall and humanely raised snowman in the winter. These classics are accompanied by other frozen treats such as soy-based ice cream, fresh fruit sherbets, and an ice cream sandwich made with snickerdoodle cookie and cinnamon ice cream. To complement the sweeter offerings, Roses also serves savory fare such as soups, salads, and char-broiled local chuck burgers.
Oregon Food Bank seeks to address the problem of hunger through local advocacy and by distributing food to relief agencies such as food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The organization's network of partner agencies then provides that food directly to people in need. Oregon Food Bank obtains nutritious fare through a combination of bulk purchases and donations. As the need for hunger relief has increased during the last few years, so has the number of Oregonians and Washingtonians whom Oregon Food Bank serves.
We are an all vegan, organic sweet shop serving small batch baked goods, savory bites, vegan soft serve/Coconut Bliss, hot drinks, and Italian sodas not to mention an extensive selection of cookbooks, cards, housewares and small gifts. Also specializing in gluten free desserts as well.
Staccato Gelato sees itself as the intersection between Italian café foods and Oregonian ingredients. With local produce and hormone-free milk, they craft a menu encompassing 18 flavors per day. Although regular flavors include amaretto, cherry chocolate chip, and peach, the daily rotation is up to whoever’s behind the counter. Friday through Sunday, the shop augments its menu with freshly fried donuts, along with illy coffee. Visitors can make use of the café’s free WiFi and soften their scoops with the outdoor patio’s sunlight.
The staff also takes Stacato’s treats offsite, catering to crowds via a full-service scooping cart and a freezer rider. A mobile tricycle, the freezer rider boasts a low carbon footprint thanks to only using methane emissions.
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