Cornbread Cafe in Springfield

I am very excited to announce that your favorite vegan restaurant has opened a second location in the charming historical district in Springfield known as the Washburne District. Their new location will have an emphasis on Louisiana style meals, as well as some old favorites from their original menu. They will also include a full bar, and try their hand as an entertainment venue!

The new location is filled with vintage charm and local art, and the food is everything you would expect from Cornbread Cafe since their appearance on the Food Network made them a national foodie destination. Be sure and visit the website to see the new menu, and updated hours http://cornbreadcafe.com/springfield/

There is a new location for Cornbread Cafe and it is located in the heart of downtown Springfield!

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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The Best Chicken-Fried Steak North of the Mason-Dixon Line

As a southern boy I’m always on the lookout for a good chicken-fried steak. After a friend recommended I go to Jazzy Ladies Cafe I rounded up the family and headed over.

We were greeted right away by the hostess who was very attentive and friendly, it has been awhile since I have been in a restaurant this hospitable. We were given our menus and told to order at the counter when we were ready. I noticed that they did have several gluten-free and dairy free options for those with allergies, and mostly use organic ingredients. The best part was everything is made from scratch!

Once we ordered our food came out in a timely fashion, and boy oh boy, we were not dissappointed. Jazzy Ladies Cafe uses a fresh cut of  tenderized steak, dips in their homemade batter and cooks it when you order it. You can certainly tell the difference in the freshness and the flavor! Not to mention the sausage gravy was just like the one my Grand’ma used to make. Clearly someone here cares about creating a quality dining experience. My only suggestion to future diners is if you are looking to have the chicken fried steak experience be sure an call ahead, they tend to sell out of it before they close at 3pm.

Have a look at their menu and see what else you may enjoy! http://jazzyladiescafe.com/menus.html

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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A New Italian Restaurant in the Whiteaker- Bari Trattoria

A couple of friends and I decided to visit the latest restaurant to open in the Whiteaker, Bari Trattoria. We were seated immediately without a reservation, and the wait staff got our drinks and appetizers to us quickly. We ordered the Wood Fired Mixed Olives and Calamari for our appetizers. For the main course my friend Sheila ordered the Spaghetti Marinara with Meatballs, Chris ordered the Smoked Pork Ragu, and I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Smoked Chicken.

We were all very happy with our meals, the chicken was was tender and filled with smoke flavor. The noodles were handmade in house and you could taste the difference! Keeping true to their name they have a great mixologist on staff that had several intriguing house cocktails on the menu.

They also have a great Tuesday night special that none of us had a chance to try 1 slice and a beer for $13. Perhaps the best part of the evening was when they brought out our bill, and even after the 4 cocktails we added to the meal our bill was only $82. Great food, great prices, great location! I will definitely be back! Click here for more info http://baritrattoria.com/

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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Date Night at Cafe Soriah with Chef Ib

My fiance’ Erika and I decided to visit Cafe Soriah after meeting Chef Ib the owner and table side chef. We came in on a Tuesday around 6pm and were seated right away. The staff was very attentive despite how busy they appeared to be. At the recommendation of the Chef I chose the Steak Diane, a Beef tenderloin, in burgundy brown sauce with mushrooms, scallions, Dijon mustard and garlic. My fiance’ chose Souvlaki, a smaller plate of skewered marinated beef tenderloin grilled and served with tzatziki. My Steak Diane was out of this world, it reminded me of a gourmet salisbury steak. Erika loved her entree’ as well, along with her beet salad she said it was the perfect portion.

Chef Ib is dedicated to bringing the Mediterranean experience into every meal and uses lots of local fresh ingredients. If you would like to see him in action I recommend you stop by tonight! For a list of everything they have to choose from visit their website http://cafesoriah.com

Chef Ib, hard at work

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker- Wheel Apizza Pub

I visited the new pizzeria in the Whiteaker Saturday night of the soft opening with my fiance’ and her friend visiting from out of town. As many of you know Steve Mertz the creator of Tacovore is tackling his next project a New Haven pizzeria with a focus on new school craft beer. Needless to say I was excited!

When we arrived they had a similar set up to Tacovore, you get get in line to order before you sit down. The staff was very friendly and greeted us as soon as we walked in. We ordered the Kale Caesar, Cheese Polenta Cakes, and the Sausage and Pepper pizza, two of their hand crafted soda’s Erika got the Berry and I got Lemon.

We received our food right away and the pizza was served with a rustic char on the crust. It was clear that they were using higher end ingredients, and that all the ingredients were fresh with an emphasis on locally sourced products. The flavor was out of this world, I haven’t tasted pizza this fresh before. The combination of sausage and red pepper practically exploded in my mouth! I did not have a beer that night, but the shop was certainly a buzz with delight as patrons discussed pairings and beer selections. The pizzeria also boasts handmade cocktails and wine if beer isn’t your preference.

The only problem I foresee for this new restaurant is where they are going to fit all the customers when they start to get busy. It is quite a bit smaller than Tacovore, but I assume it will be just as popular. Some nights it might be easier to order take-out! Visit their website to learn more http://thewheelapizzapub.com/

The soft opening at the Wheel Apizza Pub was a huge hit

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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Cottage Grove Treasures- The Historic District

As someone who used to work in Cottage Grove I am very familiar what this town has to offer. To this day it is still one of my favorite Daycation spots. When I go I usually like to hit up the Backstage Bakery for breakfast because they have “hands down” the best biscuits and gravy in Lane County. The Inhat Brothers definitely don’t mess around when it comes to creating a menu your grand’ma would’ve been proud of. You will find all of your favorite classics on there, including a great cup of coffee!

After breakfast, head over to one of my favorite vintage stores 5 Flying Monkeys, their prices and collection can’t be beat. They have a unique blend of antiques and funky thrift store items that will keep you busy for hours. Next door is the Crafty Mercantile an original shop for those of you who love creating your own arts and crafts at home. Not only do they have everything you need to stay busy in the studio, they also provide plenty of inspiration, and work space in the store. If you are a bookworm you are in luck Cottage Grove has 3 of the coolest bookstores in the area. Kalapuya Books is located next to the Backstage Bakery, Bookmine across the street also doubles as a jewelry store and plant shop. Not even a stones throw away is a friendly priced used bookstore called Books on Main.

For lunch I will usually go to Jack Sprats a great little cafe that I think is one of the true hidden gems in Cottage Grove, or Buster’s Main Street Cafe. They both have excellent Reuben sandwiches, and they are only about 2 blocks away from each other. After lunch I like to drive by a few of their famous covered bridges before heading home https://traveloregon.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/scenic-drives/cottage-grove-covered-bridge-tour-route/

There are many other great places to visit in Cottage Grove, this is just a few of my personal favorites. Please visit the CG Chamber of Commerce to find out more information about all the great places it has to offer http://www.cgchamber.com/

So the next time you are planning a day trip, consider our neighbors to south and visit one of these hidden treasures!

 

The Historic District of downtown Cottage Grove is one of my favorite Daycations in Lane County

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 11:07 pm
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Southern Williamette Valley Wineries Tour

Eugene has gathered quite the reputation for being home to some of the best breweries in the world. However, I don’t hear anyone whining about our local wineries either. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded the Williamette Valley as the Wine Region of the Year in 2016. Known for it’s New World Pinot Noir, the Williamette Valley has been influencing wine drinkers everywhere to have an open mind to new ideas.

Here is a complete list of the wineries in Lane County that have helped the region earn the honor.

-Brigadoon Wine Company– 25167 Ferguson Rd, Junction City, OR  97448   http://www.brigadoonwineco.com

-Pfeiffer Winery– 25040 Jaeg Rd, Junction City, OR 97448  http://www.pfeifferwinery.com/

-Walnut Ridge Winery– 94739 Turnbow Ln, Junction City, OR 97448   http://www.walnutridgevineyard.com/

-High Pass Winery– 24757 Lavell Rd, Junction City, OR 97448 http://www.highpasswinery.com/

-Rain Song Vineyard– 92989 Templeton Rd, Cheshire, OR 97419 http://rainsongvineyard.com/

-Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company– 25974 OR-36, Cheshire, OR 97419    https://www.bennettvineyardsor.com/

-LaVelle Vineyards– 89697 Sheffler Rd, Elmira, OR 97437 http://www.lavellevineyards.com/

-Valhalla Winery23785 OR-126, Veneta, OR 97487 http://www.valhallawinery.com/

-Sarver Winery– 25600 Mayola Ln, Eugene, OR 97402 http://www.sarverwinery.com/

-Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery– 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97402        https://nobleestatewinery.com/

-Abbelone Vineyard85505 Christensen Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://abbelonewine.com/

-Sweet Cheeks Winery– 27007 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://sweetcheekswinery.com

-Silvan Ridge Winery– 27012 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405  http://silvanridge.com/

-Iris Vineyards– 82110 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.irisvineyards.com/

-King Estate Winery– 80854 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.kingestate.com/

-Chateau Lorane– 27415 Siuslaw River Rd, Lorane, OR 97451  http://www.chateaulorane.com/

-Saginaw Vineyards– 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Saginaw, OR 97424    https://www.saginawvineyard.com/

-Eugene Wine Cellars– 255 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402    http://www.eugenewinecellars.com/index.html

-Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company– 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97401    http://territorialvineyards.com/

-Oregon Wine Labs– 488 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401 http://www.oregonwinelab.com/

-Capitello Wines– 540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401  http://www.capitellowines.com/

-J. Scott Cellars– 520 Commercial St Unit G, Eugene, OR 97402  https://www.jscottcellars.com/

-Hayworth Estate Wines– 92075 Powerline Rd, Eugene, OR 97408    https://www.hayworthestatewines.com/

 

If you would like to plan a trip to one or several of these fine establishments please  visit http://www.southwillamettewineries.com/plan-your-trip/

or if you would like to be escorted about town so you don’t have to worry about designating a driver go to http://www.corkandbarreltours.com/

Leave your favorite Williamette Valley winery experience in the comments…

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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Moving to Oregon? I Can Help

 

There are many challenges presented to you when you move into a new home. When you add relocating to a new town, or a new state the list of things to do pile up rather quickly. There are very few agents in Oregon that are committing their time to help their clients relocate. Not only am I committed to the process of helping you become familiar with a new town. I will also personalize the integration with your wants and needs. Whether it is as simple as helping you find your new favorite restaurant, a trustworthy lender, or assisting in networking efforts for your business. I will be behind you 100% during and after our transaction.

With the prices of homes rising to astronomical levels in major cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland. It makes sense that people are looking for alternative places to live. Eugene has become a popular destination with its relaxed lifestyle. It is close to the mountains and the ocean, there is no sales tax, and the homes here are still well priced for an appreciating market. If you would like to learn more about the Eugene market please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions, I would be happy to assist you in any way I can.

If you are considering Eugene as your new home be sure and visit the Eugene Chamber of Commerce website for more details http://www.eugenechamber.com/why-eugene.html

Moving to Oregon? I am a relocation specialist

More people are moving to Oregon than ever before to find an alternative lifestyle that is focused on outdoor living in a family friendly environment.

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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My 10-Step Marketing Plan

In order to be successful in this competitive market you have to have a plan. To capitalize on your investment to it’s fullest potential that plan has to be educated and grounded in facts. The facts are this is a sellers market in Lane County (May 2017), but if your home isn’t marketed properly you could still be missing out on it’s full potential. Here is a fool proof plan that I have experienced a great deal of success with.

1. Listing in RMLS– When your home is listed in RMLS it automatically populates to online websites such as; Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Trulia.com. This is a way for Realtors to view your home and buyers who are still unrepresented to find your home through personal searches.

2. Signage– Another basic building block of a proper marketing plan is a yard sign with information regarding the property.

3. Open Houses– Most agents will do at least one open house, I generally tend to do one open house a month until the property has a pending offer.

4. Pricing– This is a key strategy for any home sale, you can test the market with a higher price if you are not in a rush to sell your home, or you can price it to move quickly. I prefer to create a very educated price point, due to market trends and comparable recent sales in your area.

5. Staging– The theories on staging are numerous. Curb appeal is by far the most important component of staging in my opinion. Without it some people may not even get out of their car to see the house. Many homes show well simply being vacated and cleaned thoroughly. For a more luxurious home you may want to consider a professional stager that will fill your home elegant furniture and beautiful decor for a monthly fee.

6. Newspaper Ads– If you list with me I will always include an add in the Register Guard with your open house times listed. This will ensure that your open house will be a success.

7. Parade of Homes– There is a weekly tour of new homes on the market that is attended by the top Realtors in Lane County. If you list with me I will personally present your home at the Parade of Homes and coordinate your home to be open during the Parade hours.

8. Windermere Weekly Meetings– Here at Windermere we have a slight advantage over the competition, with 140 agents on staff we are the largest realty team in Lane County. Once a week we assemble to discuss buyer needs and new up and coming listings. Many times our listings get sold in house before they even hit the open market.

9. Social Media– One of the perks of being a member of the Eugene Area Board of Realtors is having access to their social media group. When I list your home I will post it on their Facebook page where over 800 Realtors from Lane County will have the chance to view it. as well as utilizing the Windermere Facebook page.

10. Knocking– Knocking doors is an ancient art form, but a highly effective way to communicate still. I will knock in the general vicinity of your home and let your neighbors know that your home is coming on the market and when your open house will be taking place.

 

LoopNet/Hotlinks– For all of my Commercial/Investment properties I post all of my properties to LoopNet and Hotlinks so all local and area investors will be notified of your listing.

 

Long story short, I have a dedicated plan for selling your home quickly and at top dollar, if you would like me to perform a market analysis for your home reach out to me today and I will do my best to ensure you have the right information at the right time to make a great decision.

 

Your friend in real estate, Vince Casey

 

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 12:34 am
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