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Breakfast3 It doesn't take much to make us happy. Breakfast at the Original Pancake House is an uncommon but always-welcome treat. It feels like Door County there. No matter how cloudy it is outside, all that honey-colored wood makes it feel warm and bright, like summer, like vacation.

Breakfast6 I always get the Swedish pancakes, and eat them with butter and syrup instead of lingonberries. Pancakes always taste better when someone else makes them. Actually, almost everything tastes better when someone else makes it, in my opinion.

Breakfast2 This restaurant is the original Original Pancake House. You probably have one of its siblings in your town now (they're all over the country). We had one in Oak Park. I used to go there all the time. At this one in Portland, there is always a wait. Always. But it's worth it.

Breakfast4_1 Afterward, we went to the Dutch American Market and bought custard mixes, tiny clogs, and giant chocolate initials. If you go there, Ad and Hans will be happy to help you read the food packages and tell you how to cook things.

Aren't they a couple of handsome specimens?

Dutchstore1 I sure think so.

Dutchstore2 Ad's name tag: a little clog. Love this place.

Great day. Hope your weekend was wonderful, too.

Is it just me or did my computer update and change all my stuff? I can't seem to remember what things looked like before, or get it back — oops.


Oh! This made me so homesick for Portland! I used to LOVE The Original Pancake House! My favorite are their German Apple Pancakes. Once, shortly after the hub and I were married (and living on the far west side), we wanted to take my parents out to breakfast at OPH. So we planned to meet them there one Saturday morning. When we arrived there was a long long line and the hostess said "1 to 2 hour wait". Not a problem for me, but my dad just wouldn't do that. So he insisted that we go to an IHOP nearby instead! Arrgh! That made me grumpy for the rest of the day because IT'S NOT THE SAME! Anyway - thanks for the photos and the good memories! I get my Portland fix from your blog.

Makes me so homesick for Wisconsin... for Door County... Al Johnson's... swedish pancakes... grassy roofs... goats on grassy roofs!
You made my day Alicia!

older, distinguished looking gentlemen of european extraction...definitely an underappreciated commidity on our youth obsessed culture. I love how you can see Ad's sleeveless t-shirt under his buttondown. reminds me of my german grandpa.

thanks for reminding me!

After reading this yummy post I want to run to the kitchen to make a stack of pancakes.

I love mornings like that! If you have ever been to my blog, you'll know that I am strangely attached to our Pancake Circus. However, there is only room in the world for one of those!

The sweet men of that market remind me of the men who run the Italian market we like to go to. There are probably 4 of them and they are just the nicest little old men! And it is so clear they are loving what they are doing right now soooo much. I hope I can do something I love that much in my old age.

Mine was a working weekend, with a big climax yesterday afternoon. Now that it's all over, Monday is feeling like a vacation. At least for the next few hours before the kids get out of school :)

I love to go to the dutch store and get the bulk candy because you get to put it in those paper cones.

Sounds like a lovely day.

Wow! I'm a recent transplant to Wisconsin from the south. I recognized the name Door County, but we haven't ventured up there yet. After following your links, I think I have a good idea what we'll be doing for vacation this summer! Thanks

Ad & Hans look really nice + pancakes made by someone else = perfect! We had a great day too with popcorn +friends +family +good old movies and an awsome book on tape... I didn't get to bed until 1. Superfun!

We have one of those not too far from our house. Peter apparently held a client meeting there one day (at the client's request). As we passed it one day, he said "you haven't had pancakes until you've eaten there".

I guess I haven't

adorable shopkeepers. what will you do with the custard mixes? keep us posted...love the ethnic markets!

Chris Howard says: February 19, 2007 at 09:07 AM

Ahhh...IHOP, how many late night hours did I spend in you while cramming for exams with friends? The world is a happier place because of you...

There are no Original Pancake Houses in all of New England!
Where is the justice?

Yummy post and pics - yes your typeset seems a little bigger and easier to read... my blog was doing "funny" things for awhile after I changed my template but I think it is settled in now. Yours looks fantastic, as always.

Alicia, did you know that tomorrow is National Pancake Day? You celebrated it a bit early, just like we did. My wonderful husband got up early today to make his specialty- whole wheat blueberry pancakes. Just about my favorite food ever!

why did i not know about this market?! i feel a dutch candy/japanese bookstore excursion coming on.

paul and i had one of our first dates at the ophouse in champaign (urbana?). the last time we went here was so long ago and we had to share a table which i thought would be fun, but as it turned out, it was not.

why did i not know about this market?! i feel a dutch candy/japanese bookstore excursion coming on.

paul and i had one of our first dates at the ophouse in champaign (urbana?). the last time we went here was so long ago and we had to share a table which i thought would be fun, but as it turned out, it was not.

Lisa Johnson says: February 19, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Alicia, just discovered your blog and I am hooked. I don't know if you remember, but we met at Monticello before you had your booth there. I also have a booth there with my friend Isabel. We are the "tickled pink" booth next to the big window. Anyway, just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your wonderful insights. Some of which have made me laugh until I got tears in my eyes. I know a lot of people out there can really relate to you, but so many things you write about are so me! Here's something funny: I just made german pancakes for the kids for breakfast and I haven't made them in ages. Then I go up to the computer to see if you updated your blog and read about your breakfast out this weekend. We used to live in the Garden Home area of Portland years ago and would love having breakfast at The Original Pancake House. Anyway, keep up the good work and I will continue to check your blog. Maybe I will see you at Monticello sometime. Have a great week!

What a perfect day! I'm of Dutch extraction myself, and Ad and Hans look like all my male relatives a couple of generations back. Practical, thorough, scrupulous, and life-loving.

I used to have a tiny pair of klompen (the clogs) hanging from the rearview mirror of my car, years back. I don't know what ever happened to them!

yum! i'd love to have a pancake house here, it's just cold and snowy and ... i definetely could need some pancakes :-)

and yes, your blog did change when you updated now. it just ... doesn't really look the same.

and while i'm writing i can tell you that i begin every morning at work with a cup of tea and your blog, it puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day. thank you for having this blog, doing what you do, sharing your craft and your world :-)

You know, it IS National Pancake Day! How appropriate!

I'm pretty sure the Original Pancake House in Oak Park is gone now. I was there visiting my family for the holidays, and it was either already gone, or in the process of closing done. So sad!

Yum!! everything looks wonderful. My favorite place to eat breakfast is by far Pig & Pancake at Seaside! Can't wait until my next visit!


Amy in Tillamook says: February 19, 2007 at 12:23 PM

Now, I never get homesick for Milwaukee although I do get homesick for Cedarburg and the general landscape (the whole non-westerness of it, I suppose). I do get oddly sentimental about Door Co., but only the Door Co. of my childhood when it wasn't so built up. Al Johnson's was there then and as my six-year old refuses to believe that there are actually goats who eat the grass growing on the roof I suppose we will have to make a trek back to show him. The ice place.....Wilson's!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.