Author Archives: Leah Olson

Part 1: What is Slow Food?

There are more than 31,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide. These 31,000 restaurants operate in 119 countries and on six continents. Every day 47 million people make a trip to the McDonald’s counter for quick fix food – burgers, fries, chicken-nuggets, sodas … Continue reading

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Part 2: Q&A With Slow Foodie Andrew Bonamici

Andrew Bonamici has been affiliated with the Slow Food Eugene convivum since 2002. He is the the Associate University Librarian for the Media and Instructional Services at the University of Oregon. Bonamici, whose father’s side of the family calls Italy … Continue reading

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Part 3: Focus on Tom Barkin: Slow Food Eugene President

Tom Barkin loves a good adventure. In 1972, after two years of law school, Barkin decided to take some time off to go traveling with his wife. They had four goals for their trip: hike north of the Arctic Circle, … Continue reading

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Part 4: The Local Butcher

Long-time butcher and owner of Long’s Meat Market, Mike Wooley practices Slow Food’s motto: “Good, Clean & Fair” food. On a Friday afternoon Long’s Meat Market in South Eugene is abuzz. One woman peers into the glass case and orders … Continue reading

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Part 5: Video Food Experiment

Local vs. non-local?  Organic vs. non-organic?  Which costs more?  Does one taste better? The premise behind the video: Throughout the research for my enterprise story, I talked with several Slow Foodies and I talked with several college students about eating. … Continue reading

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Slow Media

I am writing about the Slow Food movement for part of my enterprise story.  I interviewed a member of Slow Food Eugene last week and he made an off hand comment about Slow Media.  I was curious what “Slow Media” … Continue reading

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New Hotel Coming to Downtown

For my last neighborhood post I wrote about some of the downfalls of neighborhood development.  So, to balance out my perspective on downtown, I decided to investigate some of the positive advances in development. I recently made a visit to … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Profile?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the components that lead to a good profile. For me, profiles are one of the most interesting and engaging types of articles to write. We get to be voyeurs into the lives of … Continue reading

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Potala Gate Owner Hopes to Connect With Tibet in the Future

The scent of Nag Champa wafts through the air. Red, blue, green, yellow and white prayer flags flutter in the breeze coming from the open door. The guttural chants of a monk, beautiful and eerie, fill the Potala Gate gift … Continue reading

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Downtown Holes… It’s The Pits…

When we were divvying out neighborhoods at the beginning of this class, I immediately knew I wanted downtown.  Downtown… the epicenter of Eugene (at least from my point of view).  Downtown… where some of Eugene’s most excellent restaurants, bars, coffee … Continue reading

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