The Oregon Hop House
22675 Butteville Road NE
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
I have taken a loooooooong summer hiatus. I didn’t really mean to, I just…get lazy in the summer. And then we did a big road trip to North Dakota in September, and here it is, October already. I honestly meant to post this before we left but time just got away from me. It happens sometimes.
So. Way back in September I was invited to a tour of the Levy Farm at the Oregon Hop House, courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB). Patrick Levy showed us around including the picking machine and hop dryer. We got a tour of the facilities and farm, lunch catered by Chipotle, and then a tour of Hopworks back in Portland (unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for that part).
But, a couple of days later I dragged jwa back to the Powell HUB location for lunch. And honestly, it was one of the best burgers I’d had in a while (the rocket burger). Also, the Organic Velvet ESB was my drink of choice–besides being delicious, it’s also healthy because it has Bob’s Red Mill oats in it. It’s science.
Some facts about Hopworks:
They are a 20 barrel brewery that produces 12,500 barrels of beer a year fortheir brewpub and distribution in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. The brewpub offers 15 draught and two cask beers at all times. HUB beer is available in 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and 50L kegs.
The brewery opened on October 1, 2007 and the brewpub opened on March 25, 2008.
And also, they make a pretty excellent arugula-topped burger and Organic Velvet ESB. Also, the cauliflower dip…get that.
The American Local
3003 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97214
Oh my god, I know! Two posts in one week is absolutely crazy-times. But sometimes, I take photos that turn out amazing and/or the meal was incredibly good and I can’t wait to get a post up! That is what this is.
Last Saturday we had planned to go out to dinner and our criteria was this:
1. where can we walk to quickly?
2. where is there air conditioning?
Winner? The American Local!
This was our first visit (Palino had actually been a favorite of both jwa and I for breakfasts and gelato) so we were a little sad when it closed last fall. And although we were both curious when The American Local opened in Pallino’s place, we just had never gotten around to trying it until the weather was super hot and we were super hungry – neither was an issue here.
The meal began with a couple of cocktails and we tried a number of sharable plates (what they recommend). Everything was amazing and arrived at the table plated gorgeously (I am a sucker for a pretty plate). If anything, I’d say we could maybe have skipped . . . → Read More: Dinner at The American Local
Continuing my whole summer of laziness theme, here are some photos from our trip at the end of last month to Astoria, Oregon. We stayed at the Commodore Hotel, ate and drank at Buoy Beer and the Blue Scorcher Bakery, went to Fort Stevens State Park, and spent a couple of nights at the Voodoo Room.
An excellent weekend trip, even if the weather didn’t cooperate until the day we left.
Rooms with private and shared bathrooms. We had a deluxe cabin (private bathroom). Pros: Great location, cozy lobby downstairs. Modern, Scandinavian aesthetic. Cons: lacking in amenities for the price — at least for the “deluxe” rooms (no in-room coffeemaker or refrigerator, no towel hooks in the bathroom).
258 14th Street
Astoria, OR 97103
No. 1 Eighth (8th) Street
Astoria, OR 97103
Awesome beer and food. Great waterfront location!
Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe
1493 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
This is always a good breakfast or lunch choice.
Fort Stevens State Park
West of Astoria, off Highway 101. Both Pacific Ocean and Columbia River beaches.
The Voodoo Room
This is always a good drinking choice. Sometimes there is live music — we saw Daric Moore the first night and the Slow Poisoner the second night.
The . . . → Read More: A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room
Last Thursday evening, I was invited to a California Avocado Dinner hosted by the California Avocado Commission at Mother’s Bistro & Bar (212 SW Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97204). Relatively-speaking, I am a bit of a new fan of avocados, having really just started liking them about 10 years ago.
Gateway avocado delivery system: guacamole, of course. But jwa is an avid lover of avocados from way back, so I brought him to the dinner with me!
After some avocado daiquiris, socializing, and delicious hors d’oeuvres, Chef Lisa Schroeder gave a demo for an Avocado, Pink Grapefruit, and Dungeness Crab Salad (See recipe below). We also got an amazing swag bag filled with all sorts of goodies to take home, including avocados and a signed copy of the Mother’s Best cookbook at the end of the evening! Such a great time.
Thank you again California Avocado Commission and Mother’s Bistro & Bar!
California Avocado Dinner, June 19, 2014
Lucy Brennan’s Avocado Daiquiri
Avocado, Pink Grapefruit, a Dungeness Crab Cocktail
Guacamole-filled Cherry Tomatoes
Butter Lettuce, Avocado, & Green Onion Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken Breast with Sauteed Onions, and Peppers, Topped with Avocado, and Salsa, served with Macaroni . . . → Read More: June is California Avocado Month!
Getting out of my changing-of-the-seasons slump with a strawberry rhubarb pie! So, delicious. The brown sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon all get together here (with the fresh fruit) to work a kind of pie magic. Every year, this is one of my most favorite pies to make! And not just because I like the challenge of a lattice crust (just kidding, it’s really easy)!
So yeah, take advantage of the remaining rhubarb season and make this pie now. Or, you could even decrease the sugar** just a little bit and try this with strawberries and peaches. Or strawberries and apricots. Or strawberries and strawberries.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Lattice Crust
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appétit magazine; 8 servings
1 recipe of your favorite pie dough (double crust), two discs chilled – mine is Dorie Greenspan’s Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough*
3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
1 16-ounce container strawberries, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup (packed) brown . . . → Read More: Late Spring Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a Lattice Crust