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Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery, Portland, Oregon

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 . . . → Read More: Hopworks Urban Brewery

A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

Astoria, Oregon

Recently, I spent a whole weekend in Astoria, Oregon taking in the sites, eating the food, and just generally enjoying this quirky northern Oregon Coast town. We stayed at the Commodore Hotel, ate and drank at Buoy Beer and the Blue Scorcher Bakery, wandered 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.

Commodore Hotel
The rooms here have 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

Buoy Beer
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 . . . → Read More: A Weekend in Astoria Featuring Tasty Food, Oregon State Parks, and the Voodoo Room

Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard, also Malbecs!

Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard; Also, Malbecs!

This post is fairly short and sweet and to the point. Do you want to win a $10 Whole Foods giftcard? And why wouldn’t you – it’s a free $10 to spend on hummus, bagels, rhubarb, wine (may I suggest a malbec?), or even put towards some fancy steak, salmon, or tuna for dinner.

I recently attended a fun and free Malbec wine tasting last week and I got the $10 card from Whole Foods to give away on my blog. At this event, myself, a couple other food bloggers, and some unsuspecting shoppers got to sample seven malbecs at the Hollywood Whole Foods (that’s the neighborhood in Portland, not LA). They were priced from $9.99 – $21.99 and, I thought, all were quite good. My favorites were probably the Marchiori & Barraud ($21.99), Waterbrook – from nearby Washington ($12.99), and the Don Valentin ($9.99).

Here’s how to win: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite wine (can be as simple as “red” or “white”, to an exact producer and year) before Friday, April 4th at noon, Pacific Time. I’ll pick a winner at random, email you, get your . . . → Read More: Win a $10 Whole Foods Giftcard, also Malbecs!

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

For my last International Food Bloggers Conference post, I’d like to talk about Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA.

There was an optional trip on Thursday, before the conference started, to visit the winery and taste some wines. It was a lot of fun and everyone was treated to a tour, wine samples, and accompanying food pairings. But one of the best surprises of the event, was that each attendee was presented with a complimentary copy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich’s cookbook, Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates to take home. I’ve already made one recipe from it (my adaption posted below).

In addition, John Sarich of Chateau Ste. Michelle also presented a session at the conference: Food & Wine – practical advice for pairing wine and food, from classic pairings to unexpected surprises.

I attended that (part of a wine tasting double-header along with Wine & Writing: Live Blogging – An Exercise in Writing with Bordeaux Wines right before). During this Chateau Ste. Michelle presentation, I learned a couple of interesting things:

1. Old world grapes . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle + Asian Honey Spiced Salmon

Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks for St. Patrick’s Day

Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks for St. Patrick's Day

Over the next couple of days I’m going to be posting two ideas for St. Patrick’s Day meals and this first one uses two very Irish ingredients — Guinness stout and lamb. It does take awhile to cook but the reward is worth it.

Of course, there’s also the challenge of finding a pot big enough to fit the lamb shanks in (usually my downfall), which is definitely tricky, but again, very much worth it in the end. If you have leftover braising sauce (and you probably will), it’s great used in lentil soup. Just thin with a little more chicken broth and cook your lentils in it. Mmmmm….lamb-y.

On the side — Polenta & Cabbage: This is sort of a colcannon-type dish but with polenta instead of potatoes. Just cook up a batch of polenta like usual (one part polenta whisked into four parts boiling liquid), and when it’s almost done, saute some sliced cabbage in separate pan, using about a tablespoon of butter. Add salt and pepper and let it get a little golden in places. Add the cooked cabbage and butter to the polenta and stir in . . . → Read More: Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks for St. Patrick’s Day