Yesterday was spent cleaning the house(s) in preparation of the arrival of MANY Szigethys (5 to be exact). Mandy needed curtains finished up. She made them and they look great now that they are hung. I had to clean up the house so that the mini kitties (dust bunnies) weren’t running about. So, as a reward for actually cleaning up -and to stave off a nap- Mandy and I walked from Sellwood to...
Hop Festival 3/25/10
Okay, I apologize. No pretty beer pictures. It was really f-ing dark in the basement of Eastburn for the Bear Republic Hops festival so that pretty much took care of that. Besides, Jessi and I were a bit too mesmerized by the skinny hipster chick without hand/eye coordination playing the “Big Buck Hunter” video game. It was like a car wreck. Kudos to the folks at either or both...
Back in Oregon!
I know this blog is about Portland adventures but I figured I would include a summary of my trip to Cali because we (Mandy and I) didn’t get to explore PDX as much this week. I did have a fantastic time in California. We explored some interesting parts of San Fransisco and enjoyed local wine and beer. I can now say that I have done the Napa Valley for wine tasting. We -Steve and Jessi,...
Crossing State Lines... Spring break 2010
Since my co-blogger ratted me out and told you all (6 people) that I left the wonderful state of Oregon I feel I must inform you of my whereabouts. Steve and I drove south to California. We stopped at Stout’s Grove to see some big trees. This was my one requirement of this trip. Being tourists I figure we should take advantage of our out of state plates. We stopped at the Welcome to...
3/21/10 Arleta Library Cafe
So today looks like a good opportunity to either be lazy or get lots of stuff done. The jury is still out as to which. But before i get to one or the other I have to talk about the awesome breakfast we had at the Arleta Library Cafe and Bakery. I’ll confess, we have gone there once before, but it’s already become Les’s favorite breakfast spot. This time we actually got to...
Oregon Coast, just cause 3/20/10
Well since my co-blogger opted to cross state lines this week for spring break, Barb and I headed for the coast in anticipation of the nice weather most news outlets predicted for us. We decided that Cannon Beach might be nice, being only 1 1/2 hours away and someplace we’ve not gotten to fully appreciate, despite the number of times I personally have watched “The...
Pint Night: Bread and Ink 3/19/10
Once again the fam-damily got together to vent and celebrate the end of the work week. This week’s pint night lottery winner was the cafe Bread and Ink on SE Hawthorne by the Baghdad Theater. Jessi had been there for breakfast and enjoyed it, while Steve was concerned that it was “a bit pricey”. For all those checking their website, they do have a happy hour menu from 3-6,...
So Last night Mandy and I went to Corkscrew in Westmoreland. What a nice, cozy little place. The picture above is the wine shelves by the front door. The whole place exudes warmth. That could be due to the wood paneling on the walls, recovered from an old barn. Maybe it’s the lighting that is set at a dim yellow glow from chandeliers above and votive candle on each table. There also is...
So last night I went to trivia night at Kay’s Bar at Bybee and Milwaulkie. Last Call Trivia runs the operation and it’s free! Due to this being on a school night, Mandy lamed out. I can kind of understand since I did not get all of my beauty rest last night and this may end up being a very rough day. Steve and I walked over at around 8:30 and met Krystal. Her boyfriend is the one who...
What's that noise? Saturday 3/13 Portland Iditarod
For the last day of early morning sunlight (and the last day before Barb returns from New Zealand), we got an early start with a trip to Mill End for curtain fabric and general inspiration. After a short detour to Woodstock to deliver an impulsively purchased futon (which does fit in the back of a Subaru) we returned to Sellwood to buy perogies from the Ukrainian church. St. John the Baptist...
Pint Night: Mash Tun
What is a great tradition that involves beer, food, and good company? PINT NIGHT! Friday we went to Mash Tun. A smaller group than a normal pint night due to people being in New Zealand (Barb) and another recording for his band (Steve). So the remaning 3 of us went to the Mash Tun. Located on Alberta in a very cute neighborhood of mixed use buildings, Mash Tun is a small brewery that sets itself...
Salvador Dali drinks beer: Belmont Station 3/10/10
Oh the obligation that Jessi and I now feel to do fun and interesting things to tell everyone about. Surely we would not have gone to Belmont Station to try the beers from Heater Allen if we didn’t feel obliged to blog about it. Scratch that, we totally would have gone, we just wouldn’t have brought Steve and Les. (Kidding guys!) As the reigning queen of Portland beers (I gave her...
Recently, Mandy and I have begun taking advantage of living in a city. Portland Oregon has so much fun stuff to do, observe, and write about we wanted to share our escapades with people we know and maybe make some new friends in the process. Our interests are varied so expect many different types of activities. Photos, stories of hiking, biking, and eating (yummy food carts). Beer is another good...
Saturday March 5. Plants, Cupcakes and Chocolate
It was another gorgeous El Nino Saturday, so Jessi and I were going to make the most of it. Jessi got up REALLY EARLY to start pork roasts in the crock pot for the chocolate tasting party that she and Steve were hosting that night, and had a long list of things to get accomplished, not the least of which was to FINALLY get an Amy Winehouse cupcake from the Sugar Cube at the cart pod at...
Dangly bits... You're fired! 3/7/10
So the day after a pulled pork party requires some R&R. Shopping was done and great things were purchased. Sadly neither one of us could take advantage of the swim suit sale at Target because the suits were all kinda meh. So after Steve had finished his paper and coffee (read:100pm) we all went for a hike in lovely Camas, WA. Now as you may know Camas is a paper mill town. Now if you have...
Ninkasi beer tasting at Belmont Station
Have you ever run into someone you KNOW you know from somewhere but you can’t figure out where from? Who hasn’t? But this happened to me today. I’m soo pissed because I still can’t figure it out. This lady is standing there drinking beer and I KNOW I know her but can’t place her. Oh well there was good beer in my hand. Best not to dwell… Mandy has been reading...