We're pretty lucky here in the Northwest. Our wine country is filled with so many amazing places and although I've never been wine tasting in Napa or in Tuscany - I've heard so many people say that Oregon wine country really rivals the competition. Of course I'm going to have to go check out those other places so I can properly report back! But in the meantime, I'm content checking out the large number of places that are basically in my backyard.
This past weekend we went out to Stoller Vineyards to celebrate their 1-year Tasting Room anniversary. Luke's friend and old co-worker now works out there, so it was fun to see him & some other people that Luke & I used to work with. The weather was less than stellar, but when you're inside all warm & cozy sipping on a variety of delicious wines, who cares that the wind is blowing the rain sideways in chilly temps! :)
One of my dad's best friends gave us a gift certificate for the Tasty n Tasty restaurant group as a wedding present. His reasoning (which I totally love & agree with) is that he wanted to give us an experience, something that we can remember, instead of a blender that was just going to break in a few years. He instructed us to order small plates so we could try as much as possible. I now know why he said this, because everything that we tried was beyond tasty (hehe)!
Since we had already been to Tasty n Sons & Toro Brovo, we decided to try the new Tasty n Alder. So a few Friday's ago, we got off work slightly early & headed downtown for a date night. We arrived early, but we were able to take a seat near the bar & order a few drinks & bites of food. As soon as 5:30 hit, the place started to pack in. We were lucky enough to get a cute little table right by the open window. It was another perfect Portland evening with very warm, but not overwhelming temperatures; just the right amount of heat for a Friday evening dinner.
Biscuit & honey butter
^^ Northwest cheeses ^^
^^ Halibut fish tacos, some of the best in all of Portland ^^
^^ The most delicious steak sandwich. On Earth. ^^
If you live in the Portland area, or are just visiting, I'd definitely recommend a stop by this place. We'll be going back for sure! I still have to try that crab dip that has been receiving rave reviews!
A few weekends ago we visited Bend, OR for the weekend. It's a new tradition for Luke & I to go for the Bend Brewfest (this was our second time, see, new tradition!) And, these weekends are really proving to be full of beer & good food (as every weekend should be, in my book...). We were lucky enough to stay with my (our) good friend Gina. So, not only was our weekend filled with beer & food, but also a good friend. That really makes for the perfect weekend. And traveling back home just that much harder.
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