Apizza Scholls

2nd Anniversary

We had such a good time at Feastpdx! Our first experience there and it was a hit for sure. We definitely want to go next year. I think most of the events were sold out. There was a brunch event that sounded like fun to me. Maybe next year we can try that one.

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After Feast we headed downtown to check in at the hotel. We got a room with a huge jacuzzi tub (so relaxing) and a view of the “park”. (It’s not really a park.)

We walked a few blocks from the hotel to Departure. It was still kind of early and we wanted to get a drink at the rooftop bar.

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Great views of downtown Portland! Michael got an Old Fashioned and I got a glass of Pinot Gris and we stood outside for a bit and then got a table inside to finish our drinks and just relax a little bit.

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Then it was back to the hotel for an early-ish night. I have to say, it was kinda niceย sleeping all night long!!!! Not that we didn’t miss our baby, of course, but sleeping all night and not being woken up multiple times to feed him was a nice little treat for both of us (especially for me). AND sleeping in!! We got to sleep in late the next morning. AND we got to be lazy in bed, taking showers…no real schedule or feeling rushed. Sorry Logan, but it was kind of blissful. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got to go out to brunch! Something we rarely do. We went to the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland. I’ve never been but Michael has been a bunch of times and likes it. (The line for Mother’s was insanely long so we didn’t even try it.)

The wait for a table at Bijou wasn’t bad, maybe 10 minutes. It was completely packed though, and after we got our table there was a big crowd of people that came in so the wait time definitely increased. We got there just in time.

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I splurged and got a Bloody Mary to go with my coffee. Both were divine.

There were so many tasty sounding things on the menu. Lots of unique items, in addition to your traditional breakfast items. Michael got an omelette with a green salad and baguette.

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I was so tempted to get the French toast, or the special tomato, basil and feta omelette but what I ended up getting sounded so unique I couldn’t pass it up. I mean how many times do you see a cauliflower and kale hash with eggs on a menu??

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The flavors were so good. The potatoes were crispy. The cheese was perfect. The kale was chewy. The cauliflower was an odd thing in a breakfast but it worked so well. Topped with runny eggs. Perfection!

We enjoyed our breakfast and I drank multiple cups of coffee and then it was time to head back to the hotel, check out and go home.

Logan was GREAT overnight with my parents. I’m so glad. I was worried he’d have a hard time but he was a good baby. He started getting a bit of a cold on Friday, so I had worried about that too but he was doing alright. And he seemed happy to see us.

The rest of the afternoon was super lazy. Cuddles with the baby, the guys watched football, I worked on photos from the weekend…I had planned on going to the gym but I was just feeling kind of tired and lazy. It was pouring rain and gray out and that didn’t inspire me to go anywhere, either.

But we did take my parents out for dinner as a thank you. We braved the rain and went to Apizza Scholls:

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They’d never been so it was cool to be able to share it with them since we’ve talked about the pizza for years. Bonus: we got there right when they opened and got a table right away. And Boneyard beer:

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It was nice being able to spend a little time with them. We talked about family vacations and the ones I remember as a kid and whether or not Logan will remember trips when he gets old. I think it will be really fun exposing him to places! Even though he’s really young right now, I think doing that stuff early is good. For example, Michael and I both want to do a road trip down to the Redwoods someday in the next few years.

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Logan was awesome at the restaurant. We finished all the pizza and then went home for an early night. Even though we slept so good at the hotel we were both SO TIRED! Sleep deficit I guess.

Sunday we were supposed to run a 5k but we decided not to. It was pouring rain Saturday and Sunday and we drove by the park where the race was going to be and it was one big mud pit. ๐Ÿ™ So a big fat DNS for us on this one! Bummer.

Brewing and Peddling

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Michael had a friend staying with us for a few days and the logistical planning that went into trying to figure out how the three of us can bike to downtown (Michael and I to work) was insane. I was working a half day and then the three of us were meeting at the Brewfest on the waterfront. We finally figured out a scenario that worked and then realized we didn’t have a spare helmet for his friend. Ugh. All that planning. Backup plan: Leave the car at the park and ride, the two of them take the bus downtown and I bike to work.

I was weary at first because it was a little longer distance than I’ve done so far and there were also a few really steep hills from the park and ride. My doc said no hills and take it easy. In the end, I did the hills I just went REALLY slowly. And it was fine! My knees did okay and I didn’t feel fatigued or like I couldn’t make it up the hills.

The rest of the morning ride was fairly slow. I got stuck behind a group of casual riders on the Springwater trail, which was fine because it forced me to go slower. I took a different route once I got to the waterfront and went over the Hawthorne Bridge (shorter distance, less hilly) than the Steel Bridge like I usually do.

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Pretty good start to the day!ย I worked a half day and then at lunchtime I biked back to the car at the park and ride to leave my bike and then met Michael and Jeremy downtown.I was nervous about my increased mileage but it didn’t seem to bother my body.

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I’m happy with my performance on the bike. I took it slow and FORCED my body to not push it. And something I discovered: going slower on the hills was actually easy and I recovered faster. Okay, okay, maybe giving 110% ALWAYS on the bike isn’t always the best method…lesson learned.

BREWFEST!

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First things first. FOOD. It was nearing 2pm and I hadn’t eaten anything since my banana at 10am and I’d ridden a lot of miles. I was famished and starting to get shaky. I got a bratwurst from Gustav’s and had some of Michael’s salted pretzel. He was totally off the gluten-free wagon during Brewfest (even though there were a lot of GF beers at the event).

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I devoured my sausage and then tried the first beer that Michael kindly fetched for me. It was the Transgression IPA from Heathen Brewing–a Washington brewery I’d never heard of–that I actually loved. It was a great beer and probably my favorite of what I tried. It was very hoppy and citrusy, not as good as my beloved Boneyard IPA but a close second.

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Next was another brewery I’d never heard of, Ballast Point Brewing Company from San Diego. Their Sculpin IPA was so good I went back for a second tasting. It was sweet, smooth and lacked the bitterness that a lot of IPAs have.

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Brewfest used to start on Friday the last weekend in July but it got so big that they started opening on Thursday. This year it started on Wednesday–yes, it’s that big! Even going on Wednesday it was PACKED and the lines were starting to get really long (like you get a tasting from one line and then get in the second line to wait while you drink your first taste).

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Are you thinking,ย “Don’t these effers have jobs?!?! It’s a WEDNESDAY?!” Yeah, I was thinking that too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was glad I took a half day because getting there after work would have been an even bigger mess of people. But don’t let that discourage you from going to the Brewfest. It’s so much fun and I always find at least one or two new to me beers that I really like.

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Another one I really liked was of course from Boneyard. It was their Bone-A-Fide Pale Ale and while it wasn’t as good as their IPA, it was still enjoyable. It was milder in flavor than their IPA, smooth and balanced and not quite as citrusy and hoppy. I don’t care if it was 90 degrees out, I was still gonna get an IPA. ๐Ÿ™‚

There was another beer that I DID not like, the Chronicle 11: Subtropical IPA by Dunedin Brewery (from Florida). I took one sip and was scrunched my face. Jeremy had a tasting of Gigantic’s & Juice IPA and we swapped glasses. He liked the Subtropical and I liked the Gigantic! The Gigantic was called a “Beermosa” and that’s TOTALLY what it tasted like–a mimosa!! I loved it! What a nice surprise. Well done, folks!

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After an afternoon in the hot sun on the waterfront, the three of us ended up at Apizza Scholls for dinner. I can’t complain. Beer. Pizza. Sunshine. Sign me up! I had two slices of pizza and didn’t feel a lick of guilt (but ask me that tomorrow…).

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I didn’t spend as much time at the Brewfest this year as previous years and didn’t try as many samples as I usually do. I took it slow and just kind of enjoyed the afternoon and sunshine. It was a nice change from the hectic party atmosphere it usually is!

Do you have a food or drink festival in your city that you won’t miss?