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Brews and Queens

After biking 30 miles in the sunshine we decided the next best thing was to drink beer in the sunshine! Michael and I headed downtown to meet up with our friends at the Oregon Brewfest on the waterfront. We parked across the river and walked the 1.25 miles or so across the Hawthorne Bridge and somehow managed to find out posse in the throng of people.

Usually we go to the Brewfest on Friday (it’s always the last full weekend in July) but this year we weren’t going to be able to do that so we bumped it to Thursday. We thought that would be a good idea–beat the crowds! Unfortunately I think everyone else in Portland had the same idea because when we got there it was PACKED. Like Friday evening packed. I was shocked.

Michael was ready to eat someone’s arm so the first thing on the agenda was food. I was happy to oblige because I knew I was teetering on the edge of “Crazy Hunger Freak” too after our 30 mile bike ride. I surveyed the options and got a lamb gyro that was dripping in sauce. It totally hit the spot.

Michael grabbed a hot dog from the Gustav’s tent and I think we ate our lunches in seconds flat. Next up: tasting.

$20 gets you one mug and 14 tokens for beer tasting.

It was so good to hang out with friends! Michael’s old roommate Shoe joined us and it’s always good to hang out with him.

My friend Greg met up with us after he got off work.

Michael’s friend Jeremy was there with us and he brought his friends who were visiting from England and Ireland. His friend Max also brought Voodoo Donuts! He’s definitely a keeper. 🙂 (Michael and I split a donut.)

I ran into some old coworkers and friends, plus my friend Robyn was there! It was clearly the place to be on a Thursday afternoon! I like it.

So how was the beet this year? This is I think the third year I’ve been going to this event and I think last year was by far the best–we had a great time, lots of friends joined us and the beer was exceptional. This year’s selections of beers didn’t really stand out for me. I can’t name one beer that I MUST TRY AGAIN.

There were a lot of beers that I enjoyed. (Boulder Beer Co Hoola Pale Ale; Eel River Brewing Co Organic IPA; Laurelwood Brewing Co Organic Pale Ale; Mad River Brewing Jamaica Sunrise ESB)

And quite a few that I did not like at all. (Pelican Pub & Brewery Ankle Buster Belgian Ale; Surly Brewing Hell; Anderson Valley Brewing Summer Cream Ale; Bison Brewing Co Honey Basil Ale)


But nothing really caught my fancy. I did branch out and try some things I wouldn’t normally try. For example, ESB (Extra Strong Bitters) are not really my thing. But I tried the Mad River Brewing Jamaica Sunrise ESB  and was surprised at how lovely it was.

After the Brewfest we walked back across the Hawthorne Bridge to get happy hour dinner at Clarklewis. BOY was there a change since the last time we were there. It was only a few months ago and we had such good service and outstanding food. Thursday night? Not so much. The service was lame, the waitress screwed up several of our orders–including not bringing out a friend’s order at ALL and then forgetting to remove the charge from the bill. The food was lackluster at best.

The mac n’ cheese was just okay. The burger was so overcooked I almost didn’t want to finish it, but we didn’t have time to send it back for another. I am so so disappointed. Did they change chefs? What happened to the delicious restaurant we went to in March?!

After dinner we headed to the Roseland on Burnside to see Queens of the Stone Age. Because dinner took longer than expected we missed the opening band, which several of us wanted to see.

The show was really good. The crowd was energetic, the music sounded great. The Queens of the Stone Age are definitely a fun band to see live. And the nice thing about concerts at the Roseland Theatre is that they are very intimate. You can get pretty close to the bands. I’ve seen a bunch of shows there and they are always fun.

Even though the band was great live, the day was fun and the company was nice, I was utterly exhausted by the time we got to the show. 30 miles on the bike, lots and lots of walking and drinking beer in the sunshine = a sleepy Lisa.

So the fact that the show was early and ended by 9:30 was no problem for me! All I wanted to do was go home and crawl into bed!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite summer beer right now? Are there any annual traditions in your neck of the woods?


A, B, C’s of Food

Saw this on another blog and it was just something fun to do!

A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?

I prefer Gala or Pink Lady apples. I sometimes switch it up and eat green apples but rarely.

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?

I’d have to go with the New Season’s Olive Ciabatta bread with yummy dipping oil. I could eat an entire loaf by myself…

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)

I don’t eat cereal very often. I don’t think it’s very healthy and it doesn’t fill me up like a good breakfast of eggs and a meat of some kind. In the past, my favorite cereals were Frosted Mini Wheats or Frosted Flakes (noticing a theme??).

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?

I don’t eat donuts very often. I prefer the plain donuts with regular sugar on it. Or if I’m feeling adventurous, something wacky from Voodoo Donuts!

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?

My favorite eggs are scrambled with cream cheese and smoked salmon. YUM!! There are a few amazing breakfast joints in Portland that serve heavenly breakfasts. My other choice would be an egg salad sandwich.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?

I eat a lot of fat free plain Greek Yogurt with some fruit, usually Chobani.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?

Fred Meyer, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway.

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?

I suppose I’d go with coffee. My favorite coffee drink used to be a white chocolate mocha with caramel syrup, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. Sounds like a dessert to me! Now? I drink black coffee with a little flavored creamer.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

Mint Ice Cream! I love chocolate chip mint. And the topping I’d add would be the Wax Orchard’s fudge sauce. Mmmmm!

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?

I am trying to limit the bread I eat currently, so I don’t often eat toast with jam. I used to eat it a lot and raspberry is my favorite.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?

I have a box of Kashi Puff’s but I don’t eat them often (see “cereal”). The cereal is only 70 calories though.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?

Salad with broccoli, leftover chicken and peppers from the Mexican dinner we had the other night.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

I like the Trader Joe’s frozen Indian food meals. They are tasty and usually low in calories. I love getting my Indian food fix with something like this!

N: is for nutrients, do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?

I eat a pretty high-protein diet. I am definitely a carb junkie though. I love bread. The Slow Carb Diet/Four Hour Body diet was an interesting experiment for me because it meant not eating bread or fruit. I was eating a TON of foods that were high in protein and fiber. I actually enjoyed eating those foods.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?

We cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil. The Grapeseed Oil is a delicious way to cook veggies!

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?

  • low fat cottage cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • steak
  • turkey
  • ham

I eat a lot of meat. At one point I was a vegetarian for 12 years. So was Michael. We both returned to eating meat and have never turned back. I like the diet we eat now. I feel strong and healthy!

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?

I like Scottish Oats. I usually just add some brown sugar and milk to it.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?

We roast a lot of veggies. Now I’m craving roasted marshmallows. 🙂

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?

Egg salad sandwich is my favorite homemade sandwich. But in terms of the best sandwiches in Portland? Papa Haydn’s hands down! Their grilled Croque Monsieur: ham or turkey, grilled parmesan cuomo, gruyere, dijon is AMAZING. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?

I take snacks that are healthy and low in calories. I also exercise a lot when I’m on vacation: hiking, biking, running, snowshoeing…When Michael and I plan our trips we always work in some sort of physical activity to balance out “Vacation Eating.”

I like packing protein bars (Luna usually), cheese, apple, bananas, etc.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?

I don’t know that I HAVE any weird food combos…? If it’s weird I probably won’t eat it. 😉

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?

I take a Daily Vitamin plus Vitamin D, Vitamin E and vitamins for my joints.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?

NAY! I hate it! I love sushi but never eat ginger or wasabi. Yuck yuck yuck.

X: is for XRAY. If we x-rayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

The Luna Bar I ate before I went swimming, and some black olives and a string cheese I had for  a snack when I got home from the pool.

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?

  • Fruity Pebbles Cereal
  • Baked Mac n’ Cheese
  • Freshly caught trout bbq’ed
  • My Mom’s mustard bread (NOM!)

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?

Sliced, grilled with steak seasoning and then topped with blue cheese! YUM!


QUESTION: Which one of these stood out to you that you want to answer?