How Portland am I? I’m underemployed, a fixture at the dog park and I wear a hoody. Plus I love micros, local pinot noir and dining at the city’s premier food carts. It’s this last bit I’d like to tell you more about. Gourmet Magazine recently profiled eight of Portland’s not-to-miss carts, and I’ve enjoyed […]

Nau is a Portland-based active wear company that makes gear for “artists, athletes and activists out to unfuck the world.” I would have chosen a different way of expressing that sentiment, but I do hear what Nau is saying and I count myself among the people they’re trying to reach. When you visit Nau’s Web […]

Our friend Colleen treated us to a private tour and tasting at Lemelson Vineyards on Saturday. It was a special treat for my 44th birthday and it was an honor to be welcomed as VIP guests from the minute our party arrived. Colleen is Lemelson’s National Sales Manager, which means she travels to accounts non-stop […]

While our focus here is clearly on Oregon wine, beer and coffee, the great state of Washington is right across the river, just a few miles from Portland. Therefore, it can’t hurt to become knowledgeable about the liquid goings on there. According to Ruth Zschomler of The Oregonian, Washington ranks second in the U.S. after […]

This morning I headed down to SE Belmont for my first taste of Pine State Biscuits. I had a country ham and cheese biscuit and a side of hash browns. Both were perfectly prepared. Afterward, I scooted down the street to Stumptown Coffee where I ordered an iced quad espresso. I decided to post up […]

I quaffed my first pint of Terminal Gravity IPA last night. While considering my choices at McPeet’s Tavern on Fremont Street, I found the branch-of-a-tree tap handle intriguing. Thankfully, the beer was right there with it. Here’s how Beervana describes the liquid from Enterprise, in the NE corner of the state: Pours a surprisingly dark, […]

I first stumbled in to Big Horse Brew Pub in downtown Hood River in 1996 when I was on an epic NW road trip. I remember being impressed with the location and the beer. We stopped in again today and things were as I last experienced them. Stunning views of the river and tasty beer.

Hammerhead. Ruby. Terminator Stout. These are all well known items to craft beer drinkers in the Pacific Northwest, thanks to the Herculean efforts of two brothers, Mike and Brian McMenamin, owners of the entertainment empire that bears their name. Edgefield. Kennedy School. The Crystal. The Bagdad. These proper nouns are also well known. You can […]

We went looking for Terrapin Cellars on Saturday. According to our source materials, the wine is produced in Rickreall, just west of Salem. We arrived in the small town by mid-afternoon and looked around a bit, but we didn’t see Terrapin. I don’t know if I imagined a shrine to the classic Grateful Dead album […]

Oregon’s artisan culture has given rise to a full fledged microdistilling movement. The Seattle Times published a detailed and glowing review of the scene last June. With 17 microdistilleries in Oregon, and eight more startups expected across the state by year’s end, spirits aficionados haven’t seen anything like this in recent memory. Collectively, the distillers […]

American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs, define wine growing regions throughout the U.S. It’s a program administered by the ATF. Lately, I’ve been studying the local wine producing regions by visiting the areas on weekends and by looking at maps, like this one, care of the Oregon Wine Board. According to WinesNW.com, when Willamette Valley AVA […]

We went to Newport Seafood Grill for lunch today—day 10 of a massive winter storm. The staff was incredibly happy to see us. According to The Oregonian, Portland restaurants are reeling. Portland’s formerly bustling scene is squeezed as never before. Soaring ingredient costs, escalating gas prices, vanishing credit lines, a looming increase in the minimum […]

The Wall Street Journal investigates more than stocks and bonds, for people who make money also enjoy spending money. As one of those people, I especially enjoy spending money on fine wine from Oregon’s top producers.

According to John Foyston at The Oregonian, 12 Oregon breweries claimed a total of 21 medals at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival held October 9-11 in Denver. Eleven of Oregon’s 21 medals were gold, giving Beervana more than any other state. Here’s the list of award-winning craft beers made in Oregon: Alameda Brewhouse Black […]

We just completed a nine day journey cross country by car from coastal South Carolina to Portland, Oregon. On day one, we stopped for lunch in Asheville, NC to say “hi” to Gary and Katie. We then pushed on to Lexington, KY for the night. From the hotel we walked first to Mexican food and […]

We had a nice time exploring the country outside of Atlanta this weekend, first at Etowah Mounds State Historic Site and Red Top State Park, both near Cartersville. Then on Sunday, we checked out the LEED Platinum visitor’s center at Sweetwater Creek State Conservation Park, before taking back roads to the outer reaches of Fulton […]

Port Royal is a charming community tucked into the marsh between Paris Island and Beaufort. It has an historic downtown like Beaufort, Bluffton and Savannah. Hilton Head doesn’t offer this, and it’s a flaw in their carefully-crafted design, in my opinion. See more Port Royal on Flickr One of our favorite restaurants in the area, […]

Caffe Vittoria, Hanover St., Boston My friend Mark asked me earlier today where I’d like to go to dinner. I said, I don’t know. How about something exotic? Something I can’t get where I live. Mark delivered. Big time. He and his wife Sharon swooped over to Cambridge to get me and over the bridge […]