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Warm summer evenings are the best. You don’t need layers, it’s light for forever, and you have no excuse not to eat ice cream. The other night we headed down to the Hood River waterfront to fulfill that deep need for a cold dessert at Cicci Gelato. It was perfect. Made in small batches with organic dairy, the traveling chocolate and sea-salted caramel hit the spot. Gelato in hand, we strolled around the waterfront slowly enjoying the evening breeze. I especially love the small, plastic spoon that always accompanies true gelato, and I was instantly transported back to my college days when I studied (and ate my way) across Italy. Buonissimo!

CICI GELATO HOOD RIVERPIN

CICI GELATO HOOD RIVERPIN

CICI GELATO HOOD RIVERPIN

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Recently I met a friend in Bingen, WA for some playground time with our kids and we bopped over to The Huck Truck afterwards for lunch. It was one of those meals that leaves you feeling totally nourished, both from the quality of the food and the quality of the experience. The sun was out, the kids were happy, the company was great, and the food was incredible.

I ordered the pork polenta plate for myself and a beef taco for my kid, but she was so into the crispy pork and creamy polenta that the little turkey ended up eating most of my lunch! The pork, braised for 4 hours, then fried to a crisp is drool worthy. And you know you’re in food heaven when the “side salad” is a kale, radicchio, butternut squash, and parmesan salad. Mmmmmm.

So yeah, the Huck Truck doesn’t serve up your usual food truck experience. It’s fresh, bursting with flavor, served on house made rolls and tortillas, includes homegrown greens, and if you’re lucky, ends with the BEST chocolate chip cookie. If your kid is along you better get 2.
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I recently enjoyed a lovely, late lunch at Pine Street Bakery with the owner and baker extraordinaire, Megan Davis. After a jealousy inducing tour of their kitchen (hello 9ft rotating oven!), Megan whipped up two of their sandwiches, a cold turkey and a hot panini turkey bacon. Both sandwiches are served on their great white bread with a goat cheese & cream cheese spread (yum!) and some of their house made apricot pepper jelly. While I really enjoyed both, the panini was my favorite as the goat and cream cheese spread was pure heaven warmed.
I love talking with local restaurant owners and learning about what drives them to get up early and work late. For Megan it’s all about creating community, buying produce from people she knows, teaching someone local to bake, and providing jobs. I’ll toast a Pine Street sandwich, pastry, or loaf of bread to that any day!
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When I heard that White Salmon Baking Company was doing a weekly pizza night I have to be honest, my first thought was, do we really need more pizza? However, seeing as I absolutely love the bakery’s pastries and breads (all of which are cooked in a wood-fired oven) I figured I better go and check it out with my family. Although we went early, the place was hopping! Apparently others had already discovered what I had not, that the White Salmon Baking Company makes shockingly good pizza. 

PIZZA AT WHITE SALMON BAKING CO.PIN

PIZZA AT WHITE SALMON BAKING CO.PIN

While the pies are the star, don’t miss the starters. We had the prosciutto stuffed calamari and charred beets and devoured them in no time. For pizza we chose the house-made sausage, olive, and roasted onion, and another with mushroom, onion, and gorgonzola. After a few exclamations about how fantastic the pizza was, we quickly ordered a third one, the butternut squash, kale, and goat cheese. Mmmmmmm….this is my kind of pizza heaven, thin, chewy crust, creative toppings, and a few black charred spots from the oven.

Since the bakery is only open one night for pizza (Mondays 5-9pm), the whole affair felt really special. I love that the oven is in the front of the bakery so you can watch your pizza being made and marvel at the giant oven. I’ll definitely go back again soon. Wanna join me?

PIZZA AT WHITE SALMON BAKING CO.PIN

PIZZA AT WHITE SALMON BAKING CO.PIN

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Spring is working hard to make it’s debut in the PNW, but with a few more rainy weeks ahead there is still plenty of time to curl up with a good book and a comforting cup of tea. The Warm Hugs tea from The Good Medicine Lounge is the perfect blend of cinnamon, chamomile, and peppermint. The tea bags themselves are absolutely beautiful – like delicate little pillows filled with the most lovely dried ingredients. The Good Medicine Lounge has so many great blends. So far Warm Hugs is my favorite! It’s the perfect accompaniment to a new show, favorite movie, good book, or puzzle date.

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