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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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When I want a sandwich I go to Ovino Market. While I’ve enjoyed plenty of hearty American sandwiches with mile-high toppings in my life, I much prefer an Ovino, European style sandwich with just bread, meat, cheese, and spread. There’s no wilted lettuce or soggy tomatoes overpowering the good stuff, just delicious, high-quality meat and cheese. The owners, Stefan and Erika, are the nicest folks and they serve every sandwich on local, fresh bread with a side of pickles and olives and a mini brownie. Yes, please!

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I’ve literally had every sandwich on the menu and you really can’t go wrong. But I’d never had Erika’s goulasch soup (only available in the winter), so I stopped by for soup and ½ sandwich and was very happy I did. The German goulasch was chocked full of cubed beef and potatoes, and spiced with paprika and chilies. The spicy salami and swiss sandwich with house made roasted red pepper spread was the perfect complement. I also took home my family’s favorite sandwich, the coppa, for my husband.

While I usually take my sandwiches to go, they’ve added some nice indoor and outdoor seating if you want to relax. Once the weather gets warmer they will start up their outdoor beer garden too. Come on Summer!

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One of our favorite places to eat in town is a coffee shop. Seriously, a coffee shop. Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen offers so much more than coffee. In addition to the best house-made doughnuts in town, they also have an impressive lunch and dinner menu, and beer, wine, and cocktails at the bar. Did I mention they’re connected to a bike shop too? It’s kind of a gold mine.

The food is super tasty and incorporates some global flavors inspired by the travels of the owner/professional mountain biker, Nick Hardin. I love international food and as there are limited options in our small town, I really appreciate eating his global cuisine.

Recently we popped in for a family lunch and devoured the Vietnamese street tacos, Thai chicken salad, and kiddo grilled cheese and curly fries. The tacos were the standout item with wildly flavorful pulled pork, spicy aioli, and pickled veggies. I’d also highly recommend my usual order, the glazed pork belly Bahn Mi. It’s rich, but so, so, so tasty after a big day adventuring outside.

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Happy New Year, everyone! I know it’s almost February, but it’s never to late to wish a prosperous new year to friends (or readers)! Part of the reason for the delayed wishes is that we welcomed a son to our family just a few days before Christmas. We have been soaking up the baby cuddles, and staying hunkered down during these chilly days.

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In other, equally exciting news, I’ve also welcomed a new business partner! With three kids to juggle, and so much wonderful food to eat, beers to drink, and coffee to sip in the Gorge, it seemed like the perfect time to expand the Gorge in the Gorge family. So, I’d like you all to meet, Kate, my new partner. Kate is my neighbor, ingredient borrower, recipe swapper, fellow food lover, wine drinker, and most importantly, she’s my good friend. I’m thrilled to have her as part of the team, helping me keep up with all the wonderful businesses opening in the Gorge, and keeping this blog updated more often!

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Hello, my name is Kate and I’m an epicurean explorer. I love discovering local restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and farmers’ markets in my ridiculously awesome backyard, the Columbia Gorge. My nightstand is home to a pile of food and travel mags, dog-eared with foodie destinations and recipes I can’t live without.

I’m super lucky to be mom to a spunky, outdoor loving daughter and a goofy husky dog. The three of us get out rain or shine (a homebody I am certainly not!) and walk, eat, and drink our way around the Gorge. We love sharing our favorite places with friends and family and hope this blog inspires tasty adventures in your own life.

Thanks for joining us!

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My Dad and Stepmom offered to take the kids and I out for Happy Hour in the Gorge. We let the kids decide and they chose Henni’s Kitchen and Bar because they love the spaghetti and meatballs, and I didn’t argue cause I love pretty much everything on the menu there. We zoomed across the river and browsed the happy hour menu before quickly deciding on the Henni’s burger, the bacon and blue cheese burger, and the spaghetti and meatballs for the kids to share…. of course when it came time for dessert we had to get the flourless chocolate cake (with several spoons to share).

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