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The girls and I went up recently to Marley’s Corner Pub for a wonderful afternoon lunch. I noticed something that made me happy to be there, and happy to live in this small town of ours: every person who walked in the door while we were there was greeted by name, some were immediately informed that “their soup was ready for them” or that their favorite beer was back on tap. That is something special. It has a welcoming setting up in The Heights and a very friendly, small staff. Marley’s is cozy and welcoming inside during cooler days, and inviting and breezy outside when it’s warmer.

Another thing about Marley’s that are special? They have simple, amazing, made from scratch food that is made to order. In no particular order we devoured a simple, bright salad with Italian dressing; crunchy, dense, skin-on, perfectly salted, house-made potato chips; flavorful beef, chicken, and veggie pasties; crisp, classic fish and chips; the delicious soup of the day! Oh, and of course I enjoyed a pint of  Twisted Thistle Scottish IPA. We rounded out our very British-Ilse-lunch with a slice of house-made cheesecake, which I only got a couple bites of before the kids polished it off. Next time I go I’m getting two slices! Ooooh, and don’t forget to check out their little happy hour menu… I could go for a pint and some house-made chips right this very moment!

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Pioneer Pizza in White Salmon continues to evolve. It’s settled into it’s place on the “main drag” of White Salmon, across from Everybody’s Brewing. I’ve already drooled over their pizza and fried chicken, and as the head into busy spring and summer seasons, I stopped by to talk with Micheal about what’s new or exciting. I was thrilled to learn that they’re have a full bar and Micheal has crafted three signature cocktails, Micheal created many of the signature cocktails at Henni’s! The cocktails are: a whisky based Basil Apricot Smash; a Sage and Cherry Gin Cooler; and a Green Tea Mint Mojito. They also have wine and beer… including beer to go! The Pioneer Pizza Happy Hour is from 3-6pm Monday through Friday, offering $2 slices and $2 Rainiers.

They also have over a dozen gluten-free options and the largest gluten-free pizza in the Gorge.

Pioneer Pizza is open until 11pm 7 days a week! Since I’ll need to go sample all of the signature cocktails I’ll probably see you there.

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I’m so impressed with the incredible craft beer that pFriem Family Brewers produces, and it’s newly available in gorgeous bottles. Josh and Annie invited me and Kyle to attend their special bottle release party and we were both so excited to celebrate with them. They have plans to release 23 bottled beers throughout 2015! The bottled beer is available in many Washington and Oregon locations, and is available on their site to order and have it shipped!

I so admire the work that pFriem is doing and I’m proud to be able to support them here on the site, by sipping their beer in their brewery, and now by enjoying their bottled beer at home. Cheers!

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(Last photo by Blaine + Bethany Photography!)

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Dog River Coffee has amazing coffee, and their approach to making each cup of coffee great has been documented, but I sometimes forget to sing the praises of one of my favorite things to order there… the Mexican Hot Chocolate. When things get busy, I’ll grab my oldest child and head down there for a quick mom-daughter date. We order a couple of hot chocolates and either grab a window seat, or if it’s quiet we will settle down in the back by the toys to read books. If you’re feeling a little sluggish you can always step it up and order a Mexican Mocha, which is also pretty amazing.

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One of my favorite ways to pass a slow afternoon is to go by myself or with a friend up to Marchesi Vineyards. I love to do a tasting if I’m with someone who hasn’t been before, but more often I will order a glass of something I’ve loved in the past, or try something new. April is the Columbia River Gorge’s Wine Passport Month, and Marchesi, along with lots of other local wineries, are bringing forth their new wines for the season. Marchesi is introducing it’s 2014 Pinot Grigio, Primitivo, and Dolcetto, and 2013 Esta and Barbera (pictured below) this April (with their delicious rosé following shortly after in May or June). Basically, if you are looking for me for the next three months I’ll be sitting on the patio at Marchesi.

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