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A couple weekends back our great friends at Tumbleweed Farm, Andrea and Taylor, threw a party at their awesome farm. Folks were encouraged to bring a picnic, explore the farm, and come enjoy the beer and music provided. It had been on our calendar for weeks and I was so excited when the date for the party rolled around. Our kids had so much fun checking out the chickens and running wild with other kiddos, and we got to sit back on our blanket and listen to the Greenneck Daredevils, sip beer from Terminal Gravity and Everybody’s Brewing, and nibble at our simple picnic food (chicken salad with chives, sliced local peaches, and Kyle’s fresh-baked sourdough bread)! The party really embodied everything great about living in the Gorge: spectacular view, supportive community, great food and beer, families everywhere, and dance-worthy music.

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Rob, owner of The Farm Stand in the Hood River Heights, handed me a tub of Calabra Stracciatella. I’d never heard of it before and he was beaming, promising me that I would love it. He recommended that I just try a bite of it straight the moment I got home, which is exactly what I did. The texture of this cheese is hard to describe, it’s creamy, chewy, salty, and rich. In short: it’s amazing. Stracciatella is essentially strands and strings of fresh mozzarella that’s suspended in delicious, thick cultured cream. I stuck to serving it alongside toasted home-made bread, I simply scooped some out onto a plate, drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil, and lots of flake salt and freshly ground pepper. It made a great mid-day snack, and also was wonderful served alongside larger plates like David Lebovitz’s Leeks with Mustard-Bacon Vinaigrette!

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One of the things I love most about pFriem Family Brewers is the Pfriem family. I also love that they put their brewery’s values right there in their brewery name. We (the Pfriem family and our family) have known one another for a long time, and it seems that we’ve been collectively trying to pull off a family dinner together since we first met! We finally managed to wrangle all of our kids together for a fabulous dinner at pFriem out on their patio! The beer was excellent, the food was absolutely delicious, and the company was wonderful. We started with marinated olives, a pickle plate, a pâté plate with toast, pickles, and mustrard, and the cheese plate which features cheeses, quince paste, fig compote, fruit and housemade crackers.

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Between the eight of us we polished off the starters quickly and moved on to the main dishes. Annie and I shared both the Fried Chicken (which is delicious!) and the Clams with Chirizo (also delicious!), and Kyle and Josh ordered burgers… the kiddos opted for burgers and grilled cheese.

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Did this post make anyone else hungry? I’m getting ready to load the kids in the car so we can go have lunch at pFriem!

 

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If you are a lover or micro-brews you have no doubt been to Volcanic Bottle Shoppe in the Hood River Heights. Owners Abe and Amanda opened the shoppe in the summer of 2010, doubling the size of the bar in 2012. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe is clearly a place of community, inviting folks to come in for a special beer on tap, or to purchase and enjoy a bottle of beer with friends. Volcanic is frequented by locals and is definitely on the radar of visiting beer lovers. The taps mostly pour beer from Oregon breweries, but they always have on one European beer and one cider. At any given time you can find a variety of IPA’s, reds, sessions, and dark beers, alongside special beers like sours, saisons, and farmhouse style ales. They have an summer music schedule set for their patio area which will be from about 4:30-7:30 on Fridays.

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