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I needed to just pop in to rave about the coconut ice cream at Mike’s Ice Cream. It’s my favorite, reminiscent of the coconut gelato I couldn’t get enough of when I visited Italy! They don’t have it all the time, but when they do I always order it, sometimes split with something a little bitter like coffee or chocolate, sometimes with a fruit sorbet, sometimes just on it’s own. However you order it, it won’t disappoint.

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When I heard that Broder was opening a location within the Hood River Hotel in downtown Hood River I was beyond excited. The Broder locations in Portland serve up some of the best brunch in the city. Their Nordic-inspired menu features gems like Danish Pancakes which are more like beignets and are served with lingonberry jam and lemon curd, Lefse which are delicious, delicate potato crêpes filled with ham and cheese and topped with two perfectly cooked eggs, and so much more that I can’t wait to go back and try. It’s worth noting that their coffee was also great!

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  • June 14, 2016 - 6:32 pm

    Rebeka - I’ve heard a lot of great this about this new spot which was opened by one of my high school classmates. So awesome! I can’t wait to check it out next time I’m in town. Those Lefse sound/look delish!ReplyCancel

This weather is amazing! It’s so wonderful to see everyone (my family included) coming out of hibernation to ride bikes, play on the waterfront, stroll through downtown and treat themselves to Mike’s Ice Cream! Tulips and cherry blossoms are everywhere and the light lingers until well after the kids are tucked into bed. One of my favorite things to enjoy this time of year (and through the summer and early fall) is the back porch at Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon. I love the communal tables, the stunning view of Mt. Hood, and sipping great beer and eating great food without having to sit inside… because after months of cold and rain and grey it feels so great to take advantage of every little bit of sunshine.

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Pace, in Italian, means Peace. The Pace Holiday Blend crafted by Marchesi Vineyards is a bold, ripe, spicy, smooth blend made from Primitivo, Zinfandel and Petite Syrah grapes. It’s the perfect wine for this time of year; it will warm your body and your spirits, especially when sipped in the presence of a lit up Christmas tree. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to go to Marchesi for wine tasting and to nibble roasted chestnuts. The weather covers and space heaters at keep the outdoor seating area warm, inviting, and protected from the elements – but you can still enjoy a view of the vines. So, head up to the winery and sip some wine and take home a bottle of Pace to enjoy on the next snowy day.

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