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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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Have I mentioned how much I love the wines and setting at Syncline Winery? Well, I do. I love the little winding drive up into Lyle and down the gravel road to the winery. Something about the location makes it feel like a secret even though it’s often bustling with fellow wine lovers. We recently went for a little hike at Catherine Creek and met friends at Syncline to share a bottle. On these crisp fall days they light a big outdoor fire, so bundle up, gather together a few of your favorite friends, and go drink some amazing wine.

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It’s full on summer, I love to get out of the house early and go to the waterfront either to walk around, or let the kids play at the park or get sandy and wet down at the beach. My favorite thing to do is to pop over to Stoked Roasters and treat myself to a latte. Unlike a lot of coffee drinkers, I like to mix up my coffee order depending on my mood and my mood lately has been leaning towards the lavender latte with real whipped cream. I am always a bit wary of things with floral syrup added because they can lean in the soapy direction but I can’t get enough lavender so I thought I’d give it a try and it was delicious. The syrup is offset by the lovely bitter coffee and the cream.

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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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  • November 13, 2016 - 11:04 pm

    Joe C - Is the coconut ice cream non-dairy using coconut milk? Vegans and others who choose health foods and care about animal welfare would love non animal milk optionsReplyCancel