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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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Camp 1805 Distillery is such a fabulous Hood River spot. It’s my go-to for a cocktail these days. The no-fuss cocktails, made by Marin, highlight the quality of the spirits they uses to make their drinks. It’s fun to get a table and sit and sip with friends, or by yourself, but my favorite thing to do is sit up at the bar and watch the cocktails get assembled, enhanced with bitters, topped of with twists, and handed over to eager patrons. I’m impressed with the setting, the Camp 1805 spirits, the drinks, the simple menu. The drink menu is pretty simple and classy. My favorite cocktails are the Sazerac and the Old Fashion (pictured below). This is a fabulous date spot.

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If you’ve ever eaten at Henni’s Kitchen and Bar in White Salmon, you’ve had Christiaan’s Dukkah brought to your table along with cornmeal bread and a small container of olive oil. While you’ve sipped your drink and waited for you’ve probably torn chunks of your bread, dipped it in a bath of olive oil, and coated it with crisp, salty, nutty Dukkah.

Christaan’s Dukkah spices including corriander, and thyme are toasted first which fills his small kitchen with their rich, heavy, earthy aromas. The chickpeas are roasted before the whole lot is cooled and ground together. It’s probably one simplest things on his menu, but the flavors are complex and exciting. Having the Dukkah served as the first thing on your table cracks open the door to the inevitable creativity that is peppered throughout the Henni’s menu. Drawing from his South African roots, Christiaan blends spices and flavors like no one else in the Gorge… which what keeps me returning to Henni’s over and over again. There’s no risk of getting bored with Christiaan helming the kitchen.

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