Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, hands down without question. Every time I meet someone who doesn’t eat breakfast I think, “You’re crazy! How can you survive without scones, muffins, pancakes, french toast, waffles, eggs a million ways, toast, croissants, and yogurt with fruit?”
So when I got invited to a breakfast birthday party at the Husum Riverside Bed & Breakfast I didn’t even hesitate; I was all in. It was a good thing I arrived hungry because the European style breakfast buffet they served was amazing. When I walked in, the bar was covered with a rainbow of food. Blueberry scones, asparagus-spinach-goat cheese quiche, bacon, a German yeasted bread called brotchen, a meat and cheese platter, fruit, homemade granola, and one of my favorite parts of the meal, homemade vanilla greek yogurt. So good! I stuffed myself silly and didn’t need to eat another thing until dinner.
The owners, Connie and David, were super welcoming and are happy to have people join the B&B guests for breakfast with advanced reservations. They are also hosting supper club dinners April-Sept with chef Kathy Watson, which I can’t wait to attend!
It’s dumping buckets of rain this week in the Gorge, but not too long ago I went to the most lovely baby shower at Hood Crest Winery. It was sunny and warm and we lounged in the grass sipping wine and noshing on charcuterie and pizza. Hood Crest Winery used to be a secret little winery that you could only visit by appointment; well, not anymore! The destination winery now has a gorgeous large tasting room with vaulted ceilings, huge views of Mt. Hood, and a great food menu.
Since the weather was so lovely, I went for a glass of their Brooklyn Rose (named after their granddaughter). It was the perfect compliment to the charcuterie board, which was loaded with various cheeses, homemade bread, buttery olives, roasted garlic, and meats. I’m pretty sure I could eat this charcuterie everyday and be happy. We also nibbled on one of their stellar wood-fired pizzas with pesto, artichokes, feta, olives, parmesan, and pine nuts atop their homemade dough. It was salty, Mediterranean perfection. I’ve always loved pairing wine with food, especially really good wine with really good food, and especially outdoors with really good company. Thank you Hood Crest Winery for bringing it all together!
The Hood River Valley is truly a cornucopia of agriculture. I love visiting working farms with my family and picking pears/apples/blueberries/cherries/apricots/pumpkins, playing with animals, chatting with farmers, and showing my girls where food comes from. One of our favorite farms to visit, especially in fall, is Mt View Orchards in Parkdale.
We visited Mt View Orchards last month on one of their event weekends. The orchard lives up to its name with a colossal view of Mt. Hood. After selecting our pumpkin from the field we walked down thru rows and rows of apples and pears (they have over 125 varieties!) to the barn. There we hand fed pigs and the gem of the farm, Carlos the steer.
Next up was picking some apples and going for a tractor hay ride around the property. We concluded the visit with a trip to their farm store where we bought apple cider doughnuts and apple cider, and then enjoyed a little picnic in the sun. Now that’s my idea of a perfect fall Saturday.
Last week I had plans to walk with my friend and our babies, but when the day came it was the first real rainy day of the season and neither of us felt like schlepping babies in the rain. Instead, we made the wise decision to meet at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, WA. North Shore Cafe is the kind of place where you could spend hours. It’s welcoming, cozy, and offers up such tasty, healthy food. Like omelettes, quinoa/rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, and fresh juice. To say I had a hard time deciding would be an understatement.
I started with a big mug of the house-made chai to warm up and it was great. Not too spicy and not too sweet; basically just how I like it. For food I ordered the avo toast and was really happy. The thickly cut sourdough bread from Blue Skies Bakery was pure bread heaven and the avocado was buttery and smooth. The toast was finished with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lime, which is purely genius. I ate it really slowly and enjoyed a nice long chat with my bestie while my baby played on my lap. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
The weather is finally cooling down around here, but not that long ago we had temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s for a few weeks straight. It was H-O-T and come dinner time I had zero motivation to cook, especially anything that involved the stove, or heaven forbid, the oven. And of course throughout that heat wave all I wanted was pizza. After too many nights sweating over the BBQ I waved the white flag and packed up the family for Pioneer Pizza in White Salmon.
When we arrived the AC was blasting, causing all of our moods to improve immediately. My kid is obsessed with pineapple, so we all happily agreed on a Hawaiian pizza. It was delicious, with a golden, not-too-thick crust, tons of pineapple and ham, and super creamy cheese. Before this pizza I naively thought that pizza cheese was pizza cheese; it all tasted roughly the same. However, it turns out that most pizza places use a blend of cheese, while Pioneer Pizza only uses 100% real mozzarella. It made such a huge difference on the taste, and my pizza world was rocked. Thank you Pioneer Pizza!