One year Portlandversary

On September 1st, 2012 Adam and I moved to Portland. You’ve seen our first six months here; now her Here’s a little look back at the past 6 months in Portland.

The sun came out in April.

So we decided to eat outdoors.

Took Sierra to Washington Park and discovered she is an adventure dog

Decided to change things up a bit.

Flew back home to cry my face off in public watch my cousin get married.

Adam and I went on a date/took in the view from Portland City Grill.

Celebrated my 27th birthday (my first birthday celebration as a Portlander).

Experienced Boke Bird Thursday.

Said goodbye to our old backyard.

And hello to our new backyard.

Made some big life changes.

Celebrated Adam’s 27th birthday (first one as a Portlander).

My favorite cousin came to visit.

We went to a few festivals on the Waterfront.

Looked like a clown on my first day of school.

Said goodbye to our old kitchen

And hello to our new kitchen

Discovered the wonders that are Portland Flea finds.

And now we’re settling into our new place and adding some personal touches.

And a big happy one year moving anniversary to my parents too! I love the way your new house is coming together!

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It’s our Portlandversary- part two

And now for part two…

In January we….

…stayed up til midnight ringing in the new year.

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…we experienced some weather.

…tried to keep Sierra warm.

…we found a new place to hang out.

…let Sierra lead the way.

…ate grilled cheese sandwiches on a psychedelic school bus.

…packed up and headed west for valentine’s day

…celebrated beer.

…tried new places.

…brought some color into our lives.

…geeked out at OMSI After Dark.

…showed my parents around Portland.

Zwickelmania 2013

This is a zwickel.

 

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 On the 16th of February all of Oregon celebrated Zwickelmania. It’s pretty much a day where all the breweries in Oregon open up their breweries for tours and/or special tastings.

We started at McMenamins Crystal Brewery. We were their first guests and they were our first stop. They brew beer in the tiniest room they have above the Crystal Ballroom. They offered us samples of a delicious IPA and some other beer that was not so delicious. I’ve never seen more colorful tanks of beer.

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Our second stop was at Deschutes. Their tour is so popular they hand out slips and have tours running every 15 minutes. With tour capacity being just 15 people, we made a mad dash to grab our tour slips. The IPA they gave us isn’t yet on the market and it was heavenly. Such a tease not being able to buy something you like. The tour was very informative and interactive (we got to play with hops).

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For our third tour, we headed over to Bridgeport Brewery. I loved their history and how enthusiastic they are about being sustainable. They are a surprisingly small operation considering they process roughly 315 bottles of beer a minute. Color me impressed. Also, I peeked out a bit when we got to go in their hop cooler.

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For our last stop, we headed to Lucky Labrador. When we got to Lucky Lab there was a sign on the door that said “We’re brewing. Come on in”. It was pretty much a beer drinking hangout with the tanks. They were boiling wort and pouring barley wine. We even got to taste beer right from the tank. It was the best way to end our day of touring. And their pizza is the best.

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Sometimes you need a doughnut

I am a nanny. I get boogers handed to me on a daily basis. I get coughs straight in my face. Getting colds should be in my job description.

So after spending nearly a week on the couch I wanted to get out and breathe some fresh air. It was like it was meant to be! The sun came out and was like “yo Ashley welcome back to real life” and I was like “yo sun it’s been a while”.

Adam and I walked all around downtown Portland and it was awesome. I figured since I had eaten nothing but packaged ramen for a week I could treat myself. I’d heard great things about Blue Star and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their delicious doughnuts.

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The space is gorgeous. It’s clean, bright, and you can’t help but sit and stay a while.

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Adam got the bacon maple and I got the peanut butter and jelly.

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And they even had puppy doughnuts!

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Doughnuts are having a moment in Portland. I completely understand why. Blue Star doughnuts aren’t flashy or funky like the other big name doughnut store in town but they are melt in your mouth delicious; you can taste the freshness. Blue Star is definitely worth a visit.

It’s Friday, you should grab a beer

Don’t know where to grab a beer on a Friday? Try a beer bar. Portland has some of the best beer bars in the country. Since I’ve been to Bailey’s and it’s pretty awesome, I figured we should try Apex sometime.

Last weekend Adam and I found ourselves on the Eastside so we gave Apex a shot.

As you can see, Apex doesn’t have a parking lot (for cars). So when we were on our way back home from New Seasons and decided to stop, we had to hunt down street parking in a neighborhood we weren’t familiar with. The neighborhood is not sketchy, at least I don’t think so, but I hate circling for parking and not really knowing where I’m going.

Once we found parking we sidled up to the bar to check out their offerings. They’re (quite nicely) displayed on a flat screen TV behind the bar. Since we didn’t plan on visiting Apex, we hadn’t checked out their live menu on their site (cool, right?). They also have hundreds of bottles available to go (they even have SIerra Nevada Hoptimum- try it, you’ll love it).

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They have a good amount of tables inside. We went on a Saturday afternoon and didn’t have a problem snagging a table. They have a ton of tables outside which would be an awesome idea in the summer but seems like a waste of (parking) space when it’s freezing out. I bet it’s lovely sitting out in the sun when it’s not 35 degrees out.

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Also they have pinball.

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Overall Apex was awesome. It’s hard not to compare and contrast with Bailey’s but Apex is its own beer bar. Would we go back? It’s definitely a drive for us and driving and imbibing is a no go, so probably not for anything more than one beer. They have so many different types of beer on tap, why just try one! If you’re on the Eastside and have a safe way home go have some beer at Apex.

Cheap and easy

I’m a cheap date. I’m not going to lie. Yeah, I enjoy good quality, high end dining establishments, but I also love places that serve chili cheese fries and/or beer for a dollar. We live super close to PSU and that means there’s a pretty good selection of cheap food within walking distance. Adam and I really haven’t seen much of each other lately and since I got home a bit early today we decided on a quick little date in between running errands. We originally planned on swinging by the ups store to drop off some return packages and then swinging by a little sushi place, but since we live in an apartment building with nice front desk people, all I had to do was drop off the boxes with them!

Since we moved here we’ve been talking about possibly finding a half decent sushi boat place since I’ve been telling Adam about sushi boat for years.Today was Adam’s lucky day! We went to sushi boat.

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This was the first sushi boat that I’ve been to that wasn’t actually a boat floating along with plates of sushi. It was also the first sushi boat I’ve been to with all $1.75 plates. We couldn’t afford not to eat.

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It was good. It was quick. It was cheap. For six plates of sushi, Adam and I paid $10.75 (not including tip). It was definitely somewhere we will have to try again…especially on $1.75 PBR nights. Granted, Blue Fin is no Masu (Masu is amazing) but it was the definitely the place to go when you just want sushi and are short on time/cash. And then when you get your bill, you get to have a little chuckle too.

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Blue Fin Sushi

 *no water was hurt in the eating of this meal

 

Road trip! Day One..

Yesterday Adam and Sierra came to visit!!!

We are staying in the Gaslamp District of San Diego at a hotel chain that we absolutely love. It’s Sierra’s first hotel stay and I was a little scared she wouldn’t like elevators or being in a hotel room. But she actually enjoys elevator rides and the big comfy bed.

After we got settled, we walked Sierra around the block. A lady with a dog told us about The Park at Petco Park. As it turns out, it’s only a block and a half away from the hotel so we took a nice little walk through the park and Sierra loved it.

We went to a fun little gastropub last night that we’ve already decided to frequent while we’re in town. Partially because of the shuffleboard and partially because their mac n cheese is to die for delicious.

Stay tuned for day two…