Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
IMG_2251 Stopped at Heart Roasters to have a cup and checkout their roaster.
IMG_2358 Cascade Barrelhouse makes the most magical sours in the world!
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
IMG_2393 Mississippi Records is the best! More to come on this.
IMG_2396 Sweedeedee is the cutest cafe. Their pickles,pies and pastries look out of this world!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Image from here

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Bike Ride from SF to Mt. Tam: German Tourist Club

I went on the longest bike ride in my personal history: 34 miles round trip. We rode from San Francisco up a mountain (Mt. Tam) to our destination, a magical Bavarian style beer garden in the woods. The German Tourist Club is only open on Sundays once of twice a month. Once there, we refueled with a picnic and beer then started the journey home. It took us 45 minutes to climb Mt. Tam but only 5 minutes to go down. No bike photos pictured, I was too busy concentrating on accomplish my goal.

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Petaluma Bike Ride

I love so much that San Francisco residents can travel an hour north of San Francisco and feel so far removed from the city. Petaluma is just the place for a nice country bike ride past farmland and rolling hills while taking in Californian flora and fauna. You might even run into a brewery too!

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Home Brew & Pizza Party

We recently took next step in home brewing and got a tap-a-draft system! They are 1 gallon plastic kegs with CO2 cartridges so you can easily have some of your beer on draft at home and not have to bottle all of it. Works for me! Nick has brewed a handful of beers that are ready to drink so we had some home brewer friends over to help drink them. Jon brought a bounty of home brew reserves adorned with lovely letterpress labels!  I made a few different pizzas (7 to be exact) and we made merriment! Can’t wait to do it again. Except next time I’ll make less pizza and taste more home brew. I get too excited about making pizza.

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IMG_0354 Belgian Golden Ale
IMG_0355Jon’s Golden Dog Big IPA letterpress label beauty w/ a burst of spring daffodils in a Oktoberfest stein smuggled out of Munchen.
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Margarita pizza with thyme.

I didn’t take any photos of the other pizzas while elbow deep in flour.

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