Today was less food-heavy, which is probably a good thing.
We did start off the day at Kenny and Zuke’s, as Gwen didn’t get to go there yesterday. I had the corned beef hash, while Gwen had the 222 — two eggs, two latkes, and two slices of pastrimi, served with rye toast. Both were awesome, particularly the latkes. And the grumpy chef was in a better mood today. I’m tempted to try to get back there tomorrow to try either the bialies or the challah bread French toast, but we’ll see.
Afterward we wandered around at the Saturday Market, which was an interesting collection of crafts vendors. The only thing we ended up buying was a present for the cats: a toy stuffed with what we are assured is Oregon’s best catnip. Given how much our wee beasties like just ordinary nip, they should go crazy for this.
Then we hopped in the car and got out of town. One of the things at the top of my list for this trip was visiting the Columbia River Gorge and driving around Mount Hood. I’d done both the last time I was here, but I hadn’t been able to spend as much time doing it as I wanted to. This time, we set aside pretty much the whole day and drove the entire length of the Historic Columbia River Highway instead of just going up I-84. We saw the Women’s Forum Overlook and the Crown Point Vista House; hiked to Latourell, Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, and Multnomah Falls; and walked through the old tunnel at Oneonta Creek. Each spot was different, which makes me glad we did them all. My feet hurt a bit from all the hiking over rocky ground, but we saw some gorgeous spots today, so it was worth it.
We stopped for dinner at the Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom in Hood River. Their New Haven-style pizza was great, and the two Kriek-style beers they’d just released — made with cherries from the brewers own orchard — were fantastic. The atmosphere was loud but homey. As I said to Gwen, I think any place that serves beer on tap and has couch qualifies as a pub.
We finished off our day in the wilderness by driving around Mount Hood, which was beautiful in the evening sun. We thought about going up to Timberline Lodge, but by that point we were pretty tired and decided to head back to Portland. Our last stop of the day was at Voodoo Doughnut, where we braved the perpetual line to get half-a-dozen amazing doughnuts. The Bacon Maple Bar, topped with real bacon, was my favorite, as it was incredibly well-made. The dough was not too heavy, not too light. The maple glaze was not cloying sweet, but very flavorful. And the bacon was perfectly cooked, just salty enough, and not greasy at all. It was heavenly.
Ok, so maybe there was some food today after all.
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