Half a bagel sandwich. Homemade by yours truly. 2 egg whites. Slice of cheese. Ham. Delicious and simple.
Luckily BIL got out of work early as in he was only there for an hour and got sent home since they didn’t need a lot of people today. That meant he got to spend the day with us!
Driving towards our destination we saw gorgeous landscape. What else is new. That mountain pretty much never left our side.
50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Bridal Veil, Oregon 97010
It was already a little cold and this little coffee stall must make a lot of money daily. We got our coffees and went on our hike.
Freaking gorgeous. Reppin’ THON. Coffee in my hand. Next view pictures are just the same waterfall at different angles. All too gorgeous not to share.
We made our way to:
Marchesi Vineyards & Winery
3955 Belmont Drive
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Cutest guy pouring us our wine. Need. To. Come. Back.
They won a lot of awards recently. Pretty cool to see it on their door.
Tagliere Di Legno Con Antipasto (Wooden Antipasto Tray) [freshly sliced Salumi, Italian Pecorino Cheese and sliced Fresh Baquette]
We got the Medium (4-6 people) for $15. Loved the whole tray.
I didn’t take a picture of the wines we took. Who would want to see that. But here’s a list of the ones we tried all for $5.
- Uvaggio, 2012, Columbia Valley (Bianco)
- Dolcetto, 2012, Columbia Gorge (Natal)
- Barbera, 2011, Columbia Valley (Achille) “Bronze Medal” San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2013.
- Sangiovese, 2011, Columbia Valley (Emma) My favorite.
- Nebbiolo, 2010, Columbia Valley (Buja Nen) “Best of Class” San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2013.
Headed to our next winery …
Pheasant Valley Winery
3890 Acree Dr.
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Antipasto Platter [premium salami, marinated olives and mushrooms, premium sliced cheeses, dolmas and gigante beans, crakcers] | $10
Pesto Hummus [served with bread or crackers] | $7
Mmm .. eating stuff like this and drinking wine for lunch … the best. I wish I had time in the middle of the day to do this during the week.
Sissy and I signed up to try ALL 11 wines they had. BIL and Mum only picked 5. Actually Mum pretty much gave up because she was so tipsy. Too funny.
- 2011 Estate Organic Pinot Noir
- 2010 Primitivo
- 2011 Barbera Silver Medal, Northwest Wine Summit, 2013.
- 2009 Tempranillo 90 points – Wine Spectator, November 2012. My favorite.
- 2009 Syrah
- 2012 Estate Organic Pinot Gris Silver Medal, Northwest Wine Summit, 2013.
- 2009 Vino Bianco Bronze Medal, Northwest Wine Summit, 2011.
- 2012 McDuffee Chardonnay
- 2012 Rose de Pinot Noir My favorite.
- 2012 Riesling
- 2011 Organic Pear Wine
We drove back to the apartment where they all slept their wines away. I just sat up and watched Suits with Bruno. By the time everyone was awake and hungry it was late. There was a long wait for our table so we went next door to their bar where we ordered drinks.
le Bistro Montage
301 SE Morrison Street
Portland, Oregon 97214
I don’t remember what BIL got. I just remember we all didn’t like it and left the rest on the table.
Safe Word [Jameson Black Barrel, Vanilla Vodka, Creme de Cocoa, cocoa powdered rim] | $8
They failed at a cocoa powdered rim. This was also very strong. Wasn’t ready for that since um … I hadn’t eaten. I wouldn’t order this again. I don’t think Jameson and I mix well together.
Suffering Bastard [Absolut Mandarin, fresh orange, and soda] | $7
I know Mum well when I picked this out for her. It was a favorite at our table. Everyone loved it.
This place is dark so it’s hard to get pictures of the food without my flash. Didn’t want to bother the other guests. Sorry for the bad picture quality!
BREAD and butter.
Oyster or New Zealand Poached Mussel Shooter [served in a shot glass with cocktail sauce, horseradish & lemon] | $1.95 each
We got one of each. Best one? The Oyster Shooter. A hit of salty and sweet. Wish I ordered more.
Jambalaya [spicy Louisiana rice dish with onions, celery, tomato & Cajun gravy]
Price varies on what you add in it. I believe Mum got it with crawfish which makes it $14. It was delicious. She said that this was her favorite meal out of the whole trip. That’s how great it was. Or we just ate meh food the rest of the trip.
Spold Mac [the perfect blend of spicy (Cajun gravy, parmesan & jalapeno) and old (garlic, heavy cream & parmesan)] | $8.25
It costs more when you add stuff to it. I added Andouille Sausage (extra $2) and Roasted Garlic (extra $2). Total of $12.25.
Their famous for their mac & cheese so that’s why I ordered it. It did not disappoint. The Roasted Garlic was WHOLE. Stinky breath for dayyyyyyys. Their mac & cheese is more of a sauce than usual mac & cheese. If I ever had a chance to go here again I would pick this again and made the pasta Gluten Free Penne for another $2.
If you don’t finish your food, they wrap it up in aluminum and sculpt it into something. Sissy got a snail.
This might ruin the rest of the trip updates but this was the best day ever.