Funfeasts is about enjoying and exploring life - through food. It's an attempt to chronicle my feasts of fun and the many tasty bites experienced along the way.
Showing posts with label Portland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Portland. Show all posts

Cool in Camas: Beacon Rock & Thunder Island Brewing Co.

I have made the trip from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest more times than I can count and it's always been the same:  hit the road early, stop at the Olive Pit (a family favorite) and drive all the way to Seattle in one long stretch.

Shasta 
This year I changed things up and stopped to meet a good friend in Camas, a town dubbed "Best Place to Live" by some and a well-kept secret that's not so secret when you see all the development buzzing around.  Either way, my experience hit all the high notes:  awe-inspiring hike, food combined with truly local, fresh ingredients and soul-filling relaxation due to the mellow vibe that's all Pacific Northwest.  It's like a spa at it's best:  expansive, nurturing and sporty...but without the barrier of entry fees (except for the state parks).

A few notables if you venture to Camas with friends or family:
  • Beacon Rock Trail.  Stunning and a must-see.  About an hour, steep in some places.
  • Thunder Island Brewing Co.  You can sit by the Columbia River and nosh on fine fare.
  • 360 Kitchen & Bar   A pleasant surprise with gourmet-chef worthy dining.
  • Burgerville.  518 NE 3rd Ave, Camas, WA 98607.  Seasonal menu addition:  Walla Walla onion rings.  Wow.
Every once in a while a detour becomes a huge blessing and in my case, a pretty mind-blowing one at that.  It's time to move on but the view from Beacon Rock is indelibly etched into my memory and a "greatest hit" from the Summer Roadtrip of 2016.


Bucatini carbonara at 360 Kitchen & Bar, Camas WA

Taken from Beacon Rock Trail, Stevenson WA






Northwest Best: Bernie's, Full Sail Brewing, Roots and friends!

The food scene is definitely hopping in Portland and a quick weekend getaway to visit friends was the perfect excuse to indulge.   We started with a visit to Bernie's Southern Bistro in the very lively Alberta Arts district which was the perfect way to get the party started. 

Key highlight at Bernie's: sitting outside under the trees awaiting our very large portions of fried chicken and mac and cheese.    Of course we ordered way too much but we walked away happy and ready for the arduous task of shopping and hanging out (basically doing nothing.)  Note:  I am NOT complaining here.

Day two we hiked Hardy Falls which served up fresh air and a good dose of nature.  Next up, Full Sail Brewing in Hood River.  With a stunning drive along the water and then a big burger plus salad (gotta have something healthy!) our day was pretty much complete and our trip began to wind down.

Our last day we packed our bags and made a stop at Roots in Camas WA.    Roots is one of those places where you get food and service exceeding your expectations despite the  modest suburban strip mall location.  Don't skip the crab benedict or the Walla Walla onion tart - both amazing! 

Although I seemingly make light of the trip - but not my obsession with the Portland food scene - my true purpose was to catch up with longtime friends over many cups of hot coffee and meaningful dinners.  Past memories and meals tie our friendship together and continue to knit us close despite the many miles now between us.    

So thanks to my wonderful friends for setting aside precious time to connect and remind me what really matters in life.  YOU.

Bernie's Southern Bistro
2904 NE Alberta Street
Portland OR  97211
503.282.9864
berniesbistro.com 

Full Sail
506 Columbia Street
Hood River OR 97031
541.386.2247

Roots
19215 SE 34th Street Suite 110
Camas WA  98607
360.260.3001

Mothers Bistro - Portland

The motto on Mothers website is "it's all about the love" which resonated with this diner!  I loved the reuben sandwich with melty cheese, sauerkraut and, of course, homemade corned beef.  It felt like the entire plate was made with love, right down to the crispy bread which held everything together.

Apparently our short wait for a table was the result of good timing and good luck. I'm told our wait wasn't the norm and a visit usually requires patience.  In any case, don't miss the Reuben.  It's really fantastic.

Corned beef and sauerkraut atop toasted bread.  Just the best.
 
Way to start the day!  A mimosa at the ready
 
212 SW Stark St  Portland, OR 97204
(503) 464-1122