[Snow I missed in Bend]
It snowed over a foot of snow the day after I left Bend, OR. I’m only a little jealous, but this post will show my love for Bend even though I missed this snowy wonderland. I failed at taking more food photos and even more of an epic fail due to my lack of photos of my first time on skis. Like Bambi learning to stand. Hilare! Nonetheless, I did get to enjoy the snow, the sights, the foods and the booze, so here are some fab photo opps.
[small plate of pita, hummus and some veggies with a side beer]
What do you do when you have an hour layover in Portland? You start your morning with a good ol’ Oregon brewed ale, oh and some pita and hummus. For the record, I didn’t think this was going to be very good since it was airport food, but the pita was amazing! A bonus that it was served warm, but not hot. Then I bit into it and found it to be a super fluffy and almost buttery taste in your mouth. Deelish! The bartender told me they’re locally made at a bakery in Portland. Unfortunately, I did not write down which, and so Elise, I will just have to take you to Portland to try these.
Then it was time for foods. For dinner we went to 900 Wall and ordered some drinks and food to split. Here’s where I failed numero uno. No photos of our shared eats. Sadness. But everything we ordered was delicious. Just picture it, roasted beet salad with bacon-pine nut brittle, warm butternut squash salad with balsamic vinaigrette and freshly made pizza with prosciutto topped with arugula and truffle oil. Here’s a snapshot of the ambiance c/o the restaurant.
Then off we went to Astro Lounge where Katie ordered a martini with hints of habanero chili and I ordered one with chambord in it. Her’s was spicy, but definitely better. Her mama ordered it too. Sadly no photos of the full martinis. But look at how happee we are here. [me and katie with a martini glass sneaking in on the side]
Then off to 2 more bars until our last stop. Sweaty mcsweaterson comes out at dance floor number 2.[me breaking it down for the peeps below the stage]
I decided to spare my dancing companions of posting their photos on here because we were all one hot sweaty mess at Boondocks Bar & Grill until 3am. You might think, “wow, such troopers.” I’d like to think, “wow, such dancing machines!”
Insert Bambi on skis for a few hours the next day. No photos, but loads of fun. Then care of my friend’s parents, we had tortilla española for dinner. Her and her parents are going just a couple weeks before I go to Spain in May, and we talked so much about it, that as a homage to our future trip, we had enjoyed a little taste of it. [tortilla española]
Then off to 10 Barrel for some brewskies. [sample S1NIST0R Black Ale]
I ended up getting a real class after I tasted its deliciousness.
More drinks and dancing ensued and then it was Sunday morning breakfast.
[bacon and eggs]
Katie and her friend took me to Alpenglow for more Deschutes deliciousness. Looks like they not only brew beers, but they also make bacon. Mmm, slightly thicker than regular bacon and still so salty, juicy and very flavorful. I probably could have eaten slabs of them until I got sick, but I settled on the 6 or so pieces I had. Also, great potatoes – crispy on the outside, but soft on the side. Then there was the side of coffeecake. I’m not usually a big fan of coffeecake, but this one gets an A+. There were hints of apple baked inside and the crumb on top had granola and not super sweet. Belly satisfied.[descutes bacon close up and personal]
This was only a snippet of my wonderful 3 days in Bend. I don’t think I covered it enough to really show you how much I adored the city. I am definitely going back because there’s so much good food yet to be tasted! And lots more breweries too. Until next time, this is how I Bend it.