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Espresso Stouts Galore In Oregon

Oregon loves their beer and their microbrews. They love it as much as they love coffee and flannel. So we took advantage of the fact that so many different microbrews were available, from near and far, and drank a whole lot of espresso stouts. We purchased these at whole foods, and the check out girl actually chuckled at us after she rung everything up and was telling us how much it was. You don’t want to know. But hey, when in Oregon! The Overcast Espresso Stout, probably my personal favorite. It was super smooth. I don’t know what the open container laws are like in Oregon, but we drank it in Drake Park anyway. Arrest us, we don’t care!

The only non-stout that somehow snuck into our purchases was the Maui CoCoNut Porter. I think I saw this on tv once. It’s a good beer, but it does not have any kind of coconut taste in it, at all! Slightly false advertising. But a good beer.

Here’s the Laurelwood Espresso Stout, another favorite. J just happened to pour it out into a mug for espresso. It was just a coincidence. Also quite smooth, a bit stronger than Overcast.

Here’s where things start to get not so tasty. These two stouts by Mikkellen, Barrel-Aged Black Hole, are brewed with coffee, honey, and vanilla, and aged in either whisky or wine barrels. We thought these would be amazing. We were wrong. These just tasted strong and bad. And they were freakin’ expensive too. Coffee stout fails!

Dark Truth Stout. Ok, so this one was the worst one. It tasted like ashtray.
The Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing. This one was ok, but really strong, not necessarily in the best way, and just not really drinkable. I mean it wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t great. And there you have it! And no, we did not drink all of these in one sitting. Drink responsibly!

Stop In Eugene

Eugene ended up being a good half-way stopping point for the long journey from the coast back to Bend. Plus, we had to stop so that J could watch a World Cup game. Much to my surprise, the Eugene Saturday Market was taking place, which of course had a farmer’s market along with it and a food court. Everything was locally grown and looked fabulous. There were berries everywhere.
White raspberries!

And all kinds of cherries!

But really, what everyone had, and what looked the best, were the oregon grown strawberries.

There were veggies as well, of course. Here are some beautiful cherry tomatoes of different colors. Although I know that tomatoes are actually fruit.

There were also tons of root vegetables, like these turnips and beets. Potatoes were also all over the place.

Along with some cucumbers and some onions and some even more gorgeous red torpedo onions.

This dude was selling crazy mushrooms that he grows. I wonder what other kinds of non-food mushrooms he grows? Because after all, this is Eugene, and man, hippies abound!

Dungeness crab is everywhere in Oregon, and you can even find some here.

Here, they were selling freshly homemade salsas as well as fresh corn tortillas that a lady was cooking up, right on the spot.

There were food vendors in the proper food court, which was part of the regular craft vendor part. But in the farmers market, there were also a few food vendors, including this pastie shop.

J got some fish tacos. He liked these, but was surprised by the spicy salsa that was plopped on top.

I got a little teriyaki bowl from a food court vendor called “nice rice”. My nice rice bowl was brown rice topped with teriyaki chicken and veggies. It was perfectly fine. All the produce looked amazingly fresh, and if I lived in Eugene, I would hope to get my fresh fruits and veggies here all the time!

Wegmans Trip On Easter

To me, easter is pretty much just like any other sunday, except stores I like going to are closed. That part irks me. This easter weekend was absolutely gorgeous, and after a nice long bike ride, I took a little outing to Wegmans because they were open! I got to stock on some of my faves, the blood orange soda and blueberry cereal. But I also just like to go and see what’s up. These breads with W’s on them are rather cute.

They really do have quite an array of fresh prepared foods. Their little cafe area has tons of already cooked stuff and beer to go. It’s like a little food court, along with a restaurant. But what I really like is the amount of food they have that’s prepared already, with flavoring and seasoning and what not, that just needs to be taken home and cooked. Even the veggies have been cut up and cleaned for you. It’s like cooking, but only part way. All the annoying prep part is already done. They have fish and seafood, chicken, and meat options all ready to go.

Sometimes they have stuff I can’t find elsewhere. I love radiatore, and you can find them here, but they’re called nuggets. But I find Wegmans a bit strange because they have so much non-food stuffs as well. Most grocery stores have tons of toiletries and cleaning products and what not, but Wegmans has more than others. It’s almost like they’re trying to compete with the Wal-Marts or Targets with groceries in them, instead of regular grocery stores. The amount of square footage dedicated to non-food boggles my mind. It’s like they have a bit of an identity crisis. But I don’t mind. I bought some really nice and cheap toothbrushes while I was there. This girl isn’t going to complain.

They have the Tiger Tiger sauces here too. Since the little spice shop in the Ardmore Farmers Market closed down, I would have had to go to world market to get this. I’m glad I don’t have to anymore.

They have a variety of fresh naan here too, which is totally cool.

The prices here sometimes good, sometimes bad, and pretty much just averages out. But I find the quality of their food to be high, and everything at least seems fresh. But 99 cents for a lemon or a lime? And they’re not even organic? I don’t think so!
The blood orange soda at Wegmans is something I love. The version sold at Target sucks. I picked up the above version at Trader Joe’s the other day and it’s just as good as the Wegmans one! It’s a perfect substitute!

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