HUBba HUBba

photo by Anne Jansen

I stopped in for a hearty lunch at Hopworks Urban Brewery, aka HUB, after hiking around in the lava tubes at Mt. St. Helens. It turns out they make a mean burger. I ordered their House Burger with their house-made veggie patty (consisting most prominently of black beans), which was served on an onion cheese bun. It was delectable, but still not as good as the house-made organic root beer! It had some serious bite to it, but also had a crisp sweetness to it. If I lived in Portland, I’d be a regular at HUB.

photo by Anne Jansen

bbq delight

photo by Anne Jansen

The Bridgeport Brewpub, located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, is a beautiful restaurant occupying a historic brick building. Oregon, alternately referred to as “Beertopia,” turned out to be even more vegetarian friendly than I thought it would. Even at a brewpub like this, there were vegetarian and vegan options. What did I opt for? Why, the BBQ burger (housemade beet and rice patty) of course. And it was deeeeeelicious! The BBQ sauce was spicy and savory, and the burger itself was surprisingly juicy and flavorful. While I know my choice was somewhat less than original, it was well worth it!

mmm stumptown

photo by Anne Jansen

Some friends of mine took me to Stumptown Coffee, a neighborhood favorite in Portland, Oregon. This was the most unusual cup of hot cocoa I’ve had — it didn’t have that bitterness that Starbuck’s hot chocolate has, and it was sweet and flavorful without being saccharine. Not to mention the design of the foam and whipped cream was really cute, and only added to the appetizing nature of the beverage. Along with my hot chocolate, I had a delicious raspberry and hazelnut scone.

photo by Anne Jansen

This scone was really delicious — the combination of fresh raspberries and chopped hazelnuts was really scrumptious (of course, I’m a huge fan of hazelnuts, so it’s hard to go wrong when they put them into the scone) and I think I can honestly say that this is the best scone I’ve ever had. You don’t get that many unique flavors in scones, but this one was a new twist on a more traditional fruit scone. Delicious!

photo by Anne Jansen

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