Last night, our friends were joking about being “west-siders” meaning we live on the west side of the Willamette River. Our city straddles the river and I’ve grown up on the west side my whole life. I love venturing to the east side of the city and checking out all the amazing restaurants, thrift shops and breweries that side has to offer, but the west side will always be home. Looking back on this week I realized how many fun things are close to us that we managed to do all this week!
- The Little Prince: I remember reading The Little Prince as a kid and thinking it was a pretty neat book with a good message and some quirky illustrations. Tim told me that Netflix had just released an animated movie of the story, so of course we had to sit down and watch it. Holy cow!! I was not expecting the level of animation and story telling that Netflix brought to this movie but it was absolutely amazing. Whether or not you like animated films, I can’t recommend sitting down and watching The Little Prince enough. The true test of this film, for me, is that it kept me engaged throughout the entire hour and 46 minutes (which is a big deal for me considering how antsy I always get in movies). See the trailer here and please take a moment to watch this movie. You won’t regret the happy (and sad) tears you cry.
- Vertigo Brewing: Our family friends introduced us to Vertigo Brewing years ago and it has remained a family favorite. Based out of Hillsboro, the two Mikes have created consistently delicious beer and a fun atmosphere to hang out, eat some food truck grub and play a board game. You can also bring your own food but make sure to take a look at their website before going on a Friday night to see what food truck will be outside. We stopped by Vertigo before the Hops game on Friday and grabbed a burger from Boro Burger. Not only does Boro Burger serve crinkle cut fries or tots, but their burgers are great! I paired mine with the Vertigo Razz Wheat (my favorite!) and it definitely made the 90+ degree temperature a little more bearable. You can find Vertigo beers at various restaurants throughout the city and you can enjoy a bottled version of a few of their beers sold in select stores.
- Hillsboro Hops: It was a sad day when the Portland Beavers baseball team was moved out of town. Portland may not be the biggest supporter of baseball, but it’s one of my favorite past-times and when the Hillsboro Hops came to town in 2013 I was pumped. Not only do they sell Vertigo beer at the stadium, but it’s affordable, easy to get to and a really nice and clean stadium. The Hops are the minor league short-season A team that are affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their season ends on Labor Day so if you’re looking for something fun to do with a group of friends or your family, take a trip out to Ron Tonkin Field and catch a game before summer ends.
- Beaverton Farmer’s Market: I love waking up Saturday mornings and hitting the Beaverton Farmer’s Market. It opens at 8 am and runs from May-September and I highly encourage you try and hit it earlier than later because it gets crowded. I feel like they could definitely improve on the layout to make it flow better, but the variety of vendors and great stuff you find makes it worth weaving through the crowds. I’m a big fan of sampling everything and then buying some produce or a Mindy Bun from Decadent Creations (if nothing else, just go for the Mindy Bun, words can’t do it justice!). However, on our most recent trip to the market, we stopped to try some pepper jelly and were instantly sold! Tim tried the Ginger Garlic jelly by Rose City Pepperheads and we bought a jar to bring home and put on anything we can. We’ve started dreaming up recipes for a chicken stir fry, mixing it in with a marinade and yesterday we put it on our breakfast sandwiches and it was so good. We also grabbed some carrots, broccoli and some flowers for our bud Hayley! You have a few weeks left to make it over to the Beaverton Farmer’s Market and you don’t want to miss it.
- King Harvest Hummus: I don’t think I’ve met a hummus I don’t like but there is one that tops all others in my book. King Harvest Hummus is based out of Portland and has the best texture and flavor options of any other hummus you can find. I am currently eating the Sun Dried Tomato hummus that I love paired with carrots (putting that farmer’s market purchase to good use) or on top of an English muffin. The other two flavors we like to have on hand are the Garlic hummus and Jalapeño hummus (not too spicy but definitely has a little kick). We buy ours at our neighborhood Fred Meyer in the natural food section.
Have a great week!