Sunday, October 27, 2013

Free House

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Free House is one of those great neighborhood joints that make you glad you live in that neighborhood. Perfect location, perfect size, perfect business in the perfect space. We were regulars. That is until one evening last year when we were trying to "showcase" this neighborhood gem and a terrible thing happened - hipsters took it over. Bad service and moronic irony is just too much for us. No one, absolutely no one, wants to listen to Bon Jovi that loud, ever. So we stopped going and tossed our money to other neighborhood joints. Then Free House closed to remodel. This was a good sign - clean up the staff and revive yourself!

Well the bartenders are still the same, but we hope the hipster was knock right out of them, because we really like this place. The new Free House has a great new patio space, revamped menu and a terrific cocktail menu. If only they'd add table service; everyone is tempted to buy just one more drink if you're willing to bring it to them. Other than that our neighborhood spot never felt so good.

Free House
1325 NE Fremont
Portland, Oregon

4PM-Midnight Daily

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fiala Family Farms

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There are so many great farms within the Portland area, but the Fiala Farms in West Linn, Oregon boasts a history of over 100 years in operation. On an absolutely gorgeous autumn afternoon we decided to visit the pumpkin patch, maybe check out the corn maze and buy some local produce. We were pleasantly surprised with a beautiful drive and a u-cut dahlia flower garden.

On the way home we stopped off to see the incredible view of Willamette Falls and Mt. Hood in the distance. Have a great fall!

Fiala Farms
21231 SW Johnson Road
West Linn, Oregon 97068
Open until Halloween

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Life, As of Late

Wowzah! What happened? Summer was here a minute ago and then BAM-it's winter! One minute we're at a wedding reception along the river in sunny gorgeous weather, next thing we know, it's cold & stormy. Winter this year appeared before fall did. Slowly the mind autumn weather returned with incredible evening light and gorgeous fall foliage we love so much about this time of year.

September flew by fast and we're starting a new stage in our lives as poor college students! We're eating lots of meals at home and entertaining ourselves on the cheap; and truth be told, we haven't eaten this well in awhile. We're still allowing ourselves weekly adventures, just being more selective with our choices.

We're cleaning up the yard and preparing for winter, including moving a car-size-pile of mulch out of the driveway. Our neglected vegetable garden managed to yield a bowl full of decorative pumpkins we didn't plant, thanks to the compost, as well as a few volunteer tomatoes! The days are getting colder and shorter, but the beautiful sunny fall weather has made the transition to our eventual hibernation period that much easier and we're looking forward to a cozy winter. It's suppose to be a wild one this year, so we're roaming around outside every chance we get.

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