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i++ Gray Roots Museum with his parents to see “Saints & Sinners: A Spirited History of Grey County” (picture above)

i++ Royal City Hibiscus Saison: “tradional farmhouse style ale fermented with Escarpment Labs’ old world saison yeast. A generous hibiscus tea infusion adds a modest pink blush to the beer”

i++ Wellington: Dad loves Imperial Russian Stout: “Imperial Russian Stout is one of the boldest beers brewed in Ontario. With an inviting aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, Imperial Russian Stout has a smooth, full bodied flavour patterned after the highly fortified stouts that were exported from the U.K. to Russia in the 1800’s”

i++ Jordon St John’s Tour with Tiffany & Faisel: “I had finished my Heritage Toronto walk on the Lost Breweries of the old city, the third of four for the summer, and had managed to remember nearly all of the regular talking points. Headed east over the Don, I was kicking myself for confusing the High Park Johns. Surely John Howard lived in John Colborne’s Lodge. I should have known that. My high school operated on a house system and I was IN Howard’s for God’s sake. It shouldn’t have been that hard to remember, but in the moment, in the direct sunlight, with a crowd of a couple of dozen ticket holders watching, you can misspeak”

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He’s been thinking about visiting Charleston since we saw Scott’s BBQ (yes Hemingway South Carolina) on Parts Unknown (new season starting this week). Now I’m making plans. I’m using the OR/WA template as opposed to the Louisiana template because this will be a slightly longer trip.

First Day of OR/WA Trip: Fly into Seattle, drive 60 minutes to Olympia (the state capital), drive 2.5 hour to Hood River, old board head barley wine @ full sail

First Day of NC/SC Trip: Fly into Charlotte, drive 90 minutes to Columbia (the state capital), eat po’boy @ bourbon, drive two hours to Charleston

Second Day of OR/WA Trip: Bike the fruit loop

Second Day of NC/SC Trip: Walk around Charleston

Third Day of OR/WA Trip: Drive to Willamette Valley via Columbia Gorge

Third Day of NC/SC Trip: Drive to Magnolia Gardens

Fourth Day of OR/WA Trip: Drive to Tillamook via elk cove (see picture above) & willakenzie, hike cape lookout

Fourth Day of NC/SC Trip: Drive to Middleton Place


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four weeks till clinton hill

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Last time, we stayed at Williamsburg, this time Clinton Hill. The last airbnb had really nice bowls so I sat around observing the defrosting of grapes.

Saturday: Visit Wei & Nora in Stamford
Sunday: Brooklyn Tabernacle with Durgesh; shop @ raaka chocolate
Monday: Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin @ Clinton Hall; Calatrava’s transit hub; shop @
kees chocolates & 188 galerie; Liz Magnes @ cornelia street cafe
Tuesday: Take ferry from Brooklyn Bridge to midtown; lunch @ Jean Georges; tram to Roosevelt Island; shop @ minamoto kitchoan & kyotoya; Renzo Piano’s Whitney Museum; Bathtub Gin
Wednesday: Brooklyn Transit Museum

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  • Les Trois Mousquetaires Grande Cuvee American Barleywine: Deep amber colour; pronounced hoppy aromas of pink grapefruit, pine resin, white flower and caramel
  • Of course we made a stop at Rogue when we were in Portland; the chipotle ale was pretty cool
  • Trying a new baked chicken recipe; in addition to the usual ketchup + apple cider vinegar + caramelized garlic + cinnamon, I added chipotle
  • Thyme left over from another recipe so I baked carrot + thyme


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PDX plan


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So we hiked five miles in the rain today. Not because the rain caught us by surprise. But because it was raining all day and we said what the heck. After a hot shower, we are ready for PDX.

P.S. He planned most of the PDX activities.

Wednesday
4: Hot Box BBQ; his pick!
5: Check into airbnb; buy groceries
9: Christopher Brown Quartet at Jimmy Mak’s; his pick!

Thursday
9: Moberi; his pick!
10: Pittock Mansion
11: Japanese Garden
1: Viking Soul Food; his pick!
2: Breakside Brewery; his pick!
7: Waterfront Concert; his pick!

Friday
9: Esplanade Loop; Stumptown Coffee Roasters
11: Powell City of Books; QUIN; CACAO
1: Kargi Gogo; his pick!
2: Rogue
7: Waterfront Concert Rain Date