Current status: sitting on my brother’s old couch, now located on my balcony in Portland. I can see an ugly, dirty beige, wood wall, a bunch of leafy trees, a parking lot, and a maintenance guy with a leaf blower strapped to his back. I’m very, very angry about that last part and I don’t know why. While I understand … Read More
It’s been so long since I visited my site that it no longer comes up in suggested sites or autocorrect. While I’ve never hid that I abhor “I haven’t written in so long and I’m sorry” posts — hot damn, it’s been a while, but I’m not apologizing for it. 19 months into our move from the deserts of AZ … Read More
Mother’s Day brunch sounds great, but what could bookend such a day? Bull Run Cider paired with cheese, of course. After a long two months without cider and cheese, we’re proud to announce that we’ll be hosting Bull Run Cider this Sunday, May 11, from 5-7pm, again at Brooklyn House Restaurant (3131 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97202). Co-founders Galen … Read More
We all make choices about what is important to us. We have to or else we’d go broke trying to fix everything. (At least I would). So we do what we can with what we have and make the best of our lives. That’s human and admirable and obvious and great. But plenty of times we turn a blind eye … Read More
In the past nine months HipCider has been around, I’ve learned a ton about cider. I’ve learned about fermenting, yeast, apples, business, BIG business, teamwork, food pairings and even bottling. I’ve also consumed quite a bit more cider than I ever thought possible. But nine months in, I’ve realized that something just isn’t quite right. For as hard as I … Read More
I started taking running seriously in 2009. After almost 30 years of treating running as a punishment and training tool, I resolved to look upon running as a form of physical exertion and meditation. For the first time in my life, I strove to learn to run, correctly — short strides, weight under my hips, arms pumping. No heel striking, … Read More
This month I’m pleased to present, fresh off their new taproom opening in Oregon City, Portland Cider Company. Owned and run by Jeff and Lynda Parrish, Portland Cider Co is a perfect beginner’s cider, with just enough flavor to make it taste great but lacking the complexity a more seasoned cider drinker might prefer.
(The idea of an Amtrak Residency, where writers book a round-trip ticket to work there and back, is fascinating. Here’s how I convinced myself to go.) I make my living by, mostly, arranging letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into stories. Whether I’m running a Facebook campaign, tweeting incessantly, or crafting a blog post, I’m … Read More
Portland Cider Company is opening their own tasting room, complete with three new styles of cider and plenty of swag.
It’s time for #SecondSundayCider. While we’d love to make the 1.5 mile hike to Brooklyn House to snack on some cheese and cider, we’re betting most people are (correctly) going to stay inside today and wait out the ice/snow storm here in Portland. Let’s all stay home, tear into our own cider and hopefully cheese stash, and re-schedule tonight’s Carlton … Read More