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Continuing the theme of craft beer, just this past week a new craft beer restaurant has officially opened its door in the Olympic Village — CRAFT Beer Market. I know, what a fitting name. This chain restaurant started out in Alberta with two locations in Calgary and Edmonton; this is the 3rd location.

Craft Beer Market at Olympic Village

The restaurant prides itself for having more than 100 kinds of craft beer on tap, and only on tap, including local BC craft beer and imports from the U.S. and beyond. Just before its grand opening day, I invited Bryan to join me at their sneak preview event to check out the space.

100+ beer on tap at Craft Beer Market

Food

In addition to the two free beers we received, we also tried a few menu items:

  • Hawaiian Ahi Poke
  • Crab cake slider
  • Coconut Curry Steamed Mussels
  • Miso Marinated Tuna
  • Prosciutto Arugula Flatbread

Overall I thought the food quality was pretty good, which would be beneficial because they don’t necessarily want to be just the beer place (a food primary needs to sell its food too). (more…)

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After we confirmed our trip to Oregon, the first thing I did was to ask fellow bloggers for dining recommendations in Oregon. A number of you guys got back to me, each offering a different list of restaurants. However, one particular place showed up on every list – Voodoo Doughnut.

Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

Voodoo Doughnut, Portland

As soon as I started writing this post I knew I’m going to have some problem typing “doughnut” instead of “donut”. The funny thing is, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “donut” is American spelling. Be prepared to see “doughnut” and “donut” being used interchangeably here.

Line up!

Line up!

So it was 10:30pm on a Friday, and when this is usually the time for most part of Vancouver (except for the Granville district, or Gastown) to turn into a ghost town, Portland Old Town was bustling. Bars were busy, food trucks were still taking orders, lots of people on the street. In fact, there was a 30-people line up outside of this Voodoo Doughnut location. We chatted with a couple of locals, and they said this was nothing, that usually the line up would be way longer. And apparently we missed an exciting mayoral donut-eating contest. Did I mention that Voodoo Doughnut opens 24-7? I suppose there is a super huge demand for donuts, in particular Voodoo Doughnut, in Portland.

Long lineup for donuts!

Long lineup for donuts!

Food

Menu board - lots to choose from

Menu board – lots to choose from

There are just way too many donuts to choose from. They need to use not one, but two display cases to show them all. And a gigantic blackboard to list them out. All donuts are hand-made, thus each donut would have its unique icing/glaze/decorations.

One of the display cases

One of the display cases

Because we had another 2-hour drive south to Lincoln City, we ordered our donuts to-go.

Voodoo Doughnut to go

Voodoo Doughnut to go

Here is what we ordered: (more…)

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