A Conscientious Food Tour in Portland, Maine

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Maine Food For Thought at ScalesOn my last day in Portland, Maine, I recognized that I had a problem. The city, which Bon Appetit magazine selected as the Restaurant City of the Year, had an overwhelming number of exceptional eateries. Even if I would select an establishment from Portland’s top ten best eateries—should such an objective list exist—it would still be a lose-lose, for picking one meant leaving two hundred other gourmet restaurants unvisited. The hardships of first-world living. Read more

American Fighter Pilots Turned Winemakers

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Aluve WineryMost pilots who retire from the Air Force find a second career with the airlines. But when JJ and Kelly Menozzi left the military, this married couple who had each served more than two decades flying for their country wanted nothing to do with commercial flying.

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Wine Tasting in Seattle

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Wine Tasting in SeattleFor the last two decades, Washington wineries have emerged in force. At the start of the millennium, there were a few hundred scattered about the state. Today, there are nearly one thousand, a quarter of which have been crowding into Walla Walla in the eastern Washington, where many of the vineyards grow, and into Woodinville, just thirty minutes from Seattle. Both regions are bucolic and feel like they should have tasting rooms. Seattle, on the other hand, is grungy and feels like it should have needle exchanges on every corner. In short, wine tasting in Seattle would be antithetical to wine. And yet it is Washington state’s emerging wine region.

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Mississippi Avenue: The Finest Street in Portland

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Shopping Mississippi Avenue is Portland's Best Street With cross streets like Failing and Blandena, and a nearby park named Unthank, Portland’s Mississippi Avenue sounds like it would possess the charm of a depressed, mundane road flowing traffic back to downtown remorsefully. And after crossing the Willamette River and journeying through the grimier, more industrial East Portland, one might appropriately second guess their decision to leave the city center. Read more

The Waterfront in Hood River

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Hood River Waterfront Paddleboarding Hood River has always been considered a gateway to the mountains, to the river, and to the beer. But with the recent development of the Hood River waterfront, Oregon’s quaint city has compressed its best offerings to a half-mile strip of premiere restaurants, breweries, cafes, stores, and recreation. And unlike the town proper, it’s actually on the river.

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