Saturday, December 20, 2008

Portland Happy Hour: E-San Thai Cuisine

A friend of mine and I make a point to get together every other week for dinner, and while we've been slacking a bit lately (too much hw as usual), with finals over we were finally able to meet for happy hour at E-San Thai Cuisine. Happy hour is only served in the bar and while the service was a bit slow, the relatively large food menu and $2 drafts certainly make the trek downtown worth it. After some deliberation, we ordered the egg rolls, wantons, Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles). The egg rolls were tasty, the noodle dishes nice and spicy, and there was more than enough food for the two of us. And best of all, our 4 dishes and 3 beers came to a grand total of only $19.

And since there was no school the next day...we finished the night off with some hot buttered rum across the street at Kels (too cinnamon-y) before heading home to meet friends for hot cocoa with baileys (caramel it!) and a viewing of Elf. If only Christmas break lasted all year...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

DIY Happy Hour: Spiked Cider

Sometimes when it's snowing out (really Portland?) and driving anywhere will take double the time it would normally take, it's necessary to have your happy hour at home. Which still means that you'll probably have to drive to the store to pick up some stuff (and consequently slide around on some ice and maybe hit a person or slow speeds of course) but at least you won't have to drive as far and you get to enjoy your drinks in the comfort of your own home.

We decided to make spiked cider which was definitely a good choice. Here's our recipe:

- 7 packets of spiced apple cider
- 4 or 5 cups of water
- 1/2 a fifth of rum (or more if you like)
- A sprinkle of cloves and cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and warm over medium heat. Add cinnamon/sugar rims and a whole cinnamon stick to your mug if you wanna get fancy. Sweats and Lindsey Lohan movies are also recommended for full enjoyment.

Portland Happy Hour: Perry's

Recently my grandparents texted me and wanted to meet at Perry's (on NE Fremont) for happy hour. I was introduced to Perry's by my grandparents (just like they introduced me to Amalfi's...they have good taste) years ago. We've been going there forever, and my grandparents have achieved the status of "regulars." (Katie and I still haven't managed to do that anywhere).

Friday we showed up at 4pm and headed to the bar. As usual we ordered a round of Lemon Drops ($7.95) made specially by Perry (the owner). We try to make lemon drops at home with our juicer but definitely don't have Perry's special touch. This is by far the best lemon drop I have had in Portland.

For food, we ordered off their happy hour menu which includes a list of items all for $2.95. We ordered their salad with citrus dressing, thai chicken, nachos, chicken soft tacos, veggie tostada, and grilled cheese (there were 4 of us). Everything was delicious, there isn't anything I wouldn't recommend. Also, when Katie and I went we ordered their fried artichoke hearts which were really great.

Now if you go to Perry's, I would definitely recommend getting dessert. Initially we were craving some strawberry chocolate pie, but found out they only make that in the summer (Shoot!) Instead, my grandparents ordered two Irish Coffees (whiskey as opposed to rum in Spanish Coffee), I ordered another Lemon Drop, and Adam decided he wanted the Chocolate Chip Pie. Of course we all stole bites of his gooey, chocolate chip, doughy, soft, pie covered in an amazing chocolate sauce served with ice cream.

It you are looking for a friendly environment with great food to satisfy any mood, awesome drinks, and desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth, Perry's is the place to go!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Honeys Heart: UP Pub Crawl

Wednesday night was the annual end of semester pub crawl. It starts at Dancing Bare but Kelly and I still had papers to write so we caught up with everyone at Mouse Trap. Thanks to the bartenders for starting our night off right with those double vodka tonics...

Not our usual choice...but it got the job done.

So mad about it. Just cuz we never invite you to happy hour doesn't mean you can't smile for our blog.

"Wanna take a picture for our blog?" "Oh hell yeah!" Thanks for the enthusiasm Brian!

Double points for actually reading our blog!

Adam loves Mary. Mary loves happy hour honeys.

Sorry Kelly slapped your hand so hard...but really, you can't crinkle the sign.

A little bit more than buzzed...?

Friends again. Thanks blog.

Awkward. But good sports.

Karaoke at Parrot Bay...Kelly and I didn't participate because usually people like to boo us.

Wearing pants while drinking...different.


Free hot dogs at Mock's Crest...delicious (maybe).

At the t room. Did you predict this would happen?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Portland Restaurant: Skyline

Got a hankering for a good old-fashioned burger and shake? If you don't mind a bit of a drive, try Skyline Restaurant. The place has been around since 1935 so they've had quite a lot of time to perfect those creamy shakes.