5 year anniversary on top of seven months apart plus the best holiday of the year falling on a Saturday.
Elysian Brewering Company (Capitol Hill): October 29th. Oasis platter and two Elysian burgers. Perfect atmosphere and even better service. Eyehategod and free shots. Beers: Night Owl (Pumpkin Ale), Trip III (Flanders Oud Bruin brewed in collaboration with New Belgium), Sour Power (Sour Ale), Haleakala Sour (Sour Ale), and The Wise (E.S.B.) on cask.
Taphouse Grill: October 29th. California rolls and volcano goat cheese. Thursday night in dead center downtown during happy hour and all the pumpkin beers were out. Beers: Dogfish Head 90 Minute I.P.A.
Artisan Cafe: October 30th, take out. Salmon fresca and caprese sandwiches. Friendly around the corner location with excellent coffee and fresh food.
Brouwer's Cafe: October 30th. Smoked salmon, bison, lamb. The salmon was delicious but the entrees were not top tier as with previous visits. They changed the frites which is confusing. Devil's Night atmosphere and beer were redeeming factors. Beers: He'Brew Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah 13th Anniversary Ale (Imperial Stout - 13 malts, 13 hops, 13%), Ram's Pumpkin Ale (nitro), Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (Pumpkin), Brouwerij Bavik's Petrus Oud Bruin (Flanders Oud Bruin), Russian River's Publication (Saison), Elysian's Mr. Yuck Sour Ale, and Southern Tier's Pumking (Pumpkin).
Blue C Sushi: October 30th. Sake bombs and sushi. Top notch service and free drinks.
Shallots Bistro: October 31st, take out. Nine flavor beef, kung pao chicken, vegetable lo mein, and quart of hot & sour soup. Delicious post pumpkin carving food with Elysian The Great Pumpkin (Imperial Pumpkin Ale), Elysian Dark 'o The Moon (Imperial Pumpkin Stout), and Deschutes The Abyss (Imperial Stout).
Bleu Bistro: October 31st. Hummus, salsa, and chicken soft tacos. Eclectic bar with a huge mixed drink selection. Perfect late night Halloween vibes. Impressive food. Beers: Speakeasy Big Daddy I.P.A. and North Coast Old Rasputin (R.I.S.). Children thought I was Satan.
Top Pot: El Día de los Muertos. Pumpkin glazed doughnuts to wrap up a three day Halloween extravaganza.
Pumpkin carving, costumes, and indulging in the All Hallows Eve spirit with the one I love.