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Elisa – July 18, 2018

JUL 18 (2018)

During our July trip to visit my family in Bend, OR this summer, we dined at Pacific Pizza & Brew. This is a favorite place to eat pizza and sip on a cocktail (or beer).

I usually order an Oregon Mule to drink (still my favorite!), but this time I tried the Pacific Margarita. The grapefruit juice added a distinct bitter/tart flavor. It took me a while to realize what I was tasting that seemed different! This is a good margarita for those who don’t like sweet mixed drinks.

Pacific Margarita and Kale Salad – July 18, 2018

To go along with my pizza, I ordered a small kale salad (Ingredients: kale, cabbage, carrot, mint, green onions, peanuts, shaved Brussels sprouts and spicy peanut-sesame dressing). It was spicy, but good!

Cousins at Pacific Pizza & Brew – July 18, 2018

We ordered a veggie pizza to share, and substituted pineapple for the cheese. As usual, we gave all the crust to Todd (it’s the only part he’ll eat). He ate a record amount. He only left 2 small scraps out of 8 pieces!

Veggie pizza – July 18, 2018

Todd’s leftover crust

Todd’s shirt shows evidence of a great meal…

Todd – July 2018

Eli & Todd play fighting outside – July 18, 2018

Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro – July 1, 2018

JULY 1, 2018

Between May and August this year, we visited Eric’s parents at the beach (Ocean Shores, WA) three times. On our second trip there, we had the opportunity to see Todd’s aunt Sandie (my sister-in-law) perform with her musical partner at the Ocean Beach Roasters & Bistro.

This coffee shop/wine bar is small but full of character. When we walked in, I immediately liked the log cabin ‘feel’ and the rich, dark wood. The first thing I spotted in the pastry display case was the sign for…”Vegan cookie” {{happy dance!!}}. It turned out that two of the cookie flavors were vegan, so I naturally bought one of each!

Vegan cookies at OBR – July 1, 2018

My sweet tooth was happy – July 1, 2018

We found our group in the main sitting area. Please be sure to listen to the three short YouTube videos to hear Sandie’s beautiful voice!

Todd with the entry way in the background – July 1, 2018

Eric’s brother & parents – July 1, 2018

Sandie performing at OBR – July 1, 2018

Todd enjoyed going up to the cozy loft and back down the stairs (repeatedly).

“All you need is love and the beach”

Loft at OBR – July 1, 2018

I appreciated that the animal head on the wall was carved from wood!

Loft at OBR – July 1, 2018

Wood carving at OBR – July 1, 2018

We ordered a bean burger to go with our cookies.

Bean burger

We were able to stay for the whole ~2 hours because Todd was so good. A year ago this would not have been possible!

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