Went for Happy Hour and had a fantastic time. Taz, behind the bar, was gracious and pointed me in all the right drink and app directions. He was just the right amount of fun and interactive. LOVED the Merci, Merci and pork skewers. Looking forward to going back for a full dinner. On a girly tinge, the ladies room wowed me...poppy red, gilded mirrors and fresh rubrum lilies. :)
My husband and I visited Hood River for the first time in November. We had no plan of attack so we just dashed around the river area visiting wineries. As a sommelier, it was unfortunately underwhelming for most of the afternoon. Then our GPS picked up Marchesi Vineyards..hmmm...sounds Italian...and off we went. The weather was cool and drizzly outside but the tasting room couldn't have been more inviting. We pulled up to what we thought was a private party. People were happily spilling out of the tasting room onto the trellis-covered patio with fire pits blazing. Inside the aura was even cozier with two lovely tasting room ladies...I believe one's name was Donna. They made us so welcome even in the cluster of people. We sat on the edge of the windowsill and on stacks of cases of wine. There are comfy seats there but were already filled with chatty groups. We were happy though.
We drank through the tasting flight of wine while the charming Italian owner and winemaker scurried around with warm chestnuts he toasted on the outside fires. He was delightful and so were his wines. I absolutely fell in love with the Barbera and took that along with some Pinot Grigio to go. I didn't want to leave the good times, but they recommended another winery to try. We traveled down the road briefly to another spot but then decided to return to Marchesi, afterall they were going to be open until 6:00.
We ordered a couple of glasses of Barbera and hung out with the owner more. By that time he began offering delicious antipasto with meats that he slices in the winery. It was such an awesome time, my husband and I look forward to a return in the late Spring.
The reason why this review is three months late is that I was just reminded of these fantastic memories because not only does Marchesi make wine, but he also makes olive oil...which I just used the rest of. Don't forget to pick up some olive oil while you're there!
Wow! What a stay! My husband and I stayed here to be able to celebrate my birthday in town without driving. It was a few blocks further from the market area that I wanted, but well worth the extra steps. EVERYONE at 1000 was awesome, from valet to concierge to front desk where we had a glass of bubbles at check-in. They knew it was my birthday and the valet even brought me a red rose :)
The room was gorgeous and comfy. Like everyone else, we loved the bathtub (it's perfect for 2) and I could have stayed in it all night just drinking champagne and listening to the Mood channel.
I look forward for another reason to spend a special night at the Hotel.
After spending the day playing tourist at the Pike Place Market in our own town, we stumbled upon Etta's for lunch. My husband & I have never been there before, but being usually well amused and satiated at other Tom Douglas eateries we gave it a shot. They were part of the Dine Around Seattle promotion which is always a good deal...3 course lunch for $15. The service was minimal, but pleasant. After the stumbling block of our cocktails coming out after our appetizers, the meal was well-paced, quick & efficient as it should be at lunchtime. I had a couple of fried oysters which were decent and a Shrimp Roll which missed the mark with a stale roll and an overpowering amount of tarragon. It was served with yummy house-made Old Bay Waffle Chips.Then the moment came.....Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Not just any coconut cream pie...the best I have ever had! Delicious! I would have been ok with paying $15 for just a slice of pie!