A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker

My family and I were excited to head down to the Whiteaker last Friday night to try the Pizza at the newly opened Slice Pizzeria and Bar. Things were running very smoothly for a soft opening. To order we went to the front counter and chose from 8 different options of slices available, I ordered the Chicken BBQ and Spinach Mushroom (Fungus Among-Us), and my wife had the Margherita Pizza. We also have an 18 month old boy named Orion who had the Cheese Pizza. We got our food fast and were able to sit outside to enjoy a nice autumn evening! They were playing a variety of seventies music to set the mood for fun place to hang out. There was also a full bar staffed by 2 bartenders to make crafted cocktails off of their menu. The food was great, and they had vegetarian and vegan options. We had a good time there and enjoyed the atmosphere, I hope this place becomes a mainstay in the Whiteaker Neighborhood. For more information go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SliceEugene/ and be sure and vist them at their official Grand Opening this weekend October 11th-14th!

325 Blair Blvd. Eugene, Oregon 97402

open 4pm- 12am (midnight)- (Friday & Sat 2am)

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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A New Italian Restaurant in the Whiteaker- Bari Trattoria

A couple of friends and I decided to visit the latest restaurant to open in the Whiteaker, Bari Trattoria. We were seated immediately without a reservation, and the wait staff got our drinks and appetizers to us quickly. We ordered the Wood Fired Mixed Olives and Calamari for our appetizers. For the main course my friend Sheila ordered the Spaghetti Marinara with Meatballs, Chris ordered the Smoked Pork Ragu, and I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Smoked Chicken.

We were all very happy with our meals, the chicken was was tender and filled with smoke flavor. The noodles were handmade in house and you could taste the difference! Keeping true to their name they have a great mixologist on staff that had several intriguing house cocktails on the menu.

They also have a great Tuesday night special that none of us had a chance to try 1 slice and a beer for $13. Perhaps the best part of the evening was when they brought out our bill, and even after the 4 cocktails we added to the meal our bill was only $82. Great food, great prices, great location! I will definitely be back! Click here for more info http://baritrattoria.com/

Posted on June 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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Date Night at Cafe Soriah with Chef Ib

My fiance’ Erika and I decided to visit Cafe Soriah after meeting Chef Ib the owner and table side chef. We came in on a Tuesday around 6pm and were seated right away. The staff was very attentive despite how busy they appeared to be. At the recommendation of the Chef I chose the Steak Diane, a Beef tenderloin, in burgundy brown sauce with mushrooms, scallions, Dijon mustard and garlic. My fiance’ chose Souvlaki, a smaller plate of skewered marinated beef tenderloin grilled and served with tzatziki. My Steak Diane was out of this world, it reminded me of a gourmet salisbury steak. Erika loved her entree’ as well, along with her beet salad she said it was the perfect portion.

Chef Ib is dedicated to bringing the Mediterranean experience into every meal and uses lots of local fresh ingredients. If you would like to see him in action I recommend you stop by tonight! For a list of everything they have to choose from visit their website http://cafesoriah.com

Chef Ib, hard at work

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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A New Pizzeria in the Whiteaker- Wheel Apizza Pub

I visited the new pizzeria in the Whiteaker Saturday night of the soft opening with my fiance’ and her friend visiting from out of town. As many of you know Steve Mertz the creator of Tacovore is tackling his next project a New Haven pizzeria with a focus on new school craft beer. Needless to say I was excited!

When we arrived they had a similar set up to Tacovore, you get get in line to order before you sit down. The staff was very friendly and greeted us as soon as we walked in. We ordered the Kale Caesar, Cheese Polenta Cakes, and the Sausage and Pepper pizza, two of their hand crafted soda’s Erika got the Berry and I got Lemon.

We received our food right away and the pizza was served with a rustic char on the crust. It was clear that they were using higher end ingredients, and that all the ingredients were fresh with an emphasis on locally sourced products. The flavor was out of this world, I haven’t tasted pizza this fresh before. The combination of sausage and red pepper practically exploded in my mouth! I did not have a beer that night, but the shop was certainly a buzz with delight as patrons discussed pairings and beer selections. The pizzeria also boasts handmade cocktails and wine if beer isn’t your preference.

The only problem I foresee for this new restaurant is where they are going to fit all the customers when they start to get busy. It is quite a bit smaller than Tacovore, but I assume it will be just as popular. Some nights it might be easier to order take-out! Visit their website to learn more http://thewheelapizzapub.com/

The soft opening at the Wheel Apizza Pub was a huge hit

Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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Southern Williamette Valley Wineries Tour

Eugene has gathered quite the reputation for being home to some of the best breweries in the world. However, I don’t hear anyone whining about our local wineries either. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded the Williamette Valley as the Wine Region of the Year in 2016. Known for it’s New World Pinot Noir, the Williamette Valley has been influencing wine drinkers everywhere to have an open mind to new ideas.

Here is a complete list of the wineries in Lane County that have helped the region earn the honor.

-Brigadoon Wine Company– 25167 Ferguson Rd, Junction City, OR  97448   http://www.brigadoonwineco.com

-Pfeiffer Winery– 25040 Jaeg Rd, Junction City, OR 97448  http://www.pfeifferwinery.com/

-Walnut Ridge Winery– 94739 Turnbow Ln, Junction City, OR 97448   http://www.walnutridgevineyard.com/

-High Pass Winery– 24757 Lavell Rd, Junction City, OR 97448 http://www.highpasswinery.com/

-Rain Song Vineyard– 92989 Templeton Rd, Cheshire, OR 97419 http://rainsongvineyard.com/

-Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company– 25974 OR-36, Cheshire, OR 97419    https://www.bennettvineyardsor.com/

-LaVelle Vineyards– 89697 Sheffler Rd, Elmira, OR 97437 http://www.lavellevineyards.com/

-Valhalla Winery23785 OR-126, Veneta, OR 97487 http://www.valhallawinery.com/

-Sarver Winery– 25600 Mayola Ln, Eugene, OR 97402 http://www.sarverwinery.com/

-Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery– 29210 Gimpl Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97402        https://nobleestatewinery.com/

-Abbelone Vineyard85505 Christensen Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://abbelonewine.com/

-Sweet Cheeks Winery– 27007 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405 http://sweetcheekswinery.com

-Silvan Ridge Winery– 27012 Briggs Hill Rd, Eugene, OR 97405  http://silvanridge.com/

-Iris Vineyards– 82110 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.irisvineyards.com/

-King Estate Winery– 80854 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405  https://www.kingestate.com/

-Chateau Lorane– 27415 Siuslaw River Rd, Lorane, OR 97451  http://www.chateaulorane.com/

-Saginaw Vineyards– 80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Saginaw, OR 97424    https://www.saginawvineyard.com/

-Eugene Wine Cellars– 255 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402    http://www.eugenewinecellars.com/index.html

-Territorial Vineyards and Wine Company– 907 W 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97401    http://territorialvineyards.com/

-Oregon Wine Labs– 488 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401 http://www.oregonwinelab.com/

-Capitello Wines– 540 Charnelton St, Eugene, OR 97401  http://www.capitellowines.com/

-J. Scott Cellars– 520 Commercial St Unit G, Eugene, OR 97402  https://www.jscottcellars.com/

-Hayworth Estate Wines– 92075 Powerline Rd, Eugene, OR 97408    https://www.hayworthestatewines.com/

 

If you would like to plan a trip to one or several of these fine establishments please  visit http://www.southwillamettewineries.com/plan-your-trip/

or if you would like to be escorted about town so you don’t have to worry about designating a driver go to http://www.corkandbarreltours.com/

Leave your favorite Williamette Valley winery experience in the comments…

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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A Fairmount Date Night

For years I have been hearing how Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria is the best Italian food in Eugene hands down. so when my fiance’ had a craving for lasagna I knew exactly where to take her. We went around 5:30pm on a Tuesday night and were seated almost immediately with no reservation. The restaurant itself appeared to be old craftsman style home that has been converted by an architect to accommodate the restaurant.

Our servers were very attentive serving complimentary bread with vinegar and oil. They possess an extensive wine list, however neither of us had a glass this particular night. For our appetizer we shared the Antipasto Della Casa, an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables. For our main course Erika chose the Lasagna (of course) which she described as rich and creamy filled with hamburger and Italian sausage. I went with Capelli D’Angelo Alla Mediteranea, which is angel hair pasta with sea scallops and shrimp! The sea food was very fresh and sauteed to perfection!

I can certainly see how they recieved an excellent reputation for being authentic. For a 2 person dinner I felt the price was reasonable as well, even with a hefty tip our meal came in under $70.  The only element that I didn’t find appealing was perhaps how loud it was inside the restaurant itself, but maybe that’s just the Italian way!

After dinner we scampered across the street to the new Sweet Life called Sweet Life Petite. It was everything you’d expect from Sweet Life except the lines were a lot shorter! After surveying the options we went with the strawberry cheesecake and shared a hot cocoa. The girls behind the counter were particularly sweet and cheery. I would recommend to anyone tired of waiting in line at their parent location to skip across town and head into the Sweet Life Petite location. Just be prepared to take your dessert with you during the winter months, because they only have outdoor seating. Which was fine with us, after a long day we were ready to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie!

What is your favorite date night location? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below…

Here are the links to places we visited;

https://www.beppeandgiannis.net/menu.html

http://sweetlifedesserts.com/blog/19th-street

Beppe & Gianni’s has won best Italian food in Eugene from several sources throughout the years.

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm
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The 5 Best Burgers in Eugene/Springfield

I was a little surprised when I saw the Best of Eugene Weekly article that  boasted the 3 best burgers in town, and none of my favorites made the list. So I decided to create my own list, I would love to hear about your favorite burger in the comment section below!

  1. The Meiji Burger– Under valued because of it’s size the Meiji Burger is my personal favorite. It is served on an English Muffin with Japanese pickles, lettuce, onion, and house-made fries. You can taste the quality of the ingredients they use, including the 100% Organic Grass-fed Angus beef! https://www.izakayameiji.com/#menu

My personal favorite the Meiji Burger!

2. The Chow Burger– They have their meat ground fresh everyday, and also bake their own buns. Not to mention they pay homage to the Simpsons with their original name “Moes”. They infuse their bacon with maple syrup, to make every burger a foodies’ delight. If you are a fan of the Artisan Burger you have to try this place! https://openmenu.com/restaurant/d52f5540-8a01-11e2-823b-00163eeae34c

The Chow Burger uses maple marinated bacon on their burger. You can even order a plate of bacon!

3) The Planktown Burger– I always get the Bacon Irish Cheddar Burger, it comes with an 8 oz patty with bacon, Irish cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickled onion and creamy horseradish sauce. If you haven’t been to Planktown yet I would make plans to go tonight!  http://planktownbrewing.com/menu.html

Make sure you bring your appetite if you want to tackle the Planktown Burger

4. The Board Burger– Michael Autry the owner of Board Restaurant describes their burger as knee deep cattle beef, aged cheddar, arugula, red onion and chipotle bacon jam on a brioche. Be sure and save room for their potato wedge fries with the house made chipotle ketchup! http://www.boardrestaurant.com/menu/

The Board Burger won the Best Burger in Eugene last year from Yelp users

5. The Cornucopia Burger– This burger could have easily been higher on the list, most of you already know they boast the best burger in Eugene via the Eugene Weekly’s “Best of” readers poll. My favorite burger on their menu is the Jeros Bacon Cheese Burger with crisp bacon, your choice of cheese, red onions, and mayo it is a force to be reckoned with! Visit their menu to see the full list of their famous burgers https://www.cornucopiaeugene.com/menu/#award-winning-burgers-vurgers

The Cornucopia Burger won the “Best of” from the Eugene Weekly this year

To see who the other winners were in the Eugene Weekly Best of 2017 visit http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-readers-poll-2016-2017

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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Moving to Oregon? I Can Help

 

There are many challenges presented to you when you move into a new home. When you add relocating to a new town, or a new state the list of things to do pile up rather quickly. There are very few agents in Oregon that are committing their time to help their clients relocate. Not only am I committed to the process of helping you become familiar with a new town. I will also personalize the integration with your wants and needs. Whether it is as simple as helping you find your new favorite restaurant, a trustworthy lender, or assisting in networking efforts for your business. I will be behind you 100% during and after our transaction.

With the prices of homes rising to astronomical levels in major cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland. It makes sense that people are looking for alternative places to live. Eugene has become a popular destination with its relaxed lifestyle. It is close to the mountains and the ocean, there is no sales tax, and the homes here are still well priced for an appreciating market. If you would like to learn more about the Eugene market please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions, I would be happy to assist you in any way I can.

If you are considering Eugene as your new home be sure and visit the Eugene Chamber of Commerce website for more details http://www.eugenechamber.com/why-eugene.html

Moving to Oregon? I am a relocation specialist

More people are moving to Oregon than ever before to find an alternative lifestyle that is focused on outdoor living in a family friendly environment.

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm
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