Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekend Wrap-Up: Eugene for Father's Day

Last Friday, Chick and I drove down to Eugene to spend Father's Day weekend with my Pop and Rosemary.

It just so happens that on Friday night, one of our close family friends was celebrating her retirement.

We had a wonderful celebration at LaVelle Vineyards in Elmira, Oregon.
for Bobbi!

It was great to see the Cotter family again and celebrate 36 wonderful years of teaching.  Quite an amazing lady.

Sandra, Steve, Rosemary and Pop

On Saturday morning, we had family breakfast at The Pour House in Springfield before heading around Eugene for a bit of exploring.

First stop at Hop Valley Brewery. Hops were a large agricultural crop in the Willamette Valley in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s and were eventually replaced by other crops only as Prohibition wiped out the demand.

It is from this heritage that Hop Valley Brewing Company was born.  Fresh, local hops are an important part of their brewing process, along with grains and yeasts, also grown in Oregon and the Northwest.  Their restaurant and tap house cater to the “Beer Geek”, but also feature food prepared using local, sustainable and organic products whenever possible, based on seasonality and availability.

We split a 9 beer/ale tasting which was fun and a great way to taste a number of their beers at one time.

Next stop was a cute little tasting room called Falling Sky Brewing.  After nearly a decade of providing service and products for home brewers and winemakers, Valley Vintner & Brewer, changed it’s name to Falling Sky Brewing and expanded to bring the Eugene area a new Brew House, featuring handcrafted brews and locally sourced eats.

A very relaxed tasting room with large picnic tables and a small outdoor patio.

Saturday evening we went to dinner at Izumi Sushi and Grill.

Izumi serves authentic Japanese food and a complete sushi bar, as well as cuisine from numerous Asian cultures.  Izumi means spring water in Japanese, and the owner Alex Han says the name reflects his desire to “give joy, pleasure, relaxation and comfort to people by offering food and hospitality from the heart - unlimited and unstoppable like spring water.”

Our food included......

Oysters on the half shell

Baked Oysters

Seafood Salad


Various rolls which included crab meat, avocado, cucumber, shrimp and cream cheese

A great weekend was had by all!