Stoup Brewing in Seattle’s Ballard Neighborhood

Stoup Brewing opened last month in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, founded by two self-proclaimed “science nerds and a food connoisseur.” We stopped by one dark and wintry afternoon last week to check it out.

Stoup Brewing in Seattle
Stoup Brewing in Seattle

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Pearl Bakery in Portland’s Pearl District

The Pearl Bakery is a little jewel in Portland’s Pearl District. The pastries are gorgeous, the laminated dough is beautiful, and the bakery space itself has that nice morning light to sit and drink a coffee. This smaller artisan bakery in Portland’s Pearl District has been baking since 1997, and they’ve never lost sight of their mission or roots.

Pearl Bakery - Joy Awaits
Pearl Bakery – Joy Awaits

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Fuller’s Diner in Portland’s Pearl District

I have a new favorite breakfast place in Portland, Oregon. It’s Fuller’s Diner, in the Pearl District. This place is a classic – straight out of the 1940’s. The seating is all diner stools, wrapped around two islands that the no-nonsense, efficient servers inhabit from within – passing out menus, serving breakfast, and clearing away plates. A row of hat hooks along the front wall of windows calls out for your fedora.

Fuller's Diner in Portland's Pearl District
Fuller’s Diner in Portland’s Pearl District

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Exploring the Isle of Mull, and Dinner at the Tobermory Hotel

We spent the day exploring the quiet little Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. It’s a magical, beautiful place.

The Little Bay
The Little Bay

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Dinner at Cafe Fish, at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull

Cafe Fish sits in the Argyll fishing community of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, on the upper floor of the Calmac Pier, with a beautiful view over Tobermory Bay to Calve Island and the Sound of Mull. Its premise is simple. In the morning, their fishing boat goes out for lobster and langoustines. Their fish, scallops and squid come from other local boats. In the afternoon, they serve the fresh catch. And they bake their bread and pastries in-house, and serve Mull beers and cheese. In short, Cafe Fish is our heaven.

View From Cafe Fish
View From Cafe Fish

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The Seafood Hut at the Ferry Port, Oban, Scotland

Seafood tastes best when it comes fresh from a hut, a shack, or harvested right off the beach. This theory has held true through many adventures – at our cabin, visiting Point Reyes, and now, again, at a little shack at the ferry port of Oban, on the way to the Isle of Mull.

Intriguing
Intriguing

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Cuan Mor Bar in Oban, Scotland

Cuan Mor means big ocean, which is fitting, considering this restaurant/bar/brewery’s location – about a half block from Oban Bay.

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