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Ariana – The Best Restaurant in Bend Oregon

Ariana – The Best Restaurant in Bend Oregon

Considering the near-zero level of my checking account when I first rolled into Bend Oregon over seven years ago, it’s no wonder this past Wednesday evening was the first time I ever set foot into the best restaurant in Bend Oregon, Ariana. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a really good meal (pricey or not), or that I don’t like getting gussied up either. Because in fact I do enjoy and appreciate both of these things, even if there’s no particular…

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The Vegans Are Alright: Thanks to A Broken Angel Food Cart in Bend, Oregon

The Vegans Are Alright: Thanks to A Broken Angel Food Cart in Bend, Oregon

A’ight. So here’s the deal. To all you eaters of seared flesh and animal byproducts: you’ll only be doing yourself a disfavor if you gloss over this post about a vegan food cart in Bend, Oregon. Or if you you don’t go eat at this vegan food cart at some point during its existence. Just because you eat meat doesn’t mean that you can’t not eat meat. At least once. Because dead animals or not, A Broken Angel food cart, the vegan…

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Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

Bend Oregon Coffee Shops That Don’t Blow

If only my mother read some of the titles of these blog posts (actually, she does)… she’d giggle. Or ask me to clarify what they meant. To which I’d offer: we’re referring to the Bend Oregon coffee shops that make some of the best damn espresso you’ve ever had, that employ or are run by generally good people, and that don’t suck. Then she’d pronounce espresso expresso and go back to sipping her mug of hot water mixed with generic-brand…

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Your New Best Friend: Debbie Fred of Paleo Eats

Your New Best Friend: Debbie Fred of Paleo Eats

Since the BGTB blog is, in part, about supporting the people, places, and businesses of Bend Oregon that we would bring home to our mothers, it doesn’t hurt that Paleo Eats owner Debbie Fred is as sweet as a pie sourced from locally grown fruits, honey, flour, and eggs. Maybe you know her name from local PTA involvement, or from local fundraising efforts for someone in the Bend Community who had cancer or some rare disease or just lost their…

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What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

What’s In the Bag, With Jason Rhodes of Palate (An Exquisite Bend Coffee Bar)

On a recent Friday afternoon, around 4:30, Jason Rhodes of Palate was deep in conversation with someone over the back fence at Palate. (Palate = only the most exquisite Bend coffee bar; lovingly owned and operated by Jason Rhodes and his rad partner, Jodi Groteboer.). I waited some breaths while Jason finished up his exchange. We were to have a casual chat and photo session for what would be the (eternal) Beginner’s Guide to Bend’s first installment of What’s In the Bag?, wherein…

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Bend Eats: Drake

Bend Eats: Drake

It’s been awhile since I posted, and a ton has happened (more on the latest personal life developments later), but for the moment, I feel I’m doing y’all a disservice by keeping my favorite watering hole / grub spot all to myself. Seriously, I think I’ve sidled up to the bar at the Drake for dinner at least five times in the last seven days. Calling it my “Cheers” would be an understatement. Thank god the owner, chef, manager, bartender…

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Things to do in Bend this Summer: Live Music, S’mores & Cornhole Thursday Nights at Brasada Ranch

Things to do in Bend this Summer: Live Music, S’mores & Cornhole Thursday Nights at Brasada Ranch

Curious about things to do in Bend Oregon on Thursday nights this summer? Let’s pretend you did all your kayaking, biking, SUPing and hiking the other six nights of the week. So Thursday rolls around and you want to kick back, have a drink, nosh on some great food, listen to some live music and maybe roast some s’mores over an open fire – all with a million-dollar view. Great. I’ve got just the thing for you, but you might have to…

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Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

Bars in Bend: The Stihl Whiskey Bar

The Stihl Whiskey is one of my most favorite bars in Bend. It’s no secret that I love a well-made cocktail, and the newly opened Stihl delivers. I’m partial to the Kerouac on the cocktail menu: Cazadores tequila, agave syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice. I know it’s a ‘whiskey’ bar – and yes they have a damn impressive list of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches and ryes – but sometimes I just don’t feel that macho. Luckily, they’re not whiskey snobs, so they have a…

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The Bartenders of Bend: Buck at The D

The Bartenders of Bend: Buck at The D

The Badass Bartenders of Bend, Oregon  Most bartenders in Bend, Oregon are decent at their jobs, but I have endless respect for the ones who make it all seem effortless, who deal with the perks and the bummers of the job with grace, sans cynicism, all while remaining friendly and genuine. They make you feel comfortable the moment you pull up a stool. And you know that if any sh*t goes down, they’ll take care of it. Buck Bales at The…

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The Bartenders of Bend: Eric at Sidelines in Bend

The Bartenders of Bend: Eric at Sidelines in Bend

Sidelines was the first bar I visited in Bend. This is weird because it’s a sports bar. The only thing I know about spectator sports is that I’m required to root for the Ducks. So when I find myself accidentally at Sidelines in Bend during a Duck game, I cheer when everyone else does and then go back to smack talking and devouring my tacos and tequila. (Tip: Try the blackened fish tacos. Surprisingly awesome.) I end up at Sidelines…

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