Pine Street Market Now Offers Daily Brunch

Portland’s indoor foodie refuge, Pine Street Market is now open daily for brunch. Doors open at 8 am for coffee service, followed by brunch starting at 9 am,  and the market closes daily at 10 pm.  Pine Street Market is located at 126 SW 2nd Ave., in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Each of the vendors will have their own brunchy offerings from 9 am – 11 am before swinging into their regular lunch and dinner menus. Of course, you can start at Brass Bar for coffee, tea or espresso done with care, or pickup a pastry from Trifecta Annex. But now, there’s more.

Shakshuka and Pita with Shalom Mary
Shakshuka and Pita with Shalom Mary from Shalom Y’All

For those who want to skip the lines at John Gorham’s Tasty n Sons or Tasty n Alder, you can enjoy the shakshuka and delightful fresh pita or the Jerusalem bagel sandwich  at Shalom Y’all. Or, go Spanish at his Pollo Bravo with breakfast offerings of sopa de ajo, Catalan sausage bocadillo, or potatoes bravas. For adult early morning drinks you can have a Shalom Mary or La Tomatina Bloody Mary.

Sopa de Ajo from Pollo Bravo
Sopa de Ajo from Pollo Bravo

The ramen house Marukin offers ochazuka, a Japanese dish made by pouring green tea dashi over cooked rice, with savory toppings. You can enjoy more soulful Asian at Kim Jong Smokehouse with Korean pork and daikon soup.

Marukin Ochazuke
Marukin Ochazuke
Kim Jong Smokehouse Korean Pork and Daikon Soup
Kim Jong Smokehouse Korean Pork and Daikon Soup

For a healthy but delicious starter, check out Kure Juice for their Acai bowls, smoothies, and organic juices. I tried the acai bowl that included peanut butter and was delighted with what is basically a very thick frozen smoothie on the bottom of the bowl featuring healthy juices and fruits, topped with fruit, granola and other ingredients. It’s something I will definitely have again.

Kure Acai Bowl and Smoothies
Kure Acai Bowl and Smoothies

OP Wurst offers up some fun breakfast dogs, suitable for kids or adults. The Monte Cristo on a stick or the pigs in a blanket would be easier eating for the kiddos. Their French toast dog was a sweet and savory choice on a French toast bun with apple butter. You can also get fried or scrambled eggs, pancakes, or link sausage on the side.

OP Wurst Breakfast Dog and French Toast Dog
OP Wurst Breakfast Dog and French Toast Dog

Besides gorgeous pastries, Trifecta Annex serves individual breakfast pizza that has potato, pancetta, fontina, eggs, peppers and sausage. It was like a flat quiche lorraine on their excellent crust and would make a quick breakfast. But you may not want to skip their signature toast on rustic bread with Trifecta butter.

Trifecta Annex Breakfast Pizza
Trifecta Annex Breakfast Pizza
Trifecta Annex Pastries
Trifecta Annex Pastries

The brunch offerings should serve hungry Portlanders before most food carts open. I loved it because I am often in downtown early on the weekends and would like a breakfast without the formality of waiting in line for brunch.

Bee Thinking Opens Mead Market Tasting Room

Portland’s first mead-only tasting room and bottle shop, Mead Market opens October 1, 2016 at 1744 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon. It’s brought to you by Matt Reed and Jill McKenna of Bee Thinking, Portland’s leading independent beekeeping company.

Mead Market
Mead Market

Mead is an ancient alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. It has a surging popularity with production doubling between 2012 and 2014. There are about 400 meaderies in the US now, compared with under 75 just five years ago. One undoubtedly popular aspect of mead is that many varieties are gluten and grain free, although some varieties such a braggot include grains.

You can taste and buy mead at Mead Market. A tasting counter will feature a variety of meads of different styles, many of them from the local area. You can taste the meads on tap and fill growlers to take home.

Over 100 different mead labels will be available by the bottle in the shop to take home. Local meaderies include Fringe Meadery, Stung Fermented, Ethereal Meads, Nectar Creek and Hierophant.

Mead Market
Mead Market

If you’d like to join the mead movement, you can buy a mead-making kit and join in classes to learn how to ferment mead and how to taste and pair mead with cheese.

The different varieties of mead yield very different pairings.  Some meads are not at all sweet, while others are. Some are brewed in an ale style, while others such as cyser include apple juice.

Mead Market - Mead Making Kit
Mead Market – Mead Making Kit
Mead Market - Bee Thinking Class Area
Mead Market – Bee Thinking Class Area

For budding beekeepers, you can also browse the equipment and hives available from Bee Thinking. The staff members are passionate and knowledgeable about bees.

Bee Thinking Hives
Bee Thinking Hives
Bee Thinking Beekeeping Equipment
Bee Thinking Beekeeping Equipment

Honey products, including cosmetics, candles, soaps and more are available. You can also buy bulk honey.

Bee Thinking Products
Bee Thinking Products

Mead Market will be open Sunday-Wednesday 10AM-6PM and Thursday-Saturday 10AM-8PM.  It is well worth dropping by to browse.