Salmon Eggs Benny in Doylestown

Just before leaving for France, I made a special trip home to visit my mom in Doylestown, which is about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, in Bucks County. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, quite like Doylestown. Ok, I’ll admit I'm biased because it's my home, but its unequivocal charm swept my fiancé away too, not only once, but on both his visits. Dating back to 1745, Doylestown is well known for the County theater, Mercer Museum (home to our favorite sledding hill on snow days), Fonthill, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, among hundreds of other notable historic establishments. A quaint town where everyone knows each other (my mom and I ran into six friends on our way to brunch), Doylestown’s streets are decorated with beautiful homes of late Victorian charm, with a mix of specialty boutiques, coffee shops and delicious eateries. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the borough, so walking into town to grab a bite to eat is my favorite thing to do when home. Up until recently, dinner fare options far exceeded breakfast choices. Longtime favorite, the Bagel Barrel, remains a good choice whenever in the mood for a fresh and hot from the oven bagel with homemade cream cheese, but those looking for a more formal sit-down, will be pleased to discover The Hattery Stove & Still, a great new restaurant that serves breakfast. 

In the heart of town is the Doylestown Inn, built in 1871, which has since been renovated to include The Hattery Stove & Still. Not only did the property serve as an inn and hattery, but a cigar shop too, as well as a speakeasy during prohibition. It’s evident that they didn’t miss a beat when decorating this new restaurant and bar with the perfect balance of industrial vintage and rustic elegance, as every detail speaks to the authenticity of its intriguing history. My personal favorites? The sky-high wall of perfectly fitted suitcases, varying gold mirrors framing the brick walls, and the magnificent chandeliers, suspended from exposed wooden beams. Still not sold? Perhaps the mimosa and salmon eggs benny I devoured over brunch will change your mind. Visit their website for the full menu and restaurant hours.


Clyde Common Happy Hour

Portland, Oregon is a special place. Its plentiful bridges reminds me of Pittsburgh, but its unique character stands apart from any city I’ve ever visited. This eco-conscious art hub is home to the best Pinot Noir, microbreweries, food carts, doughnuts and coffee I have ever had. And to boot, its effective public transportation will haul you home whenever you’ve had to much too eat or have your hands full from tax-free shopping. As a foodie, I am particularly fond of the city’s growing restaurant scene, including everything farm-to-table and fresh seafood, to specialty bakeries and endless local, vegetarian and vegan fare.

While in Portland in August for work, some coworkers and I headed over to Clyde Common, in which the Ace Hotel is also found, for happy hour. Upon entering the Ace lobby, a contemporary vintage themed space certainly worth seeing on its own, you can make your way through to Clyde Common, where you are instantly greeted with high ceilings, a chalkboard ridden wall, touches of reclaimed wood and an inviting, open-kitchen concept. We enjoyed a few items from their happy hour menu, including brown butter and Old Bay seasoned popcorn (so very addicting!), bordelaise meatballs and French fries with pepper aioli. I paired these snacks with the punch of the day, part of their happy hour $5 cocktail special. If you’re a coffee lover like I am and in need of an extra boost, you can head next door post happy-hour for some darn good coffee at Stumptown.

 Clyde Common // 1014 SW Stark ST, Portland, OR 97205

Pictured:  Mary Grace, a lovely friend I made 

Pictured:  Mary Grace, a lovely friend I made