Alston Pub and Grub

Earlier this week we talked about places to get real hamburgers. St. Helens has several places. But the little known secret I’m telling you about most of you have driven by not knowing about it. Between Rainier and Clatskanie on HWY 30 there is a little pub just off the road. I’m talking about Alston Pub and Grub. Rueben the burger master makes a serious burger. I had a bacon cheeseburger, but I had to have the bun removed and replaced with lettuce (can’t eat commercial bread).
Good comfort food here. The fries were fresh, medium cut, the burger was done just right. It came to my table with a cold pint of Irish Death. It was right in all the bad ways a burger should be. Alston Pub and Grub, see ya soon!
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Oregon Trail Lanes

Local bowling alley that has been around since the 1950’s, the decor and amenities might be dated, the lanes and beer selection are quite nice. The food menu is also narrow (mainly fried items, or sandwiches), but it does fill the stomach. Everything here is perfectly priced for the local community and patrons. Not to mention the establishment is great for families, birthday parties, or just hanging out with your friends.

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Scappoose Bagel

As I have stated before I have unique food allergies that prohibit me from consuming processed food. With that being said, I discovered an excellent business in Scappoose who makes fresh, real bagels with real ingredients. I’m talking about Scappoose Bagel. I can have any bagel they make and not have to worry about my food allergy. Even better, I can purchase a baker’s dozen (my favorite are the Jalapeño bagels), take them home, and enjoy them for the week. There are no preservatives so while they may not last for 4 weeks or more on the counter, the softness, flavor, and support for a local independent business is well worth the short shelf life. I’m glad we have this place in our county, without them bagels would be off my list of food items! Thank you Scappoose Bagel!

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Brown Butter Bakery

In an earlier review, I mentioned I was heading to the Oregon Coast to get some “Dungy’s” for a crab drop. I like my crab ran through hot butter (with a pinch of salt, garlic, and lemon in the butter). After a few run pieces of crab in the butter, I like to dip fresh bread in the same butter that the crab was dredged/soaked in.
Yesterday before leaving town I contacted Brown Butter Bakery to get some fresh bread for the crab drop. Guess what, they had it. I got two loaves of Challah bread (by the way, the small pockets of air in the bread soak up that lovely butter crab parts excellently). It was just a tad sweet which went perfect with salty, tangy butter. Prices were excellent on the loaves. Looking around, I found they make their own Cinnamon Rolls (I am not allowed to eat the Cinnamon Rolls as I believe the frosting is a cream cheese-based?). Purchased eight of those for the family to have for breakfast this morning (after everyone slept off their crab, steamer clam, oyster, challah bread coma’s from last night’s dinner) Those Cinnamon rolls are a meal by themselves.
People could only eat one at a sitting. They even do custom orders, you just have to get in touch with them so they can get the ingredients…that’s right, real ingredients, the way food is meant to be. This bakery does things the only way, from scratch.
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Purrz and Paws

I learned about a new small business in our lovely town of St. Helens yesterday. Purrz and Paws Pet Supply has all the necessary food items, snacks, toys, and other items for your pet. My 12-year-old dog biscuit was welcomed into the store, where the owner Erin was knowledgeable and helped me with getting dog food for a senior dog. So, stop in, check out Purrz and Paws Pet Supply for your next animal food purchase. You can’t go wrong with them.

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Vinnie’s Chicago Sandwich Shop

I visited a longtime standing grinder shop here in St. Helens. Now, I remember way back in the day (1996 to be exact) when they opened up their shop on HWY 30 (what is now O’Nanny’s). The shop has moved since then, they are now located next to the Post Office here in St. Helens. Vinnies Chicago Sandwich Shop has always had good grinders in my opinion (I can’t speak for you, just me). Every time I go there I get The Capone. I am sure they make other grinders, I have never tried anything but The Capone. The Salami, ham, pepperoni, two kinds of cheese, pickles, bell peppers, and heated to bring the juice out of the Italian meats, and melts the cheese while crisping the bread. Shut the front door, Alice. I love the moisture in the grinder, the crunchy of the bread (I don’t eat the bread now, but I used too). I just found out they have soups (not always, you have like their page so you can get on their feed) and they may even be able to put the ingredients of your grinder in a salad if you are not able to eat bread (please confirm this with them. I just found this out when I ordered a grinder on a bed of lettuce). Their hours are midday, which works perfectly for lunch. So you may have to plan a little to make those hours. Been going here since 1996, and continue to go. Best grinders/subs in St. Helens I believe.**Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted1

Foggy Forst Farm

A couple of weeks ago I made contact with a local farm to purchase some items I needed. I visited Foggy Forest Farm, owned and operated by Kenny Tarpley and Jill Tarpley located just up Scappoose Vernonia HWY. I pulled into the driveway located atop a hill and was promptly met by a beautiful black and white dog with amazing eyes (I didn’t catch the dog’s name).

A quick look around the farm and you can see their animals are treated humanely, raised naturally, and able to do animal things all day, every day. I was there to look at the young turkeys and to put my deposit down for a bird for this Thanksgiving, and to talk about hog shares for 2021. We walked the farm looking at the animals, you will notice free-range chickens all about. The turkeys were just chilling on some fresh grass in the shade, preening, and doing turkey stuff. I inquired about the pigs and was informed that they were giving the hog land (basically fenced off forest) a rest so they could rebuild some things, and let the land recover from the 2019 hogs. I informed Kevin that I wanted to reserve a full share for 2021, based on what I saw, and their approach to the land and animal.
I also inquired about the meat rabbits that their farm sells (and I bought a share of a rabbit. Going to low-n-slow it in my smoker), petted the buck they use for breeding, a big gray fluffy thing it was.
Finally, got a dozen farm-fresh European style eggs (don’t know what that is, look it up. The American egg system is broken, and not healthy for you, the animal, or the environment).
The next morning I cooked up some home-cured bacon, the eggs, and some toast. The egg yolks were so fresh they were vibrant orange, the whites were clear and natural, you can tell the chickens are healthy, and supplement their diet with the things chickens eat (bugs, grubs, worms, grass, pretty much anything).
So, if you’re looking to put a real turkey (not the birds that are sold in stores, raised in mass-produced pens, standing in their own feces, fed a shitty diet, not able to do turkey things) on your table this year now is the time to get in touch with Foggy Forest Farm to put your deposit down on a turkey as their supplies are limited. Kevin or Jill will probably give you a tour of the farm, chat food with ya, and sustainable farming. Foggy Forest Farm
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Moondrops Bavarian Roasted Nuts

Last year I learned how to smoke my own Almonds. The ones you buy from the stores are covered in chemical dust that is meant to taste like smoke. Once you have had real smoked or roasted Almonds or Cashews, you won’t buy that crap in the stores. I was informed about a local company that roasts nuts Bavarian style.
So I reached out to Moondrops Bavarian Roasted Nuts and chatted about the ingredients, and what not used (again, food allergies). Visited their website and made a purchase (FYI, their website only accepts PayPal at this time, but I believe that they are rebuilding their site to accept debit/credit cards). Trusting what Mylissa Aberle told me about the Bavarian nut roasting techniques (I had no clue this was a thing) I purchased a small bag of each Cinnamon Cashews (Cinnamon, Sugar, Vanilla, Cashews), Cajun Almonds (Cajun Seasoning, Sugar, Vanilla, Almonds), Lemon Ginger Almonds (Lemon Extract, Ginger, Sugar, Vanilla, Almonds), and Cinnamon Almonds (Cinnamon, Sugar Vanilla, Almonds).
Anxiously I tried the Lemon Ginger Almonds. Poured a handful out of the bag and first look at the nuts you’ll notice the beige coating of ingredients on the nuts. Pop one in your mouth, and whamo! The flavors of lemon greet you followed by sugar and Ginger, with the snap and crunch of fresh Almonds. To be honest to me, they taste like Trix kids cereal, which isn’t a bad thing. The next bag to open was the Cinnamon Cashews. Poured out a handful of these and noticed the Cashews and pieces of Cashews are slightly light brown to dark brown in color (due to the amount of coating on the nut). Pop one in your mouth and the Cinnamon flavor is present, but not overwhelming (which is what I like). It blends well with the mild flavor of a Cashew, and the soft texture of a Cashew. The overall flavor is mild but refreshing. I can easily see myself putting these atop a dish of homemade ice cream. Onto the next nut, the Cinnamon Almonds. These look similar to the Cinnamon Cashews, but that’s where the buck stops. The Cinnamon flavor is slight, not overpowering, the nut is crunchy and fresh. I could eat these all day and be happy with each bite. The only thing I would change about these is a dash more Cinnamon as the Almond texture and flavor can handle that slight increase (but that’s just my take. The nuts are fine the way they are). The final bag to taste is my favorite. The Cajun Almonds. Pouring some of these out of the bag and you immediately smell the Cajun aromas. You see the spices on the nuts which are coated nicely with it. The spicy Cajun seasoning is just right, it adds a little heat to the palate, but not so much that you can’t taste the nut, the sugar, and peppers. Now, the hottest I like my food to go is around Jalapeno heat, some of you may think they are not hot enough. If that’s the case, talk it over with Mylissa. I can easily see myself adding these to several food dishes (Shrimp, grilled veggies, salads).
This business is located in Columbia City and can be found at the Portland Market. I am very glad I found them as their product is quite tasty and real! Moondrops Bavarian Roasted Nuts
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Happy Hollow Construction

Got a home project you need to be done? What about building that shop you need, or maybe that deck, what about the fence you’ve always wanted? Pouring a pad for a hot tub? Check with Happy Hollow Construction, LLC. The quality of work that they do is unsurpassed. I have used them for a few projects around my property and have zero complaints about the product used, the price I was quoted, and the delivery of the product. There were no hidden fees, or shock prices, everything was upfront, and if there was a change, Mike would make sure to contact my wife Tracie Stevens McDaniel and inform her of why and the benefits of making the change to our original ideas. Check out their portfolio on their Facebook page (just click their name above) you can see what I’m talking about. I’m already working on getting a couple more projects up and running for the 2021 year and I’m looking forward to using this company again. Happy Hollow Construction, LLC
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Warren Ironworks

About six months ago I wanted to start learning how to dry-cure my own pork products. Now, old-world salt curing takes a little time, and a means to keep the pork at a constant temperature. I made a few batches of Coppiette, and it was great. Made a batch of Pancetta (flat, not rolled), and it turned out excellent. Next was bacon, even better. It was time I got serious about this as I’m getting ready to cure whole ham. I needed a system that would allow me to hang the meat. I had an idea and contacted a local blacksmith by the name of Samuel Warren to get the idea built. Samuel and I talked over FB messenger, and the project took to life. A week or so later I have a beautiful five-foot, twisted bar (1/2″ stock) that can be mounted to my ceiling and able to hold the amount of weight I’m going to put on it (up to 50#). One more thing about this. I needed some “S” hooks made so I can hang the meat from the bar. Samuel made those and they work excellent. I’ve already started talking with Samuel about making me a custom Chef’s knife for my kitchen, and another five “S” hooks for my smoker (The Choo-Choo) so I can hang trussed meats and smoke them. So, if you need decorative or functional blacksmith work, I say go to Samuel. **Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted19People Reached0EngagementsBoost PostLikeCommentShare