Hallows Woodfired Pizza

A few days ago I finally had the chance to make it to a new local business. Hallows Woodfired Pizza had opened recently and they sell one thing, pizza. Their pies are 12″, and freshly made. Finally getting to them I ordered my usual, cheese with extra cheese. I always order this pizza when reviewing a pizza place because if a pizza place can’t make a simple cheese pizza, maybe they shouldn’t be in the pizza business.
Well, Jamie has a pretty damn good pizza. His menu is simple, fresh, and real ingredients. I got my pie in about 10-12 minutes after ordering it from Erin ( I think that is how she spells her name), and the aroma instantly presented itself with freshly baked dough, melted cheese, fruity (smell fresh tomatoes, you will notice this), slightly acidic, with the perfect hint of wood smoke. Wood smoke? Yes, when a pizza chef cooks freshly made pies with wood, the dough will absorb some of the smoke molecules.
Getting home, I was very anxious, like a bairn on Christmas morning, to open the box, and view the cooked results. Lifting the lid, you see the heat vapors rise from the pie, the freshly pulled matzo has melted into a beautiful collage that covers the whole pizza. The sauce posses little chunks of fresh tomatoes (the same chunks you get when you use a fruit crusher), and is so vibrant!
Before I go further into this review, I have to step back and tell a little side story. In 2000, I went to New York to watch my beloved Yankees play in the old stadium. Before the game, I went to Giovanni’s to grab a slice of Cheese and Tomato. Before and since then that was the best slice I have ever tasted, until now.
Grabbing a slice of Hallows pie, the tip of the slice is flimsy, which means that you have to fold the slice (like a taco) to eat it. You notice the crispy texture of the underside of the crust, but with one bite I was instantly back in the Bronx, enjoying that slice of pie, and enjoying life in my mid 20’s. With that bite, I noticed that the flavors and textures were top notch. The pulled matzo (not shredded, and from a bag coated with sawdust) resist just the right amount of tension, then giving in, it snaps. Freshmade and the woodfired dough is chewy, crispy, pillowy, moist, but most importantly, not soggy! I can go on and on about how amazing Hallows pizza is, but I think it is best that you venture to them and experience real pizza for yourself.

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E@t George’s

On my first stop of the Columbia County Gyro Hunt, I had visited a place that was not new to me. I had heard that EAT george’s had reopened at his usual location on HWY 30. So grab a cup of your morning drink as I fill you in about my first stop. I ordered the Lamb gyro (as I am not a fan of the chicken and beef in my gyro) and informed George that it was nice to have him back, doing what he does. After about ten minutes (George’s isn’t “fast chemical food”, so you might encounter a little waiting period while he makes it) of waiting for my order, it was finally ready for me to take and give a once over. Immediately I noticed the weight of the Gyro, and was thinking did I order two of them? Nope, just one.

Opening the foil wrapping I first noticed the amazing aromas escaping from its confinements. I was greeted with the aroma of freshly cooked meat, veggies, and earthy. The cucumber provided a nice sweet addition to the mixture of aromas, and things were looking good. Next, you will notice the vibrant greens, whites, browns, and reds from all the ingredients made the gyro look very appetizing, and rewarding for the choice I had made. I was pleased with the aroma, and presentation even before I had taken a bite.

Taking my first bite I noticed the immediate flavors of lamb, feta, yogurt, cucumber, onion, citrus, fruity, flour, and, nutty. Bite after bite, the different flavors blended well, and each bite was not the same as the last, which was very interesting. The gyro is no small dish when George makes it. This thing is monstrous, easily can feed two people. Something this big you would expect the flavors to compete, not blend, but each ingredient is added just to the right ratio for the weight. Not too many veggies, not too much tzatziki, nothing overpowered the dish. I was not displeased by the gyro, if anything it was nice to experience George’s cooking again.

There is something I plan on doing the next time I order a gyro from him, and that is taking a mint leaf from my garden, dicing it up, and sprinkling it over the gyro to taste the affect fresh mint has on this delicious meal. Well, I thank you for taking the time to read my first review in the Columbia County Gryo Hunt (more reviews) to come in the following weeks from other local places that make Gyros.

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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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Cast-Out IPA

Beer Name: Cast Out India Pale Ale

Brewery: Crux, Bend, Oregon

Purchase Place: Red Apple Market, St. Helens, OR

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Ale or Lager: Ale

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 60

Color: Pastel yellow, with a very slight touch of orange

BJCP Ref: 21A. American IPA

Head Retention: Not bad, very typical for this style of ale

Aroma: Strong citrus, slight flowery

Strongest Flavor: Citrus, citrus, citrus

Finish: Smooth and very bitter.  Slight crisp at the tail end. Upon swallow, the hop aroma and bitterness attack the tongue with a decent amount of respect. They don’t assault the tongue and give me lemon face.

Temperature: 37*F

Likes: The color, texture, and head retention.  The color is very inviting and the texture on the tongue is very nice.  There is some good head retention several gulps into the review.

Dislikes: The aroma, flavor, and finish.  The aroma is very citrus strong, the flavor is very strong citrus with a slight hint of grain flavor, and the finish comes back and hits you in the throat to make you drool.

Environment: Hot day I can see this being very desirable, or at a BBQ, pool party, golfing. Pretty much any summer, early fall event. 

Recommend: While I am not an IPA drinker, I do drink them for my reviews.  I would recommend this to a person who is looking for an IPA on the lighter side of the IBU spectrum.  I will warn them about the aroma and flavor is very hop present, but wanes during swallowing, while it comes back and hits the tongue one last time.