Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Portland Happy Hour Guidebook - A Must Have!

Cindy knows Happy Hours!

The Portland Happy Hour Guidebook is a wealth of well-organized, useful information for those who want to enjoy the hot spots of Portland and environs while saving money.

You never know who you will run into while dining with Portland Food Adventures. At a recent dinner at Levant, I was seated with Cindy Anderson, author of The Portland Happy Hour Guidebook. She was taking a break from reviewing happy hour venues to savor an evening of creative cuisine.

In reviewing her book, the first thing I noticed was that it was easy to find all the information I needed and more. She has organized the book by sections of town and has categorized the restaurants. And, then she has rated the restaurants and bars for everything including atmosphere. She has motivated me to go out more and spend less.

Cindy has special sections such as listings of brew pubs and a listing of McMenamin's pubs. And she updates the guidebook each year. I had a look at the 2013 edition, her 7th.

I found old favorites...  Kell's Irish Pub where, incidentally, Cindy gave birth to the concept of this guidebook.  You can get some great food deals at Kell's during happy hour. And then there is Salty's on the Columbia, a favorite of mine, where the fine food and drinks are reasonably priced from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Salty's was named the 2012 Happy Hour of the Year.

But the most exciting aspect of the book is that I can explore some new places. One high on my list is located on Officer's Row in Vancouver, Washington.  The Grant House sounds great. "Inside the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver. Charming, turn-of-the-century estate (Ulysses S. Grant lived here in the 1850's). Gorgeous patio or wrap-around porch allows Happy Hour patrons to sit outside and savor. Worth a trip"

The size of the book is smaller so it will fit in a jacket pocket or purse. And, Cindy doesn't stop with good advice. She provides money-saving coupons to some of the most interesting Happy Hour venues.