It’s the thing I look forward to every week. It’s the evening that I spend free time planning. It’s an opportunity to try out new restaurants and check out what’s happening around Eugene. It’s the time I spend deciding if restaurants and customers will be annoyed by my camera.
It’s date night!
Boyfriend and I try to go on a date night once a week, although I will admit it doesn’t always happen. Eugene makes it so easy to find interesting and new things to do each time. And cheap, too!
We often hit up Gateway Mall for $2 movies. Yep. $2 movie tickets any day of the week to see movies that are on the way out of the “regular” theater. Oh, except Wednesdays. When they’re $1.50. Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to keep up with pop culture, Movies 12.
Although I live and breathe football, the games can be really overwhelming- they certainly aren’t a “date night” activity. They’re “a save all your money and spend weeks looking forward to it” activity. Unless you’re still an Oregon student, in which case, I’m super jealous of you and your free tickets. This past season was my first without them and it was rough. If you’ve ever been to Autzen (the Oregon Ducks football stadium), you know that watching a game there means being on your feet for three hours and screaming until you can no longer breathe, often times in the pouring rain. Er, I mean, it never rains in Autzen Stadium! It’s what makes you a true Oregon Duck fan.
Anywho, during the summer, our favorite thing to do hands down is going to Eugene Emeralds baseball games! They’re relatively inexpensive ($6-$12 depending on seating), although Boyfriend and I have a knack for scoring free ones through Twitter contests and such. And they are so much fun! Good beer, good company, good weather, and good baseball. I highly recommend checking them out.
Since the Emeralds don’t start playing until June (could summer come any more slowly?!), we go to Duck baseball games during the spring. Boyfriend is really into baseball and needed a sports fix bad, so we decided to go to the home opener for last week’s date night.
We started the night off by going out to McMenamin’s North Bank. Shockingly enough, this was our first time there. It was a relatively sunny, although cold, day, and it was great to be able to sit indoors by the river.
I can’t wait to come back during summer when all of the trees are green and lovely. We went for happy hour, so we started with some beers. I got McMenamin’s Hef.
We each got a burger. Mine had grilled onions and other veggies, Boyfriend’s had bacon, of course.
And we split a basket of cajun tots. Have you had McMenamin’s cajun tots? They are truly, mouth-wateringly exquisite. I just make up words left and right. Thank you for accepting me and my strange vocabulary.
Then we went to PK Park, which sits right next to Autzen Stadium and just a few minutes from McMenamin’s. It’s really a gorgeous park, and I somehow only managed to take one picture of it. I apologize.
I love this park. The Ems play here, too, so I end up spending a lot of my summer here. Since this game was played in March, you can still see snow on the hills in the distance. Baseball and snow are not meant to go together.
Oh yeah, something I just can’t leave out, the team we were playing that night is called the Long Beach Dirtbags. I am 100% serious. It’s not a joke or anything. Seriously, they are the Long Beach Dirtbags. I giggled every time the announcer said that. At first I just thought he was being a jerk. Here, I’ll prove it:
After the Ducks beat the Dirtbags (I laugh every time I say that) in the bottom of the ninth, we hit up the $2 theater for a late night movie. All in all, it was a great date night! If you’re looking for something fun to do in Eugene, you should check out a baseball game! The relaxed atmosphere and entertainment are a fantastic way to spend an evening.
This is my freezer. My freezer is small. My freezer does a lot of work. It’s not just for fish sticks and chicken nuggets (in fact, you will find neither in there). It stores bread, berries, butter… but most importantly, it stores all the meat I could ever need.
I’ve talked many a time about the importance of a well-stocked freezer. Although it costs a bit upfront, it pays off in the long run, so if you are a college student just beg your mom to take you to Costco. When you tell her it’s not for pizza or frozen taquitos, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled. Speaking of moms, mine gets all the credit for teaching me to buy in bulk. It’s saved me a lot of money and time, and it’s so nice to have ingredients I need on hand at all times. Thanks, Mom!
Here are the usual culprits, all from Costco: USDA Choice steak, 90/10 ground beef, and boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You’ll notice the “use by” dates on the meat were for about a month ago. Don’t be alarmed- I took most of the photos for this post during my last restocking session, about a month ago. Usually I have salmon in my freezer, too, but I get that for free from my dad so it wouldn’t really “count” in this post.
Since I originally took some of these photos I have discovered Costco’s bone in, skin on chicken thighs, so I’ll be including those, too. They come in gigantic packs like the chicken breasts. This is what they look like:
First, let’s figure out how much we’ve spent. When I say meals, I’m talking about meals for two people. Remember: ignore the use by dates as I took these photos a month ago. Alrighty?
Six 2-packs of chicken thighs (12 total, at least 6 meals):
Six 2-packs of chicken breasts (12 total, at least 6 meals):
About six GIANT USDA Choice steaks (about 4 meals):
Six pounds of ground beef (at least 6 meals):
This past weekend was filled with all things beer, and it was fabulous. I plan on sharing other parts of my fabulous weekend (e.g. excellent music) with you later this week.
We tasted all kinds of beers at the KLCC Microbrew Festival. Like…
Some Crispin Hard Cider.
Ninkasi. Which had an awesome foosball table.
Tasting was really fun, and we got these awesome sample glasses. Sponsored by your local Dari Mart!
There was a fantastic band.
And lots of dancing. Including an appearance by the old man dancing.
Some breweries brought hops and grain that they use to brew. Like Sam Adams.
I really liked the taste tickets with mugs of beer on them.
I highly recommend going to the festival next year! We had a great time, and I was introduced to a new type of beer called whit beer, and I may or may not be obsessed.
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Calling all beer lovers! KLCC, a Eugene radio station, is holding a Microbrew Fest this weekend at the Lane Events Center!
There will be 57 (yes that’s FIFTY-SEVEN) breweries from all over, including your local favorites. I included a full list, including what they’ll be serving, at the end of this post.
Alright, here’s the details!
What: KLCC Microbrew Festival
When: Friday, February 10th, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. AND Saturday, February 11th, 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Lane Events Center Exhibit Hall
The Bad Apple
San Francisco CA
River Mudd, Coffee Bean Stout
Six Hop Wonder, Triple IPA
Belgian White Ale
Spring Blonde Wheat Ale
Vintage Chardonnay Blonde Ale*
Raspberry Cream Ale*
*These two beers will be rotated during the Festival
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring Lager
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Adams Blackberry Wit
Le Petit Mort Black Saison
Project X NW Pale Ale
Crispin Cider Original
Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear
Hop Henge Experimental IPA
Chainbreaker White IPA
Hood River OR
IRA (India Red Ale)
Idiot Sauvin IPA
Twisted Branch Juniper Rye Amber
Persuasion Pale Ale
Steam Fire Stout
Bogart NW IPA
Paso Robles CA
Union Jack IPA
Mustache Rye’d Red
Fort George Brewery
Spank Stout Pepper Stout
Red Tide Imperial Red
Hood River OR
Brewer’s Share Barney’s ESB
Top Sail Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter
(served Saturday night only)
Vader Cascadian Dark
Mountain Rescue Dry Hopped Pale Ale
San Diego CA
Dry Irish Stout
Organic Hopworks IPA
St. Louis MO
Hoegaarden Belgium Wit Bier
Shock Top Wheat IPA
Kona Brewing Co.
Kailua Kona HI
A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Sand Point ID
Laughing Dog IPA
Cascadian Pilsner Collaboration Ale
Blue Lake CA
Steelhead Double IPA
Jamaica Red Ale
Passion Pale Ale
La Perouse White
McMenamin’s High Street
Eye of the Hawk
Mountain Meadows Mead
Moonlight Magic Mead
Fort Collins CO
Dig Pale Ale
Lips of Faith Biere de Mars
Overcast Espresso Stout
Very Ill Tempered Gnome
Pacific City OR
Rip Tide Red Ale
Phat Matt’s Red Ale
Phat Matt’s Golden
Outburst Imperial IPA
Discord Dark IPA
Helles Smokey Smoked Lager
Chatoe Good Chit
Becky’s Black Cat
Ruthless Rye IPA
Torpedo Extra IPA
21st Anniversary Imperial Rye IPA
Break Action Porter
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Tieton Cider Works
Wild Washington Cider
Tieton Cherry Cider
Tieton Apricot Cider
Track Town Ales
Track Town Brown
Triple Jump Ale
Barrel Aged Common Ale
Salt Lake City UT
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA
Wyld Organic Pale Ale
Vermont Hard Cider
Woodcuck Hard Cider – Amber
Woodcuck Hard Cider – Granny Smith
Beachcomber Cream Ale
Seven Devils IPA
Rotator IPA Series – Spiced IPA
W’12 Dark Saison