Sara Stimac leads a spin class at Firebrand Sports prior to the big game
GO HAWKS! Firebrand Sports hosts a pretty cool slate of themed rides on their really cool bikes. On Sunday, before the big game, it was all about FOOTBALL for the big Super Bowl Ride. Here's a few pics from the ride and the after-party that included healthy chips and salsa..and mimosas...and bloody marys. Oh yeah.
PREVIEW WITH A VIEW: I was one of the lucky ones to experience Hotel Lucia's brand new and completely renovated rooms. In honor of the event, a little party was held on the 8th Floor on Friday night complete with food and drinks from Imperial and Kure Juice. The project, at a price of more than $2.3 million, brings a brand new look and feel to the guest room corridors and 127 sleeping rooms with new furniture, lighting, drapery, and carpet in every room. It also includes a guest room technology package designed to make being connected at Hotel Lucia fast, easy and intuitive. And it looks great!
Helen Raptis, Rick Taylor, Andy Carson, crabby remains, Byron and Helen
GETTING CRABBY: Last Friday was time for the 9th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival which also meant it was time to get my mallet and bucket ready for the 2014 Celebrity Crab Cracking Competition. RingSide Fish House once again presented the fun for this annual event with support from the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, Although 2014 presents a game changer. The reigning champ, Portland Business Journal's Rob Smith, was promoted to co-host. There was a NEW champion in 2014.
And that champ? None other than KGW weather man, Nick Allard. Coming in a close second was KATU's Helen Raptis. After finished second for the last two years, I came in a disappointing fourth. But, hey there's always next year!
Nicky USA's Jace slices some meat, Travis and Ben from Jacobsen's Salt Co., Frank and Jacob from Welches
SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM: Nicky USA's "Up In Smoke" event was a meat and greet of sorts. It was a chance to scarf up samples tests from their brand new line of jerky as well as porkstrami, beef bacon, ham and all sorts of smokey treats. The event was held on Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm at The Nicky USA Warehouse, perhaps the meatiest place in town. That's where I found out that Nicky's is now offering up camel meat (yes, camel) and I met the new guys behind the soon to open Bill The Butcher shops.
CELEB-U-WATCH: Yes, everyone knows that Jerry Seinfeld was in town on Friday to perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. But did you know where and what Jerry ate while he was in town? No? I didn't think so.
So I heard word that Jerry and fellow comic, Mario Joyner, as well as Jerry's manager were spotted on Friday at Lardo West in the heart of Portland's West District.
According to my spies, Jerry and his friends actually ordered food in Grassa but the place was so packed they had to grab their food and head over to the more spacious Lardo. For his meal Jerry had Grassa's carbonara and Mario and his manager had rigatoni with pork ragu.