It can be pretty tough to motivate yourself to get out of the house to do anything in the winter. Especially to see art. We may not be nestled conveniently on Congress Street, but we're at the edge of a neighborhood full of many places worth exploring. So why not make a day of it?
I first ventured to the East Bayside neighborhood a because of Tandem Coffee. As a coffee enthusiast, I kept hearing about Tandem, but was living on the absolute other side of the city. Finally one January day a few years ago a friend and I decided we had to go check it out. We trekked on over from the West End and by the time we found Anderson Street we felt like we were at the end of the earth. I can hardly conjure up that image of the neighborhood now since it's evolved so much in the past few years. Though on first glance it still looks like warehouse territory, this neighborhood is positively hopping.
Here’s the plan:
Start your morning at Tandem with a beautifully crafted espresso drink to get you going, and then head over to Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF) where the Winter Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturday mornings (9 am-1 pm). Though it's the off season, there's still a lot to be found including local meats, eggs, honey and root vegetables.
If you go to the back of the space and up a few stairs you’ll find the UFF tasting room where you can sample ciders and kombuchas of various exotic flavors like Red Beet or Chaga Chai on tap.
Most Saturdays El Corazon Food Truck sets up shop just outside the farmer’s market. This is a must-try for brunch/lunch—everything I’ve had from the burritos to the taquitos to the agua fresca has been delectable. The breakfast burrito is perfect for a Saturday morning!
Now it’s time to warm up and see some art. Work off those tacos walking up the Fox Street hill and there we are at the corner of Washington Ave and Fox St. Our current exhibition features three artists, so there’s something interesting for everyone in your group to see. Strike up a conversation with our Saturday Gallery Sitter Jasper. He’s a photographer himself and knows a lot about the work. Plus, we’ve got a comfy, warm space where you can sit down and soak it all in.
Top off your afternoon with a trip to Rising Tide Brewery. If you head back down the hill on Fox Street, just keep walking and you’ll see the bright red-orange facade on your right. They always have an array of beers on tap from a coffee porter to an imperial ipa. Sample a few or enjoy a 10 oz pour of your favorite.
See you out there!