By Monique Gaskins
Cheers to 2021!
We are unquestionably in the middle of winter and experiencing shorter days and chillier weather. When the days get darker, I try to remember to treat myself to something nice. Luckily, there are lots of options to support your winter cheer without having to leave the neighborhood.
For those of us who appreciate a unique beverage, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider provides same-day delivery of his locally fermented hard ciders. My favorite flavor available now is Cherry Pie.
Ex-Novo, a local pub and brewer is located on North Flint Avenue. They donate 100% of their profits to charity, serve food, and of course brew beer. The team even named their flagship India Pale Ale, Eliot.
Tea can be a relaxing treat all year round, especially when the temperatures are a bit cooler. Aesthete Tea is a woman, QBIPOC owned boutique loose leaf tea brand based in Portland. Lucky for us, New Seasons on Williams Avenue stocks their teas. Lately, I’ve been enjoying the Mint + Coco blend.
Our neighborhood has easy access to a branch of the Multnomah County Library. The Albina library is now located on North East Knott Street. If the library is closed due to Covid, virtual services are still available (that includes ebooks and streaming media, online events, and homework help). I recommend emailing a librarian for personalized book recommendations. After trying the service, I was introduced to one of my new favorite authors, N.K. Jemison.
Even though the days are wetter, regular exercise releases endorphins, contributing to better sleep, lower stress, and lower anxiety. North East Rodney Avenue, North East Morris Street, and North East Tillamook Street are designated greenways; providing safer streets for walking, running, or cycling.
Hopefully, some of these ideas can help you maintain peace and stay healthy this winter. Take care and see you on the greenways!