Raclette on the Deck

After a busy work day, we managed to put together a yummy raclette dinner – asparagus, mushrooms, steamed potatoes, prosciutto, cornichon, and – the star of the show! – raclette cheese!  Never disappoints..  We set up out on the deck using an assortment of moderately stable TV trays and other tables and stools, clearly highlighting our need for a decent table and chair set!  Even a folding table from Costco would have been a vast improvement!

Beautiful spring night in Portland as we reminisced about our first raclette dinner @ January 2010 in Annecy, France..  http://www.lefreti.com/

Raclette Annecy France La Freti

Memorial Day 2016

Started our day off well with a delicious breakfast at Fat Albert’s.  Had not previously tried the vege eggs benedict – though technically there’s some debate about this as Paul seems to think he has tried it before, though can’t pinpoint when that was – but will certainly be looking for it on the special’s board going forward!  Yum yum!  http://www.yelp.com/biz/fat-alberts-breakfast-cafe-portland

The rest of the day was spent in project mode – me painting the front door and Paul working on the trellis for the roses..  In between, there were numerous trips to the hardware stores – both True Value (3) and Home Depot (1).

Our plans for raclette were deferred to Tuesday and we went with the easier, less labor intensive, choice of gnocchi, salad, and crusty baguette..

Sunday hike @ Oswald West State Park

After much debate over a coffee at Starbucks in re which hike to tackle, we finally headed west towards Cannon Beach in a chilly drizzle with a plan to hike in Oswald West State Park – from the beach at Short Sand to the peak of Mt Neahkanhie.  We believe we’ve done the hike from this same beach to Cape Falcon before, possibly the first trip we made to Oregon in 2010.

The light rain abated fairly soon into the hike, but the steady climb did not!  What turned out to be only @ 4.5 miles to the summit, felt like 10.  The old growth forest was indeed beautiful and the views from the overlooks and peak were worth the effort!  We found a perch at the rather crowded peak and had our wraps and some cherries before heading back down.  The hike down went remarkably fast.  We stopped off at the beach to soak our fatigued feet in the chilly pacific, before heading back to the car for the drive home.


Home, showered and hungry – we head out for the Muddy Rudder, but only make it as far as Reverend’s BBQ.  Still not sure what the fascination is with this restaurant, but we do find it to be good for comfort food + the service is great and the atmosphere always lively!  Maybe that IS the draw – certainly worked for us.

Ended the night with a lovely bottle of Colene Clemens 2014 Rose and some mindless television while we massaged our feet and legs hoping to be in good shape to enjoy our day off – Memorial Day.





Toast is the most!

Kicked off our Saturday back in Woodstock at a new brunch spot, Toast (http://www.toastpdx.com/).  Happy to report that it was delicious!!  Instant new fav – Paul got the Bad Ass Sandwich and I went for the pork belly in The Belly is Cast.  Soooo good and so many menu items yet to try!

From there we walked back into town and browsed around New Season’s and Ace Hardware’s surprisingly extensive garden center.  Put a pin in several items to come back for later and walked back towards Sellwood, dipping in to wander the lovely Reed College campus.  We took a stroll thru the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (http://crystalspringsgarden.org/), seeing the potential, if not the actual flowers in bloom.  Note to selves – get here during peak!  The lake and garden and springs were all very lovely and peaceful.

After getting home we drove back to Woodstock where we picked up a box of miscellaneous herbs for the front bed and the fixings for our hike snacks – ham and brie wraps with dijon, arugula, and cornichon; apples and cherries.   Came home and started our various projects – Paul’s building trellis’s for the roses on the side of the house, I painted the white trim around the front door where the security gate had left holes and discoloration and then planted the herb garden.  I don’t know if it’s the sun, the dirt, or what, but everything is growing a blooming!  Fingers crossed for an awesome harvest!!

Dinner was a simple Papa Murphy’s pepperoni and green olive pizza and we prepped our hike snacks while it cooked.

TGIF! Memorial Weekend 2016

Started the day working hard and then treated ourselves with coffee and scones from Either/Or.  More work, then tried the Taqueria Luna food truck (http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-luna-portland-2) burritos for lunch – both bean/cheese and breakfast get two thumbs up!  Looking forward to getting the long weekend started!

We’re officially one step closer to some major upgrade work to the house!  Yea!

We have signed a contract for a roofer (http://tomleachroofing.net/) and we’re on the schedule for later this fall @ November.  That should give us plenty of time to explore options in re the skylight and possibly do the demo and install ourselves!  And by ourselves, I mean Paul!  🙂   Now we can go ahead and commit to the furnace/hot water heater and get on their schedule as well.

Relaxed on the deck with a lovely Melville Chardonnay, followed by a simple quiche and salad dinner.


Wine Thursday?

Okay, so that doesn’t really have the same ring to it as the more alliterative Wine Wednesday, but nonetheless, that’s what it was..   After wrapping up a day’s work, it was so nice to sit in front of the fire, read, and enjoy a glass of 2008 Ridge Lytton Estate Syrah.

Roasted carrots, asparagus, and parmesan mashed potatoes made for a hearty vege dinner with an 2012 Alexana – Single Clone/Pommard – pinot and Quin salted caramels for desert.

One more work day this week and then we’ll be ready for a relaxing, but active, holiday weekend..

Dinner in Woodstock, eventually..

Work, awesome coffee at Either/Or (https://www.facebook.com/EitherOrCafe), more work, Asparagus Potato quiche for lunch, more work, walk over to the farmers market (pencil thin asparagus – yum! – and duck eggs for Brandi), more work..  You get the picture..

Decided to get out of the house for dinner – what to do??  Pok Pok? Food Trucks? Or…  Woodstock Wine & Deli!  Take the 19, walk in the door and…  Wah-wahhh..  They’re closing in 30 min for a private event.  We stayed long enough to peruse the wine inventory and found it acceptable – no worries, we’ll be back!  So we go wandering down Woodstock in search of our next victim – Nudi?  been there.  Dick’s Primal?  been there.  Other restaurants – look good, but nothing compelling..  Walk, walk, walk on down to the end of town and then see a review of Bridge City Pizza – bingo!  And then no-bingo – while there were stools and a small counter, this is clearly delivery.  And we’re walking..  Next stop:  Mezza.  Not what we set out for – a deli sandwich! – and not what we expected, but we said yes and it was quite delicious!  At first I was put off by the sweet/honey on the salad, but was ultimately won over.  I had the duck confit and Paul went with the lamb.  Good portions, not too overwhelming..  Tried a little French Malbec – fairly good at a reasonable price of $27.  http://mezzapdx.com/

Wandered back through Woodstock assuming we’d catch the 19 to go home, but got distracted by Cloud City ice cream..  http://www.cloudcityicecream.com/  A little much on top of a rich dinner, but what the heck!   The ice cream was as good as we’d heard with interesting flavors – minus the lines of Salt and Straw + the option of a sugar cone..

Thanks to slower bus service given the time of day, we ended up walking the 2 miles home..  Not entirely a bad thing!


Another new quiche combo :-)

I’m excited to try my new quiche combo tomorrow –  an organic crust + the basic recipe with onion, asparagus, and sliced potatoes on top.  I used a smoked swiss cheese + some parmesan, which I’m hoping will punch up the cheese flavor!

The potatoes on top – which were added raw- were perfectly cooked!

We had the vege chili I made over the weekend for dinner – so good!  I love having fresh, organic, whole foods every day..  See previous post for more info on the chili:  http://btdt.lv2travel.com/2016/05/added-to-the-garden/

Roasted Carrots and planning for Provence

Had a new dish with dinner tonight – Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots.  Went perfectly with a simple salad of lettuce and tomato tossed with balsamic vinegar eye and mashed potatoes with chunky mushroom gravy.  Will definitely do that again!  http://diethood.com/garlic-butter-roasted-carrots/

Looking forward to the day when most, if not all, of those components come from our own garden!!

Started planning my birthday trip to Provence in earnest.  Looks like a week+ with time in probably 2 locations – Aix and possibly Menerbes.  Look forward to the food, wine, weather, relaxation, and charm!

Sunday hike up to Riverview Cemetery

Looked at the forecast this morning and it seemed like it might start raining @ 11, so we decided to head out and get our steps in early.  Headed to Starbucks and then across the Sellwood bridge toward Willamette Park via Zupan’s, but decided to explore the area directly across from the west end of the bridge.  It turned out to be the entrance to the Riverview Cemetary.  Based on the number of runners and cyclists we saw, we decided there wasn’t any problem just following the road up and into the cemetery.  Made for a good length hike on a paved road thru the peaceful cemetary + lots of hills to get your heart going!  We followed the marked bike path and eventually came out on Taylor’s Ferry road.  We made our way down to Zupan’s and on home..

One project we’d considered for a while is now checked off the list!  We moved the clothes racks with counter top down from my office to the space next to the washer/dryer where is will serve as a laundry station.  It fits perfectly!  We also did some cleanup and Paul pulled a lot of nails out of the joists..  The basement has sooo much potential!

While there has been some rain, its been cut with bursts of sunshine as well – so typical Portland weather.  🙂  I’m enjoying the fire and a chai while I do some travel research..  got to get that b-day trip nailed down!!