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Wine, Food and More Wine


On Friday after the hike, we took our guests into downtown Hood River to do some wine tasting. We were running short on time so we went to my favorite: Quenett and then to Naked Winery. I wrote about both wineries last month when we went there for our anniversary. Michael’s family had a great time! They loved wine tasting and both places have some good wine.

Michael and I love Quenett Winery and we ALWAYS go there when we visit Hood River. Not only that, we always leave with at least 1 bottle of wine, if not two. So we decided to sign up for their “Platinum Club”. It gets us into the twice annual parties, free tastings, and a big discount on wine. It feels so “grown up” to be part of a wine club! And we did it together. Awwww…..

We took them to the Naked Winery because it’s a fun tasting room and lots of wines to taste. They had a great time! We were short on time so we didn’t spend a lot of time in Hood River. We had dinner reservations at Jake’s Grill in Portland. We drove home to change and head downtown. The pictures from Jake’s didn’t turn out great because it’s pretty dark in there. It’s a classy restaurant with mood lighting.

Even though I had over-indulged in Hood River wine tasting, I order one glass of Pinot Noir to go with my steak dinner.

Michael ordered their calamari because it’s the best in town. Again, since there were so many of us, I wasn’t worried about overeating. I had a few bites of the calamari and waited for dinner.

I ordered the Top Sirloin Bordelaise. It came with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Asparagus and Dungeness Crab. My steak was a little overdone but the meal was delicious!

Michael talked me into splitting dessert. We ordered the cheesecake that came with a raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries and bluesberries. It was amazing! The best part: the cheesecake had a creme brulee topping! It was fantastic.

I sort of regret splitting the cheesecake with Michael because I wanted it all to myself. 😉

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Out For Lunch and Comfort Foods


I met a friend for lunch today at Jake’s Grill in Portland. It’s one of my favorite restaurants! They have fantastic seafood there (and the best calamari in town).

I got the shrimp sandwich on a croissant and a cup of clam chowder. It was okay. The shrimp sandwich had too much onion!! Too much! The clam chowder was fantastic though.

I probably had about 700 calories for lunch. That’s about double what I usually have for lunch but I skipped my morning snack and I’m pleasantly full (so probably no afternoon snack). I was not tempted with dessert–even though it looked delicious! 🙂

I recently got a book from the library called “Eating the Moment.” I enjoyed reading it. It was short and a quick read (mostly little “food for thought” thoughts). One of my favorite quotes from the book is:

If food is medicine, overeating is overdosing. [pg 166]”

What is your comfort food? Mine is usually soup and bread. When I’m not feeling great, when the weather is icky, during wintertime, I really want that warm feeling I get eating hot soup. My favorite is tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. When I’m feeling sad or upset, my “go-to comfort food” is dessert.

Tonight I’m going swimming and will definitely be spending a lot of time in the hot tub. I hope that helps loosen me up for Sunday’s race. Tomorrow I’ll be picking up my race gear! I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to work out tomorrow.