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Food, Windsurfing and Hiking

Day 3 of the family visit was a long one!

The first stop was to Oaks Bottom Pub for lunch. I ordered the half roast beef sandwich with a salad. Michael ordered the famous “Totchos” for the whole table to try.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned totchos before. They are nachos but instead of chips, it’s tots. It’s very decadent and sometimes a gut-bomb of food. Luckily, the small plate was split between 6 people so I only had one or two bites.

We sat on the back patio for lunch and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! My lunch was pretty good. I was glad I got the half sandwich. The roast beef was a little on the dry side but the salad was delicious. It came with a lemon, garlic and pepper vinaigrette dressing. Delish.

I ordered a diet coke with lunch. I am much more successful with ordering healthy lunches than I am with dinners. I have no idea why dinner is so much harder for me, but it is. I tend to splurge more, and then of course, get a glass or two of wine AND dessert!

Michael and I thought it would be a good day trip to take our guests to Hood River. The Columbia River Gorge is really scenic and for people who have never been to Oregon, it’s a good introduction to the different types of landscapes in this area. Our guests are from Texas and two of them had never been to Oregon.

We went down to the water once we got to Hood River and showed them the kiteboards and windsurfers. It’s a really cool thing to watch! I really want to try both someday. It just looks like a lot of fun.

Our guests had a great time and thought it was a cool thing to watch. These people at Hood River are serious too. They have all the gear!

It was so windy down in Hood River yesterday! I don’t remember the last time it was that windy. A few times I felt like I was going to get blown away. I lost my footing and almost blew over. That never happened at 250!

After checking out the waterfront, we drove to the Old Highway 30 to go for a hike. If you remember, dear readers, this is the same place Michael and I biked for our anniversary last month.

It’s such a beautiful location, with a view of the whole Gorge!

It was a hot day yesterday and while I loved the bike ride there, it was a bit too hot to be hiking there. The shade was limited and I felt dehydrated. What’s the best thing to do when feeling dehydrated? Drink a bunch of wine!! ๐Ÿ™‚

To Be Continued…..



Slippery Slope

Last night was Eating Out Adventure #2. I don’t think I did as well as the previous night….Sigh….

I got home from work and Michael’s stepsister and her boyfriend had arrived from Texas and we all went out to Apizza Scholls for dinner (all 7 of us).

The boys started with beer. Us girls got a bottle of white wine and split that. I ended up having two glasses of wine with dinner.

We started with Caesar Salads (their Caesars are pretty fantastic!).

I shared Jeremy’s salad and only had a little bit. We ordered three pizzas (which we didn’t need because they are all huge). A “Margo’rita” , their Margherita: tomato sauce, mozzarella (whole milk & fresh), pecorino romano, fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil; a sausage and peppers pizza; and a “pig and pineapple.”

My favorite is the “pig and pineapple” (it has onions on it too).

Not only are the pizzas huge, the slices are pretty big. I had 1 slice of the “Margherita” and 1.5 slices of the “Pig and Pineapple.” Have I mentioned that pizza was always my “trigger food” I tried to avoid? Yeah I usually can’t stop eating it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But I wasn’t alone in eating too much pizza…Everyone else indulged too.

Apizza Scholls is one of the best pizza joints in Portland. It’s Michael’s favorite and it’s his father’s favorite. It’s always on the list of “Things to Do” when he visits Portland. After the Pizza Orgy, we headed next door to Bar of the Gods. I skipped having anything to drink there because I knew we’d be going to another bar later.

After hanging out with the whole family for a bit, Michael dropped the parents off and us “kids” went to the Horsebrass Pub for a few beers. I ordered a Walking Man IPA–a really good beer made in Washington.

The Horsebrass is a really cool pub. Lots of beers from all over the world, traditional English Pub food (like fish and chips) and tons of dart boards. I’ve spent many evenings in this pub because it’s such a cool place (and it was close to my old apartment).

We convinced the sister’s boyfriend to order a “Fred” beer–a super strong beer (10% alcohol!) and then we played a round of darts before calling it a night.

I know I indulged– and indulged in some not healthy things either. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. It’s nice to splurge once in awhile. I will admit I am feeling a bit overwhelmed about all the eating out! It’s so much temptation…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This morning I got up and went to the gym for a mediocre workout. I didn’t have a ton of time to work out since we had houseguests and I thought it was rude. I hit the stair-master for about 35 minutes, the elliptical for a few minutes and then did a bunch of weights and stretching.

Gym Stats:

Time: 54:08

Calories Burned: 440

Burned off Pizza Slices: Maybe a little bit


Sports Massage Monday


But before I get to the “ouch” I’m going to describe the YUM.

After work last night I went to the pool for a quick 1 mile swim. When I got home, Michael made turkey burgers.

I steamed some broccoli and Michael also made some fries in the oven.

Dinner was filling. Since I hadn’t swam my full 1.25 miles, plus hot tub, plus steam room/sauna, I had time to relax and enjoy dinner before our massages.

I had a glass of Sangiovese wine.

Instead of the relaxation massage I usually get, I asked my therapist to give me a sports massage focusing on my running muscles. I knew I was going to be tight.

The difference between a Swedish massage and a sports massage are basically relaxation vs. focused work.

He spent a lot of time on my legs. I told him about my recent injuries and my training. He worked on my calves and hamstrings for the longest. There was a knot in my right hamstring that had me LEAPING off the massage table when touched. He said that was probably a combination of the tiling we did for the kitchen remodel (squatting, bending, kneeling, stretching etc) and my sacrum injury. He said I probably overcompensated for my injury on the left side and that tightened my right hamstring. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Jim, my massage therapist, mentioned that he’s also training to learn Thai Massage. He explained that it’s a massage that involves a lot of stretching and palm work. It sounded interesting and the stretching part sounded like something I might need.

He gave me a lot of good stretches to try. First, he said to stand up straight, then cross one leg over the other one and bend at the waist. That will stretch my hamstrings.

Second, he said to lay down and lift my leg. Rotate my ankle inward and then out a few times. Lower the leg to stretch and repeat it. It’s a really good stretch for the hips. I noticed that it worked immediately. It looked sort of like this:

It really worked! I will be incorporating those two into my stretching routine. He also showed me an ankle/calf stretch I could do.

My hips and legs feel MUCH better today.

My massage therapist recommended I do RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate) when my muscles start feeling locked up. He highly recommended baths with Epsom salts.

QUESTION: Have you ever had a sports or deep tissue massage?

Sunday Steak Dinner for Three

Sunday was a busy day! I saw, I helped a friend unpack, and Michael and I went to our friends’ house to see their new baby! She was absolutely precious. Very very tiny and sweet.

When we got back to the house we started the steaks for our new Sunday ritual, but this time for the three of us. I made salads.

Our house guest, Jeremy, had an excellent idea for the corn on the cob. I think it’s my new favorite way to cook them!

First, Michael cleaned up the corn.

Then Jeremy liberally applied butter on each corn.

He seasoned the corn with salt and pepper and wrapped them individually in foil.

Michael took the New York Strip steaks outside and grilled them on the grill with the corn.

I think they cooked the corn for like 15-20 minutes.

I opened a nice bottle of Sangiovese to have with our steaks.

It was a really delicious red wine that went perfect with the steaks.

The steaks weren’t quite done yet when Michael first took them off the grill so he cooked them a few more minutes.

Dinner was good! The piece of meat I got was a little on the fatty-side for my liking but it was still tasty. The corn was REALLY the superstar of the meal. I like Jeremy’s “recipe” a lot.

And on another note, you may remember about a month ago Michael and I debated the “correct” way to eat corn on the cob. Jeremy eats his corn on the cob like me! Vindicated! As Jeremy put it, he eats it the “typewriter style” aka “The Correct Way” (his words). ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are just checking up on weekend reading, here’s the recaps:

Oregon Brewfest

Girl’s Night Out

QUESTION: What’s your favorite way to prepare corn on the cob?

Artichoke and Feta Ravioli

Michael and I had a Groupon for Chez Machin so we decided to go there for dinner last night. Michael’s friend Jeremy is visiting us from Ireland for three weeks and last night was kind of just about the two of us having a romantic dinner together before the whirlwind of visitors arrive.

I got a glass of dry white wine the waitress recommended and it was just what I wanted on a summer evening! Michael got some German import beer I’ve never heard of.

Chez Machin was a super cute little restaurant on SE Hawthorne–the very hipster, hippie kind of neighborhood.

SE Hawthorne was really crowded. Lots of people were walking the street, and almost everyone was carrying fresh Lavender. We wondered where they were all getting it from. The bistro wasn’t very crowded but we kept seeing people come in and go back to the back patio so I think they were enjoying the brisk summer evening out there.

There was bread to munch on, but it wasn’t anything too special. I think we were ruined by the amazing freshly baked rosemary bread we had in Hood River.

Michael got an amazing salad: Salade de Poires: Mixed greens, tossed with apple-ginger vinaigrette, topped with white wine poached pears, candied walnuts and crumbled chรจvre. I had a few bites and it was good.

I got the Soupe a l’Oignon: A vegetarian rendition of French Onion Soup, topped with homemade croutons and melted Emmentaller swiss. It was pretty dang amazing! I think French Onion soup is my new favorite thing to order in a restaurant. Don’t tell me how many calories are in French Onion soup.

For his entree, Michael ordered the La Bechamel crepe: Black Forest ham, mushrooms, Emmentaller swiss cheese, scallions, bรฉchamel sauce. I did NOT have a bite of the crepe because I hate mushrooms but he said it was stellar.


I took his word for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For my entree, I ordered the seasonal Ravioli the second the waitress described it: Artichoke Ravioli with Feta in a Red Pepper Alfredo Sauce. Oh my god it was good!

We enjoyed our dinner at a leisurely pace and people-watched.

Soon my plate looked like this:

After dinner, the waitress tempted us with their dessert menu. I also saw a Frozen Yogurt shop across the street AND there was a Ben and Jerry’s a block away. But I was so stuffed there was no way I could even have one bite of dessert! We agreed that we’d come back sometime just for dessert. Instead, we walked up and down SE Hawthorne and window-shopped.

SE Hawthorne

You will see lots of funky, cool, weird, bizarre and collectible things on Hawthorne. I mean come on, where else can you see a life-size deer, a Bike Slut Wallet, or a book of Portland Happy Hours?

Plus the collectible Ken and Barbie lunchpales!

I got some fresh lavender and we walked back to the car. Michael headed to the airport and I went home to bed. It was a good dinner!

QUESTION: What is your favorite ethnic food?

A Little Italian and French

After our epic hike where we got to see TWO mountains, we headed back to the room to get changed for dinner.

We had planned on going out for pizza but a quick search revealed NO good pizza nearby. Bummer. So instead, we went to the nice Italian restaurant in downtown Hood River called the North Oak Brasserie. It was a cute little place in the basement. The bread and oil and balsamic was okay but nothing compared to the previous night’s fantastic rosemary bread.ย  I ordered the Grilled Lobster Ravioli. The description sold me: black truffles, brown butter, shallots and crispy fried leek onions. Michael ordered the lasagna.

I got a glass of the Sangiovese wine. It was good! I didn’t get any other good pictures because it was pretty dark in there. Dinner was absolutely delicious! I was so pleasantly surprised at how amazing the lobster was and the flavor of the sauce was amazing. We did not have room for dessert after this fantastic meal.

It was getting kind of late so we went back to the room. It was our last night in paradise. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Sunday we woke up and the breakfast was Crepes!! I hadn’t had Crepes for so long. Jane had all the fruit and lots of jams for the crepes.

The fresh fruit was perfect. I filled my crepe with some strawberry jam, fresh strawberries.

Topped with a little powdered sugar and a teeny bit of syrup. Jane brought out our second crepe. I was sort of full but they were so good! I made the second crepe with raspberries and sylvan berries. I ate 3/4 of it and gave up.


After breakfast we packed up the car and headed out. I was getting sad to have the vacation end. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Historic Hood River Dinner

Last I left off, we went wine tasting:

And enjoyed some time at the BnB. Did I mention our room had a view of The Columbia River and Mt. Adams?

Mt. Adams

We got dressed up and played with the camera before heading to dinner:

BnB Porch

We decided to go to the Historic Hood River Hotel’s restaurant. It was a balmy 80-something degrees still and they had outdoor seating. We were lucky to snag a table outside and enjoyed the gorgeous setting sun and cool breeze coming off the river. I ordered a glass of Viognier and Michael got a beer. They brought out freshly baked rosemary bread that was THE best bread I’ve ever had a restaurant. Mmmm.

Al Fresco Dinner

Michael got the steak for dinner. I had the Rosemary Sea Scallops with fingerling potatoes, asparagus and an aioli sauce. It was delicious! It reminded me that I really love scallops and need to learn how to cook them! I am not ashamed to admit that I ate way too many pieces of this bread:

Rosemary Bread

Fancy Dinner

We did not have room for dessert! After an afternoon of wine and a great dinner, I was DONE! Michael had this steak with tons of sauce and garlic:

Michael's Dinner

There was a live band playing that was actually really good. They were playing old favorites by James Taylor, CSNY, Bob Dylan, etc. It was a really nice night!

I slept like the absolute DEAD that night. The next morning we woke up surprisingly bright and early. Showered and dressed and we went downstairs for our breakfast. It was a wonderful experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect for the BnB breakfast and was pleasant surprised. I had my coffee and Michael had green tea and we sat on the back deck and enjoyed the sunshine and view of the river while we waited for breakfast.

Coffee on the Deck

Jane, the BnB owner, had all the fixings for yogurt: nuts, oatmeal, chocolate chips, raisins and what looked like Raisin Bran cereal. The dining room was set up for breakfast for all of the guests. She had lots of fresh local fruit too.



Breakfast was scrambled eggs with ham in it. Jane said her secret to good eggs was adding a little cottage cheese to the eggs. I’ve never heard of that before and it was great! She also made fresh boysenberry muffins. I loaded up my plate with fruit and eggs.


Fresh raspberries, strawberries, sylvan berries (which I had never heard of but tasted like blackberries). The muffins were fantastic! I ate up because we had plans for a bike ride.

Next Installment: an amazing bike ride in the Gorge!

QUESTION: Have you ever stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before? What was your experience like?