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You like it hot? You like it Sichuan ? This is the place for you!
On a daring visit about a week ago, we had to try the latest and greatest in Asian food. Friends had recommended it, so why not? My brother from Florida, my world-globetrotting mom, and my up-for-anything S.O. journeyed out to far SE Powell for culinary daring-doo.
This is NOT General Pao’s chicken in cornstarch sauce. This is apparently straight-up vocanic Sichuan cooking. Our table of 4 ordered the Seafood pancake, green beans, plain rice, beef with broccolli , and the plain asian vegetables.
The seafood pancake was delightful. Chock full of briny squid, shrimp and other flavors, and served with a spicy (but not overwhelming ) peppers in oil dipping sauce.
The green beans were smothered in easily avoided red chile peppers. They had a delightful salty clean flavor, balanced with a mouth numbing peppercorn. (I later found in this yelp review, it’s called “huajiao”).
The Beef and Brocolli was listed as “on the safe side” on the menu. Being vegetarian, I tried the broccolli only. Nice, garlicky and bland!
If I had do-overs, I’d take my mother and brother to a ‘safer’ Asian joint, like Om Seafood or Powell Seafood, both also on SE Powell. This is not so great for non-meat eaters, but glad I tried it!
Tried to tour the Dundee Hills wineries the day after Thanksgiving. Over 160 wineries were open, most only open to the public for drop-in that one day.
Happily I was the designated driver of a rental van full of 5 adults and 2 very patient youngsters.
In 5 hours we covered 4 vineyards!
Tastings run about $15, and you get a souvenir glass, and snacks. Number of pourings depends on the vineyard
Starting with Duck Pond in Dundee:
No ducks. No pond. Absolutely beautiful grounds and a nice gift shop with non-alcoholic drinks for the kids.
Next stop: Red Ridge – Between Dundee and Lafeyette
It’s a nursery, with a garden shop, and they are now pressing their own olive oil. In addition to wine tastings from neighboring vineyards, they had an olive oil tasting as well. Gorgeous views, and a nice deck looking over the hills. I bought an adorable button fern. They sell an eclectic selection of medicinal herbs as well.
Vista Hills Vineyard – Dayton, OR
We seemed to stay longer as the tour progressed. Vista hills is surrounded by trees, overlooking the hills, of course. They have a huge deck with a view, and an outdoor fireplace downstairs. We packed lunch in Portland and stayed here to eat. Apparently, at a nearby vineyard, you can rent horses and sign up for a tour of vineyards by horseback.
Belle Pente is open by appointment only. Glad we stopped by for the tasting. More amazing views, and a pen of chickens and geese.
Great advice from Justin Kistner
Justin gave a brief blogging overview in our Social Media Marketing class at PSU a few weeks ago. Basically, he said not to plan what to write about, and you never know what will be popular. Just go ahead and write. Post away!
I think it’s good advice because I’m not much of a planning person. So having no pressure to perform or realize an out come motivates me. Although, like the brave souls trying to write a novel in a month, having a deadline or at least a post a week (Facebook doesn’t count) should help.