Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Willow joins Portland's restaurant elite

I visit here about four times a year, so it's a bit cheeky of me to declare a restaurant one of the city's elite, much less to do so after only a single visit to the place.

I don't care.  I'm doing it anyway.  Willow deserves the praise.

Tonight's menu featured six courses.

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I also opted for the four non-alcoholic drink pairings.

Willow's dining room is a single L-shaped counter; tonight, seven of us ate at chairs spaced around it.

Three people do all the work, from preparing the food, to serving it, to washing the dishes.  Two are owners, and one is the sous chef.  They hustled the whole time we were there, but they were always on top of their game.  Everything I tasted was inventive, attractive, and, most importantly, delicious.  I didn't encounter a single misstep.  The meal was top-drawer.

One dish, the mushroom tart, stood out as absolutely perfect, a true world-class preparation.

I could go on and on, but it's late, and I'm tired, so let me just say that Willow has joined Le Pigeon on my must-eat list anytime I'm in Portland.

If you possibly can, check it out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Frito Pie dog says

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

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Indeed it was, this beautiful centerpiece of my meal last night.

And tasty, tasty it was, oh so good.

With this radicchio salad

and this lovely heirloom tomato gazpacho,

the Frito Pie dog helped create a delightful dinner.

Monday, July 25, 2016

One of those travel days

Today treated me to several of the special variations of hell that travel can offer.

I had to get up early, at 5:30 a.m., only to learn my flight was delayed--but not enough to let me go back to bed.

I spent both flights in cramped standard seats; no upgrades today.  The second flight found me in the very last row of the plane, in a seat so small I physically could not work on my laptop.

I didn't hit the hotel until after ten p.m. Eastern time.

The good news is that I made it, and so did my luggage, so I don't really have too much to complain about.

Dinner was a high point; more on that tomorrow, I hope.

For now, I must finish work and then crash.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Wonder Woman Comic-Con trailer looks awesome

If you haven't seen it, you definitely need to check it out.

I have high hopes that this movie will be big fun.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

On Chinese food and movies at the beach

Last night, we opted to keep dinner simple and go for some take-out from the local Chinese restaurant.  We'd eaten completely serviceable food from them in the past.

We were not quite as lucky this time; some dishes were fine, but others were not at all good.  My beef lo mein arrived in a little box and was sticky enough to retain its shape without the box.

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The stickiness affected its flavor, with the sauce overpowering everything else.  Beef lo mein also should not behave like quick-set concrete.

As has become a tradition, I'm wrapping up the beach reporting with a happy snap of all the movies we watched on Blu-ray discs and/or DVDs.

A quick glance should make clear that we watched some cult classics, some recent movies, and a variety of older flicks.

To me, the winner of the Most Surprisingly Good Award of this year's trip is the disc alone on the left, Mr. Right.  Don't look it up, and don't try to learn more about it; just rent or buy it, and then watch it.  Give it 20 minutes to earn your love.  I found it a wonderfully charming film.  I hope you do, too.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Even from the beach

Sarah has her eye on you.

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So, you better behave.

In other vacation news, tomorrow morning I head home, and Monday morning, I fly to Portland.

Busy times.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Retail opportunities, retail oddities

Today's post-lunch adventure led a small group of us to a beach shop we had not previously explored.  Its offerings proved to be among the stranger of the local thrift stores.

The decaying little couple outside kicked off the creepiness.

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The doll with insane eyes upped the ante.

The Creepiest In the House award, though, went to this insane clown.

No, I did not buy him, though I was sorely tempted to do so.  He would be perfect sitting right next to a small lamp on a bedside table in a guest room.

Who wouldn't want to wake up to him?

To end on a completely different note, here's a shot under the bridge in the middle evening.  I'm sorry the photo is hazy, but the sky was so lovely I had to try to capture it.

The beach is full of beauty.


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