Dinner in Hollywood

We went to dinner with friends of ours last night. We ate at Chin’s, which I had wanted to try since we moved to Portland. Chin’s has been in the Hollywood neighborhood since 1949, and I have always thought its neon looked cool on a rainy winter night.

Last year, it was bought out by some sisters from the Shandong region. AJing has talked to them quite a bit and it is an interesting story. She told me that their food is traditional home style (i.e. what you would make at home rather than in a restaurant). It was very good, I definitely will go back, especially for the dumplings.

This dish, candied sweet potatoes, is a holiday dish, according to AJing. The sweet potatoes are cooked, then coated in sugar (simple syrup?) and brought out very hot. You eat them carefully right away or they get glued together by the sugar. You grab one, and all these sugar threads appear (you can see them in the picture above) so you dip the potato into the bowl of water. That makes the coating harden and snaps the sugar threads off. Fun to eat, and I wouldn’t have known how to do it unless AJing had ordered them and walked me through it.

Run away…

We escaped the overbearing heat and all the smoke that hit Portland by going to the coastfor four days. We wandered a few places, had great seafood at Local Ocean, and lounged on the sand with books. It was cold, occasionally foggy, completely wonderful.

No pictures of this, but the new Salishan owners seem to be taking it in the right direction, yay! And they have a daily smore roast with half price drinks which features the original 1964 firepit, really cool. We stayed on the forest side this time and had views of the water.

Really relaxing and lovely working trip.

summer

It was 100F degrees (36.6C) yesterday and as I am very prone to heat exhaustion, by the end of the day I was shorting out a little. It was 80F in our downstairs (no central air) when we went to bed.

Today is only supposed to be 95F, but the smoke from the wildfires near Shasta has rolled in, making for an eerie light but also making it harder to breathe. Not as bad as when the Gorge was burning last year, but between the heat and the smoke, I’m ready for things to change!

Random Portland things

A random tree on my morning walk in my neighborhood. Its width is easily three of me.

This is my 801st post!

Loud ‘n’ Lit riders

Laurie, Cindy, Brian, and I were having a cook-out followed by a late night firepit in the backyard when we heard both hooting and hollerin’. It seemed to go on for quite a while, so Cindy went out front to check it out, then grabbed us. The Loud ‘n’ Lit bike ride was going past our house at around midnight, having started at Ecliptic Brewing on Mississippi. We watched them go by for at least fifteen minutes, very cool. Tons of good music – Prince, Madonna, Metallica, it had to be a great bike ride.

Finally –

Restroom at Box Social

To the mountain


Escaped the noise and upset animals over the 4th of July and went to the Timberline. I love Mt Hood, as I’ve mentioned a few times on here.

Brian reading at the Timberline – this is the back of the lodge


We swam, hung out in the hottub, played shuffleboard, ate great pizza at Blue Ox (the little hidden restaurant at the Timberline), and read nearly all day long.

I hiked up the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit.


I never got a great picture of it, but the monarch butterfly migration was in full force – thousands and thousands of them fluttering past me as I read on the patio. So many on the drive down the mountain! One of the servers exclaimed “Oh! Butterflies!” each time she came outside, she was as delighted as we were.

Shuffleboard table where Brian and I tied. Great game!

Linoleum art and old speaker at one end of the shuffleboard.

I had this folder in various colors as a kid and had no idea that the drawing of the woman on the chairlift was from the Timberline!

Mt Jefferson from our room.

Hood River


On the way home, we stopped in Hood River to eat dinner at Pfriem brewing. We took a short walk along the Columbia River after that and sat in the shade to watch the kite surfers and paddle boarders.

Relaxed and happy start to July.

Return to Wisconsin

Just a super last minute quick visit to Wisconsin, with no time to see any friends. But got two hours in Madison, a day or two near Milwaukee, and otherwise in the country (Hustisford, Beaver Dam). I saw deer and red fox! But no pictures of those.

Instead, a picture of the Dr. Evermor birds on Paterson Street:

And had our normal lunch at Harmony Bar of walnut burgers, hot chips with blue cheese, and Madison beer.

Also got to experience some really terrible Milwaukee road construction (seriously, Milwaukee, you can’t close all of your freeway onramps and then have all your detour signs point to also closed onramps. Thankful that I like to get to the airport obnoxiously early or we would have missed our plane!)

But also got to watch a family wait patiently for the red light and then cross the road safely: