I love this story from Hawksmoor in the UK, especially that the staff member does not have to work off the mistake. Yikes! This is where we spent Brian’s 40th, at their Spitalfields location. Fantastic memorable meal so I am glad they are taking a mistake and being cheerful about it.
We went to the Pixar exhibit at OMSI with friends yesterday. It was focused on the math and science behind the movies. Really good – tons of hands on things to do, great interviews that I had not seen yet, giant replicas of favorite characters you could pose with.
Brian’s animation skills were predictable better than the rest of ours.
I feel super lucky that in the last two years I have gotten to go to three animation exhibits which have been over the top good (Jim Henson, LAIKA, Pixar). Also I want the monster wall that this exhibit had:
Metro map on the escalators on our way to Noord. It changed as you watched. Beautiful and functional, very cool.
We went to see Bob Mould with Laurie. It’s been a long time since I have seen him live, and it was very fun to be out on a Friday night seeing him again.
Not sure why he wanted the AC off for his set, it was very very warm during the show.
Alien Boy opened. I hadn’t heard them before and liked them.
…and very much agree with Rick Steves‘ conclusion. But also worried he was falling off the balcony.
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.
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.
It has been too hot here to do much more than complain about the heat, but I am still exercising at least.
Here’s a tree from Irving Park from this morning’s walk.
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!