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.
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!
A random tree on my morning walk in my neighborhood. Its width is easily three of me.
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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.
This week spring came for real, it has been in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We wandered to Old Gold in North Portland for dinner and scored a corner patio seat, a rare commodity on a warm day and a Friday night. The building across the street is unusual to begin with, odd lighting and shape, satellite in the front, etc. No idea what the building is used for, but today for some reason, the door was briefly open.
Finally got to check out Revolution Hall, which is predictably cool. I am so glad they saved and repurposed that building. It was formerly a high school, and I have friends whose relatives graduated from there. I would drive by it on my way home as it sat empty and it always seemed a shame. Not a small project though, they had to retrofit it for earthquake safety, not cheap. The view from the second floor bar was great, overlooking a dog park with great views of downtown, so I am excited to see the rooftop bar this summer.
We were there to see Dylan Moran. He was as funny as I thought he’d be, although some of his “I’m old” jokes bother me as we are the same age.
Some quotes on the building I liked. It was dark, forgive the blurriness.