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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.

Wisconsin

In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).

The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.

Pedro the Lion!

Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.

The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.

Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.

Hamilton in Chicago

Denver

Fantastic cocktail bar that opened the day after Prohibition was repealed. A good welcome to Denver!


A long morning walk in the sunshine followed by lunch at Snooze in Union Station. To be followed by another walk and some sketching / writing. Kinda pleased right now.

View from Denver Art Museum sculpture deck today.

Eating pierogies at Polished Tavern

Today’s wander was to the Molly Brown House. A nice tour, and I like her story.

Fantastic few weekends.

Still talking to one another.

Last weekend, Brian and I celebrated our anniversary at the Salishan. The Salishan is starting to become a tradition, I think. When we walked into our room, Brian had a dozen red roses and a bottle of our favorite wine of all time waiting for me. I changed into my new dress and we sat by the fire, drank the wine and talked. I finally was able to give him the Midleton whiskey I carried all over Europe. I think he was more impressed by all Gretchen and I had to go through to get it to him than by the whiskey itself (well, no, he tried it this week and I think he’s more impressed by the whiskey now).

We ate dinner at the Salishan steakhouse (what a beautiful view) and then went to the lounge to see a band – Beth Willis, who turns out to be from Portland. Funny, I’ve seen her there three times now and didn’t realize that. On our way back to the room, she complimented me on my dress! Fun. I was pretty tipsy then though. Something about following a good amount of wine with whiskey. Hm, who would have thought?

New dress

This weekend is Brian’s birthday, so we started it off by going to Sweet Hereafter with Laurie. Sweet Hereafter is the new place opened by one of the guys from Bye and Bye. We got there just in time to be able to sit for dinner, it was completely packed. Good!

Last night we went to Mississippi Studios to see Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (seems to be a themed weekend). We had been playing 2 player Ms PacMan across the street and left so we wouldn’t miss the opening band – man, what a mistake. I am still trying to think of a band I thought was worse in all the years I’ve been going to shows, there has to be one, right? Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter were awesome though – I would go to any show they do (but skip the opening band after last night).

Tonight is Brian’s birthday proper so we will do some more celebrating.

Next weekend is the Portland Marathon and my cousin Nicole is running it. Looking forward to cheering her on!