Dinner 7/15/2014: Stone Korean Restaurant, 16857 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Shared: Fried chicken wings.
Me: Mul naengmyun (물 냉면).
The fiance: Bibim naengmyun (비빔 냉면).
Another scorching hot day, another trip to Stone to cool off with their naengmyun. Look at that huge block of ice! Have to say I prefer the flavor of the chik naengmyun, though, which is spicy.
We also tried the fried chicken here for the first time. We wanted the Korean marinated ones, but the order sizes were too huge. These were great, though; light, crispy, and just a hint of heat.
Lunch 7/13/2014: Slow Bar, 533 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR
The fiance: Spring slowburger.
These were some huge, rich burgers. Both half-pounders, mine came with gigantic onion rings, while his came with crispy prosciutto. Needless to say, they were quite messy.
Breakfast 7/13/2014: Green Salmon, 220 Highway 101 N, Yachats, OR
Me: Egg ‘n sausage sandwich with organic egg, Tillamook cheddar, and turkey kielbasa on grilled multigrain; Hawaiian latte with cocoa, coconut milk, whipped cream, and coconut shavings.
The fiance: Green salmon bagel ‘n lox plate with wild cold-smoked Pacific salmon, wheat bagel, and matcha-infused cream cheese; Oregonian latte with hazelnut milk.
Fresh ingredients, awesome breakfast. The fiance said the lox here was the best he’s had so far in the Pacific Northwest.
Dinner 7/12/2014: Alder Bistro & Lounge, 160 W. 2nd Street, Yachats, Oregon
Me: Steamed mussels and clams.
The fiance: NW pot pie.
Happy birthday to the fiance! We found this cozy place near our hotel. One of the fiance’s favorite foods is pot pie, so he was very excited to see this seafood pot pie on the menu. Salmon, rockfish, bay shrimp, and crab meat stuffed in one of the biggest pot pies we’ve ever had. The filling was extremely meaty and creamy from the smoked pepper cream sauce, and the crust was nice and flaky.
I managed to alert the staff that it was the fiance’s birthday when I slipped to the bathroom. He was so surprised when they all came over to sing “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a huge chocolate mousse!
Lunch 7/12/2014: Tillamook Cheese Factory, 4175 Highway 101 North, Tillamook, OR
Free samples of wild mountain blackberry ice cream, various types of cheddar cheese.
Me: Centennial grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.
The fiance: Bacon Tillamook cheeseburger.
Fun, delicious times at the home of Tillamook! Particularly loved the garlic chili pepper cheddar that we sampled … will definitely need to look for it on our next grocery trip!
Breakfast 7/12/2014: Wanda’s Cafe, 12870 H Street, Nehalem, OR
Me: Smoked salmon omelet.
The fiance: Bacon, spinach, and goat cheese omelet.
It was the fiance’s birthday, and he loves nothing more than corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. Yelp led us here after I searched for CBH. Of course, they didn’t have it (Yelp, your search function is USELESS!).
Fortunately, he loves omelets, and Wanda’s Cafe had plenty of those. But both of our dishes were pretty dry (especially his… that little dab of goat cheese was all there was), but my wild salmon had decent flavor and i liked the dilled cream cheese that came with it. The birthday boy really liked his potatoes, though!
Dinner 7/11/2014: Blackbird Restaurant, 503 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR
Me: Truffle mac ‘n cheese.
The fiance: Moules frites with truffle/paprika aioli.
We came here because the fiance read about their phenomenal lamb burger. Sadly, when we got there, we found out the restaurant ran out of its supply of lamb … they weren’t getting any more lamb until August! Alas, we were forced to peruse the rest of the menu.
The mac and cheese was so rich; I actually had to leave a couple of forkfuls in the dish because it was that decadent. The fries that were served with the mussels were nicely seasoned, and the fiance really enjoyed the broth.
Lunch 7/11/2014: Bell Buoy, 1800 S. Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, OR
Shared: Salmon and chips, clam chowder, and razor clams.
A seafood lunch close to the Oregon coast. The salmon was very fresh and covered by a light, crisp batter. Razor clams were extremely meaty, as expected; I wish more came with the order! Sadly, nothing special about the clam chowder; the texture was goopy and it could have used more clams.
Dinner 7/9/2014: La Isla Cuisine, 16505 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Me: Ropa vieja.
The fiance: Pernil divino.
I was craving ropa vieja, so the fiance did some research and found La Isla. The meat in both of our dishes were very tender and flavorful…I just wish mine had more sauce! We LOVE fried sweet plantains, so we got those as sides. They were nicely caramelized (complete with the crispy, slightly burnt edges we adore) and had an addicting salty bite to it.