Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weekend in Oysterville, Washington

I spent last weekend in Oysterville, Washington with my family. Its a really cute, tiny place on a little peninsula off the coast of Washington State. The three hour drive from Portland was equally scenic as it was long. The drive was lined with lots of little fishing towns and lots of pretty trees.

I picked up some sarsaparilla soda from the local country store. I hadn't had this kind in so long, its like the original root beer. We also had root beer floats at the wedding! Yum!

Wedding food: Squash, parmasean risotto, mixed field green salad with parmesan vinaigrette and crusty bread.

Overcast day on the coast

Washington coast Sunset

Lichens growing on the fence

What a lovely lavender patch.

Oysters from Oysterville, how fitting.

Quick stop in Portland, Oregon

On my way to my cousin's wedding I had a few hours in Portland after a loooong day of flying. On our way up to Oysterville, Washington we stopped at Vita Cafe in Portland. It was recommended by a friend and the menu boasted local and organic foods and had some meaty options that I thought might interest my almost 92 year old grandmother.

The food was just okay, actually my Greek salad was pretty good, but the other items ordered we not up to par. Of course, the experience would have been much better if the server could have toned down the arrogant impatient attitude. That's right, I'm calling her out on being totally sassy to my adorable almost 92 year old granny who needed some extra time reading the menu and understanding what tempeh was. Sorry hipster lady but granny doesn't care about your fixed gear bike or dirty hair or tattoos, she just has old lady eyes and needs to read slower. Anyone who could be so rude to a stranger, and especially to a cute little granny should be scolded. So, shame on you rude waitress at Vita Cafe, you're officially shunned.

On a delicious note of awesome, I tried two new doughnut flavors that day: maple and also oreo! I've seen so many promos for Voodoo Doughnuts on the Food Network and Travel Channel that naturally I needed to stop in a taste some sweets. It was pretty cool and the flavor availability was pretty impressive. And did I mention yummy!?!

Inside the shop with my tiny, cute Granny

Just a little bit excited...

Oreo doughnut!!


Looking at all the flavors totally inspired me and now I want to make a DIY doughnut shop for people to add their own flavor combinations. Also I need to make haagelslag doughnuts! Or speculoos doughnuts!? Wow, I can only imagine how yummy that would be! Any investors interested? Haha, I think this is a brilliant idea because haagelslag+ speculoos +doughnuts=amazing sugar intoxication!! Yay!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I was feeling a bit nostalgic tonight and began going through old pictures and to my surprise, I realized that I have never posted stories from my China trip! I'm shocked that I never got around to it but with over 1,000 photos it was a daunting task that kept getting put off. Also, the trip pre-dates this blog and I suppose I was caught up with other travels last summer, but WOW, I really can't believe how fast time flies!

The first blog entry I every wrote was an assignment for out China field study in 2007, and while editing my blog tonight I found our student blog. All of the students attending the trip were to write reflections of their experiences on different places we visited, so there's a lot to learn on this blog!

Here are the entries I wrote...

Overview of Kaifeng, China
Some reflections of my trip 
And also a post on traditions and modernity 

I'm so excited to go back through my photos and look back on such an amazing, influential journey!