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Early Lessons in Consumerism

Last night I was explaining to Lucia that in a consumerist society you go out and buy yourself some things that you want on payday. She didn’t quite understand what I was talking about because she’s still a baby, so I thought to actually take her out and show her what I meant.







We made our way across the Burnside Bridge and to our first stop, Powell’s City of Books. I told her that we were looking for the latest volume of the Canal House Cooking series. She thought we should ask for help, but I told her that I already new what section it was in, and we headed right for it. As you can see in the picture, she was a little hesitant, still trying to grasp the idea of buying something. Usually people just set things down in front of her and she just takes whatever she wants. You could see that she was starting to get it, though.







Lucia really loves the Sleigh Bells album Treats, so next we headed back to the east side, and stopped at Everyday Music. Maybe it was because it was something she really wanted, but this whole concept definitely clicked once I presented her with the record.







As anyone who has extra money knows, buying things can stir up a pretty vicious hunger, so next we headed over to Dove Vive to pick up a par-packed pizza to take home for dinner. While we were waiting, I drank an Old German, and Lucia charmed the diners, dancing to some Fela Kuti, and asking people how they liked their wine. (Lucia likes it when Mommy drinks wine, especially when she drinks Willamette Valley Pinot’s.)







We were both borderline starving by the time we got home, Lucia so much so that she was prepared to dig right in, baking be damned!







The whole family loves Dove Vivi! They make their pizzas on a cornmeal based crust, and you can order as little as a slice of any pie on offer. We usually get two halves. Our favorite standard menu item is the House Sausage made with mozzarella, house-made fennel sausage, caramelized onions, marinated green peppers, and tomato sauce. So we got half of one of those, and half of the daily special, Tasso Ham made with mozzarella, fontina, spice-rubbed hot smoked ham, sautéed greens, and caramelized onion, this being one of the best tasting pizzas I’ve eaten in a while. Some of their experimental pizza specials can be a bit of a stretch, but this one is an absolute winner in my book.







Anyway, Lucia ate way too much, and after all that shopping, the fourth slice put this little Noodle straight to bed!



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Cooking Uncategorized

Kimchidogs





I’ve managed to form an addiction to these kimchidogs:

toasted Vietnamese French Bread, Kimchi, diced onion, cilantro, an extra-long wiener, and a nice blast of srirachi.

It might be a while before I go back to mustard and kraut.

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Cooking Uncategorized

Difficulties of (Pro)portion

Sometimes, (full disclosure: often) after I prepare something for dinner, I look down at the plate and I ask myself what my problem is, and wonder why it is that I can not manage to put together a reasonably-sized dinner; why I inevitably fix a plate that is at least 2 times bigger than what I need to eat. I was faced with this difficulty of portion yet again as I prepared to sit down to the Newshour, and an enormous plate of food composed of 2 sunnyside-ups, 2 fried polenta cakes, and 2 of Voget’s smoked porkchops:







Realizing that I probably only really needed 1 each of these things, I shrugged my shoulders, and vowed that Next Time, I will be more careful about how much food I put on the plate! I moved to the table and began to eat. About half-way through the meal, I realized that in this case, though, I had not actually made a mistake of portion, but rather of proportion, and what I really needed was a third egg. You see, I ran out of runny goodness, with smokey pork to spare! Yes, I learned a valuable lesson that day. . .

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Portland

Tasty & Sons French Toast





There are a few things about Tasty & Sons that bugs me, but I love this French Toast. It’s made with thick slices of brioche, and comes with a seasonal syrup and a large dollop of whipped cream. It’s a light, refreshing take on sweet breakfast item that is usually heavy, and overbearingly sugary or spiced. I’m sure I could easily make this at home, but it’s such a treat to start your day with it at a bustling brunch spot.

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Nature

FYI Bumper Sticker





Fire on the Mountain: taking the ‘Other Car’ schtick to its ultimate conclusion. We can now officially retire this played sentiment.