Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast

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pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2012/08/17 18:38:33
Our family trip to the Oregon coast started early, we dragged Mollie out of bed so we could make it to Portland around 11 AM. It's going to be hot at home 103 degrees, with Portland getting up to 93 degrees, I am ready for the cool ocean breezes. The trip is about 200 miles from where I am in Washington State. The ride down the Columbia Gorge is beautiful, breath taking in some areas. This is the most picturesque streach of highway I have every traveled. After driving out of Washington state, to Oregon, and down the Columbia river, you will see desert like views with rolling hills.   looking across the river is the Maryhill Museum. The road winds next to the river Then as you climb a hill and travel up closer to the Dalles, Mount Hood hits you right in the face with all its beauty After you leave the Dalles, you head to Hood river, this area of the river is great for wind surfing, the town was taken over by these surfers, land and house value sky rocketed. This is a picture from the Columbia Gorge Hotel, These Blueberries were picked in a area in the hills up from Hood River. Mollie has been known to eat a container as we travel along   The views make the drive pleasant, Mollie is still rocking out to something on her ipod, I have the ipad ready for her when she gets bored. The view gets greener as we travel into this area, the area gets a lot of rain, being closer to Mt Hood. The trees are a nice site showing me I'm getting closer to my lunch destination. We drive knowing we are getting close to Portland, I'm waiting for Multnomath Falls to show it's face, this is always a great view to end our journey down the Columbia River Gorge,  We are now traveling into more traffic, heading to our lunch stop. I'll be back later to post picturs of lunch when I return............These are almost all internet stock pictures, if you have never traveled along the Columbia river gorge, put it on your schedule and make the trip some time in your life......See ya soon............
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/18 08:21:56
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/17 19:02:52
Your photos are magnificent.  Mollie should leave the ipod and ipad at home and rock out to the scenery which is breathless!! 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/17 19:48:59
Some beautiful land up that way.  Eat some marionberries for me, please and enjoy it to its fullest!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/17 22:16:02
I set the GPS for
A bit of a wait, as you can see it's a popular place.

The menu

This really isn't my wifes kind of place, but, to my surprise, she loved the place and the food. She ordered a
Chicken Club ‐ 8
Fried chicken, bacon, iceberg and tomato topped with blue cheese or ranch. on a fresh made biscuit. She really like this sandwich, she ordered it with Blue Cheese dressing. The dressing had big chunks of Blue cheese, that acted as nice cooling effect for the Crispy, spicy, juicy, fried Chicken breast.

Mollie had the warm flakey biscuit with a side of house made Marionberry jam, she loved it, no crumbs left over. I also got her a side piece of Chicken.

I ordered the,
The Reggie ‐ 7
Fried chicken, bacon & cheese topped with gravy
Reggie Deluxe ‐ 8
The Reggie with an egg
This is my new favorite breakfast, Brunch, lunch, 2AM drunk, Sandwich, The chicken breast is one of the best I have ever had. It is cooked to perfection,crispy, peppery,salty,spicy,juicy, and tender. The country gravy was great, the bacon was good, melted cheddar cheese, topped with a fried egg. This is one serious sandwich, and we were both real happy with our choice.

Had to wash this meal down with a cold

Mollie and Joyce stuck with the

This is a true roadfood kind of place, I would try the Hash Browns on the next trip, they also looked great. My hat goes off to the cooks and crew of Pine State Biscuits, they did a great job..........

Back in the car all fat and sassy, Mollie is happy and we head a few miles down the road to

I told Mollie we are picking up dessert for tonight.
This is a Derby Bar ( Graham cracker crust with chocolate and caramel, how the heck can that be bad) Raspberry cupcake, Coconut cupcake and Chocolate vanilla. The cupcakes were good, not as good as some others I have had, but alright. I would try others in town before I went back here.

Back in the car heading for

I'll be back soon, looking forward to some cool weather in Tillamook, Oregon, while we tour the Tillamook cheese factory...............See ya in a bit
 
 
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/18 08:28:47
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/17 23:07:23
When in Bandon get yourself or the girls some cranberry candies.  Yum Yum Good!
 
If you have sauteed razor clams anywhere, please do not tell me.
 
It's been many years since I went up the Oregon Coast.  Used to own a lot in Cannon Beach and spent a lot of time in Yachats (My favorite city) and Newport.
 
I miss it and I hope you love it as much as I did.
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/17 23:38:34
Mar, If I dig enough razors this winter, I'll send you some. The beach is two blocks from my house.
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 00:07:24
I'm salivating as I'm typing.
 
I read how to clean them and it totally turned me off to ever digging them myself. 
 
How do you make yours?
 
Jealous!
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 00:24:01
They are a bit hard to clean. My neighbor has cleaned 1000's of lbs of these things over the years, she uses scissors, not a knife and is very fast at it.....I just may see if I can talk (bribe) her into cleaning mine this year.
I have only sauteed them in butter after dredging through flour & egg wash....pretty sweet tasting.
I made some chowder a couple of years ago also.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 01:13:14
Sauteed is how I had them.  One of my favorite meals.  Had them either in Yachats or Waldport.
 
Bill, if you see them on a menu... ORDER THEM!
 
I forgot to comment on the biscuits.  My kind of place.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 01:17:20
Great first part. I love the gorge and really like the maryhill museum. Pine state biscuits is a great place. And you can get Cheerwine there.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 04:34:24
Mar,
Anytime I see something on RF that captures my curiosity I research it.
You mentioned Yachats so off I went.
Looks like a beautiful, relaxing place.
Found this place particularly interesting:
http://hecetalighthouse.com/
Would love to stay there.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 07:00:23
Beautiful scenery...beautiful food....oh that chicken club!!!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 09:14:28
mar52: Mar to many Clams not enough time.....and yes, you would have loved Pine State Biscuits. Mar, ChefBuba and I were talking about a Roadfood meet next April for the Portland’s Spring Food Cart Festival. It may be a good time to jump in the car and head north ???????? Portland is a great Roadfood town, lots of hidden gems around the city. This is one town that a GPS is Mandatory.
 
leethebard: Lee, she loved the Blue cheese, you can see the chunks in the dressing. The chicken breast was to die for.
 
 mr chips:  it was a toss up Cheerywine or NuGrape, you see who won, I love grape soda. I know you have made the trip up and down the Columbia River Gorge many times, I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I do. We have also hiked the trail up over Multnomath falls, it is a wonderful hike with great views.
 
lleechef: Mollie has made this trip down the Columbia River Gorge Many times, When she's happy, Papa is happy. We talk about the History of this area along the way. The Indians have their nets up along the river, and you can buy fresh Salmon at different points. lleechef, you just may have to make a trip out this way to teach that old man of yours a thing or two about fishing.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 09:55:31
First of all, this old man has fished salmon in Oregon (out of Astoria) and Washington, and steelhead in Washington. And, when steelhead fishing this old man used an 11 foot noodle rod and two-pound test line to take very nice fish.
 
Second, I've made that drive along the Columbia, but going the other way heading for Spokane, and passing through your tri-cities area. It is a glorious drive.
 
Third, your report is awesome! Keep it coming.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 12:14:16
Portland is a wonderful city, filled with very unique people. The views are wonderful, on a clear day you can see Mount Saint Helens located about 50 miles from the city. When Mt St Helens erupted 30 yrs ago, the views from Portland were amazing.

Mount Hood is also 50 miles from Portland, on a clear day you feel you can reach out and touch it.

 
We left Portland and headed down Hwy 26 toward Tillamook, Oregon. I thought Mollie would like taking the tour of the cheese making process. We left Portland around 1 PM with the temp in the low 90's, we arrived in Tillamook about 1 1/2 hrs later, the temp was 66 degree. Joyce and Mollie got in the car in Portland feeling warm, to getting out in Tillamook soon after almost needing a jacket. These are some pictures of the Cheese making process, they had tinted windows, so the pictures came out yellow, like the cheese wasn't yellow enough to begin with.

The large block of cheese goes into the cutter.

And there she goes, cutting the cheese, who knew!!!!!!

Cheese ready to be packaged

this is Mollie, having a terrible time on the tour, I bet you thought the seal stayed home. This seal has traveled around the United states, Canada and Hawaii with Mollie, never has complained about a darn thing. One time Mollie left Sealy at the Mirage Hotel in Los Vegas, Sealy flew back first class postage, that only cost me $35, the things a Papa has to do.

Ok, that's enough Cheese for now, lets get some Tillamook ice cream, I had to twist Mollies arm and drag her over to get a cone. She shared a scoop of Chocolate chip ice cream with Joyce.

Mine was a scoop of Mountain Wild Blackberry,  now that sounds like a Oregon Ice Cream, if I have ever heard one. Tillamook Ice cream is real smooth and creamy, this is just one ice cream cone ,of a few we will have over the week.

You would have thought we would taste the cheese before we had the ice cream cone, who said you had to eat your meal before dessert. The samples were, Cheese curds, Mild and sharp Cheddar, Pepper Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese,and Jack Cheese. The sample area was done very well, neat, clean with fresh tasting samples. The Tillamook Cheese factory was packed with people, every inch of the tour, dining area, cheese tasting, and gift shop was spotless. Thanks to Tillamook Cheese factory for a great tour and cheese tasting. The samples were great, and the ice cream was wonderful.

This is just one of 10 reasons why Mollie will never get her drivers License when she's 16 years old.

After the Cheese Factory, we traveled over to Seaside, Oregon to our Hotel. We are all tired of being in the car, Mollie is ready for a dip in the pool. When we arrive in Seaside, the temp is 59 degrees, at home it was 103, I love it, time to sit back in the hot tub.........Day 1 comes to an end with Mollie and I downing some of the cupcakes and a big glass of milk............................See ya tomorrow for more pictures of the Oregon Coast and the wonderful seafood the Pacific coast has to offer.......
 
 
 
 
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/18 12:25:28
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 12:49:16
Amazing, amazing, amazing......and then there are pics of food......
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 12:57:03
Wow...leave me off at that cheese tasting room....heaven!!!
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 13:32:19
The Tillamook Cheese factory is a wonderful tour. And the restaurant  has wonderful ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches. Your pictures are great. If you do have a road food meet in portland, Trudy and i would love to come.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 13:48:29
Loaf that picture of Mollie!
 
A PNW Roadfood meet up would be fun.  Don't know how the year will play out and $4++ a gallon for gas is a factor.  However, it peeked my interest!
 
Yachats also has an annual smelt festival and terrific coffee. 
 
When and if you drive through Lincoln City see if you notice an unusual number of attorney offices.  It may have changed since I was there.
 
Are the blimp hangers still around?  Would Mollie like seeing The Spruce Goose in McMinnville?
 
I love Oregon! 
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 19:22:45
 
mr chips: I have a feeling you and I will be setting up the Roadfood restaurants in Portland. April would be a great month to have the PNW meet. Lets show these people how to throw a party.....
mar52. I always try to have a hand full of smelt with my morning coffee. Mar, I think by April you may be ready for a trip North, for some PNW Grub.
Michael Hoffman it looks like you won round one, back to your corner Tiger
ann peeples Thanks Ann
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 19:40:31
When it comes to us, friend, there's no winning. There's just getting along -- the way it ought to be. 
tcrouzer
Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 21:25:49
Fantastic report! Those photos of Mount Hood just really got to me. If I were there, I'd spend 3/4 of my time just fixated on that mountain - the other 1/4 time would be spent eating!
 
Glad to know that the good ole' NC boys at Pine State Biscuit are introducing folks to Cheerwine.  And it's nice to see lovely Mollie and Sealy again.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 23:27:00
tcrouzer

Fantastic report! Those photos of Mount Hood just really got to me. If I were there, I'd spend 3/4 of my time just fixated on that mountain - the other 1/4 time would be spent eating!

Glad to know that the good ole' NC boys at Pine State Biscuit are introducing folks to Cheerwine.  And it's nice to see lovely Mollie and Sealy again.

TC, We've got the Coast Range on one side and the Cascades with  the Snow Capped Volcanoes 
the length of the state. It defines the essence of Oregon. It's wonderful.:D
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 23:36:01
Foodbme

Mar,
Anytime I see something on RF that captures my curiosity I research it.
You mentioned Yachats so off I went.
Looks like a beautiful, relaxing place.
Found this place particularly interesting:
http://hecetalighthouse.com/
Would love to stay there.

FBM, We spent my honeymoon in Yachats long ago. I've been back more than dozen times.
The best place in Oregon. The lighthouse is cool.  Heceta Head is spectacular, as is the drive From Yachats to Florence.
Watching the tide come in and go out in the river is spectacular. Mar, we used to stay at  Rock Park,, right across from the state park. Funky cabins that would let us bring our golden retrievers, Mother, and small kids.:)
 Rock Park Cottages,Yachats Oregon,Yachats Oregon lodging,Yachats cottages,Oregon coast lodging
 
post edited by 1bbqboy - 2012/08/19 00:36:55
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/18 23:45:57
Totally agree.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 03:53:51
Mar,
I thought the Spruce Goose was in Long Beach????
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 10:56:35
It moved years ago......
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 11:00:46
tcrouzer: The NC boys are doing real good, you see the line up in front of the restaurant. The Chicken they use for the biscuit sands are brined over night, then breaded. the brine keeps the moisture in the breast after frying. They did their homework on making everything they do, it's nice seeing someone take the time and do it right. They make their biscuit mix like its a puff pastry dough buy putting in frozen pieces of butter. I wanted to try the Fried green tomatoes, but, as you see we had our hands full with what we ordered...............Thanks, from Mollie, Sealy and Me
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/19 11:46:30
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 11:11:58
chefbuba

It moved years ago......


Like Chefbuba just said in his 4 words, what he wanted to say was. Disney used to own the Spruce Goose in long beach, California, they disassembled it and moved it up the Pacific Ocean. They cleaned it up and moved it over to McMinnville, Oregon. I think Disney should have kept it, it would have made one Hell of a ride.............pnwc
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 11:23:47
Lighten up....I'm only on my 2nd cup of coffee.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 14:11:04
The Spruce Goose was first warehoused in a big building on Lincoln Bl in Marina del Rey.  I didn't know it until they moved it to Long Beach.  I could have watched from my balcony as it was being moved. 
 
Now I'm waiting for the Shuttle to land here atop the 747.  I really, really want to get pictures of that.
 
Carry on....
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 15:25:46
Day 2, Starts off with a Hotel Breakfast that's offered to the guests, we don't need to talk about this, it is, what it is. We stay here because its close to the Ocean, Mollie is a Bear to get up in the morning, so , having something at the Hotel keeps everyone happy. After everyone is up and moving, the gals want to shop at the Outlet Mall. This is my chance to drop them off and head North, going over the Astoria Bridge, heading to Washington

To the town of:

For a visit with our Roadfood member "ChefBuba" at his Food trailer

I have talked to Craig on the phone many times. He worked for years down in California as a Chef. He did the off-site catering for the Movie studios in Hollywood. Craig has a lot of talent, worked with all kinds of menu items, and has opened a mobile food business in Seaview, Washington. Craig knows, I don't blow smoke just to make people feel good about what their doing in this business. This is a had business to survive in, you need to know what your doing, and serve good quality food, to be successful. I was with Craig at the trailer for about two hours. He asked me what I wanted to eat, my answer was, everything. If I'm going to do a review of his food operation, I can't do it with only tasting one food item. Nothing like one Chef critiquing another Chef. Craig took out the Pastrami, sliced off a few pieces and put them on the broiler to heat. The pastrami was juicy, smoky, tender and full of flavor. A customer walked up while I was trying the pastrami, I handed him a piece of Pastrami, told him, here, try this. Needless to say,he said I'll have the Pastrami Sub.
The Pastrami has Provolone Cheese and pickles, on a warm crusty Amoroso Roll

During this two hour time period, he is busy with customers. While they order different sandwiches, I get to taste all the different meats.
The Cheese Steak is, thin sliced beef with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and melted provolone cheese. This is a great, melt in your mouth cheese steak.

Tell me this doesn't fit the bill for a killer sandwich

During the off time I tried the fresh hand cut french fries, and the homemade onion rings. both are great, just another quality item coming out of Craigs kitchen. this is the breaded onion rings, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.

This is a fresh caught Tuna (Ahi) topped with fresh cut slaw, on a warm Amoroso roll. Craig had cut the Tuna into fillets and served as a lunch  sandwich special.

The Italian Sub

These are a few of the burgers he offers, The burgers are Ground Chuck, 83/17- 1/4 lb fresh ground and made to order on a char broiler. The burgers are second to none, the meat is seasoned with a char broiled taste, tender and juicy on the inside, these are great tasting burgers. Craig serves the Bacon Cheese burger with cheese, on a toasted bun topped with two onion rings, two slices of bacon, lettuce and pickles. His customers were ordering them, with a heaping order of hand cut fries,  the whole time I was there.
This is the Dbl Ch Burger:

a few more burgers:

I had nothing bad to say, either I'm a push over or this guy knows his stuff. Like I said earlier, there is no fooling a Chef, if its not good, it's not good, the proof is in the pudding. Craig has a small menu, cooks everything to order. All of the food I tasted was high quality and cooked to perfection. Craig has a great business, interacts with his customers, and it shows me he knows his business well...........Thanks Craig, for the hospitality, it was a fun morning. You don't only talk the talk, you walk the walk....................... I wish you well ..................Bill
 
Ok, what the heck am I thinking, two hours I'm stuffing my face. The girls are at the Outlet Mall with my Visa card, I better get the Hell out of here. I'll be back with some pictures of the Oregon Coast and some of the seafood this area has to offer.
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/19 17:43:45
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 16:04:03
Bill, if you're still hungry (and in Astoria) after all those sandwiches (you did eat all of the, didn't you?) head over to...
The Ship Inn
 
http://www.shipinn-astoria.com/The_Ship_Inn.html
 
It's right on the Columbia.  I had the best fried, beer battered halibut there that I've ever had.
 
Down the street from there you can pick up some chunk of varied smoked fish.  Great to snack on while driving.
 
 
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 20:53:27
Great photos. I'll have to make sure i stop by the trailer in Seaview.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 20:55:31
The Spruce Goose was a featured player in the season opening episode of TNTs Leverage which has been filmed in portland for several years.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 20:55:32
Again, yum, yum, yum!
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/19 23:28:52
Thank's for the review Bill......It was great to meet you finally, and glad that you had time to run across the river and chat for a couple hrs.
We should definitely do the Portland food cart rally in April.
 
mar52....I drive by The Ship Inn every week, never stopped.
 Outward appearances screams dark paneling, naugahyde booths, dirty carpet, and a menu stuck in 1973.
I see that they have Cornish Pasty's, I will defiantly stop and give it a try regardless.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 00:03:33
Chefbuba, The only thing I've ever had there is the fried halibut AND, that was back in the '90s.
 
Your description sounds familiar.
 
Do you think serving fries on the side of something stuffed with potatoes is odd?
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 00:09:57
Chefbuba...  I missed the part about that trailer being yours.
 
OUTSTANDING!
 
If ever there I will have some sort of a fresh fish sandwich from our Chefbuba.
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 01:16:01
Fish isn't on the menu, but run as a special when the price is right....
Getting to know the right guys for fish (port is 2 miles away)
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 08:36:38
mar52

Bill, if you're still hungry (and in Astoria) after all those sandwiches (you did eat all of the, didn't you?) head over to...
The Ship Inn

http://www.shipinn-astoria.com/The_Ship_Inn.html

It's right on the Columbia.  I had the best fried, beer battered halibut there that I've ever had.

Down the street from there you can pick up some chunk of varied smoked fish.  Great to snack on while driving.



Mar, this place looks a bit to  British for me, I don't even eat their food in England. When we travel through London, I eat Indian or any other foods from Europe. I don't think it say's much for British food when their national dish is Chicken Tikka Masala. We will be taking Mollie through Europe next year, She is a great little traveler.
I have noticed the fish has gone up a lot in the last few years, the prices in the fish markets are crazy. Most of the fish and Chip places are $14 to $16 for Halibut. But imho there is nothing like a fresh piece of halibut, battered dipped, fried to a golden brown, with the sea air hitting you in the face.................Bill
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/22 10:24:55
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 09:26:49
Great report and excellent picture pnwchef.
 
I find it interesting the Curbside Grill uses Amoroso rolls.  While the Philly rolls are top notch, I'd think they could find a local bakery to get rolls.  Or maybe Amoroso has a location out west.
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 13:56:41
Like you said, the Amaroso rolls are top notch. I tried to get a couple of local bakeries to duplicate something close, but the cost was out of line.

My broad liner delivers three days a week, so keeping a supply on hand is not a problem.
Bottom line, they are a good product and my customers like them.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 15:47:32
Mollie, wants to go to the Aquarium, she has only been there about 15 times over the years. This is the birth place of Sealy, so it is a special place. I'm still trying to figure out why my birth place wasn't all that special when we traveled to from NYC to Boston last month. Mollie likes to feed the seals and tour the aquarium for an hour or two.

Lewis and Clark, I think they were the first ones to have Fish and Chips here.

Hanging Baskets are all over town.

Mollie, just because:

Pictures of the beach:


We stopped at Bell Buoy fish market, there is a small Fish and Chip place, owned by them, right next door. We have been coming here for about 4 years, they have the best Battered Halibut in the area.

Joyce and Mollie shared the 5 pc Halibut and Chips & cole slaw. They enjoyed the Halibut, the outside was crispy and the fish was nice and tender:

I had the Captains plate, it was a pc of Halibut, Cod, Salmon, two large shrimp,two oysters, and a Razor Clam, with fries and Cole Slaw for $16.95. This was great, the seafood was fresh, crispy, and cooked to perfection.

Mollie, said the fish was great, Sealy has always been a seafood lover. When we first came to Blue Buoy, The girl who works here, was about to have her baby 4 yrs ago. Shes a Great gal, does a great job. This is a Family owned business, the owners, Jon and Terry and great people, no reason to look any place else for great Fish and Chips, They serve the freshest seafood in town. They also make their own Tartar sauce and Cocktail sauce. They also have the Razor Clam commercial rights for this part of the coast.

Back to the Hotel, it has been a cool day, Mollie is ready for a swim, Papa is ready for the hot tub, Life is good. I leave you with a sunset at Seaside, hoping your day was as good as ours.
We will be back tomorrow, for our last day on the Oregon Coast.

 
 
 
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/20 16:21:02
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 20:09:05
Fantastic report and pics! I'm actually heading out to PDX tomorrow to get my daughter. She graduated from Lewis&Clark in May and has been working all summer. I'm bringing her back to WI and she leaves for a teaching job in Spain in October.
    We always hit Pine State and I always get the Reggie! She lives right across from Pok Pok and we will eat there again as well. We also like Toro Bravo and we love this Cuban place.
http://www.pambiche.com/
and of course all the great food carts! Heading back here through Sun Valley, ID, Jackson Hole and the Tetons, Yellowstone, Livingston, MT, Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge, MT, Little Big Horn Battlefield and home. Thanks for the great report!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 20:35:31
Pancho, Thanks for the kind words. It looks like you have already went to a few of Portlands favorites........Take a looks these and see what you think............. Bunk Sandwiches, Apizza Scholls, Lardo ( Food cart) Build to Grill ( Food cart) Pizza Italia, The Waffle window, Otto's Sausages, City Market........Have a nice trip home, are you traveling back through the Columbia River Gorge ???
 
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/20 21:19:34
Hey Chef, I would love to follow in your footsteps.  Great report and pictures(did you hire Chewy to take the pics for you?)  No wineries?" />  A lot of fantastic vino in that area.
 
Nice review of ChefBuba.  Chef, you food looks awesome!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 08:20:54
Joe, I can only wish to be as good as Tom someday, when his finger hits the button of a camera, it's magical.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 11:30:13
This is the last day on the coast, Mollie's last Hurrah before school starts. It's a beautiful day on the coast, sunshine and warm temps. Joyce and I get breakfast early, Mollie drags out of bed around 9AM. We get Mollie moving fast, get to the beach early, while doing a bit of window shopping on the way. Window shopping with Mollie is like, Papa look at this, Papa come here, Papa, Papa, can't you just once look. We haven't eaten for about an hour, so everyone is starving, no way would this family make it in a Third world country. We walk by
Joyce and Mollie yell "they have maple bars"

They are both sucking down maple bars and I'm looking. and looking, GGGEEEZZZZZZZZZ everything looks great.So I pick out a

How could anything with Cinnamon and sugar be bad, I would eat my sneaker if it had Cinnamon & sugar on it.
This bakery makes real good donuts, While I was paying I noticed they also have Danish pastries on the side counter. This is a nice clean bakery, the gal behind the counter was real nice, although she looked at me kind of strange when I took a picture of the donut, I get this look a lot.
After a walk on the beach, the girls still had a few things they wanted at the Outlet Mall, I still have a few dollars left on my Visa card. We always pick one day on the coast to buy some Sushi, Dungeness Crab legs and Sourdough bread to have for lunch. This is the Tuna Sushi from a Sushi Take out place at the mall. The Tuna is real fresh and the Shrimp Sushi is loved my Mollie and Joyce.

We went back to Bell Buoy, this time to the Fish market side. This is what most people buy. They would sit on the beach, crack the crab and suck out the tender pieces of succulent tender pieces of pure white goodness. Sounds a bit Romantic, doesn't it !!!

This is what Lazy asses like me do:

This is what $40 worth of Crab legs look like:


and a loaf of Sourdough bread.

The Crab legs with a squeeze of fresh lemon dipped in homemade cocktail sauce was to die for. The Sushi was good and fresh, while we dipped them into a wasabi shoyu  dipping sauce.
We, are now headed over to Cannon beach, this is a small town about 10 miles from Seaside. I figured the girls would like the small upscale shops this town offers. This is a fun town, we use to stay here, but, Seaside offers more entertainment for Mollie. This is more of an older crowd, with most of the shopping catering to them. I did find a Taffy making store that Mollie and I watched through the window as they pulled the taffy through the machine.

His shirt says to "Keep calm and Candy on: so we did , we went and got some Tillamook ice cream. I like my fillings where they are.

Mollie yelled, Papa I'll be in here, Go figure .........

Cannon Beach is a real pretty town and beach, these are a few stock pictures, and some I took of the beach and town.




Had to stop for a slice.......

This day was filled with touring around the area, enjoying the views, just letting Mollie have some fun shopping and spending some time walking on the beach.
This is the last day at on the Coast, we are headed back Through Portland tomorrow morning. Mollie will be at the Arcade later on tonight trying to win a thousand tickets. This is a long post, I promise...
                                                       
  
                                  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
post edited by pnwchef - 2012/08/21 21:30:32
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 13:52:53
Tremendously Great Feel Good Thread!
 
I love Cannon Beach.  I owned the southwest corner of Hemlock and Susitna before selling it to buy my business. (South of town that I now hear has become a tourist trap)
 
Had dreams of building a home there. If I walked to the corner I could "then" see Haystack.
 
If the ice cream shop is still in town they have wonderful berry ice cream in the summer and even peppermint candy ice cream.  Peppermint makes a wonderful hot fudge sundae.
 
See any Puffins?  I think Sealy might need a Puffin friend.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 13:53:20
I forgot to comment on your container of crab claw meat.
 
DAMNNNNNNN!
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 15:13:14
The crab is very good right now. I got some last week, the legs were plump, juicy and sweet.
I'm a poor man though. I had to crack my own.
post edited by chefbuba - 2012/08/21 15:15:14
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 18:24:39
Pancho,
If you're anywhere near Big Sky, MT, (South of I-90) suggest you stop at a fellow Roadfood'ers place:
Buck's T4 Lodge & Dining.
http://www.buckst4.com/
They have a GREAT Menu!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 21:54:35
mar52

Tremendously Great Feel Good Thread!

I love Cannon Beach.  I owned the southwest corner of Hemlock and Susitna before selling it to buy my business. (South of town that I now hear has become a tourist trap)

Had dreams of building a home there. If I walked to the corner I could "then" see Haystack.

If the ice cream shop is still in town they have wonderful berry ice cream in the summer and even peppermint candy ice cream.  Peppermint makes a wonderful hot fudge sundae.

See any Puffins?  I think Sealy might need a Puffin friend.

HI Mar, the property you owned was three blocks from Tolovana State park, Moe's Restaurant, as far as I know it's still a nice area.
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/21 22:09:31
chefbuba

The crab is very good right now. I got some last week, the legs were plump, juicy and sweet.
I'm a poor man though. I had to crack my own.


I was wondering who was leaving all the cracked crab shells on the beach !!!!!!!!!!!!!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/22 00:25:01
Bill... exactly!  Nice to hear that it's still nice.  It was an empty lot when it was mine.... covered with berry plants that we were required to cut back every year.
 
Blackberry, if I remember correctly.  Nasty stickers in them.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed your report, Bill.  Well done!
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/22 10:21:53
Mar, I wish you kept the property and built a 5 bedroom beach cottage, I would have liked spending my summers at the beach. I looked at property in that area a few years back, I think I would go a bit more South, the tourist's are cramming into Cannon beach, there is only so much room.
I always check the prices of fish while I'm on the coast, , it drives me crazy that between Seattle ( Pikes Market ) the prices are nuts, Salmon $25 to $30 a lb, Halibut, and Cod sky high. The Salmon here is $19.95, I for got what the Cod and Halibut is, maybe Chefbuba can shed some light on how much the retail prices are now. I never pay more than $10 lb for any fish, I wait for the Copper River run, I feel the taste and Quality of that salmon is great. I wait a few weeks after the run starts, then buy it for $8 lb. Craig what is the price of Halibut, Cod or even Tuna in your area ??????????

chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/22 10:59:40
Whole fresh Albacore can be had for $2-3 lb.....Loins about $7lb
Ling Cod, Rockfish etc $6-8  Fresh Dungeness Crab $5.99 lb
pnwchef
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/22 12:38:56
MrChips and Chefbuba, this is April 2012 listing of food carts that participated in the event. It looks like a fun event, the early tickets could be a way to go, what do you think. The pace gets crazy, the lines get long.....................pnwc

Eat Mobile, Portland’s Food Cart Festival, will be held at OMSI this year on Saturday April 28. Fifty different street food vendors will serve up samples of their creations to the throngs of fans who will eat it up while enjoying an adult beverages and some live music. All proceeds from the event go to Mercy Corp Northwest’s local economic development program which assists entrepreneurs in securing funds for small businesses, including food carts.
Carts participating in this year’s event include 808 Grinds, Artigiano, Altengartz Bratwurst, Aybla Grill, Batavia, Bagel & Box, Blues City Biscuits, Bora Bora, Briskets, Breakfast Lunch Today, Creperie du Lys, Dump Truck, El Gallo Taqueria, Emame’s Ethiopian, EuroTrash, Fifty Licks, FlavourSpot, Fuego de Lotus, Gamila, The Gaufre Gourmet, Hog Time, Hungry Heart Cupcakes, KOi Fusion, KURE, London Pasty Co., La Cocina de Chepe, Lardo, Mini Sandwich Shack, Mira’s Ladle, Oregon Ice Works, PBJs Grilled, PDX 671, PIE Spot, Rip City Grill, Robb’s Really Good Food, The Rolling Stoves Gimme Sandwich, Roshambo, So Cold Shaved Ice, Scoop, Shut Up and Eat, Sip, Snow White Crepe Cart, SomTum Gai Yang, Soup Cycle, Taco Pedaler, Timber’s Dog House PDX, Vietnamese Bánh Mi Sandwiches and Whiffies Fried Pies.
Wow! What a list. There are some new players here as well as some of Portland’s favorites. Tickets are now on sale for $18 for GA and $47 for Pre-Tasting VIP hour. All tickets include food. Tickets are available at Willamette Week’s offices, OMSI, or online at OMSI.Edu.
Eat Mobile 2012
Saturday, April 28, 6-9:30pm; pre-tasting from 5-6pm
OMSI Parking Lot
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Trip to Portland, Oregon & the Oregon Coast 2012/08/22 15:39:08
The names of the rigs are as interesting as the food!
My two favorites--- Shut Up and Eat & Dump Truck!  
In the pictures of Shut Up And Eat, there's a rig beside him that's called "The Knuckle Sandwich"! That one makes the list too!! 
The lady working in the Dump Truck is a Cutee!!!
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