#318 Outlook Inn
13 November 2016 // Orcas Island, Washington
While spending the weekend at Orcas, we got in a night at this sweet little inn. It felt like we weren’t in the inn itself for very long but that’s cause we got some real good sleep that night we were there.
The room itself was only a small part of what I really liked about this place. They had a fenced lawn across the street with such an excellent view of the islands.
And their restaurant. Awesome French onion soup and blue marlin carpaccio. Best of all they have some shared tables where they’ll sit you down at a table alongside strangers, and you’ll be able to leave with new friends- or at least some memorable encounters. We enjoyed the company of a couple older seniors out on a date. They shared stories of his late wife and her ex-husband. At times sad but also moving to see two hopeful people not willing to throw in the towel just yet.
#319 The Holy or The Broken
24 November 2016 // Eugene, Oregon
“I say all the perfect and broken hallelujahs have an equal value. It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way, but with enthusiasm, with emotion.”
Big thanks to my friend Hamaila for gifting me this book after hearing I was fascinated by Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast episode on the rise of ‘Hallelujah.’ That song has a story unlike any other modern anthem. I don’t read much music writing, but Alan Light kept its exploration fascinating.
And speaking of unlikely works of art, Leonard Cohen was such an artistic anomaly. I love that a huge part of his story was how late into his career he was when he hit his stride. Sad that we lost him next week.
Oh and for the record, Hallelujah isn’t even my favorite Leonard song. Dance Me To The End Of Love will always hold that honor.
#320 Pancit Molo
25 November 2016 // Eugene, Oregon
When we went to the Philippines a couple years ago, there was one dish that Deanna especially fell in love with– pancit molo.
It’s a regional favorite where my family’s from, and it’s a pretty simple wonton soup in a pork or chicken broth with basic sauteed vegetables. And if you do it just right, it’s one amazing piece of Filipino comfort food.
I timed this particular item of my cooking challenge just right for the winter months. Not too shabby for my first time taking a stab at this dish and I know where to go from here for even better results.
#321 Grad School: Three Weeks
26 November 2016 // Eugene, Oregon
The thing I’m looking forward to the most about being done with my program isn’t the absence of school, it’ll be the opportunity to build something.
The ability to commit to something for a long time without my schedule changing itself every few months is something that’s eluded me the past few years. Now I’m looking forward to dinners that become traditions, becoming a part of things around whatever community we end up in, and forming some more bonds.
Now seems like a good and important time to be building community up and getting connected. I’m ready to dig in.
#322 Blood, Bones, and Butter
27 November 2016 // Eugene, Oregon
“It’s promising and seductive, that huge Italian family, sitting around the dinner table, surrounded by olive trees. But it’s not my family and I am not their family, and no amount of birthing sons, and cooking dinner and raking leaves or planting the gardens or paying for the plane tickets is going to change that. If I don’t come back in eleven months, I will not be missed, and no one will write me or call me to acknowledge my absence. Which is not an accusation, just a small truth about clan and bloodline.”
After so many of my favorite food podcasts mentioned this book as one of their favorite books on the subject, I was convinced to give it a try.
This book isn’t just about food, but about a career in food, dining, and the paths life takes you down, sometimes without exactly intending to. I read a lot of books by people who were driven by a very concrete goal so it was refreshing to hear from someone who took a more common path- a mix of following passions, doing one thing until it leads somewhere else, and unlikely encounters.
Plus there are moments where she describes her grad school experience and it sounds so similar to my own. Started out as a perfect fit that was slowly outgrew, leading her to discovering other passions.
#323 Making Kahlua
28 November 2016 // Eugene, Oregon
Weekend at home project- making some Kahlua.
Looks okay so far, so now we wait a few weeks for our results.
#324 Foodspotting No. 1 & 39 – Adobo & Lumpia
29 November 2016 // Springfield, Oregon
Holla at ya 🇵🇭. Food week continues with some more Foodspotting.
Adobo and lumpia were two of the easiest items in the Foodspotting Field Guide to find. Well, especially if you’re me. I wasn’t sure if making my own adobo earlier this year would count so I decided it wouldn’t so we’d have an excuse to visit Maynila for dinner.