Travel Diary-Dundee, Oregon

The wine region of the Willamette Valley is definitely one of our favorite places to visit.  There are tons of quaint little towns all throughout the valley that have beautiful little wineries.  One of the towns that is full of gorgeous wineries and tasting rooms is Dundee.

May Book Club--Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I love, love, love my book club.  As a matter of fact, I have been a member of my book club for more than 10 years now.  We do a lot of reading... and quite a bit wine tasting (all educational, of course).  Every month we choose a different restaurant and a different book.  This month the restaurant we chose was Fat Calf Boucherie inside of Red River Brewing Company.  The location and food were great.  They had delicious Cuban sandwiches, Pork Belly Sliders, and burgers as well as fantastic Arancini, Cauliflower Bites, and Crispy Brussel Sprouts.  We all ate way too much!

Happy Hour--Hibiscus Margaritas

Look at these beautiful, deep-dark red hibiscus cocktails.  They were ALMOST too beautiful to drink. You see I wrote almost- because I definitely did have one of these beauties.   Hibiscus favored anything-tea, desserts, you name it, are so very delicious.  I adore the sweet, tart floral flavors.  I actually bought some hibiscus-rose syrup a while back and made this lovely cocktail, but I really wanted to make my own (plus the cost is definitely much better).

Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcakes are one of my all-time favorite desserts.  I love shortbread and the not too sweet crumbly texture.  I especially like them with macerated strawberries, whipped cream, and delicious strawberry syrup.

Carne Asada

This little jewel is probably a little late to the game since Cinco de Mayo was last weekend, but I didn't actually make it until Sunday.  I usually don't do a lot of cooking on Saturday since that is usually my day to faux tan, face mask, run errands, and catch a bite with the Mr.  Sunday is when I try to make a really good meal.  Anyway, Carne Asada is something that I make all year long, especially when I'm outside on the patio grilling all spring, summer, and fall. 

Pineapple Mango Salsa

Wow!  This has been a heck of a week.  It seems like evaluations have fallen out of the sky (with my day job) and my Dad's illness has definitely thrown me for a loop (the only computer time I've been putting in is with research).  My Dad is in the hospital with pancreatitis due to complications with Metastatic Melanoma.  So no joke--stay out of the sun!!  If you are like me, though, this is so hard.  I'm a total sun worshiper.  We take a beach vacation almost every year.  But, I must brag--I don't even know the last time I've been even a little bit sunburnt.  I'm a true believer in sunscreen and faux tans.  I also get checked out by the Dermatologist every six months.  

Happy Hour-Spicy Oaxaca Old Fashioned

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I decided to share with you one of my new favorite cocktails.  Of course it's made with tequila and it's spicy.  Although, this is definitely one of those sipping kind of cocktails.