The Foooood Part

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This is a post dedicated to all the tasty things Sarah and I ate on our Goonies Adventure.  If you missed the first two posts about said adventure, catch up here, and here.

[Also, I feel the need for a little disclaimer, so here it is:  If you did the math, you may have figured out from the previous post that Sarah (who is due ANYDAYNOW with her first kiddo.  C’mon Mabel!!!) was in the very beginning of her pregnancy when we went on our trip.  She peed on a stick the day before we arrived just to check if she should avoid alcohol and such during our adventure, which was a real good idea since it was positive.  So, in the cases where there was wine or weird moldy cheese or raw fish, please know that she opted not to eat that stuff.]

Continuing on . . .

So you may recall that we spent our first night with some friends in Portland.  I have to say I had pretty high expectations for eating in Portland.  I just asked Mary ‘n’ Alex to take us to one of their favorite spots for a good meal.  They kindly obliged, and we were not disappointed.  It’s called Navarre.  It was a very minimal, beautiful space with huge windows in the front, and a whole crap load of mason jars lined up on the wall.  I would call it “Hipster Minimalist.”  Bonus points that it was only a few lovely blocks from their place, so we just walked over.  Additional bonus points that they have become friends with the owners, so needless to say (but I will anyways), we ate like kings!!

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yeah dude, that’s right, I see you watching me.

I didn’t take many pictures of the interior, as I feel like a complete tool sometimes.  It is a battle I wage with myself as a half-ass blogger.  Also, I just wanted to spend time with my friends and enjoy a meal.  Also, it was freakin’ dark really romantic in there.  See???

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We shared a bunch of little small plates.  We had a bread and cheese board with some real good stinky cheese, lamb with honey and apricots (sexy!), some kind of brothy clam dish, beets with breadcrumbs and lemon (dellishious!!), some carrot strings (gotta eat some veggies!), and a wicked good hangar steak.  Oh, and wine!

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Okay, I did get one loser picture of our stinky cheese board, which I had to lighten quite a bit, you know, because of the ambiance.

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Saturday morning Alex was off to school, so Mary, Sarah, and I walked over to a bright cheery neighborhood coffee house before we took off for Astoria.  They had a bunch of baked goods and savory breakfasty things.  Sarah had a breakfast calzone turnover thing.  It was turkey and veggies and eggs in a flaky melty crust with a (decaf) honey vanilla latte.  I had an orange-ginger scone with little caramel-ey bits and a crunchy sugary edge with a “caramel-sutra” latte.  I was seduced.  We sat for a while and chatted.  Mostly about babies and vaginas.  Mary is a labor and delivery R.N., and with Sarah in her newly found “family way,” we had a lot to talk about fer sher.

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We bid farewell to Mary and my caffeinated ass drove us to Astoria, where we had an amazing lunch at the Astoria Coffee House & Bistro.  This place was pretty awesome.  They were rocking some fun eclectic decor, and a very delicious menu.

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We shared an appetizer of fried calamari.  Boring, right?  Wrong.  This was a calamari unlike any calamari I have had before.  Well, except for the fact that it was fried.  But it was fried in a really light batter, like tempura, with capers and peppers and onions and it came with garlic aioli.  It was really colorful and super tasty.  This will be the calamari to which all future calamari will be compared.

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Then since we had all that fried, we went healthy with salads.  Except I don’t know if mine actually counted as “healthy” since it was covered in candied pecans and bacon.  (Yes it does.)

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Sarah got the chickpea/ tabbouleh/ flat bread salad.  It was really good too.  We were full when we left.

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Also, they had this cool piece of art in the bathroom.

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I always appreciate a well decorated bathroom in a public place.  Also I appreciate a hook to hang my purse or jacket. It’s the little things, ya know?

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Then we were off for more shenanigans.  When dinner time rolled around, we were out at Cannon Beach.  We heard that we had to try the razor clams, cause they look like lady parts (!!!!!), so we had an order of those with some fries at a little restaurant/ ice cream shop.

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maybe if it weren’t fried you could see a resemblance. or maybe it’s better not to see. . .

And then we realized that perhaps if the place’s specialty is ice cream, it’s probably less than wise to order a seafood dish.  (But we are right on the ocean!!!)  Or maybe it has something to do with the lady parts reference.  We mostly just ate the fries.

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But the ice cream sundae did not disappoint!!

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FYI this is a black and white sundae:  scoopa chocolate with marshmallow, scoopa vanilla with hot fudge, and all the good stuff on top.  Aaawwwww yeeeeaaaahh!

THIS is what happens when we have ice cream for dinner:

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We don’t mess around when it comes to ice cream.

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I will spare you pictures of the hotel’s continental breakfast the next morning (since I didn’t take any).  So let’s move on to Sunday’s lunch!  We went back to Cannon Beach again before we hit Ecola State Park.  This time we went to Ecola Seafood on recommendation.  This is a seafood restaurant.  We did much better here.  We split the captain’s platter so we could try a li’l bit of everything, and some clam chowdah.  Here’s what was on our plate:

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Fried oysters (which I kept calling fried muscles), a piece of whitefish, HUGE shrimps’s, the best scallop I have ever eaten (soooo buttery), clam chowder that was as thick as mashed potatoes, and a really bright, fresh cole slaw.  Oh, and garlic toast.  Can we take a moment here?  Now don’t get me wrong, the seafood was stellar, but that garlic toast was EPIC.  I so appreciate when the sides are as good as the main attraction, don’t you?

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Then we ran around Ecola State Park and burned off some calories until it was time for our tired asses to drive back to Portland, where we met with my sweet cousin Leah and her husband Brad for dinner at Yakuza Lounge, another dark and romantic restaurant.  They picked out the restaurant for us, since it was near the airport and our hotel.  We were exhausted and hungry for something not fried.  This place delivered.  I guess you might call it a Japanese fusion restaurant. They have sushi AND burgers.  Pretty damn good burgers by the looks of the one Brad ordered.  Here’s what we ate (pardon the romantically lit pictures):

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Jicama and avocado salad with black sesame.  um, hello!  That was tasty.

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brussel sprouts and “foraged” mushrooms.  I like to imagine they were foraged in a magical forest by a spritely wood nymph- but they weren’t that kind of mushroom . . .

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A very bad photo of very delicious sushi rolls.  There is a spicy tuna roll in there, because I always order one no matter where I go.   It is my FAVORITE!

And that, my friends, is what we ate on our Amazing Goonies Adventure.  With our tummies full and our eyelids heavy, we bid farewell to my cousins and headed to our hotel, and then home the next morning.  So, do you guys plan what you will eat when you travel?  Or do you just wing it?

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“Goonies never say ‘die'”

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This is the story of Lindsay and Sarah’s Freaking Awesome Goonies Adventure.  If you  need a little back story, please read THIS first.  I will wait.

So to start off our Goonies adventure, Sarah and I met up at the Portland airport on a Friday.  I rented a car allbymyself for the very first time.  She navigated with the smartphone GPS thing while I drove.  It was the first time in Portland for both of us.  We really only got lost had to turn around like once twice, which is kind of miraculous if you know either of us.

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I don’t know if you can tell, but we are totally excited in this picture.  Also, I was a very good driver.

Our first night we spent in Portland with our friend Mary from high school, and her husband Alex.  They have a super cool pad in a super cool part of Portland, which was no surprise as Mary has always been one of the super coolest people I know.  They took us to a super cool restaurant for dinner.

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Portland is very mossy.  Thanks for letting us crash at your rad pad, Mare!

The next morning after a little breakfast we bid farewell to Mary, and Sarah and I were off like a terd of hurtles for a two hour drive through some fog and lovely scenery to Astoria.  Land of Goonie Goodness.

DAY ONE

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Sarah totally made us a dubloon out of some clay and painted it and everything. She’s ridiculous and I love her for it.

The town of Astoria is really small.  We went right to the Astoria Visitors Center, where a really sweet and helpful lady gave us maps of the area that had all the places to visit for our Goonies adventure, and showed us the best places to park and gave us a bunch of pointers to best experience the weekend.  The town has some serious Goonie pride.  We loaded up on some giftshop goodies too.

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I use my pint glass for smoothies!!

First stop:  The Flavel House Museum

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Movie moment:  The Goonies begin their adventure riding their bikes by the Astoria Museum where Mikey’s dad works.  He waves from the flagpole as they ride by.  We did not actually go in the museum, since there is a fee and they only filmed the outside.  The building was lovely though.

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Second stop:  The Oregon Film Museum

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Movie moment:  The first scene of the movie where the one Fratelli brother busts out of the jailhouse.

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This building, which was actually the town’s actual jailhouse at one time, was converted into the Oregon Film Museum in the year of our Lord 20something.  There is a place to make and edit your own movie, and info about a bunch of movies that have been filmed in Astoria, including Kindergarten Cop (with Ahhhnold), Twin Peaks, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.  But mostly, the building has been turned into a Goonies’ shrine.  People just love this movie so much!  They have a bunch of memorabilia and props from the movie, cutouts of all the characters and of course, a mugshot wall.  It was totally worth the $5 admission.

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SLOTH!!!

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thug life!

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Third Stop:  Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

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Movie moment:  After the Fratelli’s bust big brother out of jail, they lose the cops by blending in with an SUV race on Cannon Beach in front of Haystack Rock

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Cannon Beach is about a 30 minute drive south of Astoria.  We got there JUST in time for the sunset.  It was very romantic, but we opted not to make out.  It’s a super cute beach town though with lots of shops and restaurants.  We had dinner there and then drove back to the hotel.  We were wiped!

DAY TWO

Sunday morning we were good and got up early, ran on the treadmills at the hotel gym, and then had a lovely continental breakfast.  And then we were off again!!

First Stop:  Mikey’s house!!!

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Movie Moment:  It all starts here on a rainy afternoon.  Mikey and the rest of the Goonies find the map in the attic that leads them to One Eyed Willie.

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The people who live there are nice enough to let weirdo tourists stand around their property and take pictures of their house.  There were three or four other groups of people that came within the half hour that Sarah and I visited.

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we left a thank you note (and a couple of bucks) in the donation box

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a little shout-out to The Goonies on the porch

  Third Stop:  Warren Field

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Movie moment:  During the opening credits, Andy is coaching the cheerleaders into a pyramid.  Because she is totally the captain.  footballfield

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Third stop:  Lower Columbia Bowl

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               we got there a little before they opened

The nice thing about the LCB is that by the window there’s a book you can sign and a map you can put a little dot sticker where you are from.  The map was covered in stickers.  And the book was full of drawings and scribbles from fans.  It was pretty cool.  For some reason I don’t have a picture of that.  #blogfail

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In the movie, Spielberg had Chunk block out a McDonald’s arch with his pizza, so we did too.

Fourth stop:  Ecola State Park

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Movie moment:  This is where the old restaurant is located and where the Fratelli’s have their hideout.  Mikey uses the dubloon to line up the rock, the lighthouse, and the restaurant.  The start of the underground tunnel is located in the basement.

the restaurantThe old restaurant was just a set built for the movie, so there is no building there anymore, but we found the exact spot where it was.

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the stone picnic tables were covered up by random farm equipment and brush, and the trees are all grown up now, but that was the spot.

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i make a good Chunk, yeah?  and damn! that’s a nice dubloon!!

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We puttered around at the state park for a while.  It was a perfectly Oregon day.

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This is probably my favorite photo from the whole trip.

We left the park and drove back to Portland, where we met my sweet cousin and her hubs for a not-long-enough dinner.  (I hadn’t seen her in over 12 years!!)  We checked into our hotel for a few hours of sleep, and I dropped Sarah at the airport super early the next morning.  Then I went back to pack up and check out before returning the rental car and heading home myself.  And as fast as it started, it was over.  But I am so glad we went.  Now don’t you want to go watch The Goonies again?

next up?  The one where I talk about all the FOOOOD we ate.  stay tuned!

[all of these photos are taken by sarah and me.  movie stills are from http://www.filminamerica.com (except for the one of mikey’s dad at the flavel house. that one is from http://www.video.wikia.com, and the one of Andy is from http://www.gremlindog.com)]

a long winded introduction

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One night last fall I was on my way home from work and my friend Sarah called me from Oklahoma.  Our conversation was as follows:

Sarah:  “Did you see what I left on your Facebook?”

Me:   “No, I’m on the choo-choo train.  Not home yet.  Why?. . . Oh, God, what did you do?” (this was before my phone was smart)

Sarah:  “I don’t want to tell you yet, just call me when you get home and look at your Facebook.  You’re going to think I’m crazy . . . ”

Sarah is one of my most favorite people of all time. We’ve been besties since middle school and were inseparable through the thick and thin of high school.  I even lived with her family the second half of our senior year after my family moved to Chicago.  Anyways, you remember The Goonies, right?  The classic Eighties “Gang-of-Kids-Looking-for-Pirate-Treasure-to-Save-the-Town-From-Being-Turned-Into-a-Golf-Course” movie?  It has been our movie ever since the first time I stayed the night at Sarah’s house in the 7th grade.  It was on TV, and when they edited the part where Mama Fratelli said “Kid’s suck,” and changed it to just “Kids . . . ” we were OUTRAGED!!

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These are our 8th grade pictures, I think.  These are the only pictures of us I could find without going to momndad’s to dig through boxes in the garage . . .

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We haven’t changed a bit, right??

So I get home and she’s posted on my FB that she had a dream about The Goonies.  And there’s a bunch of pictures and excerpts from Wikipedia about the movie on my wall.  Specifically that it took place in Astoria, Oregon (and not some made-up movie town), and you can visit Astoria and see all the places where the movie was filmed.  People actually make pilgrimages to Astoria just for that reason.

When I call her crazy ass back, she proceeds to tell me that she had a very vivid dream about riding bikes in Astoria with the cast of The Goonies, and it was gray and rainy and we MUST plan a trip to Oregon to see all the Goonies sights.  We have to go when it’s gray and rainy, and we will take photos in the actual places where the movie was filmed.  I agreed that it would be fun, and yeah, we should try and do that someday.  We’ll put it on our bucket list!  But after she called me back several times that night, I could see that she wasn’t going to let this one go.  She gets her mind set on something and there’s not a whole lot you can do to talk her out of it.  Only this time it was slightly more urgent, like, “We may have kids soon, and I just want to have one awesome, crazy trip with you before all that happens!”  Oh, Sarey, damn you and your damn reasonable logic!

So we went to Oregon in February.

And it turns out, she was right.  It was a crazy awesome trip, and we did it just in time, because as I FINALLY type this up, she and her hubs are getting ready to have a baby.  In like a week.  (!!!!!!!)  So, Sarey, this is for you.

NOTE:  I am splitting this awesomeness into two parts.  The first is the Goonies Adventure part, and because this is a blog about Adventure and Food, the second part will focus on the food.  (I know it was a while ago that we went, but it’s all good because I totally took notes!!)