Sunday, January 20, 2013

Breakfast at The Columbia Cafe

A trip to Home Depot for supplies is always a good excuse to head to Astoria, especially on a cold, clear morning, rare in Winter on the Oregon Coast.  We hadn't been to the Columbia Cafe in a while, so decided to try it again for breakfast.
It's funky and fun, and the food is amazing!  Specials are on a white board, along with a pretty extensive printed menu.  I linked the Yelp reviews, so you could see the great reviews this place's really a destination
breakfast on the North Coast, and people are known to drive 3 hours from Seattle to partake!
While I was waiting for my fresh crab omelet, we were served these amazing pepper jellies, ranging from mild to super hot.
Plus, they make great Bloody Mary's, which you can also order in various degrees of hot also!
Everything is made fresh here, even the orange juice
The magic happens in the this little one person kitchen, but I couldn't help noticing the dog sitting in the back of the truck. He seemed happy to people watch, even though it was very cold outside.

There is a Daily Special, called The Chef's Mercy, and no two are alike.  It's basically whatever yummy thing the chef wants to put together.  In this case, Rick had a Petrale, egg and vegetable dish on an elegant sheet of lace potato.

One thing I saw many people ordering was a Beet Pesto originated by Chef Marco, that included beets, pecans, Parmesan Cheese, ginger and olive oil.  Sounds like it would be fun to try and make that.
My crab omelet was yummy, and full of crab and cheese. 
A great breakfast from a very unassuming place!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Putting Away the Christmas Ornaments

It's always with mixed feelings that we take down the Christmas Tree.  It seems that the season comes and goes so fast these with out of marker of school programs and Company Christmas parties.  We're empty nesters now, and most company parties have fallen victim to the Great Recession.
I couldn't find my main box of ornaments, but found these fun sparkly snowflakes to brighten up the tree. They just looked so pretty that I hated to put them away!
Years ago, and long forgotten, I'd purchased these Paper Mache' Pears, and they were fun and festive, and matched a beautiful Angel ornament that I'd found years ago.
Katie was just back from Spain and brought this lovely spun glass angel on one of her side trips to Prague.  All in all, it turned out to be a lovely Christmas with Dear Daughter back in the country, and 17 people and 5 dogs for the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year from Manzanita

Happy 2013 from Manzanita, on the beautiful Oregon Coast.  We've been coming here on New Year's for years. 
 When the hustle and bustle of the holidays gets to be too much, I dream wistfully of being on the beach on New Years.  Last night we went to a cocktail party NY time, which ended at 10 PM.  The plan was to walk down Laneda Ave. at midnight and 'revel' with the party crowd getting out of the local Sand Dune Pub, but since it was cold and we were wimpy, we hunkered down with two cats and decided to check out the Polar Bear Plunge at a more civilized hour:

Promptly at 11 AM about 100 brave souls stripped down to bathing suits and ran into the ocean to the sound of wild cheering and conch shell calls.
 There was a crowd of bundled up spectators there to cheer them on.  It was a beautiful, but chilly morning, with temps in the high 30's.
 Dear husband and I brought a bottle of champagne and two glasses to photograph a New Years greeting!
 And, then hurried home to enjoy a spinach and crab quiche which was warming in the oven.
 What a great start to the New Year!