Weekend Update

Anniversary Part 2

After our hike, we were tired and sweaty and little muddy, and the original plan was to head back to the house to clean up but we decided to stop at David Hill Winery, first, because it was so close to the hike we just did. It didn’t make sense to make that drive again. So we stopped and shared a nice wine tasting.

The grounds were really pretty. We got there a little after noon and it wasn’t very crowded yet so we got to enjoy our tasting outside in the garden.

I really liked a lot of their wines. For some reason I had thought that it was a winery I didn’t like, but I was wrong! Excellent whites and very good reds.

What I like most about wine tasting is being able to taste a lot of different wines without an investment. There have been many times where I bought a bottle on a whim and it was gross (to me). Many times I can just tell Michael I don’t like it and he’ll drink what I don’t like, but I hate spending money on something that I might pour down the drain–I’ve done that about three times before. So when you go tasting, you can figure out pretty quickly if it’s good, if you like it, if it’s a bottle you want to buy. Pro tip: split one tasting with whomever you are with so you don’t get wasted. πŸ˜‰

It was getting a bit late in the day and we really needed lunch. So we stopped in Forest Grove for a lunch at Kama’Aina and ended up having some of the best Hawaiian food we’ve had outside of Hawaii.

We got a few appetizers to share.Β  The spam masubi was OUTSTANDING! So were the wings. The mac salad was good. I was not impressed with the poke (too much mayo and onion flavor) but all the other stuff was so delicious. We will definitely go back there again. Food was so good and cheap, too.

Finally, back at the house to shower and change. Then we headed out to a few wineries. The first one was Ardiri Wines. I had been looking forward to it after reading reviews and from a few recommendations from friends but I was not impressed. We split a tasting and neither of us really liked what we had. It was all very unmemorable. So we left pretty quickly.

The next place we went to was Montinore Estates and we both REALLY liked it. The place was cool and the staff was great. It also turned out that an old coworker of Michael’s worked there! So that was nice.

We ended up becoming members. πŸ™‚ The wines were that good. I really loved the sparkling white they gave us to start:

And there was the original estate on the grounds, too:

How amazing was that house? After that we went back to the house to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner. We went for a walk around the property of the Airbnb and they had all these cute little meditation spots with benches and chairs you could relax on in the woods. It was very peaceful.

Dinner was in Forest Grove again. This time at Bites,Β kind of funky Asian fusion place. It was a cool place and we got tapas to share. We got the crab cake bites and pork gyoza.:

I liked the crab cakes a lot. The Pork gyoza had excellent flavor but I wanted them a little crunchier. We got the Korean short rib tacos (they were spicy but a little on the dry side).

And the mozzarella egg rolls with a Thai marinara sauce. Sounds weird, I know, but it was actually really good.

Then we shared a molten lava cake for dessert.

And home to the hot tub again!

On Sunday we got to sleep in a little bit again, showered, packed and then checked out. For breakfast we went to the Babica Hen in Newberg. I got the Eggs Benedict which was an English Muffin topped with bacon, tomato chutney, the poached eggs and a hollandaise tarragon sauce. It was pretty good but a little on the sweet side, probably from the tomatoes.

Michael got the breakfast burrito and said it was really good. After breakfast we went for a hike at the nearby Harvey Creek Trail. It was short but there were some parts that were pretty steep so we got an okay workout in. It was a really nice day, too, so it was nice to just walk in the woods.

It’s not too long, so not the usual hike we do, but it was nice.

The trailhead was at the old Pioneer Cemetery. It was interesting to see the old pioneer graves.

After the hike we stopped at Dobbes Family Estates and I did a quick tasting. I liked their wines (and bought a few bottles) and the tasting room was really cool. They had a very nice outdoor patio. It was lovely just sitting in the sun.

After that we headed back home to relieve my parents. Logan was so cute! He woke up from his nap when we got home and he was GLUED to me for a long time. I think he missed us! We missed him for sure but it was also a really nice weekend to chill and not have any responsibilities. And sleeping in was fantastic. πŸ˜‰

Seattle

This weekend we went up to Seattle to spend some time with family. Bella got to go on “Vacation” at her boyfriend’s house. πŸ˜€ You think she’s happy??

Traffic was pretty decent and Logan slept for most of the drive to Seattle, so we lucked out! We arrived at my parents house and unpacked, got settled in and then had dinner. My mom made fresh salmon and salad and (not pictured) her amazing mustard bread. It’s my favorite!

It was a pretty low-key night considering Logan and I are both getting over nasty colds. So we went to bed pretty early.

On Saturday we had breakfast and I went to the gym. It was an ok workout. I was glad I did it, even though I was still feeling a bit rundown. It perked me up a bit.

Oh, did I mention that my brother was there visiting from California?! He is LOVING Californian life and has found a a group to go cycling with (up big mountains, too) and has lost a bunch of weight.

After the gym, my dad went golfing (in the rain!) and my brother, mom, Michael and Logan and I went down to Edmonds to go to the Marina park. I remember going as a kid and liking it a lot. Edmonds has changed so much since I lived in Seattle. So many modern condos and buildings and tons of art studios.

The park had some nice toys for kids and there was also the marina there, so Logan was SUPER fascinated with the forklifts moving the boats to dry dock. And he got to see the ferry boats!

It’s so funny because I’ve forgotten what “beaches” in Washington are like: sandy and rocky. The beaches in Oregon are pretty nice, even if they are cold. πŸ˜‰ Of course, nothing compares to Hawaii!

After spending a good hour and a half at the beach, we went back to the house for lunch:

And naps:

After Logan woke up we did a whirlwind tour of seeing friends and family! A friend came over to visit and then the three of us went to visit my Grandma and take her some groceries, flowers and art from Logan. πŸ™‚

I love looking at my Grandma’s photos!

Logan was happy to show Grammy his cars:

We visited some more family after that and then home for dinner. Pork roast, salad and potatoes:

And a plum torte for dessert:

Sunday I went to the gym for a quickie workout, hung out with the family a bit more and then packed up the car.

We met some friends in Ballard for lunch at Ballard Pizza. We hadn’t seen our friends in so long, so it was nice to see them and the kids (who are all growing like weeds!) and catch up. Lunch was pretty good. The caesar salad was a bit bland.

But the pizza was good and the crust was excellent.

After lunch it was time for the very long, slow drive home. It was a great weekend seeing lots of people but today I am very, very tired!