100 Degrees

What a week! Last week was busy. First, we were having a new roof put on our house. So working from home and listening to the banging, clanging, pounding all day and all week was not what I’d call fun. Plus Portland got another heat wave. This time, 100 degrees several days in a row! Ouch. Too hot for me. But at least a few weeks ago we got a new AC, furnace and water heater installed!

Michael’s dad came to visit from Texas and he did not mind the weather. 😉

Thursday after work we went to the Happy Valley food carts for dinner. It was 100 degrees out but we remembered they had an indoor beer garden and we kind of wondered if it would have AC…spoiler alert, it did not have AC. 🙁 It was so so hot! A little too hot for my little guy so we didn’t stay long.

The last (and first) time we were at the Happy Valley food cart station was the weekend before Logan arrived! I was bummed when we arrived this time and the food cart I tried last time was gone. It was SO GOOD and I was planning on getting it again.


Michael and I both got dinner from the E-San Thai cart. I got the Pad Prik Khing with tofu. It was good and spicy but nothing amazing. I’ve had better dishes at the E-San food cart that is downtown.




I usually don’t choose tofu but I enjoyed it with the veggies. And of course, my beloved Boneyard IPA:


I ate about half of my dinner and saved the rest for leftovers. Then we headed home to our air conditioned home! The beer garden was cool and they had a TON of really good beers and ciders on tap. I would have liked to hang around longer and check it out but it was not the day to do that. We’ll go back another time when the weather is a little more pleasant.

Saturday we had planned on going to Hood River for the day but since it was going to be 102 degrees we decided against it. It was just too hot for the baby. So we went out to breakfast to Sckavone’s instead. At 9:30am it was 80 degrees but really pleasant in the shade so we sat outside to enjoy the summer morning.


I got a DELICIOUS iced coffee that really hit the spot (although I could have used a second one honestly). The three of us ended up getting the same thing for breakfast — the chorizo breakfast bowl. It was black beans, chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, avocado, pico de gallo, and sour cream.


It was really tasty and filling. We enjoyed our breakfast outside and then headed home where I went to the gym and the guys watched the Olympics in our air conditioned house.

Saturday we went to an early dinner at Jake’s. It’s a favorite of Michael’s and his dad’s. We went early to avoid the crowds since we were taking Logan with us. First time going to a “real” restaurant (as in, not a kid-friendly restaurant). We figured he’d be ok because most of the time when we take him to restaurants he either sleeps through the whole thing or there’s so much going on around that he’s quiet and just looks around. And he did really well this time, although he was a little more vocal and active this time (of course, right?) but at least he didn’t cry or make noise.

We shared the calamari appetizer (sorry the photo was blurry, I was feeding Logan a bottle while we ate it). And I got a glass of the Malbec. For dinner Michael got the salmon with green beans and potatoes; his dad got the blackened rockfish with zucchini; and here was mine:


I went “light” and got the house salad with blue cheese and candied walnuts and a cup of the Dungeness Crab bisque (with crab sprinkled on top). It was all very delicious! I’m glad I got the small cup of the bisque, though, because it was VERY rich. I don’t know that I could have eaten more of it.


Someone was getting a little antsy so I scarfed down the rest of my salad and then took him out of the carseat while the guys finished their dinners.



He was super fascinated by the paper on the table. We skipped dessert and headed home after that. It was definitely time to get out of there. Overall he did great and didn’t make much noise but it was kind of stressful being at a restaurant that wasn’t fast food with a baby!

Jake's Famous Crawfish

A business associate of Michael’s was in town and wanted to go out to dinner last night so we took him to Jake’s Famous Crawfish.

Jake's Famous Crawfish

There are two Jake’s in Portland: the one we went to last night, and Jake’s Grill. Both are classy places with excellent seafood.

The associate was visiting from Illinois and he said he never gets good seafood out there. That’s a common comment from out of town guests. I suppose I take it for granted since I’ve lived in the Northwest my whole life. I just expect to get great seafood.

When we first walked in the door, this is what I saw:

Dessert Tray

Oh, save me!

We were seated in a booth just passed a huge table of Navy boys. 🙂

We split an order of calamari between the three of us.

Best Calamari in Town

Their calamari is light and not greasy. Michael thinks it’s the best calamari in town and I agree (mainly because it hasn’t been dethroned yet!).

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to order. There were so many yummy options! I’m forever in search of THE BEST steak in Portland. Nothing has compared to Craftsteak in Vegas. Portland City Grill came pretty close, however.

I decided to order a glass of wine first and let that dictate what kind of food I ordered. I ordered my favorite: Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling.


In the end, the Steelhead was calling my name. Fresh Steelhead with Wild Oregon Bay shrimp and a basil butter sauce. It was a really light sauce, not creamy at all, and I prefer those kinds of sauces. I asked the waiter if I could substitute the roasted potatoes with a salad and he said no. 🙁 He said they could give me extra veggies instead of potatoes but I said nevermind.

Delicious Steelhead

The fish was perfectly prepared and melted in my mouth! The sauce was tangy and delicious. I would love to be able to make a glaze for fish like that. I ate all of the asparagus and carrots, half of the fish, and one potato. I decided to save the rest of it for lunch.


Michael ordered the Cheese Ravioli with Crab. It came in a cream sauce with chunks of goat cheese, spinach, and basil. I snagged a few bites and it was great too!

Crab Ravioli

I was so full but Michael wanted to order dessert. That was a first (since he rarely wants dessert) so I said yes. We split the Key Lime Pie. It was thick like cheesecake but lighter.

Key Lime Pie

I’ve never had Key Lime Pie in my life. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was tangy and bitter, but in a good way. The little bit of whipped cream was just sweet enough to balance it out and the graham cracker crust was thick and crunchy! It was fantastic. I don’t regret splitting it.

QUESTION: Do you have good seafood in your area?