Pok Pok

Easter Bunny

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Happy Easter from my bunny!

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She looks super stoked to have bunny ears, huh? 😉

Easter Weekend started with Michael’s friend Jeremy and his girlfriend coming down to Portland from Seattle for the weekend (more on that tomorrow). I got off work early, went swimming and got home right when they arrived. The four of us decided to go out to dinner and because it was Friday night it was impossible to get in anywhere we wanted to go. The first place was an hour wait.

We were near Pok Pok and it was somewhere they’d wanted to try (I wasn’t hopeful but said let’s see if we can get in). We got to Pok Pok and it was a 2 hour wait for a table! This is something I hate about Portland restaurants. A bunch of them don’t take reservations and the wait time for a table is ridiculous. With so many great options, I will never wait that long to get into a restaurant. Like ever. I don’t care if Elvis and Madonna are the waiter/waitress there. I won’t wait 2 hours. 😛

Sooo plan C….we decided to get sushi at a new place on SE Clinton. A coworker had been there and recommended it and I recognized the name when we were driving by looking for something else. We got a table immediately in the super cute, stylish and modern decorated restaurant. Service was fantastic and the food was probably the best sushi I’ve had in Portland.

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It was so fresh it melted in your mouth. You know when you get sushi and bite into a roll and sometimes the seaweed is a little tough and you have gnaw at it a little bit? That was not the case at Yama Sushi. Seriously, so fresh everything just fell apart and melted (in a good way). The one downside–the specialty rolls were kind of ginormous and that made them a little difficult to eat. I prefer smaller bite-sized rolls.

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So that was Friday night. A good start to the weekend I think! Stay tuned for what happened on Saturday… 🙂

Fast forward to Sunday. Jeremy and his girlfriend were heading back to Seattle and Michael and I went over to his mom’s house for Easter brunch with the family. I’d slept in really late, skipped the gym, skipped breakfast and then we drove to his mom’s house for lunch.

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Michael’s sister made her absolutely amazing deviled eggs–some spicy and some not spicy. They were so tasty and I ate way too many of them…in my defense it was the first food I ate Sunday besides coffee. 😉

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Michael’s mom had gotten a giant ham and was cooking it (I think she said it was 19 pounds). It took a little bit longer than expected to so we munched on the deviled eggs, and drank Bloody Mary’s while it finished cooking. Lunch was served:

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Michael’s mom made her amazing crab and egg dish. There was the ham and the roasted asparagus, fruit and mini orange scones (that were delicious) and these little cinnamon sticks that were 30 calories each. We all ate way too much. But it was tasty (and basically the only meal I ended up eating on Sunday).

Check out this little guy:

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One of Michael’s second or third cousins…? I can’t keep it straight. 🙂 But he’s about a year and a half and just found his legs! He’s such a cutie and great little baby. Great smile and sweet personality. It was fun playing with this little man that had nothing but toothy grins for everyone as he showed off his moves on his bike!

After lunch we went home and I went to the gym. I think it was like 4pm at this time and the gym was almost entirely empty. There were about 4 people in the cardio room with me. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical and called it good. I was a little sore from Saturday’s gym session (weights and running on the treadmill). But I wanted to get something in to take the edge off the pastries and goodies I ate all day!

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I like this time of year in Portland. It’s fairly dry and while it’s cold, the sun is often out. I will take sunny but cold any day! The rain usually starts around January and doesn’t let up until sometimes July. The leaves are almost done falling too. Everything is just bare and spindly. I think it’s also time to start decorating the house for the holidays! I’d planned on decorating the house on Thursday but that plan changed.

Michael had a stressful week so he suggested we go out to dinner. I offered to make dinner and do all the cleaning but I think he just wanted to get out of the house and break up the monotony of the work week. I totally get that. My poor guy!

I suggested we check out Manao since we had a Living Social deal for it. Manao is the new Thai restaurant in Sellwood from the owner of the amazing Pok Pok. I love Pok Pok, so I had high expectations about this place. While it fell short of Pok Pok, it was still decent food.


The place was pretty empty when we got there but a few more people showed up and it was about half full. We started with a small appetizer of fried caramelized tofu with sweet and sour sauce. It was pretty good, even though I’m not a huge tofu fan.


We ordered two entrees to share. The one I wanted was the PAD PAK RUAM.  My dish was stir-fried chicken with Chinese broccoli, carrots, cabbage, onions, and green onions served with jasmine rice. The sauce was mild but delicious and I absolutely loved the crunchy cabbage and carrots!

Michael got the PAD KII MAO. It was stir-fried wide rice noodle with pork, red bell pepper, onions, mushroom, and basil in soy sauce. The noodles were a bit slimy and hard to eat but they were delicious. Michael ate all the mushrooms. 😛 Yuck!

I liked the food. It was pretty spicy but not sweat-inducing spicy like Pok Pok was! I enjoyed one glass of chardonnay with dinner and that helped with the spice a bit. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day. Even better!

My only complaint about the restaurant was the table cloth. They were a black and white gingham pattern that made both Michael and I nauseated. I felt dizzy because the pattern was so crazy! My suggestion would be to get rid of those and make them a solid color. Ooof.

I really wanted to stop for frozen yogurt on the way home. I’d left the coupon for the place near our house at home so we didn’t stop. Once I was home I was tempted to go back out and get us dessert. So tempted. I debated with myself why I should and shouldn’t go. I decided not to. Skipping dessert was okay. I didn’t need to go back out, especially since I was pretty full from dinner. Non-scale victory!

Sometimes it’s nice to just get out of the house and change up the routine.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite cuisine?