Rosemary and Garlic Beef Kabobs

Saturday afternoon was spent shopping and meandering around the town. It was another nice day of not doing muchΒ  (or better said: not having something planned). First, we went to IKEA to wander around and look at stuff for the house. We got some toys for friends who just had a baby (and another couple who is expecting a baby). We also bought a new lamp for the living room. It was hard, but I was able to resist this little delicacy:

Prawn Cheese Spread? YUCK!!!! πŸ™‚ I don’t even know what you’d do with something like that!

We went to a few other stores and then ended up at the fancy new market by our house. New Seasons is sort of like Whole Foods–but cheaper.

We spent way too much money on stuff we probably didn’t need. But sometimes that’s fun. The New Seasons had a deli, salad bar, and even a BAGEL bar! Yum. Each department had samples, too. I have to admit, I sampled everything I think.

We did go into the store with a few things in mind though. We were going to get seafood for dinner. They had scallops and fresh clams that looked really good. But as soon as Michael saw the Ahi Tuna on sale, he wanted that.

I wanted crab cakes, so we got two of those too. Unfortunately, after we got the tuna and crab cakes, we walked by an entire section of Kabobs. As Michael put it, I’d been craving “meat on a stick” for some time now.

It was a hard decision because there were so many yummy sounding choices! We agreed to get two Rosemary and Garlic Beef Kabobs to have for dinner another night too. We got a bunch of other stuff we definitely didn’t need, and of course, checked out their beer selection. This one make me laugh:

Skull Splitter beer? With a Viking on it? LOL Too funny! I passed up buying one thought because I’m really looking forward to having some of my Quenett wine.

Dinner began with freshly baked olive ciabatta bread. Michael mixed together a little olive oil, balsamic and herbs for a dipping sauce.

I will admit, we ate half the loaf between us. Oh well.Β  I had calories to burn and I was famished!

Michael was in charge of grilling the beef kabobs while I made us salads. The second he unwrapped the packaging from the kabobs we both sighed in ecstasy because the aroma of rosemary and garlic was so heavenly!

The salad was packed with lots of fresh goodies: green leaf lettuce, red onion, Craisins, chickpeas, carrots, broccoli.

I think he grilled the kabobs for about 6 or 7 minutes.

The meat was so tender it practically melted off the stick. The flavor was excellent. I want to recreate this on our own. I think it will be pretty easy too, just need the right stuff to marinade it in. To go with the beef, I poured the last of the Quenett Red Redd Wine.

Everything about dinner was delicious. I was unsure if one kabob each was enough food but it was plenty. Next time we try to make it ourselves, I want to include lots of veggies on the kabob.

The yummy dinner was finished off with CHOCOLATE while we watched a few episodes of Mad Men!

My fancy truffles are gone now. πŸ™

QUESTION: What is your favorite thing to cook on the grill? And do you have a special Kabob recipe you like?

Food, Windsurfing and Hiking

Day 3 of the family visit was a long one!

The first stop was to Oaks Bottom Pub for lunch. I ordered the half roast beef sandwich with a salad. Michael ordered the famous “Totchos” for the whole table to try.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned totchos before. They are nachos but instead of chips, it’s tots. It’s very decadent and sometimes a gut-bomb of food. Luckily, the small plate was split between 6 people so I only had one or two bites.

We sat on the back patio for lunch and it was an absolutely gorgeous day! My lunch was pretty good. I was glad I got the half sandwich. The roast beef was a little on the dry side but the salad was delicious. It came with a lemon, garlic and pepper vinaigrette dressing. Delish.

I ordered a diet coke with lunch. I am much more successful with ordering healthy lunches than I am with dinners. I have no idea why dinner is so much harder for me, but it is. I tend to splurge more, and then of course, get a glass or two of wine AND dessert!

Michael and I thought it would be a good day trip to take our guests to Hood River. The Columbia River Gorge is really scenic and for people who have never been to Oregon, it’s a good introduction to the different types of landscapes in this area. Our guests are from Texas and two of them had never been to Oregon.

We went down to the water once we got to Hood River and showed them the kiteboards and windsurfers. It’s a really cool thing to watch! I really want to try both someday. It just looks like a lot of fun.

Our guests had a great time and thought it was a cool thing to watch. These people at Hood River are serious too. They have all the gear!

It was so windy down in Hood River yesterday! I don’t remember the last time it was that windy. A few times I felt like I was going to get blown away. I lost my footing and almost blew over. That never happened at 250!

After checking out the waterfront, we drove to the Old Highway 30 to go for a hike. If you remember, dear readers, this is the same place Michael and I biked for our anniversary last month.

It’s such a beautiful location, with a view of the whole Gorge!

It was a hot day yesterday and while I loved the bike ride there, it was a bit too hot to be hiking there. The shade was limited and I felt dehydrated. What’s the best thing to do when feeling dehydrated? Drink a bunch of wine!! πŸ™‚

To Be Continued…..