We have a long – standing  joke with our friends in Austin. We travel there each spring for SXSW, and have a great week with our many friends who live there. One evening many years ago, we were watching my favorite band and drinking crazy cocktails out of beakers and test tubes, and I sang through a megaphone until a friend confiscated it (then forgot where he hid it). The next morning, I declared that while I felt like I failed SXSW, I totally WON that night. :)

It has turned into something we say a lot. Each year, a specific night or a person will win SXSW.

Last week Jason and I went to dinner at my favorite restaurant,
Ten 01. You may recall – we went there for Jason’s birthday earlier this summer.

This time, when ordering our dessert, Jason said he wanted the sorbet trio. I ordered the peanut butter bread pudding. Our server immediately said to me “You win dessert”.

Huzzah! :) We laughed about that for the rest of the night…

I am still feeling weird about bringing my big DSLR into a restaurant, especially a nice one like Ten 01. I snuck photos with Jason’s phone camera, but none of them really turned out very good. Dinner was exceptional, as always. Everything always tastes amazing.

I will instead share with you the lunch we had this weekend at our neighborhood place where we are known regulars, McMenamins Pub. There are many in the area, and we love the one close to our house.

This time we sat outside on their patio, and brought Basil along. Although he barked more than once, our server loved him and brought him a dish of water and a couple pieces of bacon.

IPA for Jason.

Grey Goose and soda for me.

Jason ordered the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap:

McMenamins tops their house salad with pickled onions – so yum.

I loved my Spicy Salmon Caesar Salad:

The dressing on this was a caesar smoky chipotle mix – it was amazing.

Lunch was perfect, I was starved!

We had spent the morning in the Skyline Neighborhood – walking through the Street of Dreams homes. Each summer there is a Portland neighborhood with newly – built homes open for viewing.

(Before traditional college I went to art school and worked at a paint store. Through this job I was able to be a designers helper for the Street of Dreams that year – so fun!).

While the houses are almost all in that out of reach price range ($800,000 to $1.3 this year), it is fun to see the beautiful decor and find design inspiration… and dream! :)

I brought my camera, but only took a couple photos of some interesting collections.

These made me think of my dad, who has his own old radio collection:

My dad would love these.

…and these…

He probably has some of these!

In other news, it snowed today in Central Oregon! :) August 30!

I used to live at Sunriver Resort, and I recall skiing Mt. Bachelor in July, but that was half day with leftover winter snow… and it was a little weird. :)

Do you have any collections?

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Also, these videos made me smile today… go look at them if you need to smile… :) *Thanks Aimee* !!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet August 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

It snowed?! It was (is) 92 here today. I actually wish it would snow right now. I’m dripping with sweat!

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2 spabettie August 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

it was about 1.5 inches, in Central Oregon, high desert country… not in Portland where I am… but it IS cool today – I’ll try to will it your way! :)

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3 Allison Jones August 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Oh my goodness, snow? What? That’s nuts. Congrats on the dessert win – sounds like a fun waiter. And re: DSLRs in restaurants, every chef I’ve ever talked to about it thinks its just fine. It’s free publicity for them, why would they mind? Well, that’s the feeling in PDX, at least. We might be a bit different here :)

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4 spabettie August 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

well, I AM in PDX, :) so… I suppose I could call ahead and ask… :) I always feel weird… and yes, I probably wouldn’t post photos of a BAD outing, so… good for them, yes? :) thanks for stopping by, I am off to read your blog now… (and wish I would have attended IFBC… we were sorta planning on it and something else came up – great fun, I bet!

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5 Dorry August 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Love the SXSW reference and can’t believe we’ve been in Austin the past several years for SXSW…and the preceding years when I lived in Austin and you were there, too! We probably stood in long lines next to each other and had no idea. True story.

I want that salmon Caesar salad right now. A Gray Goose + soda wouldn’t hurt either. :)

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6 spabettie August 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I know, I have thought the same thing! Crazy. One of our good friends runs the sound for all of the Emos clubs. and we have MANY friends in Austin, most of which are in one or more bands… small world, it absolutely is.

the Salmon Caesar is SO good… I’ve actually had it two times in the past week and asked if they could put it on the regular menu (it’s the special…). :)

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7 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair August 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

It’s nice and cool up here, I love it!

I feel awkward bringing my DSLR to restaurants too. I’m trying to get over that haha!

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8 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I have gotten fairly comfortable pulling out the camera anywhere and everywhere now. I thought the hubs was a-ok with it too until I pulled out the camera Friday night and he started looking around hoping no one was watching. LOL. I have been enjoying documenting foods, events, friends, etc. in a way I never had before. Talk about memories huh? Weather here has gotten hot and humid again. but at least we’re not in the 100′s right now.

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9 eatmovelove August 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Cute blog! I was intrigued by the name (seen you from Evan’s). That salmon burger looks phenomenal!

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10 Heather August 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

hold the phone…SNOW?!?!?! i mean, it snowed in june here in colorado…but august is unheard of! crazy!

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11 Aimee August 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I love those old radios!! I too always feel weird pulling out my camera in public places. I feel like I shouldn’t be taking photos or something unless there is a person in it. LOL.

Snow? We had some here too, but only 9000 feet and up. It has been super cold all day though. About froze on my morning walk today.

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12 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I can’t believe it snowed – that’s completely unfathomable to me right now!

I felt awkward pulling my DSLR out in restaurants for awhile, but I’ve mostly gotten over it. The husband actually encourages it, so I’m usually the one who is more embarrassed:)

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13 couchpotatoathlete August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Snow???? NO!!!!

Those old radios are so beautiful and each is so unique — I love that! I don’t have the patience for collections to be honest, I’d want to buy someone’s collection instead of taking the time to collect it myself!

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14 Kris | iheartwellness.com August 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Lol! I used to go to Sunriver every summer with friends! It would be sunny in the mornings and always thunder, hail and rain in the afternoon! Such a cute place :) Snow…jeez…

Love this salmon! Mmm that looks good :)

xxoo

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15 spabettie August 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I loved living there… how long ago did you spend summers there? Did you see the spa?

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16 christina August 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

IT SNOWED!? are you serious!? it was like 90 degrees here today. ugh.

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17 lisasfoods August 31, 2010 at 5:27 am

I love those old radios – very cool.

No snow here, thankfully. It’s been cool at night and warm during the day, warm enough that I went canoeing and swimming yesterday afternoon. Perfection for this time of year.

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18 LiveForTheRun August 31, 2010 at 5:59 am

SNOW?! Omg too soon, I was thrilled when it hit 83 for a high instead of 90.

That wrap looks amazing and I’m glad you carry your big honking camera, that way I can see these tasty treats!

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19 Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Grey goose for lunch…you are a girl after my own heart!

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