Columbus>LA>Portland

To say this past week has been amazing would be an understatement. We had lots of family and friends in town in the days leading up to our wedding. Jay and I are so lucky to have had them around to distract us from the stresses of the weekend. Everything came together beautifully!

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Monday morning we got up at 4am Cbus time to travel to Portland for our honeymoon. We had a layover in LA (which is the worst airport ever) and finally landed in Portland at 2pm local time.

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We are staying in a lovely houseboat on the Columbia River that used to be a tugboat! We took an hour nap in the sunshine on our bed overlooking the river. It was heaven!

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For dinner tonight we headed for downtown Portland and stopped into Departure. It is located in a beautiful area filled with shops and busy streets. We entered through a building called The Nines and rode up to the 15th floor.

20140428-232443.jpgThe view from our table was gorgeous!

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We had an amazing dinner of small plates:

Kampari Sashimi

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Crab Fried Rice

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Shrimp Shumai

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BBQ Beef Steam Bun

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Grilled Octopus

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Definitely the highlight of the night was talking with the table next to us – they were two couples from Fort Worth, Texas. We got to taking about how much we were enjoying the food and drinks and they wished us well on our honeymoon. At the end of the meal we found out they picked up our bill when they left. What an act of kindness – we are looking for the right moment to pay it forward. I’m still surprised and speechless and probably would have skipped dessert and coffee had I known someone else would pick up our check!

We also stopped by Voodoo donuts!

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5-minute Spicy Salsa

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Jay is obsessed with Mexican foods. Last week we grilled/charred some peppers for another Mexican dish and decided to char all of the jalapeños we had from the farmers market so we could freeze them and have delicious peppers all year long. Today’s delicious dish of fiery peppers is Jay’s guess-measuring blended salsa. It is his kind of “a little of this, a little of that” recipe but he let me watch and take notes on his approximate measurements. Because he used a whole, unseeded jalapeño that was charred (he removed the skin) it is really spicy! Maybe 1/2 a jalapeño next time… Enjoy!

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Spicy 5-minute Salsa

1/4 yellow onion
1 clove garlic
8-10 grape/cherry tomatoes, we used yellow tomatoes.
2-3 whole vine ripe tomatoes (we used 2 yellow and 1 red tomato
1 whole jalapeño, seeds and all!
Juice of 1/2 a lime
A handful of fresh cilantro
Salt & pepper to taste

Pulse in blender or magic bullet until smooth (in two batches if in something as small as magic bullet).

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Enjoy!