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Food of the Day – Vietnamese Chicken Curry – Ca Ri Ga

Food of the Day – Vietnamese Chicken Curry – Ca Ri Ga

I want to make memories all over the world. – Unknown The want to make memories and bring back experiences to share with others. Stepping outside of your comfort zone.  This can mean venturing to a new place, trying new activities, and/or expanding your palette. The recipe 

The Harwood Arms *

The Harwood Arms *

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Dan Millman Ah, yes! Hello, my foodie friends! My blog life has been on an extended sabbatical.  Hope you all are following me on IG 

Hinoki and the Bird

Hinoki and the Bird

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney

Call it taking a break, or playing catch up with life if you will.

Yes, I’ve been on hiatus and my absence on jesswords.com has been apparent, even though I am still pretty active on IG and Facebook.  No, I am not abandoning my love for food. ^_~ There are a few reasons for that:

  1. I haven’t had much time to sit down and pull my thoughts together. Aka my excuse to play hooky. 😉
  2.  Moving can be time consuming. Oh yes! I’ve recently relocated and am now back in the OC for the interim, the search for delicious bites continues!
  3. Trying to explore ideas for the future of this blog. Where will this lead a year from now? Who knows? Foodie turned advice column? That would be an interesting twist, wouldn’t it?

I’ll have more on those  topics as I find answers for them. For now let’s feast our eyes on today’s delightful post.

Hinoki and the Bird, the name alone strikes a curious thought as my imagination sets in. I visualized a garden full of trees and blossoms while listening to birds chirping away like a Disney insert.. Well, it was quite that. It more amazing than that.

The Milo Garcia-designed indoor/outdoor space is housed on the ground floor of Related Companies’ luxury condominium tower, The Century. (taken from Hinoki and the Bird)

Your eyes will be fixated on the curvaceous entrance as you drive up to valet your vehicle.

The restaurant was once tied to chef David Myers but has not been affiliated with the restaurant for some time now, and Top chef Kuniko Yagi has also made her departure in 2014 after honing in her creative vision when the restaurant first opened in 2012. In 2015, enters chef Brandon Kida, from NYC and executive sous chef, Kei-Ichi Kurobe working their magic to seasonal California ingredients.  I am excited to see how the restaurant will evolve. It’s a pretty sweet location.

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The minimalist appeal already sets the mood for a relaxing dining experience amid the busy hustle and bustling city.  There are two parts to the restaurant: inside is the bar, table space and a few long tables possibly for larger parties or communal sharing.  I am excited about  the outdoor space, a garden feel without all the bugs swarming around and a cover to keep you from melting from the afternoon heat.  It appears that the outdoors dining is the primary focus as it’s much larger than inside.

Onward to libations. Who does’t love a good drink? I encourage you to experience the specialty cocktails. They have the details down.  I am a huge fan of ice and am impressed that they use perfectly clear cubes to their cocktails adding to the delightful sipping experience. I’ll pay the extra $$ for a beautiful and delicious drink.

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Son of a Bee Sting :Gin, ginger, lemon, rose water
Conquistador: Mezcal, pineapple, ginger, lime

 

The food: Simple and seasonal, executed sensationally. All the dishes that were ordered to satisfaction except the Chili crab toast, spicy cucumber, coriander: where the tomato flavors overpowered the delicate crab.

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Crab on toast, beef tartare
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Fresh cold pressed juice
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Refreshing crab noodles – Crab in every bite
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Sweet potato, bacon and creme fraiche

 

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Miso skirt steak – perfectly cooked and seasoned

 

The staff is sincere and almost impeccable. Without hesitation, this place is great for brunch with the girls or make it a date night with your beau. Might need a little planning if you plan to bring 10+ of your friends with you.

Eat and be well! <3 Follow me on IG to get daily updates!

 

 

Alexander’s Patisserie

Alexander’s Patisserie

A party without a cake is just a meeting – Julia Child   A bite into a exquisite dessert is an experience. The decor and furnishings is desired to set the mood as you devour each bite. Yes, it is necessary and for such a place,  I will 

Food of the Day – Apple kimchi

Food of the Day – Apple kimchi

I wasn’t going to eat it. I was just gonna taste it. – Winnie the Pooh   Hi everyone! Ask and you shall receive. Here is my recipe for a quick and easy apple kimchi.  It makes a great garnish or eaten as a korean appetizer, 

Vosges Haut Chocolate – Birthday Month

Vosges Haut Chocolate – Birthday Month

Best friends, more like sisters. It’s a beautiful thing.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s my birthday month and I tend to like to hibernate like a bear and enjoy much repose during this time before Spring arrives. My dear family and friends know how important this time is for me and are always supportive of my actions, as odd as they can be. 😉

Onward to the good stuff! I have been ecstatic to share this beautiful purple box, adorned with a luscious matching ribbon that arrived last week.

I was notified earlier in the week that a package will be delivered on Saturday morning.

“It’s Saturday! Ekk, I have a delivery coming in!” As the door bell rang, I raced for the door to find this big corrugated paper box, signature required. With much anticipation and curiosity, I immediately plowed through the packaging and excess paper filler to find this impressive box of Vosges!

Vosges is one of my favorite gourmet chocolate brands. Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff has created a well balanced experience between spices and chocolate.

The Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot, Napa Valley + Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection pairs well together. The gift box includes 9 truffles, a bottle of hand-selected wine, tasting notes and pairing suggestions. The tasting note set allows the gift receiver to learn more about how to pair wine and chocolate together as well as offering tips and recommendations on how to set up your own wine and chocolate tasting party. Both delicious and educational. I am definitely going to save the set for future use.

A sample from the pairing guidelines. ” Swanson’s 2009 Oakville Merlot opens with a bouquet of black cherry and plum, leading to powerful notes of espresso and smoked berries. Its fine-grained tannins linger on the palate and transform as they combine with dark chocolate.”

Even though this gift was unexpected, it was very much appreciated. Bravo, my dear friends for this fantastic gift! Thank you for loving me. I love it!

More words just get in the way. Please take a visual scroll and explore with me.

Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot, Napa Valley + Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection Swanson's 2010 Oakville Merlot opens with a bouquet of black cherry and plum, leading to powerful notes of espresso and smoked berries. Its fine-grained tannins linger on the palate and transform as they combine with dark chocolate. The perfect gift for the sophisticated connoisseur! Each box includes 9 truffles, a bottle of hand-selected wine, tasting notes and pairing suggestions.
Swanson Vineyards Oakville Merlot, Napa Valley + Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection

Wine and chocolate pairing. What more can my insatiable dessert palate would require?

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Swanson’s 2010 Oakville Merlot opens with a bouquet of black cherry and plum, leading to powerful notes of espresso and smoked berries. Its fine-grained tannins linger on the palate and transform as they combine with dark chocolate. The perfect gift for the sophisticated connoisseur! Each box includes 9 truffles, a bottle of hand-selected wine, tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

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The juxtaposition of flowers, roots, herbs and spices play with dark chocolate from around the world is an outstanding provocative dance and taste on flavors. Attractive packaging perfects the experience.

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Check out my previous blog entry for Vosges: http://jesswords.com/vosges-haut-chocolate/

Enjoy each day, make it a delectable one!  Xoxo

Sweet Retreat – Cafe Sua Tiramisu

Sweet Retreat – Cafe Sua Tiramisu

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. – Virginia Woolf Hi everyone! With Valentine’s day near, dessert comes to mind. Here is my quick recipe for Cafe Sua (Vietnamese Milk Coffee) Tiramisu. Impress with no baking and no fuss. 

Daiwa Sushi

Daiwa Sushi

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -George Bernard Shaw Welcome to 2015!  With some light traveling and holiday events the time just flies on by. Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy a wonderful holiday and a fantastic kickstart into 

The Bier Stein

The Bier Stein

He was a wise man who invented beer. – Plato

I love The Bier Stein! I wish I could live at The Bier Stein. Ohhhh to the Belgium beer goodness!  The Bier Stein is THE beer store located in Eugene, OR in the center of the University town. Since opening in July of 2005, the business has recently moved into a new, beer hall-style location.

They have an awesome stock of over 30 taps, a wall of 1,000 different bottles of beer from around the world, and have a menu of excellent food to pair.

Ample parking and sipping space. They always have a fun crowd, no matter if you are sitting at a bar or table.  Very knowledgable and personable staff compliments this memorable experience.

Steps to being a Bier Stein pro:

1. Wait in line: Check the on-going and updated beer list while waiting or check it outline as you creep up on the line: http://thebierstein.com/tap-list/

2. Order Beer/ Food: Order by the sampler, 2oz+ sizes – Your account will remain open until you are ready to close it

3. Take your number and find a seat. Now you wait for the order to come to you

4. Need a refill? There’s an app for that! Go ahead and pull your phone out and fill out some straightforward information and your next set of beer and bits will make its way to you

5. Ready to close out? Just head back to the register and they will close out your tab. Easy!
Yes, order the pretzel! Yes, spend the day and sip beer! Yes, shoot pool and repeat the first two with friends!

 

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Cheers!

http://thebierstein.com/

1591 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401  – Mon-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun noon-10pm

Liquid Gold’s Soft Opening – Bottle Shop Tap Room

Liquid Gold’s Soft Opening – Bottle Shop Tap Room

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. –  Abraham Lincoln   Liquid Gold is a cool place to chill.