Monday, October 20, 2014

Lunch at Pizza A'fetta in Cannon Beach

Pizza A'fetta is a small and charming pizza place located in downtown Cannon Beach. We loved the server who was super friendly and accommodating to us and our little ones.  He even offered to take a family photo of the four of us huddled around our pizza.  They seem to take pride in their restaurant, stating how long they've been opened, twenty five years, and that their on a top fifty list for best pizzas in the nation.  The pizza hit the spot.  Hot and fresh with large pieces of pepperoni and a nice thin quality to the crust.  Next time I visit Cannon Beach I'd probably stop back in for more pizza. 

Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock.  Ecola State Park.  The quaint downtown filled with shops, restaurants, coffeehouses and galleries.  I found Cannon Beach to be a captivating and a very photogenic place.  It was only seven miles from Seaside where we stayed so went several different days.  The first day was so foggy that we couldn't see Haystack Rock and the downtown buildings almost weren't visible.  So we went back.  The Pacific loomed before us, magnificent in its power as we watched waves building toward the beach.  Haystack Rock stood proud, surrounded by other rocks and making Cannon Beach one of the best in the nation.  Finally, we visited Ecola State Park which is the exit right before the downtown area.  It offers up views from above Haystack Rock that must not be missed.  To the left is Tillamook Rock, a lighthouse on a rock in the middle of the sea which I found mystifying, I hear its haunted.   Cannon Beach has many memorable aspects and I had a blast photographing the area. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Doogers Seafood and Grill in Seaside

We had several nice meals out while on our Oregon Coast trip with a couple of them being in Seaside.  Doogers Seafood and Grill was another of those meals.  Everywhere seemed to be kid-friendly so highchairs were always available and nobody minded our two babies dining with us.  Doogers is a chain on the North Oregon Coast that serves quality seafood.  Well, by now I needed a break from seafood and a cheeseburger sounded good so that's what my husband and I ordered.  You can't go wrong with the Tillamook cheese that seems to be on everything in this area, too.  Plus, being in Oregon we wanted to take the opportunity to try some local Pinot Noir.  By the time we sipped our wine and polished off our burgers and fries, the boys were fussy and ready to head back to the hotel.  We ordered some Marionberry Cobbler to go though and enjoyed it later. 

The Boardwalk Restaurant and Lounge

After checking into our hotel in Seaside and getting settled we went out to dinner aThe Boardwalk Restaurant and Lounge.  Located inside the Shilo Inn it has sweeping views of the ocean.  That night was pretty quiet around Seaside and the thick fog everywhere didn't help.  We couldn't even see the water for the first day and wondered if the ocean was really there or not.  But nonetheless we had a nice dinner out and I tasted some fresh, local seafood.  I started with Clam Chowder which is always a good option while on the Oregon Coast.  Then I had the Spring Salad which had strawberries, mixed greens, mandarin oranges and a pomegranate vinaigrette.  For my entrée I ate the Crab Cakes which had sides or red pepper coulis and béarnaise sauce with jasmine rice and asparagus.  I also sipped on a drink called At the Pool which had vodka and pineapple juice.  My husband drank a Manhattan and he had the fish and chips.   

Friday, October 17, 2014


I recently had the opportunity to hang out in Seaside, Oregon.  I'd only passed through once before, stopping to shop at the Nike Outlet with my parents years ago, so I didn't know what to expect.  Seaside ended up being a pretty neat place, with a nice long stretch of beach with views of the Pacific and a long Promenade to walk down.  We took our boys on a walk down the Prom everyday while checking out the ocean and all the waterfront hotels.  The Turnaround was pretty cool with a Lewis and Clark statue and views of the sea.  There are also tons of shops and restaurants around and even an arcade, an aquarium and a carousel.  Seaside had lots to offer and I was impressed.  Plus I love the ocean and I could look at it all day. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Birthday Lunch at Duke's Chowder House

My family and I celebrated my birthday at Duke's Chowder House in Southcenter.  We went for lunch and I really enjoyed it.  All of their seafood comes from either the Northwest or Alaska and is all natural, not farmed.  I was impressed with the quality of the food and the service.  I started with a glass of Prosecco which was bubbly and refreshing.  Then I had a bowl of Lobster Chowder which I loved because of the chunks of lobster.  I also ate the Organic Wild Wild Mixed Greens and some Coco Loco Prawns.  My husband had the Savory Chipotle Wild Salmon Sandwich.  Then for dessert we each got a chocolate éclair.  I enjoyed the orange zest and flavoring in the cream with the raspberry sauce on the side.  Duke's is a pretty high quality restaurant located right by the mall, nice!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Chocolate Chip Muffins for my Birthday Breakfast

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I started the day off right- with some chocolate.  I baked chocolate chip muffins the day before for my birthday breakfast and they were a yummy start to a new year.  The recipe I used came from Taste of Home.  They weren't very moist and the consistency was more like a scone but I loved how the chocolate chips melted once the muffins were reheated.  I always make my birthday about eating good food and these muffins were a tasty way to begin the day. 

Chocolate Chip Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In a small bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.