BeefSteak vs Roma

I decided this year to try Roma tomatoes, last year I planted Beefsteak and I wanted a sweeter lighter tomato. I did my research and decided to try Roma tomatoes. So I got the plants and planted them, began to care for them, water, great garden potting soil and watch them grow. The two plants really took over and produced lots of tomatoes, I made tomato sauce, pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce. I froze lots of the tomatoes and will have plenty this winter. I was able to use the basil and onions I planted also, great sauces.

I used some metal galvanized containers and filled them with garden potting soil which really seemed to help. Last year I used large round plastic pots which worked well, but the containers gave the tomatoes more room to grow.

Leaving the pots unplanted with soil still in them I noticed a small weed grow up in the pot. I thought the thing was a dandelion and I should pull it. But I didn't I just left it grow, what was the harm I didn't need the pot anyway. It got little yellow flowers and I thought soon they would be big  old dandelions, but I still did not pull it. The flowers did not turn to big yellow flowers, but they went away. The plants got pretty big and was for sure not a dandelion, but I still thought I should pull the thing. Then I noticed it had tiny green balls. What! The balls grew into Beefsteak tomatoes from last year. It took the whole summer before it produced tiny beefsteak tomatoes. So Funny!

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Seaside

We finally got the opportunity to take a few days off. We decided to stay in Seaside, OR. We used to frequent Cannon Beach and Seaside and there were some restaurants that we really enjoyed and planned to visit them while there.

The first was the Great Wall just outside of seaside, the best Asian food ever. We showed up and they were closed on Monday. So we just grabbed something at Pizza Hut. 

Nest day after our site seeing decided that we would eat lunch at the Ecola Seafood Market in Cannon Beach, amazing fish and chips, salmon, halibut, cod and once they even had red snapper. Great place, well when we arrived it was being renovated because of fire. Strike two.

We had to eat somewhere so we remembered that we enjoyed the Local Scoop in Cannon Beach, they had a great cheeseburgers. They were open, the most important thing at this time. We ordered the burger and I have to say it was really good and the people were very nice. Now the down side. The guy that served us wore a tight T-shirt and shorts, OK we were at the beach, but the clothes could be a least clean. The utensils were dirty I could write my name on the greasy knife, then the food came and there was a plate underneath the sandwich for us to share and it was full of water. Come on guys!

Good Hamburger!

Next night the Great Wall was open and it did not disappoint, we had shrimp, sweet and sour chicken, won tons and cashew nut chicken. It was so good that I actually forgot to take a picture until everything was almost gone. Don't miss this if you visit Seaside, OR.

Next day we spent the day in Cannon Beach, wanted to go to Morris's Inn, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Next Driftwood was closed also and there were lots of people in Cannon Beach for the day. Apparently a Cruise ship stopped in Astoria and dropped off a bus load of people. We grabbed a Sandwich at the Cannon Beach Bakery, it was very good.

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Good Hamburger!

Next night the Great Wall was open and it did not disappoint, we had shrimp, sweet and sour chicken, won tons and cashew nut chicken. It was so good that I actually forgot to take a picture until everything was almost gone. Don't miss this if you visit Seaside, OR

Great Wall

Next day we spent the day in Cannon Beach, wanted to go to Morris's Inn, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Next Driftwood was closed also and there were lots of people in Cannon Beach for the day. Apparently a Cruise ship stopped in Astoria and dropped off a bus load of people. We grabbed a Sandwich at the Cannon Beach Bakery, it was very good.

Herbs in my Garden

I decided to plant some herbs in my garden, if I could not harvest them at least they would smell good. Stepping outside and having a fragrant aroma from the herbs greet me would be wonderful. The herbs did very well and I was able to harvest and dry them and have fresh herbs through the winter. Not all did well, but the ones that did supplied a lot of dry, jarred herbs.

Not only did I have fresh herbs but I was also was able dry them by I turned the oven to 400 degrees and after the oven reached 400 I turned the oven down to 170 degrees. I put the herbs on parchment paper and left them in for 30 minutes or until crisp. When the herbs were done I let them sit until cool and crushed up the herbs and stored the herbs for later.

The Greek Oregano did very well and provided lots of leaves to dry.

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Sage was a really good producer

 

Sage herbs Garden

Cheesecake Factory-Clackamas Mall

A visit to the Cheesecake Factory in Clackamas Mall was OK but a little disappointing. We wanted to grab a quick sandwich and ordered the Roadside Sliders, with cheese and no onions. Well the order arrived 25 minutes later with some onions and no cheese. The server was nice and offered to redo the order but after waiting 25 minutes we opted not.

Food is till good and we will return, but a bit disappooining.

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Asiatico Waterfront Fusion Sushi

One of my favorite visits on the Oregon Coast, in Newport you will find this wonderful restaurant tucked away on the waterfront.

I love the bento and the people are so nice and accommodating. They have a platter with a sample of many of their items. Little dumplings, teriyaki skewers, fried shrimp and spring springrolls. The side salad with miso dressing and miso soup are heavenly, the sauces are perfect. The calamari is cooked to perfection.

Next time you are in Newport, Oregon please stop by and enjoy all they have to offer.

P.f. Changs

I noticed on the menu of P.F. Change that they advertised farm to wok. The menu is full of all kinds of healthy choices. The brown rice is cooked to perfection and all the dishes were delicious. There were a lot of fried foods and most of the non-fried had spices that I can't eat. The batters were light and crispy and I really enjoyed everything.

I choose the fried green beans with a sweet and sour sauce, sweet and sour chicken, crab puffs and lettuce wraps. Amazing food and very good service from Shaun my waiter, I would return with maybe some special request s and the non-fried menu choices.

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