Ona Restaurant Review

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Brr, the weather is cold and windy today -I think it’s time for another summer post!

While Ben and I were at my family reunion trip in Yachats, Oregon, we went to the Ona Restaurant & Lounge.

The waiter was friendly, and gave great suggestions on entrees to try.

I ordered some Oregon Dungeoness Crab Cakes -they were amazing! The crab in them was so fresh. Also, I loved that the crab was the featured star -the crab cakes weren’t mostly stuffed with breading and other fillers.

Ben got the McK Ranch burger and said it was great. He loved the taste and the size of the burger. He wasn’t too impressed with the fries, but then, we have spent quite a bit of time in Idaho. 🙂

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Kelly, Ross and Audrey -my awesome sister, her man and adorable baby -went with us too. We had loads of fun together. I held my  adorable niece as often as I could. 🙂

All in all, it was a great dining experience. ❤


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Ona Restaurant & Lounge

Hours:

Monday-Friday: 4 pm -8:30 pm
Saturday -Sunday: 11 am -8:30 pm

Address:

A131 Highway 101 North
Yachats, Oregon 97498

541-547-6627

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Hot Cookie Mama

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While at Support the Badge for one of my Mandalorian Mercenary events, I found a new treasure -Hot Cookie Mama! I love the cute little pink caboose -it was the fun color that drew my attention first. I couldn’t help but take a peek.

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They have lots of fun types of cookies, and ice-cream treats as well. The prices are more than fair, and the food delicious.

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I had one of the gourmet chocolate cookies, and as you can tell I loved it. 🙂 Next time I want to try the Granola Muncher or the Tree Hugger cookie.

I can’t wait to see the Hot Cookie Mama booth at the next fair or event!

Hot Cookie Mama Facebook Page

(701) 426-1957

 

My Summer Adventures

 

I can’t believe it’s already autumn! Time sure flies fast. Since I didn’t get around to posting as much as I wanted, I’ll do a recap of my summer. Here’s some of my summer adventures:

  • We went to a wedding for Ben’s sister, Katie in Santa Barbara, California. It was a mad dash getting everything together, but that was part of the fun.
  • I worked on my dining chair project. I’m sanding the down the chairs so I can stain and varnish them later. It is a lot more work than I anticipated!
  • I enjoyed Ben’s gardening. He grew lovely flowers for me, and the tomatoes were ah-mazing.
  • We went on bonfires with friends.
  • Ben and I went to ImagiCon out in Minot. There, I dressed up for the Mandalorian Mercs (a Star Wars non-profit charity organization), I found a steel boned corset, and I enjoyed a wedding reception.
  • We had a super fun 4th of July party. It was British themed, as we were feeling mischievous. There was amazing cake, and lots of fireworks.
  • We went to a 1950’s themed party. I managed to find the coolest costume at Seeds of Hope for $6.

I participated in a lot more Mandalorian Mercs events, which I will post about later. I’ll also post about my family reunion at the Oregon Coast.

Canadian Candy

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Okay, okay, just one more post about Canada, I promise. 😉 Ben and I love candy, so we had to bring some back with us.

So, quiz: Do you know what a Canadian Smartie is? It’s not the same as American Smarties! A Canadian smartie is similar to an M&M, except crunchier. In my opinion, they taste way better (although, I don’t like M&Ms…)

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In Canada, what we call smarties are actually called Rockets. Apparently when Smarties Inc. brought this candy to Canada, they gave it a new name to reduce confusion. 🙂

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Here are the many candies we brought back: Milka, Mars, Bounty, Nestle Aero, Dolfin dark chocolate bar, KitKats, Turkish delights (box and bar), Scottish fudge bar, Smarties, and Rockets. We also brought back a bag of ketchup flavored chips (yuk!)

We noticed that at least in Winnipeg, KitKat bars are really popular. They had chunky and mini style, white chocolate, dark chocolate, and specialty flavors like mint chocolate.

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Ben had to get this bounty bar. Bounty bar, Bounty hunter… get it? Oh, those Star Wars puns…. Anyway, it is basically a milk chocolate Mounds bar. Since Ben doesn’t like coconut, I ate it.

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I’ve really wanted to try Turkish delights since reading the Chronicles of Narnia. And voila, here they are! These are flavored lemon and rose. I like the rose, but Ben said it tastes like a thousand rose petals, and not in a good way.

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At one of our dinner get-togethers, we busted out that bag of ketchup potato chips. Spencer refused to have any, because he had already tried them… and hated them. We all crowded around the bag of chips trying them. Ugh, I didn’t like them! But one of  our friends, Celeste, did like them. She ended up eating the entire bag. 🙂

Next time I head back to Canada I am stocking up on smarties and KitKat bars!

 

Falling in Love with Curry Part II + Recipe

In my previous post, Falling in Love with Curry, I shared the simple recipe I learned at college. Today I would like to share a more complex recipe.  Kritika (who taught me to make curry) often added more ingredients to her curry. She taught me something simple and quick so I could remember, but her curry was leagues ahead of mine. Because I loved hers so much, I spent a lot of time trying to recreate her mysterious blend of spices and sauce.

When my sister Heather was in Bismarck for an internship, we decided to make curry together.  We fiddled with the recipe and loved the result! I don’t think I quite managed to match Kritika’s personal recipe, but I think this recipe comes pretty close.

Here’s the recipe if you would like to try it:.

Dana and Heathers’s Fancy Curry

Ingredients

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Vegetables

  • 4 slices of fresh ginger, quarter sized (or add more ginger powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (if you love garlic, feel free to use a teaspoon (canned) or two cloves of garlic, (fresh), minced)
  •  1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
  • 2 Tablespoons of oil
  • Optional: 2 bell peppers, sliced thin

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Spices

  • 3 sections of golden curry paste, medium-hot (or mild) OR
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder OR
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

* I like to add all of the above spices together, but that’s because I love spice. You can try any of the options to start with.*

**I originally used ginger, cumin, cayenne and turmeric when I learned with Kritika. **

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Sauce and Meat

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes with juices (fresh) or 1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or half-in-half)
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, (or boneless pork chops) cubed
  • Optional: 1 can of lentils
  • Optional: 10 small golden potatoes, diced or 3 medium Russet potatoes

Instructions

1. Heat oil in a saucepan at medium heat. Add onions, (bell peppers,) and ginger. Stir fry until onion is light brown around the edges.
2. Add spices and stir. Let cook for 30 seconds, until you can smell the spices.

3. Pour in tomatoes and stir. Let sit on low heat until liquid evaporates and tomatoes soften (if fresh). About 5 minutes.
4. Add yogurt (or half-in-half) into saucepan. Stir, make sure  to loosen the bottom. Pour mixture into a blenderand puree. This will help the curry sauce to be smooth.

6. Pour sauce back into saucepan and add chicken(and lentils). Cover the curry and simmer at medium-low until chicken is cooked, about 10-15 minutes.

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Serve with rice and/or naan, and enjoy!

***Naan tastes best when buttered and sprinkled with cilantro and minced garlic.***

 

Falling in Love with Curry + Recipe

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By request (from my awesome sauce sister Kelly), I will be sharing my recipe for curry, and the story of how I fell head over heels for Indian food. 🙂

During my second semester at college, I had a roommate named Kritika and she was amazing! She was from Nepal, and Hindu; I listened to her ring bells to Ganesha every morning before class. She was also the one who got me hooked on Indian food.

I had some strange eating habits that year, which included snacking on carrots, nuts and grapes, and then for dinner.. eating tuna straight from the can.. Kritika came home one day, looked at me, and announced, “Dana, you eat like a rabbit! You need to eat real food!” She then proceeded to teach me how to make curry.

Let me say, I fell in love! I loved how cheap it was, how versatile it was in adding ingredients and how easy it was to throw together. And the taste! I’m telling you, it tasted like heaven. People would linger by our window because the smell was divine. I’m so glad Kritika saved me from my rather gross addiction to tuna. I ate really well that semester. 🙂

Here is the recipe:

Kritika’s Quick Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of tomatoes, with juice, mashed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cap-fulls of oil
  • 1 small spoon full of ginger
  • 1 small spoon-full of cumin
  • 1/3 small spoon-full of cayenne pepper
  • 4 pork chops, bone removed, diced
  • 3 Russet potatoes, diced, baked – ** We used the microwave**
  • 1 cup of water
  • Water, as needed

Instructions:

  1. Add oil to frying pan and stir fry onion until clear.
  2. Add pork and stir fry until cooked through.
  3. Add tomato paste, mashed tomatoes, water and potatoes. Stir until sauce is combined.
  4. Taste to make sure spices are just right. If too much spice, add more potatoes.
  5. Cook, covered, for about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice and enjoy!

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I love this recipe and have made it more times than I can count. You can easily add other ingredients or spices, and it will still taste great. If you try it out, let me know how it turned out!

 

Little Loves

This week I found some amazing things and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Cat Eye Sunglasses

My last pair of sunglasses met an unfortunate demise when I sat on them at a bonfire night… So, I needed a replacement. I found these really cute cat eye sunglasses made by Aero at the Seeds of Hope thrift store –for $1! I think they are super cute. 🙂

Contemporary Swing Jazz

I found myself in a bit of a music rut and started looking for a new genre of music to listen to. Yesterday I stumbled across some modern renditions of 1930’s-1950’s swing jazz songs, and I fell in love! I love the bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Two Man Gentleman Band, and Royal Crown Revue. I particularly like “Why Me” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 🙂

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Naan Crisps

I love Indian food. One of my favorite parts of an Indian dish is the naan –a beyond delicious flatbread. As I meandered around Wal-Mart, I stumbled across some naan crisps, and snagged a bag right up! They go great with my hummus. 🙂

I have a bunch of posts lined up for this week, including my recent trip to Canada! So stay tuned for more. 🙂