Posts Tagged With: Diners Drive-Ins and Dives

Voodoo Time in Portland

6/14/13

I still wasn’t feeling well when I woke up. This time neither was my mom. We both had to get ready quickly and head to the train station. We had to catch a train to Portland. We walked from our hotel to the bus depot and were told the bus we needed could pull into any lane, which is stupid. The guy working there told us just to pick a lane and if it was wrong then we should run at the last minute to the correct lane. That’s not very easy when you have suitcases. We picked a lane and sure enough it was the wrong one. We had to run to another one. The bus left us off at the International District. We spotted the entrance to Chinatown and then we walked to the train station.

The station was very clean and white. My mom tried to pay to upgrade us to business class, but it  was sold out. We waited on line for about an hour so we could get our first pick of seats in coach since they are assigned. We asked for the middle of the car on the right side. Our train  finally pulled in and we settled into our seats. We got good seats. The people behind us didn’t have a window and they had a baby behind them.

The train ride was long (almost 4 hrs) and boring. The train car smelled like poop. We later found out that this was because the baby had been sitting with poop in his diaper. The mother put the baby on the train seat to change him exposing the fill diaper of poop. Gross! I snapped pictures of the water and mountains along the ride since there was nothing else to do.

Tacoma, WA

Museum of Glass

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Anderson Island

Longview, WA

Carrolls, WA

Vancouver, WA

Portland

Portland’s train station is very old and has a great look to it. We had to walk to our hotel from the train station. It was about a 13 minute walk and it wasn’t very pleasant. There were a lot of bums, drunks, and druggies around. It was daylight, but it didn’t feel very safe. My mom was not happy. The neighborhood our hotel was in was not very good. A lot of undesirables walking around. However, we were across the street from Voodoo Doughnut.

We checked into our hotel, which was an Embassy Suites. The hotel is historic and JFK was even there once. The lobby was beautiful and our room was quite big. We had a living room, bathroom, and a separate bedroom. There was even a microwave and refrigerator. We were on the top floor, which was nice. Our room wasn’t facing one of the main streets so it was very quiet. I ate some snacks, which was first meal of the day even though it was late in the day at that point.

We then headed out to Voodoo Doughnut. There was a line but it went quickly. We ordered 3 doughnuts and 1 postcard. I wanted to buy more postcards but they were extremely overpriced. I bought a dirt doughnut and a no name. My mom got their famous maple bacon bar. The place was so cool and I wish I could have tried them all! We dropped off our box of doughnuts in the hotel. My mom ate her doughnut and I had one bite of the dirt one.

Dirt and No Name

We walked to the famous Powell’s books. IT WAS HUGE!!!! I felt like the place never ended. There was room after room after room of books. They actually had maps it was so big. Then we went to Buffalo Exchange which is a vintage store. After that we headed to Byways Cafe. It was on the first Diners, Drive-in’s, and Dives episode that I saw. I have been wanting to go for years. I wanted their french toast. However, our timing sucked so we couldn’t go for breakfast. So I just went to take a picture.

After that we headed to Whole Foods where I bought a sandwich for dinner. The neighborhood was so much nicer than the one we were in. We headed back to our hotel for the Manager’s Reception. They had free popcorn, chips, dip, pretzels, and drinks. My mom made that her dinner while I sat with her and ate my sandwich. It was still early and normally we would have went for a walk but the neighborhood prevented us from doing so. We went back to the room and ate our doughnuts while watching a Law and Order SVU marathon.

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Silk City Diner

I’ve been quite lazy in the last week or two about posting blogs. I’ve been busy at work so by the time I get home I’m exhausted. Plus I’m planning my trip next month. Back to Philadelphia posts…

Silk City Diner

I first heard about Silk City on Diners, Drive ins, and Dives. I’m a mac n cheese fanatic and they had baked Mac n cheese with gold fish crust. I love gold fish as well. So this sounded like a match made in heaven. My parents and I finally decided to go. It was packed!! There were only a couple of booths so it doesn’t take much to the pack the place. I got my mac, my dad got either a veggie burger or crab cake sandwich, and my mom got a chicken sandwich. My mom didn’t like her sandwich. She thought it was too exotic, but she liked her fries. My dad loved his sandwich. I loved mine!! It was heaven. It was also huge! I went to buy a t-shirt, but they didn’t have my size. By the way, the first time we went we got super lost and wound up driving into Camden. So get clear directions because it is confusing.

We went back a couple months later. My mom got a grilled cheese with fries, which she liked. My dad and I got what we had before. Again everything was good. I finally got my shirt. We learned our lesson and went early so we got a table easily. The neighborhood was a little sketchy.

A couple months later we were back again, but the menu had changed. No more mac with gold fish. 😦 It was replaced with a tiny portion of mac with garlic bread crumbs. I was very sad. To equal the previous portion size I would need to order 3 of the new one. The first half of the Mac was good, but once the garlic layer was gone it got bland. I told them that they needed to double layer the bread crumbs. They need a layer in the middle and one on top. I got a grilled cheese as well and that was really good. My dad’s sandwich was gone. I can’t remember if it was the veggie or the crab. If it was the veggie then he switched to the crab if it was the crab then he switched to the veggie.

We went back again and got the same things. This time we went for dessert as well. We got the Chocolate Banana Brioche Bread Pudding which was recommended to us and I believe it was on DDD as well. It was very good.

We stopped going to Silk City because they changed the menu again. My dad’s sandwich got cut and the mac was just too small for me. That being said I would definitely recommend that people check it out. The menu is great for people that eat meat. My dad doesn’t eat meat (except for fish), my mom doesn’t eat red meat, and I rarely eat meat so that limits our choices.

I sadly don’t have any pictures because I went there before taking pictures of food became popular. 😉

Current Menu

The DDD Video

You can see a postcard of it by visiting my Philadelphia Postcards Page

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Gun Fight Ahead

July 16 2012

My mom brought up some breakfast which I ate quickly while getting dressed. Our first stop was going to be the Dallas Heritage Village. We would need to take a bus there and then walk. However, the neighborhood looked deserted on Google maps. The hotel was nice enough to offer to drive us to the village. On our drive we passed Pioneer Plaza, which consisted of statues of a cattle drive. We also passed the Dallas Farmer’s Market. We made note of its location so we could go back.

When we arrived we purchased tickets in the gift shop and then I picked up a postcard. The lady gave us a map and informed us that shortly there would a gun show with the actors. We took our seats for the show and were thoroughly entertained. We went into each house and shop. It was like going back in time. I was pleased that my mom was enjoying herself as well. The village is a great historical spot for people of all ages. A lot of people brought their kids and they were having a good time. Nothing was repetitive. In most of the houses we just roamed around since there wasn’t an official tour. However, a docent in one of our final houses (the Sullivan House) closed the house to the public (temporarily) and gave us a private tour. My favorite house was the Blum House. I also enjoyed seeing the Doctor’s office despite the fact all the instruments were scary looking. Thank goodness for modern medicine. We stayed to see the second gun show and surprisingly it was different than the first. I purposely had us go on a Saturday because I had read about these shows and the fact they docents in some of the houses. Additionally, there were animals and the blacksmith was in his shop working. We used the restrooms and walked a couple blocks to the Farmer’s Market.

We saw the Farmer’s Market on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and thought we would check it out. We went the outdoor portion first where there were tons of vendors selling fruits and vegetables. Many of the vendors were giving out free samples. I didn’t have any, but my mom tried a few. She seemed to enjoy them. Next we went inside and saw the long line for the Pecan Lodge (where Guy visited). We walked around for a bit and bought some sweets. We sat and watched everyone stuffing their faces with BBQ. Everything looked and smelled amazing. We used the restroom and went outside to wait for the bus. We waited for 15 minutes and no bus. It was hot and there wasn’t a place to sit by the bus stop so we decided to walk.

I had read about a mall so my mom and I were going to head there. I figured it is nice and cool after a couple hours out in the sun. I also figured we would eat dinner in the mall. The “mall” was called Plaza of the Americas and it was anything but a mall. It was the bottom levels of a hotel. There was  an ice skating rink. There was a very very small food court that was closed but looked gross anyways. There were probably less than 10 stores and they were all closed. Not one of them looked good. So we decided to leave and see the Holocaust Museum. We boarded a train and realized we were the only suckers who bought tickets. Everyone just got on. The people at the stop we got out at looked kind of scary. I guess we weren’t in the best neighborhood. The museum wasn’t very obvious (bad signage), but we eventually found it.

The admission was pretty steep considering the museum consisted of only 3 rooms (I didn’t know that at the time). There was a holocaust survivor there to talk about the book he wrote and to sign it. We walked around and saw that most of the items in the museum were actually donated by him. There was a recreation of one of the cattle cars that took the Jews to the camps. There was a very moving video at the end that had very informative signs.

We were very hungry at this point and decided to get dinner. We walked to TGI Friday’s and read the menu, but nothing appealed to us. We went into a candy store that was super expensive and left. Back to Hoffbrau’s. This time my mom ordered a bacon grilled chicken honey mustard sandwich with chips. I ordered mac n cheese and mashed potatoes with gravy again. They served us the best hot fresh bread ever! It was just so darn good!!! My mom’s sandwich looked and smelled incredible. She loved it and said it was one of the best things she ever ate. I ate her bread which tasted like honey mustard and the grill (but in a good way). We took the chips back to the room and munched on them later. What a great dinner!

On her way back to the hotel (through the scary tunnel) we had a crazy lady follow us in. She was cursing at us and threatening us. We walked fast and tried not to pay attention to her. My mom had the plastic knife from the restaurant in her hand just in case. There are no cameras in the tunnel so it is so dangerous. We reported the incident to the hotel. We went back to our room and called it a night.

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Baltimore

I’ve been to Baltimore many times. I decided to go back in 2011 for a refresher. I really wanted to go to Charm City Cakes and Blue Moon Cafe. If you go to Blue Moon Cafe, stick with the Captain Crunch French Toast. My mom ordered a cinnamon bun and our friend ordered pancakes. The pancakes were thrown out and the bun was picked at. My french toast was really good though. I did a couple of history museums, but I still want to go back and view the Egyptian Exhibit at the Walters Art Museum. I highly recommend Maryland Historical Society Museum. They have performances that are quite entertaining and educational. The Baltimore Civil War Museum was very quick and not what I was expecting. The Flag House and Museum was great. I just missed the group tour, but they gave me a private one. We took Amtrak to get here, which was a piece of cake and we used public transportation to get around. The best meal was at Cheesecake Factory. I got fried mac n cheese balls (see picture below), mac n cheese, and oreo cheesecake. YUM!  To view my trip plan please click here. To read my Charm City Cakes post click here.

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Blue Moon Cafe

Brick Oven Pizza

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