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April 21, 2013

The Farmstead Restaurant & Pub

This is a repost of my Yelp review that I did for The Farmstead Restaurant & Pub, which is located between Molalla and Mulino...

I have been to The Farmstead numerous times since it opened 10+ years ago, and have always been pleased with the food and service -- even with the different menu changes that have happened along the way. Today's visit was to the restaurant side of the establishment, not the pub -- although we have had good results at the pub, as well.

Today's lunch visit was to celebrate my mother's 65th birthday, and I have to say that it was an excellent choice. The Farmstead offers a wide range of American classics, as well as 'newer' fusion type flavors (oriental and southwest influences). Within our group of five, we had a philly steak wrap, thai chicken wrap, cheeseburger, kids fish n' chips, and my blackened ahi tuna entree salad -- all of which were met with high praise.

The ahi salad seemed like a perfect choice for me since I was keeping an eye on calories, and I was not disappointed. The base was a nice mix of spring greens, with fried wantons, chunks of apple and celery, all topped with the seared and sliced ahi. The ahi was cooked perfectly, with a nice spicy kick -- and the texture? Just like buttah! The salad had a light, somewhat spicy, dressing with traditional oriental flavors -- ginger being one of the more notable standouts. Top notch.

The birthday girl ordered her own cheesecake for dessert, and the rest of us shared a brownie/cookie crumble sundae -- a nice finish to a great meal.

The only real critique I would have is more pertaining to the layout of the restaurant dining room. When patrons enter the restaurant, there is no sign saying whether they are to wait to be seated, or to seat themselves. If the servers are at their prep station, or tending to patrons on the west side of the dining room, they have no way of knowing that someone is waiting to be seated. This did create an awkward moment when we entered, including a longer than expected wait in the lobby, until we ventured into the dining room to contact a server.

But that is minor. We rate The Farmstead very high overall, and we will definitely be back again!

[I give it 4 stars out of 5]

April 20, 2013

Psalm 23:4

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." -Psalm 23:4

April 6, 2013

Gimli Glider

Growing up in rural America with limited access to television, I missed a few events that happened in other parts of the world. One such example is the story of the Gimli Glider, which took place almost 30 years ago high above Manitoba, Canada -- something I knew nothing about until just recently.

Noah and I have a renewed aviation interest after our recent travels to Canada, and we stumbled upon this story while watching plane videos on YouTube. Here is a link to an excellent Smithonian Channel presentation on this event: Gimli Glider Story.

Gimli Glider

April 2, 2013

German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

Our 13-year-old dog, Murphy, is a mix of German Shorthaired Pointer and English Springer Spaniel (aka "Sprointer"), with a very GSP-like personality -- he is basically a miniature GSP. So when we stumbled across this video on YouTube, it became an instant favorite in our house -- Emily could watch it over, and over, and over, and over...