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Bread Pudding, sunshine and a drawing

January 22nd, 2008

No blah, blah, blah… I’ll get right to the point! One contest, two winners. And the winners are…
Comment #32 - Tami of Lemon Tree Tails
Comment #126 - Mindy of Mindy Said! Yeah Tami and Mindy!

So now the blah, blah, blah. Going back in time (insert wavy tv magic trick going back in time, rubbing my chin and looking up and squinting)… to lunch on a beautiful sunny day at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria… Karen and me yackin’ it up and having a fab, fab, fab lunch and time together.

Columbia River traffic - watching the ships go by. Well, not us. But these people are watching. We were watching the people.

The ultimate place I want to cocoon in with the T-man on a stormy weekend. The Cannery Pier Hotel.

Lunch at the Bridgewater was great - dessert was divine. I’ve been on a Bread Pudding World Tour to find the best. My journey is now over - and right here in my own backyard. Bread pudding from fresh baked bread (from scratch) with Cremé Frech, Cognac and dried cranberries. TO DIE FOR!

Karen’s dessert - Carrot Cake with candied carrots and Cardamon. Karen said it tasted like Sweden. I can honestly say we had a healthy lunch. Karen had veggies - carrots. I had fruit - cranberries. No carbs, no calories, and certainly no twisted rationalization. Sorta kinda honestly.

Even the HZ staff got to go today. Here’s the staff validating the winning comment numbers. Mimi, PA Bob, St. Joe-Joe and the newest member of the staff… Heinzelmännchen Hans-Olaf (he’s half German half Swedish, don’t ya know). I have to keep an eye on naughtly little Hans-Olaf… he’s always hiding my stuff behind his back. One time he even took the entire month of December and hid it from me. But on most days, he just likes to eff with me and hide my glasses, my keys, important receipts, my car in the Safeway parking lot, and so on. I’m really concerned about what he’s hiding back there today.

Our draw-er was Mr. Bridgewater Cafe himself… Tony Kischner. Tony’s put many a meal in front of me here, here and now here. Great guy, great sense of humor… and great food! Here Tony draws Mindy’s comment number.

Here Tony draws Tami’s comment number. Thank you Tony! BTW… Mimi’s got herself a new cause - and sporting her new bracelette… WristStrong. Go Mimi, go!

Karen signing her book as the staff watches on. Hans-Olaf reminding Karen it’s Tami with an “i” and one “m”. I have a sneaky suspicion he’s got Tami’s other “m” behind his back.

Thank you all for playing and leaving the sweet comments for Karen. [whispering] I think she really got the message to get a blog [/whispering]. ;)
And now I must nap.

Posted in I Heart Oregon, Mimi's Adventures |

28 Responses

  1. The fabulous Jessica allegedly said:

    Congrats Tami and Mindy!!!

    LOVE that Mimi is sporting a WristStrong bracelet! I would get one, but you have to give it away to the most famous person you know. And since, Monica, you are the most famous person I know, it would be redundant. Ah, the Colbert Nation. Good stuff.

  2. The fabulous Karen herself! allegedly said:

    Today was double the fun!!!!

    Two winners. Congratulations to both. Hope you love the book. I want to see pictures if you make any of the quilts.

    Yes, I’m going to get a blog. With Monica’s help, of course. Thank you Monica.

  3. The fabulous Tami allegedly said:

    Wow, I’m so excited about receiving Karen’s fabulous book. Thank you!!!

    This is so cool and I’m glad that we were able to convince her to start her own blog. Mission Accomplished! :-)

  4. The fabulous Paula in NH allegedly said:

    DH and I ate dinner at that restaurant when we were in Astoria in August 2005. We loved it! It is a wonderful place to eat and watch the world go by. Thanks for reminding me of that fabulous meal.

  5. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    Those desserts look absolutely divine! Congrats to the winners.

  6. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    The desserts looked terrific!! I agree that you had your daily quota of fruits and veggies…that’s how I would have done it. Congrats to the winner’s and also to Karen on bowing to all the pressure to blog!!

  7. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Ahhh what glorious photos! Looks like fun. And Karen, I’ll believe that blog when I see it!!!

    Now, pass the dessert.

  8. The fabulous Kathleen allegedly said:

    Ummmm, how did I miss the fact that you were having a contest? Dang! Oh well, maybe next time. For now I’ll just drool over those desserts.

  9. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Love the bag with the winning numbers inside. Very cute!!!!!!!

  10. The fabulous Mindy allegedly said:

    Yea!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get the book. :-)

  11. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Those desserts look REALLY, REALLY GOOD !!! (and I completely agree with that far fetched although acceptable rationalization about the fruits and veggies.)

    …oh, and by the way,is it possible that Hans-Olaf has been to my house? I had a little problem with a missing tiara earlier today……

  12. The fabulous Mary Anne allegedly said:

    Oops!! also meant to congratulate the winners of the drawing !

  13. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    Just discovered your blog by way of Anna Lena’s e-newsletter. Love your humor, love your blog! We have a place on the LB peninsula and will definitely give the Bridgewater Bistro a try our next time through Astoria. OMG, those desserts!

  14. The fabulous Funda allegedly said:

    Congratulations to the winners! Yummy desserts make the world go round. I’m jealous. One of the inns at Colonial Williamsburg has fabulous bread pudding. I’ve been toying with the idea of making one from sweet potato bread.

  15. The fabulous Nanna Jamma allegedly said:

    Congrats to the winners - lucky girls!
    I want to go to that restaurant - I do so miss that view….heavy sigh…. Both desserts looks so very yummy - I’ll have one of each, please!

  16. The fabulous Toby allegedly said:

    That bread pudding looks divine! I haven’t been to Astoria for years, but as a kid when I went on vacation with my grandmother we always stopped in Astoria.

  17. The fabulous Natalie allegedly said:

    Yummy desserts. Lucky Winners. Beautiful Oregon. Funny talk… thank you. You make winners of us all!

  18. The fabulous cindy allegedly said:

    Woo hoo! Lucky chicks! Hey, I got the new Connecting Threads catalog yesterday (it’s so mean that the PNW companies still send me stuff) and I saw her book in there! Very cool. Anyway, loved the story. Loved the scenery. Loved the food. Wish I was there!

  19. The fabulous Vickie E allegedly said:

    The deserts look divine…I’m jealous..

  20. The fabulous Domestic Chicky allegedly said:

    Wow-looks like Mimi has herself a little harem there…more valentines for her I guess!!! ;)

  21. The fabulous yolanda allegedly said:

    Looks like you had a lovely time!!!

  22. The fabulous Kris allegedly said:

    Great pics. Congrats to your winners! Tomorrow is my turn to play with Karen! Wish you could come too!

  23. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    Congrats to your winners! Lucky Girls!
    Your lunch (dessert) looks fantabulous…I have yet to dine at the Bridgewater but have only heard good things. What a goregous day~

  24. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Looks like a fantastic day, with great food and beautiful surroundings! Congrats to the winners!

  25. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Looks like you all had a fabulous time! WE all need to do that more often…


  26. The fabulous Laura & Mark Sperry allegedly said:

    Could you share some of that dessert and the Oregon Sunshine with us. Wow! Maybe next time we come through Astoria we’ll have to take a night off from Urban Cafe and try the Bridgewater.

  27. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    I cannot believe the action I’ve been missing over here! Bread pudding sounds really good. Why don’t more restaurants offer it?

  28. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    You crazy woman! My salivary glands are on hyperdrive mode drooling over that bread pudding and Karen’s carrot cake. Love carrot cake! Yummy! I’m going to e-mail you about something. I don’t know if I have the balls to say it here live! My left nut is hurting right now. I just came back from my annual visit to the cave doctor. I might blog about that later. K, gotta e-mail you right now. Toodles! BTW, fabric pimpette? Glory Gee to Beesus! I’m branded for life, aren’t I?

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