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Eating in Eugene

As many of you know I LOVE Sweet Life Patisserie in Eugene. So why I don’t have a photo of anything I ever get there is a mystery to me as well. Oh well…here is a photo of a Belgian Liege waffle from Off The Waffle with basil, gouda, ¡bacon!, maple syrup and I am sure a lot of love from the orange haired guy and his brother who started this excellent waffle place.

The next photo is a homemade (cartmade?) veggie burger with beets and mushrooms and most of us think meat because it tastes so good but the cook won’t tell us the secret ingredients. Hmmm! I can’t remember the name of the cart but it’s down the street from Ninkasi Brewery (note…the alcohol level in their beers is very high, hence, thus, therefore everyone seems to be plastered in there.) and is in the parking lot near some dive bar.

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Pescadas Fritas

Lightly fried sardines…

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Bocadillo

Jorge ate this bocadillo de la casa for la comida today at 1:30 (lunch). It has lomo (pork), white onions, tomato and bread. His dog, Hardy, is often given a huge meal of table scraps by the owner of the place. Here he is relaxing after his meal.

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Donner Kebab

My flat mate Jorge brought home some sort of lamb dish with tzatziki sauce, french fries and hamburger rolls from the ubiquitous and popular Donner Kebab (sometimes written Kebap) for his la comida (2pm lunch). They double as pizza places for some reason and seem to be run not by Turks but East Indians.

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Food

I like food. I don’t consider myself a foodie whatever that is. I don’t ever purposely pay a lot for meals. My goal is always to seek out good quality at a reasonable price but this can be very difficult. A lot of recommendations I get from people sound like this, “It’s great! They serve huge portions.” Next. In the US I use yelp.com, urbanspoon.com and the NY Times dining and travel reviews. Here are some methods I have come up with.

For online nonprofessional reviews like yelp.com I always look at the number of reviews, the rating and very importantly, where the reviewer is from. If they are local to the restaurant or from good food places in the US like NYC, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago then I give the review more credibility. If they have written reviews for other restaurants that seem to be reasonable that’s a plus. If they write too much or give me a lot of narcissistic information I skip it. Likewise if they write, “It’s great! They serve huge portions.” If the reviews are either glowing or miserable I feel the truth is somewhere in the middle. If bad reviews are for buffets or service by a certain server I am still willing to give it a try for a sit down meal. If the place is described as dirty I pass. Always. I have also seen things that have made me not return. I am not a germophobe but hey try food poisoning a few times and you will get the picture.

Outside of the US it can be harder. I have found one thing that works well though. Ask people who work in wine shops for recommendations. Other than that just get out and explore. I try to see what most other people are ordering. For instance, yesterday I was at my usual hang out and noticed a British couple eating paella there while everyone else was eating tapas. There’s a reason for that. The paella is overpriced and not made traditionally (from scratch it takes at least 30 minutes but their’s comes out quickly so you know it is premade). I’m sure they were sated but they could have done better. Whatever. I’ve done the same thing many times. Lastly it can be worth it to ask the server. But check the prices first. If they suggest the most expensive item then you know why but then again it may really be the best thing. And don’t ever feel you can’t ask how fresh something is or when it was made. In fact, when I was in Mexico this was very common.

Ok if you have any suggestions that would help me that you use feel free to write some comments.

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Ohhhhh noooooo!

Clean bathrooms, air conditioning and 45 minutes (not an hour) of free wifi. Starbucks *€€. I don’t however ever go to the other fast food establishments one of which is pictured on that kid’s head.

I forgot to mention that I had a grande latte at *€€. It is expensive there. 3.30€ or $4.70 for this drink. There seems to be a pattern of prices in that general range. Also in the U.S. hot and cold drink are 99% of the time served in to go cups. Drink for 5 minutes then into the garbage. Not so here. I like the real mugs.

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Eat like a bird

Post spinach pocket was an unknown pastry of lemon, pineapple, pine nut, sticky sweet mixture of kitchen cleaner yuckiness. Did I mention that since I started using lemon shower soap that I have a hard time eating lemon? Guess who liked it though?

I am still going to venture into the unknown of food. There are plenty of pigeons here to help me out with what I won’t eat. I almost forgot to mention that this and the empanada cost 3.40€ or $4.85.

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