Two athletic coaches from Alaska, husband and wife – let’s call them Bob and Carol – were at Skamania Lodge this past weekend for a coaching conference. Saturday afternoon, and it was time for, what else, an athletic event on TV, which Bob and Carol were watching in their room. Bob got out some snacks, sausage and cheese, and in the course of cutting the sausage with a knife, sliced his hand bad enough that the hand required stitches.
So off went Bob and Carol, towards the Hood River hospital. After getting stitched, Bob and Carol asked around, “Where should we go for dinner?” When they heard “Nora’s Table” from everyone they asked, it seemed to them the only smart thing to do was to head our direction. Which they did.
So that’s how a cut finger at Skamania Lodge can lead to dinner at Nora’s Table.
Stu and Kathy were tasting wine at Syncline on Monday when our delightful tasting assistant told us she brought her aunt in for breakfast recently. The aunt ordered our Louisiana Eggs Benedict with house-made tasso ham. While savoring the tasso, she told her niece, “This must be unicorn, it’s so good!”
And that’s what we call exotic meat at Nora’s Table.
One Pot Wonder this Wednesday: Chicken Tagine
We head to Morocco and parts thereabout on Wednesday for our weekly One Pot Wonder. We’ll braise those juicy Northwest natural chicken legs and thighs in ras-al hanout spices, lots of apricots, almonds, lemon, olives and a touch of honey, and serve it with toasted Israeli cous cous. And it’s yours, salad included, for $15. Heckova deal.
Thank you, the boulders are gone
Many thanks to those who braved the detour of all detours to come to Hood River last week, due to the rock slide on I-84, just west of Hood River. But ODOT worked through the weekend, and more than 200 truckloads of rock later, there is now one lane open Eastbound, and two lanes open Westbound.
Best mid-winter deal (well, besides out One Pot)
Did you know that on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights you can come in and enjoy our 5-course Chef’s Tasting menu for $30? And if you would like, we’ll pair five wines with those courses for an additional $20. Questions? OK, no, we don’t know in advance what it will be, but it always includes dessert. Everyone at the table needs to order it. It’s a super fun and relaxed way to enjoy noshing through our menu.
Some summer folk were in recently and commented, “Wow, this is the fewest people we have ever seen in here,” beings that they were used to the summer rock and roll. True. So, local friends, if crowds keep you away in summer, this is the perfect time to visit, and we so appreciate it.