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Food and Friends, Part 1

dining out

We love going to quilt shows. Sure the days are long and the set up and tear down are back breaking. However, it is such a joy to meet with our loyal and new customers. As I have said before, quilters are some of the nicest people.

Traveling to quilt show also has a side benefit.Connie and I are both “foodies.”We love fresh, regional locally owned restaurants.There are times we patronize fast food and chain restaurants because of the convenience, but in our travels, we try to seek out those rare gems, serving made from scratch unique cuisine. Prior to our arrival, I do an internet search of Yelp and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Here are some of the fun restaurants we have enjoyed:

  • Hodads in San Diego.One of the best burgers ever.
  • Opies in Spicewood, Texas.Texas BBQ is hard to beat.
  • Burma Bistro in Santa Clara, CA.We discovered Burmese tea salad.More on that later.
  • Swiss Hibiscus in Portland, OR.This was a blend of Swiss with a Hawaiian twist.Given our love of Hawaiian quilts, we had try it and we came back the following year.
  • Irma’s Southwest was on our walk back to the hotel at Houston International. Also, it does not get any more authentic than Tacos El Machin in Albany, OR. Breakfast burritos from Taqueria El Sazon in Kennewick, WA was a great way to start off a quilt show.
  • In San Diego, we stayed in Little Italy.It was a treat to be able to walk to some great Italian restaurants.
  • Sometimes we find these rare gems by accident.On our way back to our Air BnB from the Portland quilt show, we noticed a pizza restaurant about 2 blocks from our condo.The restaurant stood out because their pizza sign was upside down (intentionally).We had to try it: Red Sauce Pizza on 42nd.It was great.We got it to go and took it back to our condo and watch the NCAA basketball Tournament (University of Oregon women in the final four).We learned that the restaurant was owned and operated by women.

So far, our quilt show travels have been to the western states.Given that we must bring inventory to quilt shows,

we have not yet been able to enjoy the wonderful east coast and southern cuisine. Perhaps when I retire.

We often get helpful advice from our customers and ideas for new patterns. When we come to your town, stop by our booth and give us your favorite local restaurants.

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