Go Eat! Tendrils
By Julien Perry
Yep. It's quite a drive. But the city of Quincy holds a restaurant that not only serves great food, it provides a unique view that trumps any dining room you can find in Seattle.
"We're about 900-feet above the Columbia River, like, on a cliff," says newly appointed Tendrils executive chef, Shauna Scriver.
Tendrils is part of SageCliffe - a resort next door to the Gorge Amphitheater that offers not just an elevated view, but elevated dining, thanks to Scriver. The 27-year old says leaving her former post at Brasa was a hard decision.
"Just because I was personally in a good spot in Seattle and had it pretty good, but I knew I had to (leave) for my career."
But there are perks to working 2 hours away from the city.
"It's a little bit more laid back here at the hotel. So, we have vacationers rather than people who are out on a date, going to the opera, going here, going to do this, busy. So, we get people at their best, I think."
Also on the property? An estate winery, Cave B, which Shauna is totally soaking up - and no, not the way you think.
"I've learned so much about wine here, right down to growing the grapes. Once you actually see a season, you see the bare vines during the winter and then you kind of see them perk up a little, you see a couple of little leaves come and then they're with grapes; it's really neat!"
She says she likes to keep her menu simple and seasonal.
"We have a really great pork dish with a stone ground local corn cake and a cilantro pesto. We also have fresh halibut with a Walla Walla onion broth."
"I plan on staying here for awhile, just because I want to see another cycle through the garden and now I have so much pride, I can't leave in case somebody rolls in and steals my glory!" laughs Shauna. "I've done a lot here!"
Places Chef Shauna likes to Go Eat!: BOKA, Sea Garden
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This amazing cloud formation appeared over my home in Rochester, WA on Dec. 8, 2013. They were to the southeast of me, moving very slow to the east and holding this pattern for several minutes.