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Posted on Jun 15, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 25 comments

Sorry, Donald

Donald, you would be ashamed of what I did last night.

Donald the Duck, Scared :(

I’m sorry, buddy, but it’s true.


I had peking duck last night, and it was incredible. As it always is.


As you may remember, the Powell clan attempted to go to the Peking Gourmet Inn on Sunday night to kick off our little mini-reunion week. Weeeell, that didn’t turn out so well, since the restaurant had lost power! Sad. But as you can see, thankfully we got to work it into our schedule after all! I wasn’t feeling well earlier in the day too, so I’m glad that by the time we went out to dinner things had settled and I could partake in the deliciousness.



(In case you’re wondering, my Chinese zodiac sign is the Dragon. So pretty much the best one. Boo-yah. ;))

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peking duck, it’s a style of cooking duck so that the meat is tender and moist, the skin is crispy, and it’s served with little pancakes, spring onions, hoisin sauce, and sometime cucumbers to make wraps with!


The ducks are cooked whole, so they cut up and serve the meat right at the table!


Dinner and a show!


Deeeeelicious! I had three. Heeheehee. My mom ordered a few other dishes for dinner as well, but the duck was clearly the star, for both the Peking veterans…


… and newbies alike!


And to top off what was already an excellent evening, look what was waiting for me when I got home:


My Fitbloggin’ Popchips arrived! You guys have seen me consume these 100-calorie-bags-of-deliciousness numerous times on the blog, and I am super excited to have received a GINORMOUS box of them (actually two, since Ben got one too!) from the very generous Popchips peeps that represented at the Fitbloggin’ conference.

I really believe they are a great way to satisfy those pesky chips cravings without going overboard with your calories (I used to be able to put away an entire bag (yep, full-sized) of Ruffles by myself! Yech.) And while yes, they are still a processed food, you have to admit that it’s nice to have a healthier (or at least, lighter!) substitute for when the craving hits. I think this pic that Ben took tonight pretty much sums it up:

Day 163 - Death by Pop Chips
Death by Popchips. At least Daxter looks sad to see me go! And as you can tell by my expression, I’m okay with it. πŸ™‚

If you have tried Popchips, what’s your favorite flavor? Mine is a three-way tie between Salt & Vinegar, Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper. Do you have a favorite healthier/lighter substitute for your snackfood achilles heel? Have I asked this question before? Oh well, even if I have, I want to know again! Hahahaha. I hear a lot of talk about Arctic Zero as a low calorie substitute for ice cream, though I’ve never tried it. I do love my frozen desserts, so maybe I need to give it a go!


  1. I love the Popchops picture — that is hilarious!

    My Chinese zodiac symbol is the pig. Yep.

    • Haha! My brother is a pig too. It’s a source of endless enjoyment for me πŸ˜‰

  2. Love Peking Duck! I love the scallion wrapped pancakes with hoisin sauce! Best way to have it. Delicious and so decadent πŸ™‚

    That is an adorable picture of you and your dog! I’ve never had Pop Chips!

    • I knew you would be able to appreciate this dinner!

      PS: the cakes you’re decorating look sooooo awesome! You are making me totally want to take a cake decorating class… but I don’t think I have the willpower you have not to eat it all! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m a horse.

    Arctic Zero is okay. It kind of tastes like a frozen protein shake if that makes sense. I think it’s better if you mix it up with some milk for a milkshake rather than eating it straight up. I did a review of it on my blog at some point.

    • Hmmm… something tells me that wouldn’t really fill an ice-cream-shaped hole, haha. But I should give it a try, you know, equal opportunity and whatnot. πŸ™‚

  4. My sign is Horse. Hmmm.

    I love Popchips! I don’t have them too often, but when I do it’s Salt & Vinegar all the way. And that photo of you is fabulous. They should use that in their advertising! πŸ˜‰


    • Hahaha, that’s what Ben (my brother, and the photographer) said: on his blog he lets Popchips know it’s for sale! Hahahaha

  5. I want popchips!! πŸ™‚ and i’m sad i missed the Peking Gourmet Inn experience but i’m glad everyone had fun!!

    • It probably wouldn’t have been quite the same for you anyway, veggie girl. But we did still order that tofu dish! So you were there in spirit. πŸ˜‰

  6. That last picture is PRICELESS!

    • I love that stuff! I’ve totally had it before. Edamame… so good. So much soy protein… mmmm. Good reminder though!

    • Hahaha! Poor, poor Donald. Have you ever had duck before at all? It’s good stuff…

      • Never had it. I’ve seen it at some of the grocers though. I either need to get on making that myself or find a good restaurant.

  7. OMG! I made Gretchen’s blog! I am honored! πŸ™‚ That duck was delicious! (For the record it was NOT the Oregon Duck!) Oh, and I like Popchips, too! Yum! That is all…

    • Haha, of course you did! I gotta chronicle your first dip into the world of Peking (not U of O) duck! πŸ˜‰

  8. Your photos always look so amazing. I need to take a photography class ASAP, I already know I need an upgraded camera. πŸ™‚ A great score on Popchips! I have only had them a few times and found them to be wonderful but I am not much of a chip eater. πŸ™‚

  9. Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder why ducks never wear pants?!

    • And yet, when he comes out of the shower, he always has a towel wrapped around his waist…

  10. OMG Peking is THE BOMB.com. We live down the road. I try to save it for special gatherings, or I’d be there licking up garlic sauce all day long. My boss takes his kids and they call it eating “Duck tacos” when they get it. I’m a crispy beef proper girl myself!

  11. words cannot describe how jealous i am of that meal (if anyone knows where i can get that in portland, let me know)! i just made a batch of cupcakes so if you have some leftovers i’d be willing to arrange a trade πŸ˜‰

  12. I made sorbet tonight and totally thought of you. I was like “If Gretchen were here, she’d totally photograph this!” πŸ™‚


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