Thursday, December 11, 2014

beignets and green neon...

Ever tried to find something, and realize you've not one idea how to do so?

I had heard about this pastry, sounded nice.  Basically a doughnut like pastry with powdered sugar, and I was curious about it.  So, I went to the source of all things find-outable, Google, and then realized I hadn't the foggiest clue how to spell it.  Benyay? Ben yay? Benigt? I tried lots of different spellings, to no avail.  (At the time. I tried it again today, out of curiosity, and benyay turned up what I was looking for...)  I finally worked around it, I tried doughnut. Nope. Pastry.  OMG, how many zillions of entries? Pass... Then I started thinking, it had been an article about food in Louisiana, and so I put Louisiana food.  ACK!  Ok, NARROW the thing... I put "Louisiana doughnut" in.

BINGO!  The word, and food, I was looking for was beignets!  (However, when I was looking, I also found a few gumbo and po' boy recipes that weren't too shabby, either...)  So, I still don't know if I will get brave enough to try to make them, at least I know how to SPELL them...

This luck in figuring out things has NOT extended to finding something for my Dad.  He and Mom lived in Portland, Oregon, (ahem) years ago.  We were watching the news.  He mentioned he didn't know what the building was in the background of the broadcast, he didn't think it was there when they lived in Portland.  What building?  The one lined on the top with green neon.

Huh.  That shouldn't be too hard to find.  (This is where the gods laugh so hard they cry...)  I have Googled "buildings in Portland, Oregon",  "Green neon in Portland, Oregon" (some lovely pics, no building, however), "night in Portland, Oregon" (with the safe search firmly ON).  I have emailed the TV station, I have emailed a few Portland outlets, both commercial and non, that I thought might be in the area.  I have tried Google Maps.  Nothing.  People don't know what I am talking about, or haven't returned my emails, or conversely, I just can't FIND the darn building, except on the news.  I am just astounded.  It's like some sort of X-Files case, the building only visible on the news!

Sheesh...

The hunt continues.