Tactical Ammunition

A couple weeks back I visited a local business to purchase some pew cartridges. Tactical Ammunition (Heller Enterprises) located here in St. Helens provided me with the opportunity to get the necessary ammo I was looking for. This isn’t the first time I have visited and purchased from them, nor will it be the last. I have run several hundred rounds of theirs (different caliber too. Ranging from .45 ACP, 30-06, 9mm) through my firearms and have only had one misfire that was ammo based (primer didn’t ignite upon firing). I honestly have not had trouble with their ammo, a matter of fact a couple years ago I used one of their 30-06 rounds to bring down a black tail. The prices were perfect for the amount of ammo (3 boxes of 30-30) I was purchasing, which is why I’m heading back to get more in a few weeks. Now, I don’t know about you, but the aromatherapy that is released when a cartridge is fired, is something I find very relaxing, as well as the smell of Hoppe’s #9 oil. Using well-crafted ammo (we have all shot shitty ammo, and we know it) is something every firearm owner should put atop their list for their firearms. Our ammunition providers in Columbia County have dwindled away over the years, but we still have one place left in the St. Helens, Scappoose, Warren, Columbia City, and Deer Island area, and it’s nice to have a local independently owned business to patronage.

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Purrz and Paws

I learned about a new small business in our lovely town of St. Helens yesterday. Purrz and Paws Pet Supply has all the necessary food items, snacks, toys, and other items for your pet. My 12-year-old dog biscuit was welcomed into the store, where the owner Erin was knowledgeable and helped me with getting dog food for a senior dog. So, stop in, check out Purrz and Paws Pet Supply for your next animal food purchase. You can’t go wrong with them.

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Vinnie’s Chicago Sandwich Shop

I visited a longtime standing grinder shop here in St. Helens. Now, I remember way back in the day (1996 to be exact) when they opened up their shop on HWY 30 (what is now O’Nanny’s). The shop has moved since then, they are now located next to the Post Office here in St. Helens. Vinnies Chicago Sandwich Shop has always had good grinders in my opinion (I can’t speak for you, just me). Every time I go there I get The Capone. I am sure they make other grinders, I have never tried anything but The Capone. The Salami, ham, pepperoni, two kinds of cheese, pickles, bell peppers, and heated to bring the juice out of the Italian meats, and melts the cheese while crisping the bread. Shut the front door, Alice. I love the moisture in the grinder, the crunchy of the bread (I don’t eat the bread now, but I used too). I just found out they have soups (not always, you have like their page so you can get on their feed) and they may even be able to put the ingredients of your grinder in a salad if you are not able to eat bread (please confirm this with them. I just found this out when I ordered a grinder on a bed of lettuce). Their hours are midday, which works perfectly for lunch. So you may have to plan a little to make those hours. Been going here since 1996, and continue to go. Best grinders/subs in St. Helens I believe.**Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted1

Happy Hollow Construction

Got a home project you need to be done? What about building that shop you need, or maybe that deck, what about the fence you’ve always wanted? Pouring a pad for a hot tub? Check with Happy Hollow Construction, LLC. The quality of work that they do is unsurpassed. I have used them for a few projects around my property and have zero complaints about the product used, the price I was quoted, and the delivery of the product. There were no hidden fees, or shock prices, everything was upfront, and if there was a change, Mike would make sure to contact my wife Tracie Stevens McDaniel and inform her of why and the benefits of making the change to our original ideas. Check out their portfolio on their Facebook page (just click their name above) you can see what I’m talking about. I’m already working on getting a couple more projects up and running for the 2021 year and I’m looking forward to using this company again. Happy Hollow Construction, LLC
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Hacienda Las Juanitas

If you’re like me you are always on the quest to find the best taco. I’m not talking about Tex-Mex. I’m talking real authentic Mexican Taco. I may have found it. Last week I stopped by Hacienda Las Juanitas to grab a bite. I’ve eaten here before, but I ate crunchy tacos (again, my allergies). This time, I wanted the real McCoy, (threw my allergies to the wind which I paid for later that evening). I ordered enough tacos for my wife and I. I got some beef and some chicken tacos (plus the fajita plate for my neighbor). Now, if you know a thing or two about authentic Mexican food, the salsa is where the bragging rights are.
Got my tacos, headed home (the aroma on the drive home was pure torture as the spices filled the cab of my truck) delivered the fajitas to my neighbor (she is elderly, and doesn’t have personal transportation). First glance at the tacos and you notice the small size of them, with the minimal ingredients. Again, please understand what an authentic taco is. There was the meat (beautifully cooked), diced onion, and cilantro. All perfectly balanced, and full of aroma.
Now, I ate one of the beef tacos without lime or salsa to get a flavor of the ingredients. The taco was a bit dry (due to the corn tortilla) but still had flavor. The second taco was another beef and I added a squeeze of the fresh lime wedge that was served with my tacos. The taco flavor sprung up! The acid in the lime juice activated the seasonings on the beef and the flavor of the taco popped. I knew I went to the right place for tacos. But I still hadn’t tried a taco with salsa and lime juice. So, prepped another beef taco, squeezed the lime, and added the Avacado salsa (yes, you read that right).

Game changer. The salsa gave the taco moisture, a touch of heat, increased the flavor of the beef, a touch of richness, and blended nicely with the lime juice. The Avocado Salsa is absolutely excellent. Creamy, spicy, aesthetic pleasing, and full of flavor. So glad I had the tacos as these are absolutely delicious, freshly made, and perfect. Looking forward to going back again, but maybe I’ll stick with the crunchy tacos due to my allergies. Oh, and the chicken tacos I bought, not sure as I didn’t eat one of them while they were fresh. I do know the chicken was shredded and full of aroma. **Disclaimer** I do not, have not, will not receive compensation for my reviews, good, bad, indifferent as they may be. This is a hobby of mine that like I to share with others. #thekilted1


About four-six weeks ago I found a little company here in our county that makes jewelry (not sure if they make custom one-off jewelry as I have inquired about that yet). I checked out their website, saw some pretty earrings that I thought my nieces would like (ages 18-12).
Fast forward, I ordered my wife a couple of pairs of earrings to go with her stuff and whatnot. Shinnsparkle made the earrings and shipped them to my front door. I liked the envelope they arrived in (kinda bronze-colored padded envelope). Opened the shipping envelope and there were the earrings. Each one in their individual box, with a nice ribbon on it, and a description card atop the box. I opened the boxes and the first thing I noticed was the sparkle of the 14k gold fill against the offwhite backing of the box. The earrings I purchased were from the Birthstone collection, and they pretty. The earrings are of a teardrop design, with a free-floating pendant that has the polished chip beads on it, french hook ear wire. Really easy for young people (or even those of us who have arthritic hands) to put in and take out.
I will say, that since these are hand made it does take about a week or so to get them (can’t rush hand made products), but it is definitely worth the wait. Now, are these going to pair up with a set of pearls, or a diamond necklace? I don’t know, I’m not a fashion designer, nor am I an expert on what jewelry goes with what jewelry or outfit. I do know that if you or your child is looking for beautiful jewelry that can be worn around the house, to work, to a recital, to school, out with the ladies, or whatnot.
These are the perfect earrings for such an occasion. If you have questions about the items, talk to Shinnsparkle. Speaking of that. I had questions about the earrings. So I reached out and made contact via FB messenger and email, and they were quick to answer my questions and give me input as the status of my order. I’m already looking at getting more of their items for the Christmas season as I have several nieces that would love the items Shinnsparkle has to offer.
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Rock-It Salon- Jessica Burnside

All right fellas you might want to pay attention here. I have a serious topic that you might be interested in. Now, before I tell you about the topic, I have to give a little back story. I am the proud owner of a full-length beard (Grizzly Adams) that I have been wearing for about 11 years now, and I don’t trim it as I like it long. Before the COVID lockdown, I went and saw a specialist about the health and treatment of my beard. I scheduled a haircut and hot towel shave.
When I showed up, I informed the specialist that my hair is cut by a local barber and that I did not need a haircut. I only wanted beard advice and a hot towel shave. This specialist is located at Rock-It Salon in St. Helens. Her name is Jessica Burnside.
That lady knows men’s grooming. She gave me some pointers on how to make my beard look healthier (not so rustic per se, but definitely not hipster-looking), and made me feel pretty good about my decision to see a specialist. I got my beard trimmed a little (had some pretty good split-ends), and a hot towel shave.
Now, I’m 48, been shaving since I was 16 and this was my first hot towel shave, and I’m sad to say I waited for this long. Fellas, if you have not had one of these, you need to get one. The warm towel opens the pores of your cheeks and neck. The shaving cream is also slightly warmer than the human body and is quite relaxing when Jessica applies it. The aroma from the shaving cream opens your sinuses (I believe it has menthol in it).
The best part is when she uses the straight razor to shave you. The razor effortlessly glides across your skin removing the stubble all the while Jessica is keeping you calm with background music, and a relaxing voice. I damn near fell asleep in the chair while I getting the shave. She shaved my cheeks, neck, and nape area, trimmed up my beard, applied some conditioner to it and made it look downright awesome.
Now, I haven’t been back since the COVID lockdown, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be going back. Fellas, if you’re looking for a hot towel shave, see Jessica. Hell, if you’re looking for someone that can handle all your hair needs and you want a one-stop location, go see her.
Now, I am not trying to convince you to leave your barber or current stylist. What I am trying to tell you fellas is that if you are looking for a person that handles men’s facial hair treatment you need to go here.
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Dang’s Little Dragon

Last week I had a craving some Thai food, but I had to peruse the menu to make sure my food did not contain allergens. I went to this food cart located behind the bowling alley here in St. Helens. Dang’s Little Dragon has a menu that piqued my interest. I spoke to the two men who were working there, informed them of my allergy to the Fabaceae family, and proceeded to order.
After looking at the menu (which is displayed right on the outside of the food cart) I decided the Spicy Basil dish was what I desired. I got that dish made with Fish Sauce as to not trigger my allergy. I also added two Veggie Salad rolls (minus the peanut sauce) to my order. Sat back enjoyed some of the people watching as my food was being prepared. Five or so minutes later I had my lunch and the aroma of the food was teasing me.
Got home, opened the container and the plume of aromas surrounded my nose. The aroma consisted of spicy, earthy, fresh, sweet. I quickly grabbed my chopsticks and dug in. The first bite was a combination of spicy, peppery, salty, sweetness that was perfectly balanced. The fresh veggies crunched, the ground chicken was tender, mushrooms were cooked just right, the Basil added a little anise flavor, the onions added nice tang and crunch, finally the peppers (red and green) finished each bite with their texture and sweet flavor. Each bite was the same, and I was enjoying every single one of them. After consuming the Spicy Basil dish, I had leftover juice in the container, so I escorted the white rice from one side of my container into the sauce for a nice soaking bath.
While the rice bathed, I decided to eat a salad roll. I put a drizzle of Coco Aminos on the roll and took a bite. The roll had crunchy carrot and celery, soft rice vermicelli noodles (I believe that is what they were), and other ingredients that I forgot to write down as I was consuming it (I was busy enjoying the food). The rolls were done nicely, and hand made, I just wish my allergy would not prevent me from having these with the peanut sauce, but life goes on.
After I consumed the salad rolls my rice was done bathing, and the extra juice had been absorbed. I devoured the freshly flavored rice, and with a burp, the meal was gone, lunch was perfect, and I had a good sweat going due to the spice in the dish. Absolutely loved the fact that this food cart is openly willing to work with those of us who have food allergies. The chef was quick, precise, and makes a delicious meal at Dang’s Little Dragon.
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The Roof

During a different trip to downtown St. Helens I wanted to try a restaurant that could offer me something no one else could. The Roof provides an excellent view of Sand Island and the St. Helens Waterfront. I wanted the view, but I also wanted a pint and good food.
Now, getting to the Roof isn’t like getting to most restaurants. You enter the building, get into the elevator (stairs are a no go for me), and transport to the fourth floor. When the elevator opens, you’re greeted by the staff and are immediately immersed in the restaurant.
The aromas of the fresh foods and the environment let you know some serious grubbing is going to happen. I ordered my sandwich on a bed of lettuce (commercial bread allergy) and a pint of Cavatacia Stout. Went outside sat down and just took in the amazing view and what life had to present at that moment. About two pulls into my stout my salad arrived. Opened that up and hot damn! The ingredients were nicely presented, and so full of vinegar, smokey, sweet aromas. Now, the salad had no dressing (remember, it was a sandwich), but it didn’t need a dressing as that would have ruined the flavors. The ham was sweet with a hint of applewood smoked, and that blended perfectly with the vinegary aspect of the pepperoncini. Take that bite, and fork another as your next bite contains dill pickle and tomato, and onion. Bite after bite this was perfectly balanced and so tasty. I paired the wrong Ale with this meal (I should have paired a Pale Ale with it) as the Black Barley of the Stout overpowered the subtle blended flavors of the salad that was identifying as a sandwich.
This place is so perfect for lunch or dinner, the view is a nice touch (be forewarned, it might be windy when you go, but, Oregonian up and enjoy it), but don’t let the atmosphere take away from the quality, taste, and freshness of their food.
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Plymouth Pub

When it comes to fish and chips in this area (North Oregon) we have several options. I prefer using the Oregon Rockfish when I cook fish and chips. Plymouth Pub in Olde Town St. Helens had some Halibut fish and chips on their menu, so I ventured out to give it a go. Sat down at a table to read the menu and Lacy (I never caught her last name) came over and asked if I wanted something to drink while I waited while my order was being cooked. I ordered the Crux Porter and the two-piece Halibut fish and chips.

Before I get to the food, let me inform you about the interior of the Pub. Clean, spacious, and welcoming. Absolutely spot on when making people relaxed for a meal or a pint. If I didn’t have an order to go, I could have easily kept Lacy busy bringing me pint after pint. My order arrived after about 10-15 minutes (wasn’t really keeping time, I was enjoying the ale and the environment) and smelt so damn fresh. Finished the ale, settled my tab, tipped Lacy, and out the door, I went to enjoy the food.

Got home, set up my lunch (gave Tracie Stevens McDaniel her French Dip from the Pub) to eat, and take notes. Opened the container and was immediately greeted with aesthetically pleasing aromas and presentation. The fish smelt like the fresh salty ocean, slight maltiness, and hint of oil. Navigate your eyes to the fries and you notice the generous amount you are given, the rough texture, and the slight aroma of freshly cooked potatoes. I didn’t use lemon, tartar, or any other flavor mask. Fish and chips shouldn’t need flavor maskers, the fish and potato flavors should be able to hold their own. I picked up the fish took a bite and was absolutely amazed at the firm yet flaky texture. The crispiness of the house batter that complimented the halibut, not overpower it. Remember, I bought fish, not breading/batter. The malt, salt, oil flavors all blended well with the flavor of the halibut. The fish was a flaky, firm, hint of sweetness perfection. Take a bite of the fries and you will immediately notice the crunchy outside, with a chewy inside. This was a perfect complement to the fish. I’ve had fish and chips all up and down Oregon coast, yes, even from the boat in the parking lot in Astoria, and I will tell you the fish and chips from the Pub are the best.
Since eating that meal I have found out they also offer breakfast, but I’ll have to save that for another time. Really glad I found a local place to get fish and chips of this quality.
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