Thursday, December 29, 2005

Portland wrap up

Portland was great. I love this city, did nothing of note other than eat, eat, eat, window shop and eat. We didn't have a car, so we did not venture to the Hawthorne hood or the NW 21st and 23rd areas, next time, with car.

Where did we eat?

-- the Portland darling, all over the foodie news and lived up to its reputation at lunch. We had both read reviews of dinner there -- so dark you had to use a flashlight to read the menu in the middle of the room, loud and poor service. None of these issues were apparent at lunch. I would give it two thumbs up! We took Max from the airport to near the convention center and then took a bus there, how is that for dedication?

A small lemon tarte at TH's Portland hangout, the Pearl Bakery for a mid afternoon snack. Yum. Tangy, small with the right amount of crust/curd.

Window shopping around the Pearl District (where did all those chains come from?), a frustrating Powells visit (where did all those cell phones come from?) , a nap, a bit of book reading, followed by a visit to Pioneer Place mall. Mind you I said visit, not a shopping trip!

Dinner followed at Park Kitchen, in the North Park Blocks. It was amazing. We had the chef's tasting menu which was really good - baccala fritters served with malt vinegar, duck crepes to start. That was followed by two salads with different things including a duck liver vinegarette (I'm telling you this nose to tail thing can be a bit strange). Our mains were great - pork for me and lamb for TH. Dessert was also great- chocolate pot de creme for TH and a pumpkin/cranberry upsidedown cake for me. I would highly recommend it there.

We were going to toddle to the Heathman bar for a drink, but the night was getting cool and I was getting tired.

Next time.

One more trip to Pearl and then a not as bumpy ride home.

Where did we stay?

Westin Portland. This is a serviceable hotel, we got a decent room based on TH's status (better than mine) and since they now allow dogs, may be our hotel chain of choice in a few months.:) There are lots of great hotels in Portland -- go to the visit Portland Big Deals site to find more.

How did we get there?

The SEA/PDX shuttle (free microbrewery beer) and MAX. Max rocks - 1.80 from airport to downtown. I love it.

I'm done flying for the year. No tickets booked yet for the new year, I'm working on it!


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