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Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

I still haven’t gotten sick of Portland.  Just enough city for me.  I like the weather with its not too hot summers, but the cool rainy winters are even a nice break from Alaska’s cold, dark funk.  It’s easily walkable, affordable and if you haven’t guessed plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and such.

Bone Marrow appetizer at Little Bird Bistro PortlandFirst night at Little Bird, there is always a night at Little Bird.  Something about it just makes me comfortable, it feels European enough that I can sit at a table for 2-3 hours and not feel guilty about it (which we did).  We started with the bone marrow smiley face pictured above.

Ice cream flight at Salt and Straw PortlandThere is usually always a stop at Salt and Straw, my favorite ice cream was the pear and blue cheese.  The snickerdoodle was a close second.  I recommend showing up on a cool and cloudy day to avoid lines.

Bagel at NuvreiCan’t forget about Nuvrei.  We walked by one morning for breakfast and they were closed because of a power outage.  When my hysterics were over we walked back to Lovejoy Bakers and were not disappointed.  How could you be sad with a flaky cream cheese danish?  As you can see by that fantastical bagel, we did finally make it to Nuvrei.  Best thing ever.  The bagel was slightly crusty and chewy, I asked for a fried egg instead of hard boiled so add runny egg yolk to that with crunchy fleur de sel.  The veggies make it all healthy.

Danish at Lovejoy BakeryWe didn’t just walk from bakery to bakery eating pastries and ice cream.  A new stop for us was Bluestar Donuts.  The husband and I lay awake at night and reminisce about the buttermilk old fashioned at Bluestar.  That’s a normal thing people do.  It calls to me in my sleep, singing it’s buttery siren song.

Bluestar Donuts

Eating in Seattle

I like it when others cook for me.  February is a perfect time to get out of Alaska and be somewhere that doesn’t require a hat and gloves to get to the car.  The forecast in Seattle was 50s and 90-100% chance of rain, downright balmy.  The kitchen remodel gets a rest and the husband and I get a weekend without drywall dust and 5-6 trips to Lowe’s.

I have treated Seattle mainly as a stopping point to somewhere else, I figure it’s so close that I can always go there but rarely do.  I am sure I have spent more time in Sea-Tac airport than actually staying in the Seattle area.  But when some good friends moved down there, who like to eat almost as much as me, I got a reason to visit more often.  My favorite place to visit (besides Anthropologie) is Pike Place Market.  Yes it’s insanely busy with tourists, but there is nothing else like it. I loved wandering between food stands, happy to be out of the rain, a bag of mini doughnuts to warm my cold hands and enjoying the aroma of cinnamon sugar while my hair dried out.

Pike Place Market (more…)