Last week, our plans for this weekend changed. Friday Harbor was out…what do we replace it with? Vancouver, BC? Leavenworth? Suncadia? Aldenbrook? Portland? By Tuesday, we had a hotel in Portland and dinner plans at The Joel Palmer House. By Wednesday, dinner at Paley’s Place and a list of options to occupy our days. On Friday, our adventure began...
Saturday…an 8 mile adventure.
We headed to Pine Street Biscuits by cab. (There was a request to eat a one of Guy’s Diner’s, Drive-ins & Dives.) The biscuits were buttery and fluffy. I choose ham and egg and cheese on mine. Then we walked/hiked back to the river to it off. We crossed the river at Burnside and wandered through the Saturday Market. We tried on hats, we marveled at what can be done with duct tape, ran our fingers over beautiful boxes and so much more.
The we headed back downtown (I have to admit I needed more layers to keep me warm). We found a spice and tea shop with amazing smelling salts and sugars – in addition to spices. Then I drug Bill into Nordstrom’s for the half yearly sale. I found two pairs of shoes (was looking for boots) and he found a shirt. I enjoyed walking into the men’s dressing room like I belonged there. Next, we headed towards Powell’s Bookstore, knowing it was about time to find lunch. He picked a public brew house, Deschutes. After a refresher course, it was time for Sur La Table (Bill’s three favorite words were spoken often there – No Sales Tax). Last night’s dinner inspired the purchase of the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment.
Time to head back to our hotel to get ready for our evening plans….oh, wait….Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen side tracked us with wonderful smells wafting out into the street. Good thing we weren’t hungry (although they gave us samples of pastrami, chicken liver pate and almond cake). We headed back out on the street. We didn’t even make it a block before another distraction appeared. We went into a shop where boxes of wine were stacked in the corner. Many dusty labels revealed bottles from the 80s and 90s. Some even older. I was most intrigued by the 1990’s vintages of Silver Oak.
Now, we finally made it back to our hotel to prepare for a little wine tasting followed by dinner at The Joel Palmer House. By a little wine tasting, I mean just one. We made it to Newberg in time to stop at Rex Hill (with less than 10 minutes until closing time). After Rex Hill, we headed to Dundee where some places were rumored to be open until 6. No luck on wine tasting, however we found two fun shops: the Dapper Frog and a market (with coconut macaroons to take home). After dinner, we headed back to the city and wandered over to the Portland City Grill. Although it was a bit windy and rainy, but the view was still great!
Sunday…the actual Birthday Day!
Of course, we start the day with food. This time we walk up to the Pearl District for my favorite Brunch spot, meeting Mike & Jen. After a great meal at The Daily Cafe, we head down the road picking up books (after laughter and tears) at Powell’s. Standing in the comedy section with me can be embarrassing. Then we needed another Sur La Table round – serving dishes were needed after last night’s inspirational dinner. Time to check out of our hotel ((after finding the hotel bakery and picking up a few treats)).
Noon yet? Finally, the spice and tea shop is open! We narrow down the salts and sugars – Spanish rosemary, cacao, coconut lime salts and raspberry, chocolate and coconut sugars. Looking forward to holiday cooking. And the shopkeeper keyed us into a oil and vinegar shop a few blocks away. We walked out of there with three bottles – a balsamic, a peach balsamic and a herb infused olive oil (perfect for caprese salad). Stopped in Johnny Sole along the way and tried on a few boot options. Haven’t found the perfect pair yet. Final stop before driving through Northwest Portland on our way out: Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen. Lunch to go. Bagels and lox for me; a Pastrami creation for Bill.
Northwest Portland. Poking into shops. A habadashery. Top hats rule. A lingerie shop. Lots of silky smooth stuff. A boutique or two. Another shoe store (and another). Moonstruck Chocolates, an national award winning chocolatier. Had to try to truffle. Time to head home…when I asked the Birthday Boy for his favorite part of the day: the lingerie shop. (I think he was hoping for a silk robe in his size).
This weekend is proof that a weekend away every quarter is FABULOUS!