One of my oldest and closest friends who I met way back during my first year in Chicago has now moved from the Bay Area to Portland. And what better time for Alex and I to visit her and the city but for her birthday!
We left late on Friday night after we both got off work and drove the short, three hours south. We took both dogs with us; yup, we gave them some sleepy-time medicine and they were out the entire way. Friday night we just stayed in and let the dogs romp around the hotel room. Residence Inns are perfect with their separate bedrooms and living room areas.
Saturday boasted no rain, only grey skies but the temperate was great. After discovering that my friend, Victoria, didn’t know there was an official Portland Saturday Market and went to another one, Alex and I roamed around the outdoor market ourselves for awhile. We found some awesome local honey with the honey comb still inside and snagged it up to take back home with us. I also found a fun chalkboard for Victoria’s birthday gift.
We ventured around, past the market and found our way to Powell’s Books which turned out to be an awesome bookstore. It was much bigger than we thought, but we had a good time scoping out the shelves and rare book room. After that, we walked back through what we though would be a bustling Chinatown but were disappointed: there were no shops, no small restaurants; it was pretty much deserted. After that let down, we continued walking around and eventually made our way back to the hotel.
Later that night, we finally met up with Victoria for her birthday dinner at Pambiche. It was a great, little Cuban spot and we had ended up having a pretty good meal. Afterwards, we headed to the Laurelhurst Theatre where, for $4 bucks you could see a semi-new movie and then take advantage of the pizza, drinks and snacks. They even had tables in the theater so you didn’t have to hold your slice or drink. After a night of food and movie, we said our goodbyes and heading back to the hotel. It was so good to see Victoria! We joke now that we are in the same time zone again! Can’t wait to have her visit Seattle!
Sunday, we made a pit stop on our way home to Voo Doo Doughnut. We had seen it on The Food Network and were curious what the hype was all about. After waiting about 30 minutes in line, we made our way into the funky storefront and ordered up a dozen of their prized doughnuts. We got our pink box, filled with odd concoctions such as maple bacon, easy peesy lemon, old dirty bastard and voo doo doll, hopped in the car and started home. I sat with those delicious doughnuts on my lap the whole way home, but we couldn’t wait and had one on the drive! It was amazing!
Portland was a fun weekend get away for us; it’s so close that we can’t wait to go back! Pacific northwest, we love you!