Excuse me for my lapse in finishing this recap o' Portland.
Let's see. We pick up the action Thursday.... Shelby and I went back to Roots for an event sponsored by Heifer International. The Portland chapter held an informational night and showed their "12 Stones" movie. If nothing else, check out this story about Zach Meskell and his Cards for Cows story.
BRIDGE PORT BREWERY:
Shelby then took me to Bridge Port downtown. We went upstairs to the bar area and found a table. The TVs in the bar were tuned to the Lakers-Nuggets game on TNT. The very game that Shelby's Russ was working. So, we ordered some food and drink and cheered for Russ.
There is a fascinating world of food in Portland found in the food carts. We stopped by one on our progressive meal for my final night in the city. We went to the Potato Champion. A whole of french fries!
THE WAFFLE WINDOW:
After the food carts we hit this little hole in the wall, or rather window in a wall, The Waffle Window for waffles. This place is amazing. Sweet waffles and savory waffles and all kinds of delicious. Shelby and I order the Nutella and Banana. Russ had some kind of lovely spinach and feta waffle. Amazing.
We continued our progressive meal/drinking at Rogue Ales. I joined the Rogue Nation, complete with card. The picture on my card has me smiling and Russ poking his head in the background. Which is absolutely perfect. I had the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. It was good. Shelby had the Mocha Porter which I tried. It was also good. Russ left us at this point for another job down in Bend, OR. Good bye, Russ!
Shelby and I continued on our tour of pubs in Portland after Russ left. We stopped by Deschutes Brewery for another pint with some great conversation and a waiter at the bar that probably wished we ordered more.
My final day in Portland was one busy morning. We started with breakfast at Bijou Cafe, and boy, am I fan! I had an omelette with goat cheese feta and potatoes. Yes, it was amazing. I saved my rhubarb muffin for later in the day.
STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS:
I had to stop into Stumptown, and it was next door to Bijou anyway. I picked a few pounds of coffee for the friends that I would be staying with in L.A. And one for myself, too. We were too full from breakfast to enjoy any more coffee ourselves. Next time for sure.
Saturday Market in Portland was fun. We wandered through all the booths and man, did I see some cute stuff that I now need to look up on Etsy.com. It'd be nice to have a Saturday Market every weekend, just in case I need to pick up a gift. I got a couple cards - will you get one in the mail?
I'm not even sure why we felt the need to stop and get lunch but we did. I think it was the SE Grand location. I was still satisfied from my omelette. But we decided some Greek sounded good. Shelby and I split the vegetarian sampler.
COMMON GROUND COFFEEHOUSE:
Last stop before the airport. Coffee. And delicious.