Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Oregon Trail: Part 2

 Sometimes, I say I'll do things "tomorrow" but I'm really just using the term loosely.
Here is Part 2 of my trip to Portland and it's all about the amazing food. From street food at the food carts that are synonymous with Portland to high end outdoor Latin dining at Oba we truly enjoyed some amazing eats (as the foodies say. . .heh!). I'd go back to Portland just to keep exploring the cuisine scene, for sure!

Shwarma for lunch!
1} Lovejoy Bakers; 2} Kushary, Kushary; 3} Voodoo Donuts; 4} Bunk Sandwiches 

one night we hit up the funky Alberta neighborhood for  ice cream at Salt & Straw
(we loved the ricotta honey lemon)

Voodoo Doughnuts! I tried the dirty old bastard...best donut I've had in awhile!

a slice of haunted pizza at the eerie Old Town Pizza
And my lovely travel companion Jenna: enjoying a Whole Bowl, strolling through Powell's Books, and drinking from a Benson Bubbler! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oregon Trail, Part 1

A few weeks ago, my friend Jenna and I headed cross country to visit the great state of Oregon. She for a work conference, and me, for vacation! I've always wanted to visit Oregon (we were specifically in Portland) and couldn't turn down the opportunity to tag along! These people are serious about their food, their beer, and their art, and I loved them for it! Did you know the Portland was almost named Boston? But a coin flip decided another fate!

Coincidentally, I was at Walden Pond the day before I left for Portland !
On a walking tour of the city I learned Portland businesses have to spend 1% of their budget supporting local artists

reproduction Globe Theatre

Cheesin' at Oregon's oldest microbrewery. My pint of Stumptown Tart was amazing!
(she's the second largest of her kind. . .can you guess the first?)

try the Statue of Liberty

As previously stated, Portlandians are serious about their food, and I was lucky enough to get to sample all different kinds while there. You'll see some of that tomorrow!

Friday, May 3, 2013

April 30, 2013

I had such a special birthday this year thanks to friends and family (. . .and the random people on the phone at work that I announced it to)! From morning surprises, to an evening filled with chocolate and gal pals, it was truly a lovely day!
A knock on the bath room door while I blew my hair dry revealed some sweet pals with a cake and some birthday love! My favorite: yellow cake with chocolate frosting :)

A box o' goodies arrived from my dear, lovely friend Aimee
Sassy Bonnie and her crazy science experiment drink and me being "Happy Birthday-ed" 
Best Chocolate Martini EVER

So many sweet friends in one place, and so many more made my special day a delight!