Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
45Trip End Aug 16, 2009
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Breakfast was found in the form of waffle sandwiches at a pod type food truck restaurant in Jim and Derek's neighborhood. They were fantastic and of course, all ingredients were local and organic. We then got a tour of various neighborhoods in the city. Portland is such a compact place there are many different slices of life to be seen in a very short distance. It was refreshing to see how close everyone is to nature and trees, just a five minute drive away from downtown!
We then stopped at the Portland Green Market which was by far the largest that we had ever seen
Let me take a moment to highlight some of the best features of Portland neighborhoods: beautiful homes at affordable prices, green space nearby, a completely relaxed atmosphere, only local establishments with organic low mileage produce, and funky boutiques. Every new neighborhood we went to was more interesting and eclectic than the last
Jim’s itinerary then indicated that it was time to eat (hooray).We headed to Bunk Sandwiches for a hearty meatball parm and a slow roasted pork shoulder sandwich with homemade kettle chips, of course. After so much food, we all needed a walk. As we were touring some other neighborhoods we came upon some more sketchy characters. The first was a little pixie girl in a tea shop who seriously sounded like a six year old who inhaled too much helium and the second a kindly older Mrs
The rest of the afternoon was spent in Jim and Derek’s lovely home and back yard chatting and prepping for that evening’s dinner. After a beautiful dinner we headed out to sample some of Portland’s homemade spirits at McMenimins Kennedy School. It’s an old elementary school that is now a community center/hotel/bar. You can drink in the Detention Center, or eat in the Boiler Room, go hear an author read in the gym or maybe catch an astronomer out on the patio. It’s a really unique space.
The evening ended at one of Portland’s food cart centers called the Pod. It was cool to see all the different groups of people, young and old out at 12:30AM grabbing their last organic local bite for the evening. We sampled some crepes and some tacos which are both fantastic to eat right before bedtime…
More from Portland tomorrow!