I am lucky to have one of my best friends living in Portland for the past few years and I just love taking a little weekend trip down to visit her – I know it will be filled with gluttony (food & drink), laughs, and deep talks. Coming from Seattle, it is quick and easy getting there, about 2.5 hours (if you don’t get stuck in traffic like I did on Friday. Hey, navigation system, it is soooo helpful when you tell me that there is “slow moving traffic”. Thanks). Give me a good road trip mix where I can sing my ass off and I’m real happy.
I got into town on Friday at 6 and Jen was waiting with some chilled Rosé to help take the edge off of my 4 hour ride. She lives downtown, within walking distance to all the shopping and restaurants.
FRIDAY DINNER – We walked to Jen’s fave restaurant, Clyde Common in the Ace Hotel. We shared tagliatelle with chanterelles, thyme, lemon; pork shank with spätzle, brussels sprouts, bacon, sage (oh.my.god. – the pork shank is fried and we literally picked every piece of meat off the bone); and braised kale. And we drank. Lots. They also have this truffle popcorn with grana that I’ve eaten late night on a previous visit. Amazing.
SATURDAY BREAKFAST – I get the fried egg sandwich with cheddar, bacon and avocado at Cheryl’s on 12th, right next to Jen’s apartment. I love me a breakfast sando and this one is right up there. Cheryl’s is an adorable little market and café – you can get wine, cheese, crackers or sit down and eat there. But the couch was calling, so I got it to go.
SATURDAY LUNCH – Lardo. Yep, this sandwich shop is exactly what it sounds like. Jen had the Pork Meatball Banh Mi with pickled vegetables, sriracha mayo, cilantro and I had the Cold Fried Chicken with bacon, pickles, buttermilk ranch and pickle slaw. And we had the homemade chips. Mmmmm….
SATURDAY DINNER – We hit The Nines hotel and Departure, which is very un-Portland, it seems much more LA. After all of the heavy food, we wanted to lighten up a little with our dinner. I’m not quite sure that happened, but it was delish. We shared the Big Eye Tuna Poke, Shu Mai pork dumplings, Ishiyaki stone-grilled Waygu steak, and garlic fried rice with a sunny-side up egg. Sparkling wine and cocktails to boot and then we met up with friends at Interurban, a hipster Portland bar.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST – another egg sandwich, of course! I walked to Kenny and Zuke’s (also in the Ace Hotel) and got a scrambled egg, cheddar and bacon on an everything bagel.
I then got my fat ass back in the car to rock out to round 2 of the road trip mix – the tunes on the way home are suited for a food coma and slight hangover (post to come on road trip mixes). After a weekend of indulgence, it feels good to get back to reality, Oliver, eating healthy and working out this week! But don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret one sip or bite. Until next time, Portland!
I just want to give a special shout out to Kris Hutchinson for prettying up the blog today!! Thank you so much and when Here’s What Works has made me rich and famous, I won’t forget you.