Portland Vacation – Day 3 and 4

Saturday (Day 3) started with brunch at Imperial located inside the Hotel Lucia.  They’re known for their fried chicken so I ordered it again.  This time it came with a biscuit on the side.

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Yum!

So after we were fed and well-caffeinated, we walked over to the Portland Saturday Market.  We had visited the Market in 2012 but it was fun to walk through again.  When we arrived, there were some street performers doing a combination of acrobatics but showing off their flexibility (and double jointed-ness).  We then walked through looking at the various stalls and the trinkets and the like.  We then jumped onto the public transit (train) and headed over to the Portland Art Museum.  The museum had some interesting exhibits going on, in particular they had Native American fashion and how it intertwined with today’s modern fashion.  We walked through the entire museum and spent a good few hours there.

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Since we were further south in the downtown area, Deborah wanted to see the Portlandia Statue so I set about trying to find it.

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We stopped in at Potbelly Sandwich Shop for lunch.  This was nostalgic for me because I used to go to Potbelly a bunch when I visited/lived in Chicago.  I was introduced to it when I was in undergrad and would eat it regularly when I visited while living in Michigan.  The wife appreciated the tasty sandwich.  After lunch we hung out at the hotel for a little bit then headed out for a drink before dinner.

On the Esquire show Best Bars in America that we watch, the guys go to get Spanish Coffee.  We figured it’d be a nice little drink before dinner.  So off to Huber’s Cafe, which is the originator of this drink that consists of Kahlua, Bacardi 151, Bols Triple Sec & Coffee topped w/ fresh whipped cream & nutmeg, flamed tableside.  The waiters make this drink in front of you and it is fairly impressive.  Because it was warmer out, my wife had it on the rocks and I tried the original.  I must say that it is a tasty beverage and heavy on the alcohol.  It was a good starter as we walked to dinner after having the drink.

 

Dinner was at Little Bird Bistro, which is also one of Gabriel Rucker’s restaurants.  During our previous visit in 2012, we had dined at Le Pigeon on E Burnside.  That meal was delectable so I had no doubt we were in for a good dinner.  I started the meal with the Roasted Bone Marrow and followed it with the Fried chicken “Coq au Vin”.  The Roasted Bone Marrow came with 3 bones (sliced horizontally to allow easy access to the marrow) along with some pastrami, pickles, and toast slices.  It was very buttery as expected.  The “Coq au Vin” also had a nice crisp to the outside and tender juicy meat.

After dinner we had some more drinks and then turned in so we could catch our flight the following morning.  Sunday morning we had breakfast in our hotel’s other restaurant: Urban Farmer.  We then took the train to the airport and hopped on the flight home.

The weather in Portland held up beautifully while we were there.  It was sunny and a little warm and only hinted at some rain when we were getting on the train back to the airport (light sprinkles).

Overall the trip was extremely fun and as you can see there was a lot of eating/drinking involved.  Portland is definitely a fun recommended city to visit.  We look forward to going back up to visit after our friend moves up there.

-StewsCat

 

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