Forewarning: Excuse all my less-than-perfect iPhone photos!!
I have been jet-lagged as all get out in Portland, Oregon this week. East coast to West coast isn’t the best transition, though my natural wake-up time has allowed me to hit the gym each morning. What else can a girl do at 3:30am west coast time?
During the day, I have been holed up in an office with my co-workers and other consultants working on a project. We’ve made good progress – fingers crossed for a successful implementation!
Portland is a very interesting city. It reminds me of Chicago but on a much smaller scale – unique architecture but with 5-15 story buildings instead of sky scrapers. I love being back on the well-organized grid system! The light drizzle that seems ever-present has ceased to bother me after a few days. The street trolley was also a cool touch. I wish I had some time to explore outside of the downtown area as I’m sure the rest of the state is beautiful.
I wondered why every corner seems to have a jewelry store until I found out there is no sales tax here. A girl could get used to that. Our hotel is lovely – the blurry view looking out from The Nines does not do the city justice!
I’ve discovered the best thing about the city is the wonderful blend of restaurants. You can walk past restaurants offering sushi, Lebanese, Italian and Peruvian all within the same few blocks.
Last night I was incredibly delighted and surprised by my meal at Mucca – an Italian restaurant. I typically avoid Italian places as I associate them with generally bland pasta and overly-heavy meals. Boy, was I ever surprised and impressed by Mucca Osteria. It made me long for the former date-nights Adam and I shared in Chicago!
Beautiful atmosphere! Did I mention that I need a date night??
My dinner was yummy cod on a bed of sauted spinach, surrounded with Jerusalem artichokes on top of sauted leeks. Heavenly! My inner chef is already trying to figure out where I can find some of the artichokes back home in Atlanta.
We ended with tiramisu that was surrounded by my vice – caramel! Delicious! The tiramisu was one of the best I have taste – light and fluffy, not overly soaked with juices. I have half a mind to head back to Mucca tonight.
As wonderful as Portland has turned out to be, I am looking forward to heading home tomorrow and seeing my two most favorite people in the world – miss my family!