“Be careful what you get good at doin', cuz you'll be doin' it for the rest of your life.”
― Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
image source: dreier
I have been getting quite a few requests for recommendations for restaurants in Portland, so I figured why don't I go ahead and write a post. My family visits multiple times a year and I am always eager to explore new spots... and old ones such as Powell's.. I am given a time limit...
What are some of your Portland favorites?
3808 N. Williams, Suite C, Portland, OR 97212
The last time I was in Portland I visited here with some friends.. and I cannot wait to go back. Be forewarned that the serve "family style" some may see that as a negative but once you get used to the idea you realize it actually give you the opportunity to try a lot more.. and boy will you want to. Their "pretty damn good chicken strips", yellow potatoes with sour cream, lardon & chives, and salad = scrumptious!
image source: tastynsons.com
830 East Burnside Street Portland, OR 97214
When I first walked by Doug Fir Lounge I did a double take because I thought for sure I was in the 70's. Doug Fir Lounge is definitely a hipster hang out, great place for people watching. But they actually serve up some pretty good food, despite the fact that my waiter didn't know what a Smith & Kerns was.. the bartender came to the rescue.. wait a minute! a week before I went there I didn't even know what a Smith & Kerns was..Hipster vide must rub off on you when you walk in. Profound!
2335 Northwest Thurman Street Portland, OR 97210
I would highly recommend their croque madame, then again I am quite fond of trying that dish whenever it's on a menu.
1014 Southwest Stark Street Portland, OR 97205
I bet you already knew that communal tables are all the rage? Well Clyde Commons has some nice ones. I would recommend stopping by for their happy hour, the bar is filled with fun people, and the menu has some inexpensive choices (my fam enjoyed the hamburgers). After you snack here, make sure to stop by the Ace Hotel next door to snap some photos in their photo machine... oh and if you want coffee well there just happens to be Stumptown right there connected to the lobby.
And I haven't been to the following but they are definitely on my list...
3640 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
2508 Southeast Clinton Street Portland, OR 97202
This list is by no means extensive... I may actually have to do a second post because more places keep coming to mind. But it's a good start for those who plan to visit Portland sometime in the near future.
"Sometimes a writer leaves the door open so inspiration can walk in. Sometimes it's so the monsters can leave." - Stephen Parolini
Lead me to this rabbit trail.. Did you know there is an actual Monster's Park in Rome?
"The famous Monsters' Park, built by Vicino Orsini Duke of Bomarzo in the XVI century. Vicino Orsini a brave condottiere after the peace of Cateau-Cambresisi, decided to retire in his fife.The Park, also called the "sacred wood" is famous for all the statues of monsters, giants, enigmatic figures and other aberrations. All the statues bear enigmatic inscriptions and the whole concept of the Park is believed to hide complex and esotheric simbols. Visitors are welcomed by the inscription "Voi che pel mondo gite errando, vaghi/ di veder meraviglie alte e stupende, / venite qua dove son facce orrende / elefanti, leoni, orsi, orchi e draghi” (You that are wandering through the world, willing/ to see high and splendid marvels / do come here where there are horrible faces/ elephants, lions, bears, ogres and dragons)." - trekearth
Why does that latin quote remind me of....
“Fairy tales, are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.” — G.K. Chesterton
source: dying of cute
source: to travel in
Too much that we do is done at the expense of something else, or somebody else. There is some intransigent destructiveness in us. My days, though I think I know better, are filled with a thousand irritations, worries, regrets for what has happened and fears for what may, trivial duties, meaningless torments—as destructive of my life as if I wanted to be dead. Take today for what it is, I counsel myself. Let it be enough.
And I dare not, for fear that if I do, yesterday will infect tomorrow. We are in the habit of contention—against the world, against each other, against ourselves.
It is not from ourselves that we will learn to be better than we are.
from A Native Hill, by Wendell Berry. 1969
This past weekend Elisa and I were taking advantage of the good weather, exploring the u-district despite my repleting every napkin in Anna's glove box because of my sinus infection. Yes I know, you probably didn't really want to know that. As we were looking for a parking space I saw this...
Oh my word. Gorgeous! Dream Living Space! We immediately had to detour so I could snap some photos. How many times had I driven by the El Monterey condos and not noticed they were there?
They are so beautiful! an artist's haven. not to mention who knows the countless stories which must be lurking on the grounds...The El Monterey was built in the 1930's, designed and developed by Everett J. Beardsley. El Monterey definitely stands out in the neighborhood because of its Mediterranean/Spanish Revival style and detail.
Now I am quite intrigued and I have a feeling this may not be the last that you hear about El Monterey...
I do apologize for the appalling quality of the photos I have been posting lately.. as you can tell I do not have the latest iPhone and well I think it's time for an upgrade, or at least to begin carrying my digital camera around with me more.
There is hardly a magazine out there that can compare with Kinfolk. You probably think I am on some sort of passionate cloud nine, but I am really not. Still not convinced? Well then I dare you to wander over to the nearest bookstore or other type of stockist, open up the most recent issue and flip to the first article - a quiet life. Yes. That is the one, the one that almost left me in a puddle.
Here is a little snippet of what I am talking about:
Thank you Julie Pointer for sharing such inspiring words.