Breakfast: Yesterday’s Eggs
Lunch: Whole Foods Salad Bar
Dinner: Green Smoothie (Spinach, Blueberries, Pineapple) & Tuna (unpictured)
I was awfully productive after five today. Before five… Not so much. But after? Productive like whoa. I tossed a load of laundry in, headed to the gym for my version of circuit training, more laundry, smoothie and tuna, then Macy’s for Mission: Sunless Tanner. I decided that I need as much help as I can get with this whole Birthday Bikini Challenge thing, even if that means using a product that gives the illusion that I’m firm (tan=firm(er) looking). Clinique’s Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion was highly recommended, so I picked some up (along with these flats) and headed home. Wish me sunless tanning luck!
As soon as I dropped off my luggage at the airport hotel, I changed out of business attire and into the adult version of recess clothes. There was no level of exhaustion that was going to prevent me from spending a few hours in a town that topped my list of musts.
I have always heard such great things about Portland, but the city ended up being much more than I had expected. There were restaurants, shops, and most importantly, pedestrians, on every corner of downtown. I found a quick comfort within the bustling streets.
I also found quick comfort within this red coat!
I spent a couple hours adventuring before landing at Clyde Common, the first restaurant that grabbed my attention during a mini Google sesh before leaving the hotel.
I started with the golden beat soup, which was one of the more uniquely delicious dishes I’ve ever had. I know there is absolutely no way I can recreate this at home, but I’m sure going to try. Golden beats, apple cider vinegar, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper? I could be way off, but that’s the starting point I came up with as I ate every last bite.
Next up was broccoli rabe with guanciale, lemon vinaigrette, pistachio, and fried egg. Something about this dish was a little too bitter for me, but the egg was so cool I didn’t mind. When I read fried egg I anticipated an ordinary breakfast egg, not the breaded and fried soft boiled egg that arrived on the plate.
And lastly, the cavatelli with root vegetables, crème fraîche, nutmeg, and celeriac espuma. If this had been the only dish I ordered, I would have eaten it in its entirety. The flavors were wonderful, but it was entirely too dense for my already full belly.
Even though I had a completely enjoyable evening, four hours in Portland was a total tease. I would love to come back this year, especially for a mom/daughter trip when the weather warms up a bit.
Have you taken any family vacations recently?
Pumpkin pie for breakfast should always happen in November. Pumpkin pie for breakfast on an alarm-less morning on a day off of work in November is the rightest of right things!
I snacked on pie and took my time getting ready. It’s been a while since I’ve had a day off of work without traveling involved. And I had no particular reason for taking the day off other than I was at a breaking point, both literally and figuratively, with my project and it seemed like the logical thing to do.
I ran some errands and then headed over the bridge to meet my mom in downtown St. Pete. Whenever I go to the State Theatre for a show, there are a slew of stores that I make a mental note of visiting if I’m ever in the area during small store business hours. Today was my day to do just that.
Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for my wallet, I didn’t find any fashion gems. But since I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I had a fine time rummaging through potential treasure and chatting it up with my mom.
Afterward we headed to Ceviche for an outdoorsy lunch. I still maintain that Ceviche’s ceviche is top notch goodness.
Now we’re sitting across from each other at Starbucks, sipping on warmth and typing away on our respective laptops. What a lovely day!!