Monday, December 13, 2010

In which we visit the salt store

Sunday morning, we woke up (late!) to Suzanne’s list of ‘important sights to see in Portland.’ It went like this:

1. Voodoo Doughnuts

2. Salt store

3. Powell’s City of Books

4. Parks?

5. _____________

6. _____________

She whipped out a voucher for breakfast at the Cup and Saucer, and we headed there for salmon bennedict (he) and eggs scrambled with spinach, havarti, and roasted garlic (me). Yes!

We scratched the question mark of the ‘parks’ entry on the list, and headed for ‘the secret park’ to let everyone’s dogs run off the leash.

Then we went to Alberta arts district, which when I lived in Portland 10 years ago was very much on the fringes of where anyone would want to live but which is now a fully established ‘cool’ neighborhood. We had a stroll around, and then went to Mississippi and the salt store.

Suzanne has a strong interest in salt, so this is one of her favorite places to take out of town guests. We tasted infused salts (truffle and vanilla were my top two!) and eyed the pink himalayan salt blocks.

Then we found ourselves…getting thirsty. We stopped at Amnesia brewing company to remedy the situation.

By then it was dinner time (we really did get up late!) and the plan was to eat Snacks That Never End. Sounds good, right? We ate at Dan’s brother’s beautiful house in Alberta, indulging in smoked salmon, goat’s cheese, guacamole, tofu jalapeno dip, caramelised shallot dip, almonds, Jana’s home made pickles, and bread. There may have been some other stuff too. Then inspired by Middle Age Ska Enjoy Club , we headed to the basement to play Rock Band II on the wii. Until really late.

You may notice that we didn’t get through our extensive list. So…the rest is for tomorrow.

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