J and I are on a kid-free trip to Portland, Ore., which is pretty much the perfect U.S. city. I lived here in the late '90s and have to get my fix at least twice a year.
Here are a few of the many reasons why:
1. Food. Beautifully presented food. Around every corner. I wish I had a month here so I could eat at all my old favorite spots and discover the new ones. This lovely bread was at St. Honore Bakery, 24th & NW Thurman.
And, my old stomping ground for breakfast ... Besaw's.
2. Drinks. And more drinks. Did I mention that the kids are with Nana and Papa?
Drinks with views (those lucky drinks):
So many drinks the photos start to get fuzzy (which means, like, two drinks. For me anyway).
3. The many mustached men of Portland. I haven't built up the courage yet to ask one if I can take a picture. Mustaches are to Portland what cowboy hats are to Texas. Somehow, the dudes here can get away with it.
4. People going green, everywhere you turn, even in the side yards of urban neighborhoods.
5. Dear old friends who make me laugh until my belly aches.
6. Mid-century modern at the coffee shop ...
7. Coffee at the coffee shop ...
8. Coffee in the hotel lobby, which is adjacent to the coffee shop ...
You can see for yourself:
Reduce, reuse, repurpose:
We miss our girls like bananas but they're in excellent hands, and I strongly believe all of us parent-folks need to do this getaway thing now and then.
OK. Time to go find tonight's dinner.