My "Mojo's" on the road (daily morning coffee), Tandem Coffee Roasters.
lunch at Aurora Provisions
the Portland Headlight with Allison.
an anniversary dinner at Scales
If I had to describe Portland in just a few words I would use; sea gulls, cobble stone streets, beautiful old buildings, and really expensive (but delicious!) seafood. A few weeks ago Dave, Emmet, and I traveled to go to Erin and Landon's wedding and while we were there we spent a few extra days in Portland and had the most wonderful time! Emmet did absolutely amazing on the plane ride there and got so many compliments from strangers! He did cry a few times on two of the flights, but overall he slept right through them. I'd give him a solid A.
One of the first things I noticed, and fell in love with in Portland was the sounds of seagulls squawking. Everywhere we went we could hear them flying above us as if always reminding us that we were right next to the ocean and I absolutely loved it! Definitely not something I'm used to in Kansas, though I might equate it to the sound of cicadas in the summer heat. One is way more charming and way less terrifying than the other though! Even more charming than the seagulls were the brick and cobblestone roads and sidewalks that we walked all over as we explored the different neighborhoods and shops of portland. They were warped and worn and near impossible to drive a stroller on at times but they were a really neat peek into the past!
We didn't have a ton of time to spend in Portland, as we were primarily there for the wedding, but we did get to spend a few days wandering around. We went in so many shops, each of which Dave had to practically scoop up buckets of my drool off of the floor and drag me out before I could spend all of (the rest of?) our money on cute little things. After a quick reminder to myself about how much we spent on just traveling alone and also how much stuff we toted around the airport along with a three month old already and the drooling stopped! I did grab a couple of things though; a cute little wooden camera from the cutest baby store I have every seen, Little, and some gorgeous ceramic goods from a store I wish I could live in, More & Co.
We also ate at some amazing restaurants; we were a little burnt out on seafood by the time we got home, but it was so worth it! Erin suggested a few places for us to stop on our own and we went out with the two of them as well. I would say that most of our time while on our mini vacation was spent eating! Funny how traveling turns into a restaurant crawl and despite the fact that you just ate, you can always go and try more! My favorite place we went, for both the food and the experience, was Scales. Dave and I went on the night of our anniversary with sweet little Emmet. He got uncomfortable sitting in his car seat pretty early on and spent most of the evening propped up over my shoulder, giggling at people as they waited to be seated and gawking at the open kitchen with the chefs whipping up one seafood dish after the other. So many people smiled at us and our little guy and asked us about him in the bathroom. He was a hit! Our food was also magnificent- I do believe it was my first time eating real lobster! It was such a lovely way to spend our second anniversary!
It was so lovely to see Erin and Landon and the city that they have been bragging about for the past year or so. I can definitely tell why they have fallen in love with it, and while it is so great to be home I'll dream of one day going back there! I'm so glad they invited us to visit!