Some favorite things: The Portland, Oregon, drinks edition
I have been around the world and back in four days. OK. So not the whole world. But the continent, anyway. I left Wednesday evening for one of my pilgrimages to Portland, and I headed home on an overnight flight Saturday.
Maybe someday when I grow up (or after the kids grow up), I’ll get a chance to live there. It suits me. Of course, it could just be that vacation and a variety and quantity of adult beverages suits me, but it’s not *just* that.
However, I have to confess, my list of favorite drinks in Portland, Oregon, grew by two:
1. Ginger Cosmo | Saucebox Downtown on Broadway
2. Idillic* | The Gilt Club on NW Broadway
3. Love Affair* | Mr. Jolly’s on NW Everett
4. Drop Dead Red | Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. on SE Hawthorne
5. Porch Swing Lemonade | Screen Door on East Burnside
6. Streetcar Martini | Jake’s Grill Downtown on 10th
*new to the list
So the Idillic is new, as is the Love Affair (pictured in this post). Interestingly, both are flavored with heat from peppers. I recommend the Love Affair without the whipped cream. (It was messy and didn’t contribute to the flavor. I am talking about the drink only, of course. Deb and I did discuss, as poets will, the metaphor for all that, but as you know, I am a shy girl and couldn’t possibly discuss such things in mixed company. Wink. Wink.)
I had a great trip. Spent time with Deb. Got to see Dale. During the last couple hours of my stay, I even learned that Roma was there, too, though we were ships passing. Both of us thought the parade (photo below) was especially for us.
While I was there, I talked and mused a lot about my lack of creativity and energy over the last few months. I suppose there are reasonable causes. At home, I am in a strange landscape that is only going to get more foreign. I am afraid of the poems that should be written. Portland is a place I understand. And so it helps me breathe. It’s great to have such interludes.
I tell myself each visit (I think this was #6 in two years) that I am going to infuse my Albany life with some of the things I like about Portland. And I’m doing that some. For example, I spend more time downtown than I ever did. And while I am good at taking in the poetry scene here, I need to consume Albany more visually: take more pictures; see more art.
I also need to enjoy food more (and I don’t mean enjoy more food). I need to celebrate the good foods and ingredients around me, and I hope our CSA share is part of that. The first pick-up was the Wednesday I was away, but I will post about this week’s!
UPDATE: I posted a few of the trip photos over at A Fine Kettle of Fish for some visual inspiration. A bunch more will be on Facebook in the next day or so.