Thursday, November 15, 2007

Magical Portland, Oregon.


I. AM. SO. EXCITED.

Emergency trip to Portland tomorrow. What's the emergency, you say? The emergency is the desire to skip work and hang out with my man, that's what.

I am going to eat oyster shooters a Le Bistro Montage where you get bad/good hipster service and eat in a warehouse-turned-restaurant at massive long communal tables and they wrap up your leftovers in foil that might look like a penis. Or a swan.
And I am going to go to Powell's, the world's largest new and used bookstore (one entire city block - - 3 FLOORS) and buy cheap books and beautiful design books and poetry books and books my friends have published recently (Cristine Dahl and AJ Rathbun and Michael Robins to name a few). And I am going to go drinking at the weird flatiron-like triangle bar that looks like the tiniest slice of pie because it's located on a corner where streets bisect at a dangerously thin angle, and once you've had your 2nd vodka tonic you look at the oncoming traffic and think IT'S COMING RIGHT AT YOU.

Luckily it's not, because I need to stay alive to eat a magnificent meal at any of the hundreds of amazing places to eat in this city where the rent is cheap, the produce and dairy and meat is annointed by God and the chefs come to forage for truffles and then the sigh with love and stay forever because it's just so freaking easy to make a life here and to eat well for not much, so they decide to feed the grateful citizenry, who, because they haven't been abused by a world of $40 entrees actually eat out a whole lot and their patronage feeds the whole great virtuous circle.

Deep breath.... ok, here we go again....


And then I am going to eat the biggest plate of pancakes with bananas at Besaw's in NY Portland, this tiny corner where hipness just got tired of marching on over all the neighborhoods, and hipness decided to just wear a hoodie to breakfast and take it easy and just hang out. That's what Besaw's is like. You get the young hungover marketing account manager with her very nice parents in town having brunch, and the hipster who doesn't need his scene, just a good omlette, and the patrician old woman who still owns a Victorian in northwest Portland. It's a good crowd. A nice wholesome mix of city people.

Plus the food is really stinkin' good.


And then I am going to go to Urbino Home and buyer verbena soap by the truckload and give them away as gifts this Christmas.

Oh shit. The list just goes on and on. Portland is such a good town.

14 comments:

Looks foxy in brown said...

Never been. Now find myself craving a visit. Thanks.

studio wellspring said...

yay portlandia! great post ~ although it made me miss it even more. i'll be there for thanksgiving {4 days & countin'}.
hope you have a fantastic trip!

alyson. said...

mmm. I love love love Portland. love it. I just moved here in August from Florida, and so far it's awesome. I'll have to try Besaw's. it sounds divine.

d.Sharp said...

Try Clyde Commons at the Ace Hotel for lunch or late breakfast - the breakfast sandwich is great and just a few blocks from Powell's. Love this town.

TravelMuse said...

Don't you just love Powell's? Their travel section was like nirvana.

While you're there check out Imp (on Alberta St.) - great French soaps are 3 for $20. Lunch at the Tin Shed afterwards, they have a daily craft brew on tap. And don't miss Saint Cupcake in the Pearl. The Big Top is awesome!

robyn said...

You're so lucky, I love it there. Urbino is one of my favorite shops on 23rd.

beachbungalow8 said...

fucking love it all

bronwyn said...

Sounds like paradise, you've really made me want to go there one day! Have fun:)

frances said...

i just got back from my first trip on friday. it wasn't long enough, i am planning another visit!

Richie Designs said...

I had mac and cheese at Le Bistro Montage over 15 years ago and I still think it was the best I've ever had.

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Hope you had a great time - I love Portland. It's one of the cleanest cities I've ever seen.

Erin said...

Decorno – think fast! I know this is an old post, but I’m planning my own emergency trip to Portland of sorts (emergency: I’ve lived in Seattle for over a year and still haven’t been there, nor have I even been to the state of Oregon - I know this is a shame, and I'm attempting to fix it). I’m going with about 4-6 friends for a weekend in Feb, and we’re looking into hotels. Criteria: great location, reasonable-ish, and awesome. (Is that too much to ask? Probably not for Portland, from what I hear). I would also love a hotel that also qualifies as design porn, though I don’t think my friends care about that so much, which is why I’ve come to you – so I can stealthily steer the direction of our hotel search. If you could rattle off a few ideas off the top of your head, I would appreciate it! Thanks much – xoxo

Decs said...

Stay at Nines. New hotel smack in the center of downtown. Right on top of the old Meier & Frank building. It's new so I am sure you can try to get a good deal. Also try Hotel Lucia. Travel and Leisure readers think it's one of the 100 best hotels in the US.

Third choice is Ace Hotel. A little more of a walk to the stuff you will want to do and see, but it's a hipster paradise. I am a little to old (or spoiled) for a place like that, however.

Let me know if you need other advice, tips, etc.

Erin said...

Thanks so much for the suggestions - I'll check these out for sure. Fortunately, my friend who was supposed to be in charge of finding a hotel has been slacking. I will take a look through these Portland posts and comments, and definitely let you know if I think of more questions!