Monday, September 13, 2010

The Great Northwest: Day 2

After sleeping late in our awesome hotel Chris and I woke up and headed down one block to the light rail to head into downtown Portland. We got off the rail at the China Town station and headed off for the first place that looked good for lunch. We turned a corner and spotted the Fox and Hounds, a typical english pub looking place and stepped inside. Little did we know this was the home of the 1Lb burger... and also a gay bar.... hmmmmm... Portland was off to an interesting start!
I don't have to tell you that of course Chris ordered the crazy 1Lb burger, and that he ate the whole darn thing (Yuck), or that it was reportedly divine, or that the bartender and regulars were very attentive to him..... It was a blast! What a great place.

We walked around a little, then headed of on a quest to find Vodoo Donuts (as if we needed anymore food). Ever since watching Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations' episode on the Northwest cover Voodoo donuts, we have wanted to come check it out.
After waiting in line for 45 minutes, we ordered a Maple Bacon Bar (mmm... think pancakes, bacon, and maple syrup), a Voodoo doll donut with house made raspberry 'blood' filling, and a chocolate donut with cocoa puff topping, and a large milk and headed down to the river park.

Here I am with the awesome Maple Bacon Bar, yum.

Here Chris is with his Voodoo Doll Donut with Raspberry 'blood' filling; Needless to say all the donuts were delicious and we ate way too many calories in a period of about 2 hours, but it was totally worth it.

We ended up hanging out in the park for a while, Chris fell asleep and I people watched. We spent the rest of the day hopping on and off the great light rail system in Portland and getting the layout of the land. We walked off the calories downtown, took the tram from the river to the hospital on the hillside and took in a wonderful view of the city and all her bridges, headed to Powell's and got lost in the stacks of books there, and found a funky pizza place for dinner. All in all, Portland was love at first sight (and bite). What a great town, and friendly people, and incredible food. If only we had had about 5 more days! More to follow soon.

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