Portland, OR... What a great city! Saturday was the opening of the Saturday market, and a wonderful day it was. I met with my lovely friend D., and our day together started with a lovely walk along the esplanade, right on the river. We walked the east side of the river with a gentle sprinkle on our backs, crossed over to the downtown area where we proceeded to enjoy the food court of the Saturday market. We had wonderful turnovers from Africa, one with lentils and the other with beef, and then we were off to find the falafel man. Falafels ordered, we had a chat with the chef and owner, Mouhamed, and found that he also made New England clam chowder. Being of a New England mind, we asked for a taste and the taste was offered up. Wonderful chowder! It was creamy with out being too thick, a nice smooth consistency with lots of good clam flavor as well. And the falafel was wonderful too, with all the appropriate condiments, which made for a nice filling yet healthy experience. Mouhamed's restaurant is called Bumblekiss, incidently, and is in NE Portland, at 46th and Fremont. If you want a great falafel or chowder(he also does fish and chips that looked wonderful too!) then head on down and let me know what you think.
Our stomachs full of good food, we washed it all down with some strawberry lemonade, while we watched a one handed man play a guitar like instrument and sing songs. Very fun! We said goodbye to the market, and headed off to complete the southern leg of our journey to where we had parked. We passed by the Oregon Maritime Museum, which is actually an old paddle boat. They were giving free admission, and since free is good, we took a tour of a really cool old boat. We stood on the observation deck and watched a rather large sea lion playing in the river. We talked to an old maritime historian. We got bumper stickers! And then we headed on...
The day finished with a stop at Petite Provence, where we enjoyed tea and cappucino, and artfully crafted pastries. I highly recommend them if you like french pastry. I don't drink cappucino, but that looked gorgeous too.
So there you have it, a day in the life. Thanks again D. for a lovely day! Until next time, have fun all,