In late March we took a short two night trip to PDX. We’ve been to Portland several times before but this is the first time we’ve stayed at a McMenamins establishment. We’ve heard plenty about McMenamins from friends and weren’t disappointed. The Kennedy School Hotel was created out of an old community school and houses several bars, restaurants and a movie theatre. The place was hopping and a real hub of activity. It was also the first time we had explored Portland’s north east neighbourhood and we loved the relaxed and creative atmosphere.
pit stop in Seattle where we paid our respects to Bruce and Brandon Lee
checked The Grilled Cheese Grill off of our to-do list
ditto Salt & Straw (I tried the Olive Oil ice cream!)
I love murals
outside McMenamins Kennedy School
me and Uilleam in our room at McMenamins – they are pet friendly :)
I’m so glad we checked out this great new place last week. The Fish Counter is a fish market and café combined. The market looks well stocked with Ocean Wise fish, stocks and soups and the café menu is amazing. It was really hard to make a choice on what to have but we settled on sharing the Bouillabaisse (awesome) and each had cod and chips. I don’t know what to say except that everything was exceptional. The only downside is a lack of seating for busy days but I wouldn’t want this place to grow or change to much so I’ll just try to make a point of going there on less busy days.
A few weekends ago we drove out to Steveston on Robbie Burns Day to talk a walk along the river. Over the years a great deal of work has been done to the old shipyard area. Its now a museum of sorts which is wonderful because so many old, historical buildings have been saved for people to enjoy.
Last night we had our first heavy snowfall of the season. Alas, it is melting already but we enjoyed it while it lasted. The boys had snowball fights and the dog had a blast. It’s beginning to feel like Christmas.
This past weekend I had the good fortune to check out an amazing craft fair – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy was on at the Heritage Hall on Main Street. I’ve never been and to be honest my expectations weren’t too high. I’ve been to many Christmas craft fairs and in my experience they tend to be hit and miss but of course it’s all a matter of personal taste. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy hit it right on the mark for me (and my companion). There were a wide variety of items and each vendor was absolutely amazing. I was floored by some of what I saw. Since most of my Christmas shopping is done and I’ve reached my budget quota I could only afford to look but I’ve definitely got some items on my “For Me Wishlist” Pinterest board for 2014.
We were in West Vancouver last week and stopped at one of our favourite places for a snack but when told their kitchen was closing we headed across the street. The Anchor opened last May in Ambleside but we had never been. I’m so glad we happened to check it out because this is my new favourite spot for pizza. We ordered a veggie. It’s loaded with spinach, kale and olives and is absolutely delicious. Seriously good.
I’m not sure if “creatives” is the right category for Paul Stamets but I think it will work. I recently found out about the mycologist from Olympia, Washington by chance. I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out and disheartened (to say the least) over developments (or lack thereof) at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The amount of radiation leaking into the Pacific Ocean is horrendous. While the ocean is great at dilution I don’t see how it can possibly deal with the amount that is leaking into it every single day. To make a long story short in sharing my concerns with others I was turned on to the incredible power of mushrooms. Hope has returned.