Do you have a travel obsession? Tell me about yours so I can say to myself that I am not completely crazy. Before I go somewhere, I do an extensive research on the following, by order of importance:
1. Affordable but clean and cozy places to stay… depending on where we are: hotel/motel/bed and breakfast/campsites (I’m a no-fuss person and I can deal with no-flush outhouses). The last thing you want is arriving somewhere and not knowing where to lay your pretty head on that night.
2. Good places to eat and artisan bakeries… condition: must be affordable (i.e. nothing beyond $25 entrees).
3. Fun things to do… hiking, biking, walking around quaint neighborhoods, yoga, shopping, shows, local events, etc.
The Travel Portland website is very helpful and has all sorts of information on everything you want to know, do, and eat in Portland, as well as great travel deals.
I have found that doing these beforehand actually saves time and stress… no more worrying about silly where do you want to go – no, where do YOU want to go – I’m cool with anything – well, there’s no such place called “I’m cool with anything” conversations.
After all the research, I plot my itinerary for the day: from morning, noon, until night. Then, just to be on the safe side, I add in some second choice places. You know, in case there’s some extra time to kill. Of course, if there’s anything cool we see on the way, a surprise stop is always welcome!
Drove out of Washington at about 8:45 and headed straight to our first stop in Portland, Cafe Broder... a very hip place in a fun neighborhood. The restaurant is cozy and a little tight, with a neighborhood kind of feel, I like it! Food is cooked right in front of the bar and that made me wish we had bar seats. We got to try a little bit of different things on the menu and I thought everything was great, except for two that were just so-so (chicken salad and shrimp salad... they were classy but a little bland for my liking). The Swedish meatballs were awesome, especially with the sherry cream and the lingonberry jam. YUM! The gravlax was very flavorful too. We got different sides, potato pancakes and mushroom soup, and both were delicious. Oh and the pickled vegetables were soooooooo good, I could eat an entire jar of it.
Looking forward to some yoga and more fun times tomorrow! Hope you are enjoying your week as well!