Monday, May 13, 2013

This Weekend, I...v.5.13.13

Linking up with Sarah and Syndal for a round of TWI:

This weekend, I took my husband on the train to Portland. It's the first time he has been on a train since he was a child. We really enjoyed the scenic views from Tacoma to Portland, and it was a very relaxing ride.
View from the train as we passed under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
This weekend, I realized that Portland is way ahead of the rest of the world on the recycling curve. We in the Pacific Northwest recycle as a way of life, but our hotel in Portland offers a recycling bin in every room! Welcome to the pretty, green part of the world.
Nothing like in-room recycling!
This weekend, we visited Oregon Science and Health University to see if they had any postdoctoral opportunities for daughter Sarah. Just kidding! We actually visited the campus to take the Portland arial tram, which runs between OSHU lower and upper campuses. Beautiful vistas!
One of the two aerial trams
View of downtown Portland from the upper tram landing. Beautiful!
This weekend, we went to the Portland Saturday Market, which is actually held on both Saturday and Sunday. Wonder why the misleading name? We spent a couple of hours (& a little cash) checking out all the offerings. After a few hours in the hot sun, we found a spot in the shade for a cold drink and some people watching.
View from our spot in the shade: Voodoo Doughnuts - a Portland landmark! (didn't partake)

This weekend, husband and I ate and drank our way across Portland. Here are two of our favorites:
Pomegranate Martini and Berry Crush Collins - Delish!
(no, we were not trying to color-coordinate)
Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with Rum Raisin sauce & cinnamon whipped cream
If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend a weekend in Portland. There is absolutely no need for a car as transportation choices are cheap and plentiful. Downtown Portland and the adjacent districts are very easily walkable with wide sidewalks, lots of parks, courteous drivers and almost no hills! And, as an added bonus, no sales tax!

And how was your weekend?



  1. What?! I'm so impressed you're blogging! :)

    Love you! Glad you had a great weekend, mama!

  2. Yay!! You blogged again. I've missed it. Sounds like you had a great weekend. C. R.

  3. Our family took the train to Portland years ago and had a blast. Ed & I keep talking about doing it again -- your beautiful pictures may just be the kick we needed to get us going.