Thursday, October 14, 2010

Portland, Day 2

Back to my Portland Recap ... sorry I've been all over the place!

Needless to say, we were a bit tired after our first day in Portland.  We decided to sleep in and meet for lunch the second day.  A.D. and I squeezed every last ounce of sleep into our morning and got up justintime to meet her parents for lunch.  We went back to Montmartre Brasserie (I told you it was our favorite place in Portland).

We ordered a couple of different things and all shared.  We had Arancini to start ... fried risotto balls stuffed with sundried tomatoes, brie, guyere, and basil.  Then we had the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, the Classic Cobb salad and the Oven Roasted Beet Salad.  It was my first experience with beets and, I hate to say it, but they are actually kind of good!  Mr. D. had to get back to the hotel for a conference call after that, but Mrs. D, A.D. and I decided to have a long lunch and had a glass of wine.

Once we were done lunching, we headed to Nordstrom's!  I loved their mural:

It's hard to tell, but its the Seattle skyline with the Space Needle.  Nordstrom's started in Seattle!

We wandered around for a bit, Mrs. D. got some boots and then we headed to the wine bar from Day 1 to wait for Mr. D. to finish his conference call.  We met up with him after a glass of Pinot Gris and he, A.D. and I headed to the Oregon History Museum.  To be honest, it was less than impressive, but it was nice to do something educational.  And I found some cool, vintage looking postcards in the museum shop for a souvenir.

From the museum, we headed over to the Nines, a cute boutique hotel near Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The sommelier from ten 01 had recommended that we check it out.  And we were so glad that we did!  We had happy hour at The Departure, a very modern, futuristic looking restaurant.  Their happy hour specials were really good and the outdoor patio was on the roof of the building so we overlooked downtown Portland.  Their dinner menu seemed a little bit weird, but we had the calamari which was really good and I saw several sushi dishes come out that looked amazing.  I highly recommend stopping in here for a drink if you're in Portland.

After happy hour, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.  For our last dinner in Portland we went to Andina, a Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District.  It was SO good.  It was tapas style, so we were able to get a bunch of small dishes and try a lot of things.  Mrs. D. and I shared and we tried ceviche, scallops, ...  The conceirge at the Westin had made our reservation and sent us these amazing cookies and a white port wine for dessert.  All the meals we had in Portland were good, but this meal was definitely the best.  Reservations are highly recommended!

The night would not have been complete without a final visit to Montmartre Brasserie :)  We headed over for one last drink and then back to the room.  The D.'s were off to Willamette wine country in the morning and I had a full day planned for my last day in Portland!

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