Thursday, March 3, 2011

wandering for thrill

 
Last Saturday morning, after awakening at The Boy's place after a night at the Wine & Cheese Festival, the Boy and I decided we wanted to do something. As his roommate declared us bums from the other room because we were still in bed at 10am and JJ was up already watching TV seizing the day (love you JJ), we decided we were going to do something. Something fun. Together.
 

Usually how this goes after waking up post-a fun night together is I get up and go home because I like my stuff- I want to shower and get ready in my own space. The Boy on the other hand, just wants to up and go. So last Saturday, I gave him that luxury. I got out of bed, rinsed off at his place, did minor touch-ups in his bathroom, got into my clothes from the night before and The Boy and I headed off downtown to explore some nooks and crannies of Portland.
The first item on our agenda was to eat (I mean duh, food always first), so we popped into Davis Street Tavern. It's an illustrious restaurant/bar that makes you feel as if you found a warm port in the storm in one of the trendiest cities.
The craftsmanship and warm wood beams are a delight to soak in as you nibble on their ultimate fine dining and sip their intoxicating spirits. We noshed on delicious food and of course tried some of their ravenous ales. It was an utter delight- comfort food, modernized interior landscape and great service.

Following our early lunch, we started to graze the streets that surrounded Davis Street Tavern. Though I have lived in Portland as long as I can remember, there are a million little shops I've wanted to go in but never have made the effort to. Thus, we popped into Compound Gallery which is an urban clothing store mixed with kitschy inventions and an art gallery. It is FRESH. We explored the space for about an hour and got swept up in inflatable mounted Deer heads and exquisite art, all to the tune of authentic rap music overhead.
Immediately following, we stumbled into the Comic book store across the way. I was elated because I was essentially raised by Archie & Friends (Okay, that is a lie but I read them religiously) and I enjoyed reading about what Archie is up to now and who he picked: Betty or Veronica, Betty or Veronica??!! (Spoiler: they let him pick both, two different books for each choice. Lame! You know he loved Veronica more, sad as that was. Betty should totes go on Bachelor)

We also took in "Church of Elvis" which is this weird piece of sh*t display that evidently pays tribute to The King . It has been embedded in this building as long as I can remember and officially makes me simultaneously love and hate Portland.
We also took in Anthropologie, the North Face store, Sur La Table and an impressive number of sidewalks and streets before we found it to be happy hour time and we stopped for some snacks and brews.

It was definitely a fabulous, lovely day in our wonderful, little city- even if I was still wearing last night's clothes.
 
What's the best part about your town or city?
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16 comments:

Katie said...

This sounds like the kind of day I always want to have, but we rarely do. Love it!

Claire Kiefer said...

You look pretty hot in last night's clothes! Nice work, lady! And what a fun day, especially since it involved beers at least twice. :) I don't know what to say about my favorite parts of San Francisco . . . it's just too incredible here to pick any one thing! The first thing that comes to mind is all the natural beauty--the beaches, bridges, Golden Gate Park, the mountains . . . but I appreciate those things so much more since they are smack in the middle of a major metropolis. But I need to get up to Portland sometime--I've never been!

this free bird said...

keep on wearing that hat girl - it looks great on you! and kudos for just rolling out and seizing the day. it sounds like it was superb. i need a trip to your city.

xo,
carrie

doniree said...

All of those things! We actually found Davis Street Tavern soon after moving here and have already been back there - they have a great happy hour (even on weekends!), and their mac and cheese is SO GOOD. Also, my BF has been wanting to check out that shop and your review just makes me want to get there sooner. Portland is SUCH a fun town to explore - I love being new here :)

Moniek said...

Great pictures girl!

Erika said...

I so love the fact that the two of you went exploring your own hometown - there is truly no better way to spend the day!

I am still searching for the best part of the city I currently live in. Hopefully I'll find it soon!! :P

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i love your fedora! that grilled cheese and tomato soup looks so yummy right now :)

Megan said...

what a freaking fun day!!! and in the night before's clothes (which you still look stunning in). i love days like that too... i have always found the coolest places and restaurants when i was aimlessly perusing the streets with no purpose.

btw: i think portland has the BEST food of bascially any city i have been in inside the US...im not even kidding. you're lucky to live out there!

have a good weekend!

<3 Megan

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Food always comes first, ditto to that!! :) The place you lunched at looks really cool to me - such rich interior. And the gallery/shop sounds like my kind of thing! Your whole day sound sfabulous to me, I love having days like these although they mostly only happen when I travel (your day reminded me of some of my fabulous wanderings through Milan in 2008!). Or, they also sometimes happen when I have freinds from abroad visiting me :)

jociegal said...

Your comments about the Church of Elvis made me LOL. I totally had the exact same thoughts when I walked past it like a month ago.

this is me. said...

aaaahhhh!! i love davis street tavern!! i cannot wait for the saturday/sunday market to start, the psu farmer's market - and of course, everything around downtown, nw 23rd, hawthorne, alberta is appealing to me :) what else?! oh, summer festivals at the water front!

Mary ♥ Mur said...

♥Love your blog♥

OceanDreams said...

looks like you had a wonderful time! i haven't been to Portland in forever; i have relatives that live there. thanks for reminding me how much fun it is to visit!

Kara said...

That seriously is the absolute most perfect day. Beer, shopping, food and the person you love? I could have that day over and over and over again :)

Kristin W said...

Yes! My kind of day :) I wish we explored our new city a little more. Being in Raleigh for only a year, we have so much to try and explore!

Ps. Love the fedora!

Kinsey Michaels said...

i love little day dates like this!! portland really strikes me as a charming city from all your pictures. glad you two had fun!