Monday, October 31, 2016

Portland Oregon and sloe gin fizz

if that ain't love, then tell me what is. That is from a Loretta Lynn song - and I actually had a chocolate liqueur drink.
We had a fantastic time in Portland this weekend!! We got to The Benson at about 3 on Friday

- gave the car to the valet and walked almost the whole weekend. The first thing we did was walk to the food trucks. there is one I love - I've only eaten there once because we have gone back twice since then and it is always closed - what the hell?!?!? So we ate noodles and dumplings at another truck. We went to Finnegan's Toys and Gifts such a fun store - I love these giant microbes.

 We went to The Spice and Tea Exchange - oh my!!
I am sure you can order it online - these flavors look so good! I haven't had any yet  - but I am looking forward to it!! Scott found a theater called "Living Room Theaters. You can order your tickets online - select which seats you want. The seats are roomy - you can order drinks (including alcohol) and dinner - they will deliver it to your seat!! We didn't eat but other people did and the food looked great! We had popcorn - air popped. The theaters are small, so there aren't too many people in there - it was fun! We saw Girl on a Train - good movie. We read the book back when it came out. The next day we walked to breakfast at Mother's Bistro and Bar - it was very good. I got to eat some of mine - potatoes with cheese mmmm but I found a hair in mine  - luckily before it ended up in my mouth. I had them bring me toast instead and I didn't have to pay for any of my meal.  We went to the Portland Saturday Market - very cool place!!
Booths and booths of art and soaps and fun things. We ate at Angelina's Greek Cuizina and had the best gyro I have EVER had - handmade pita - sooo good!! Scott bought me a ring from My Favorite Button - I picked a button and she made a ring for me. Very unique!
 I also got a silverware bracelet - I've wanted one forever!! I bought it at Spoonman Creations - they also have funny headwear!!
We walked over to Lan Su Chinese Garden - wow! Beautiful garden!!

They have a tea shop inside so we also had tea.
and a moon cake - taro
pecan cookies too
 Very peaceful place! We walked back to our hotel - got our car and drove over to Por Que No? Tacos. We have eaten there before - fabulous tacos!! Sunday we walked over to VooDoo Doughnuts -
yeah we did but we saved them for later and had breakfast at The Bijou Cafe.
Our last stop was Powell's Books the world's largest independent bookstore. It is a fabulous place. Scott likes it more than I do. He always thinks I don't like going there - but I do. Someday I will sit in the cafe - drink coffee and stitch but it has to be when we are not on Whole30 - which starts back up tomorrow. We ate wonderful food - the weather was GREAT - it rained on Sunday but we had an umbrella - we walked at least 5 miles! I really enjoyed the weekend with my honey!! We had a game - it is Halloween weekend but it was Portland so when we saw someone dressed strangely we would each decide whether they always dressed like that or because it was Halloween - I think I had more "Portland" than "Halloween" haha!
I have been meaning to mention that both Scott and Ryder have been in accidents since we moved here. I can show you the other cars from Scott's accident but not Ryder's.

No injuries and we are having our bumper replaced but there is only a crack in our bumper compared to the other cars - crazy!! Speaking of cars - I finally got my personalized plates - my letterboxing trailname "Crewel" I tried to get them in Colorado but we had to pay new car plate prices - over $400 and when the plates came in they wanted another $400 so I was going to wait until renewal time so I wouldn't have to pay twice. Indiana wasn't doing personalized because someone had abused the system and they were trying to sort it out - ugh. I love my new plates!!
I had a finish last week too
Jingle Bells by With Thy Needle - the Valdani thread kept breaking - I used two strands. I love the way it turned out!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Looks like you had a fantastic weekend and saw a lot of different sites and restaurants.
    Sorry about the cars. :(
    Cute finish.

  2. looks like you had a fab time away . ouchie re the cars and well done on the finish too :) love mouse xxxxx

  3. First, I'm glad no one was hurt! Sounds like a fun week-end! I know exactly what you mean. We ate at one of our favorite little spots on Fri. The waitress had black lipstick, black nails and black dyed hair. I asked my DH if he thought it was for real or Halloween. We never decided but I didn't tell her she looked great for Halloween!! A hair in your food YUK!!!!!!

  4. Seems like you had a great weekend!
    All that food makes me drool... it is lunchtime as I'm typing this comment and I am munching on a boring (but healthy (hence boring) salad :)
    Great little crosses too!

  5. What a wonderful weekend! The Benson is a gorgeous place, but I've never stayed there. Downtown Portland is a great place for walking and seeing so many amazing places, things, and people, lo!

  6. Awesome weekend...and yes, Oregon is beautiful...funny we were there so close together. but we didn't get up as far as you two. I'm so glad that you had such a wonderful weekend with the hubby...I love your game :) good ole Portlandia.
    How scary those accidents must have been...thanks goodness no was seriously hurt!
    Great finish...I too love the Valdani floss, it gives nice depth to your beautiful stitching...but boy it is hard to work with!

  7. Jamie, your weekend sounds like so much fun! I would love to go to Portland one day. Yummy food and a great stitching finish. So glad that Scott and Ryder are okay, if not all of the cars.