We missed our friends and family on Thanksgiving, but we did as well as we could in Moses Lake. Matt made the turkey and Britt made her mom’s apple pie. Neither were burnt. The rest of the meal included green bean casserole, brown sugar and marshmallow sweet potatoes, and Matt’s mom’s famous cornbread casserole. We could not have done it without the emailed recipes/phone calls.
A Thanksgiving meal fit for a family of 8… just for the two of us!
The following Thursday was Matt’s 28th birthday. Britt made his favorite meal, beef brisket, again with the help of Debbie. She also bought him a homebrewing book which was put to immediate use. Matt appreciated all the phone calls/messages from friends and family, especially the call from his brother, Dana, who is in Afghanistan.
Happy birthday, Matt!
As part of the birthday celebration, we drove five hours to Portland. Our first time in Oregon! After the drive through the dark mountains, we crossed Burnside Bridge under the flashing sign for Portland. In the middle of a heavy rainstorm we unloaded the car at the hotel and hurried into the lobby. After Britt ran a comb through her hair, we set out for the first brewery of the weekend. After all, that is the thing to do in Portland.
Deschutes Brew Pub in downtown is the brewery’s second location, the first being in Bend, Oregon. The building style was similar to Tyler’s Taproom in Raleigh. The high arching wooden arches echoed the noise of the crowded restaurant. We had a seat at the end of the bar with a view of the fifteen taps. Matt ordered the famous “Abyss” and Britt had the classic pale ale. After beers here, we made one more stop. Tugboat Brewery is a lowceiling pub with bookshelves on every wall. Classic boardgames like “Sorry” and “Life” were also available for entertainment. With these beers finished, we turned in for the night.
Saturday began with sunshine, and we took advantage. From our ideal location we turned the corner to the food truck lot. Over one dozen stands were open with ethnic food from Iraq to Vietnam. We passed on these opportunities for a small pizzeria. For the next couple hours we wandered around the city for shopping and pictures. Settling these obligations was hard work, so we stopped by Rogue Brewery in the afternoon. The other pre-dinner stops included Bridgeport Brewery and Bailey’s Taphouse. As night fell so too did the rain. We found cover inside a Portland landmark: Powell’s City of Books. If not for the dinner reservation, we could have spent hours browsing. Portland lived up to its “hipster” image with food trucks and bike paths at every turn.
Powell’s City of Books… Matt was in heaven.
We enjoyed spending much of the day walking through the Pearl and Cultural Districts.
We enjoyed several flights at Matt’s favorite brewery – Rogue.
Despite all the wonderful breweries, dinner was the highlight of the weekend. Jake’s Famous Crawfish lived up to the name in service and quality. Britt had the stuffed salmon and Matt had the crab and shrimp cakes. The gluttony continued into the next day when we visited Voodoo Doughnuts. We bought one dozen delicious treats with toppings such as fruit loops, peanut butter, M&M’s, fluorescent icing, and (yawn) powder. The weekend extended into the drive home, when we stopped in Hood River at the Full Sail Brew Pub. This small mountain town had no less than four breweries… Only in Oregon. No drinks for us in this one, just good food. Back on the road we were able to see the Columbia River and the waterfalls that we had missed on the way in.
Matt’s birthday dinner at Jake’s Famous Crawfish
Voodoo Donuts… they were so pretty we walked away with a dozen.
Again, we missed everyone for the holidays. We have had so much fun traveling but it’s the people we miss most. Thank you all for following along. Our next post will be about our exciting trip to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Tis the season of change and great things are happening to our friends and family. Congratulations are in order for Dana and Carlie’s engagement, Trevor graduating Ranger School, Caroline moving from NYC to Asheville, Josh returning from Africa, Alison getting a much deserved promotion at work, Ashley Davis closing on her new house, Chris and Ashley moving into their new house, Kesson and Nate finishing their grad school applications, Amanda graduating with a Master’s in Social Work from UNC, Lindsey and Cade moving back to NC, and all of the recent graduates of Elon DPT’s Class of 2012.