Due to our adventures in gastronomy while traveling, we usually eat a light breakfast of yogurt, berries and granola. Today was our first breakfast out. Sean recommended Blue Star Donuts instead of the usual Voodoo Donuts. At Blue Star, there was a selection of about 15 gourmet donuts. We tried the Lemon Poppyseed, Meyer Lemon Key Lime Custard, and Blueberry Bourbon Basil. While we were enjoying our selections, one of the employees pulled out a blow torch and started caramelizing the tops of donuts so we had to try the crème brûlée donut too. It had a great crunch on top, but our favorite was the blueberry donut. A hipster walked in and ordered a dozen assorted for a mere $39.50.
I have been shopping online at Fabric Depot for a few years. It wasn’t until last week when we were planning our trip that I realized they were in Portland. We arrived at 11 AM on a Monday and the parking lot was packed. I walked into the converted auto dealership and was immediately overwhelmed by the selection. The place is so big that they just added a café (they should really add a brewery for the husbands). There were long lines at the cutting table and ladies had bolts of fabric stacked in shopping carts. Turns out they were having a 40% off all fabric sale. I felt compelled to shop quickly and get in line until I realized I could just take pictures of the fabric lines that I liked and order online. No standing in lines!
We met Sean for lunch at 10 Barrel Brewing in the Pearl District (Portland is so big that they need to name all the trendy neighborhoods). We enjoyed a sampler of their brews and a plate of steak & Gorgonzola nachos. I liked the Double Squishy IPA and Shawn had the Nitro Apocalypse.
We woke up this morning and it was 46 degrees in the RV, but it was a clear sunny day with a high of 70. While driving we were able to see both Mount Hood and Mount St. Helen. Living in a city with two rivers, I have come to appreciate bridges. Sacramento is skimpy when it comes to bridges, but Portland boasts 9 bridges over the Willamette in downtown alone. Kudos Portland!
In the evening, we went to Sean’s house in Sandy on the outskirts of Portland. It’s amazing what fifty foot pine trees can do to improve the look of a strip mall. Sean and his wife live in a cute townhouse in a hilly neighborhood. A nice mix of suburbia and nature. We went to their local brewery Bunsenbrewer. The menu is the periodic table of beers and all their beers are named after scientists. I enjoyed a beaker of Bill Nye Rye PA.
Tomorrow we begin our travels south heading for Silver Falls state park. Hopefully, we will find a break in the weather for some hiking at the falls. We could use a little exercise after Portland.
Daily Ratings & Stats
Blue Star Donuts – 5 stars
10 Barrel Brewery – 4.5 stars
Bunsenbrewer – 3.5 stars
Fabric Depot – so huge it cannot be rated by mere stars
Steps taken – not nearly enough
Loads of laundry done – 3