I arrived in Portland for a few days of work with a little time to explore at the front end. I checked into my hotel – Hotel Lucia (so cute and fancy) – and headed out for a walk. It’s been awhile since my last trip, I think at least six years, and it’s changed quite a bit. While there are a ton of local shops and restaurants, my most exciting find was a giant Anthropologie & Co. – which has a special name because it houses all the brands – the wedding shop, the shoe store, a custom upholstery section, and tons of housewares and clothing. (Apologies to those of you who don’t care about Anthro the way I do, but check out some of these amazing displays!)

So pretty – and how do they do this? How do they make decorating so effortless and cohesive? If you are someone with this talent, can you come to my house and help me out?
I controlled myself, but I really wanted to curl up on that couch for a nap.
After walking around, I headed to Tasty n Alder for dinner but my Central time stomach was out of sync with Pacific time dining availability so I had to settle for a snack and this yummy drink. A Brown Derby – bourbon, grapefruit, honey shrub and ginger bitters.
Once an acceptable dinner time rolled around, I polled the bar at happy hour to find the best local-approved spot and ended up at Bamboo Sushi. They were still having happy hour, so I got these two rolls, which were more than enough for me. The roll on the right is the Camo roll (avocado, tataki yasai, and cucumber, topped with MSC albacore, coho salmon, and crispy kaiso) and the roll on the left is the 310 (marinated fried tofu, roasted peppers, cucumbers, long bean, and yamagobo, topped with avocado, and sweet shiitake glaze). I really liked the Camo roll (minus the crispy kaiso which sort of attacked me in the mouth) and the 310 roll was good (although I was too full to finish it).

I headed back to my hotel to get a little work done and relax a bit before the next few days of work. I am looking forward to working with two my colleagues on this project in one of Mozilla’s official offices (which means unlimited drinks and snacks!!). I’ll be back soon with more food picks, at least!

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