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Thursday began with a scrumptious breakfast at Imperial. Lindsey and I both had the Hipster breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, tomato, and hazelnut romesco) and Imperial Breakfast Potatoes. I also had a yummy ruby red grapefruit.

After a solid day of work, and crushing all the team to-do’s on our agenda for the week, we headed to Beer O’Clock for a celebratory drink. With Portland getting dark at about 4pm, it seemed like the perfect time to leave the office. I chose this De Brabandere Petrus Sour Mango from Belgium – so good!

We then headed to Jacqueline for dinner. We started with an amazing petit baguette and I had the yellowtail crudo, avocado, grapefruit, white ponzu and sprouted coriander starter. It was light and super fresh, and pretty.

For my main dish, I had the Parisienne gnocchi with dungeness crab, chanterelles, leeks, and crayfish fumet. I thought that was cheese on the top, but it was crab.

There is a debate in Portland about which ice cream place is the best – Salt & Straw or Fifty Licks. Our original plan was to try both after dinner and decide for ourselves, but that task appeared far too daunting after a big meal. We ended up at Fifty Licks because it was right next door and there was no line. I had the Oregon strawberry on a homemade waffle cone. We also tried a bunch of flavors before ordering. If Salt & Straw is as good, if not better, Portland is a very lucky town!

One of my friends who used to work at Mozilla saw that I was in Portland via Twitter and reached out. He and his wife live in a neighborhood on the way to the airport and suggested we meet at Proud Mary for brunch.

We had an awesome meal (poached eggs on toast) and a great time catching up. I always love when my travels intersect spontaneously with people I haven’t seen in awhile. Thanks Katie and Jared!!

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