Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stop 1: Portland

So why are you going to Portland?

To see the Pet Shop Boys!!!!

(yes, I used that many exclamation points)

What do giant bull heads have to do with this song? Nothing, but trust me, it worked.
And they did not disappoint.  They played most of their big hits, as well as some songs from their new album, Electric.  The backup dancers were awesome, the costumes were fun, the lights and smoke were fantastic, and the show finished with an explosion of confetti.  The only thing that could have been better was the venue; the rows of seats were not exactly conducive to dancing and anyone who ventured into the aisles was sent back to their seats by security.

The next day, we went to the farmers' market at Portland State University, which I would definitely recommend.  The highlight of the market for us was the Olympic Provisions stall.  The salamis are delicious, and our favourite was the Finocchiona which is flavoured with fennel.  We saw an exhibit on samurais at the Portland Art Museum and then spent the rest of the day walking around downtown and the Pearl District.

We have many photos of this sign taken from slightly different angles as we progressed through the 40-minute long queue outside the shop.

The Portland marathon was on, and we watched the athletes exerting themselves while snacking on maple bacon doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts.  We also made an interesting discovery about this animal:

Photo credit Wikipedia
After an informal poll of Portlanders (the ones who didn't walk briskly away from us avoiding eye contact), we concluded that they call these birds "geese".  One person admitted to having heard the moniker "Canadian goose" at some point.  Public service announcement: they're Canada geese, folks.

The next day, we went for a drive along the coast.

Not too far from Cannon Beach
And then we finished off the trip with dinner at Ava Gene's, ranked #5 on Bon Appetit's "Best new restaurants" list.  By the time our 8 PM reservation rolled around, we were pretty ravenous so unfortunately, I was too busy eating to take photos.  To start, we had bread with white beans, rosemary and garlic.  Then, I had orechiette with pork sausage and then salmon with polenta.  Delicious.

I made my husband put this back on the plate so I could take a photo. 
All in all, a perfect weekend trip.


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    1. I know! It's like your felted chair post where you write that a good blogger would have taken photos of each step.

  2. Ooh, the Pet Shop Boys! I'm a child of the 80s so they go way back for me. I had no idea they were still together though. :)