Friday, January 22, 2010

Oregon in October - Saturday

Saturday, October 17th was Robb's actual birthday. Robb was intent on going to Gravy, a diner that he had read great things about. The wait for a table was about 30 minutes, but our brunch was really quite incredible. Robb had country fried steak that was incredible. I'm not big on southern breakfasts, but man that was an awesome country fried steak. After brunch we headed back to Rogue so we could sample some more beer and I had the most amazing pumpkin ale I think I've ever had.
After our beers, we headed to an open air market along the river in the Old Town district. This market was huge, taking up several blocks, and had independent booths, performers, and food. We bought two cupcakes from an independent seller to save for later, in lieu of traditional birthday cakes. I'd never had a sweet potato cupcake before, but it was just about the most amazing cupcake I've ever had.
We had our fill of walking around in the rain and made our way to the Pittock Mansion. By the time we got there the sun was shining again and the fall leaves were glorious. This historic mansion is built on a 43 acre hilltop that overlooks Portland. We took a guided tour and learned a lot about the mansion, the Pittock family, and Portland. The views from both inside and outside the mansion were incredible. If you ever go to Portland, I think the Pittock Mansion should definitely be on your to-do list.
We went back to Nob Hill for the rest of the evening, sampling and buying cheese from Steve's Cheese and checked out a gourmet grocery store, Zupan. We ate dinner at a Typhoon, which actually has locations in the Seattle area (didn't know it when we picked it, we just thought it looked like a good Thai restaurant). I had a very boring soup, but Robb's pumpkin curry dish was phenomenal. I'm glad that on Robb's birthday he ended up ordering the best food of the day!

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