I WAS INVITED BY LESLEY ANN WARREN TO BE HER GUEST AT THE OREGON BALLET THEATRE GALA WHERE SHE WAS BEING HONORED OVER THE WEEKEND.
|Lesley at the Japanese Garden in Washington Park in Portland|
I hadn't been in Portland since I went on a business trip for one of my first jobs after college. Now that I've practically been all over the world, Portland still holds up as one of my top ten cities. It is a charming hybrid of San Francisco and Soho, where original architecture is celebrated, the arts run the city, and people actually read books.......AND it's a foodie heaven!
We stayed at the Paramount, a well-located, perfectly fine hotel. Our eyes really opened wide when we went to Hotel Deluxe for brunch. It is an older, restored building with a touch of Hollywood glamour.
Portland is famous for their Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens, and we got lost in their spiritual beauty. Particularly in the Japanese Garden, where you are surrounded by tall trees that hide you from the outside world.
|Yes, it's the Candy Spelling Rose. We were very impressed|
And then there's the food. How about Mother's Bistro, founded by a woman whose family perished in the concentration camps. IT SIMPLY IS THE BEST FOOD IN PORTLAND.
JUST TAKE A GANDER AT THE BREAKFAST MENU....
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Scramblegrilled portabellas marinated in garlic, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, scrambled with eggs,
fresh sautéed spinach & asiago cheese
Stuffed Frittataopen-faced omelet with bacon, cheddar cheese &; potatoes, topped with sour cream &; green onions
Migaseggs, corn tortillas, jack cheese, onions &; peppers, scrambled together,
topped with chipotle sour cream, salsa &; green onions
Greek Frittataan open-faced omelet with fresh spinach, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese &; kalamata olives
Wild Salmon Hashwith leeks, potatoes & a touch of cream, served with two eggs any style
roasted red potatoes sautéed with bacon, caramelized onions ; a touch of cream,topped with melted cheddar cheese, sour cream &; green onions
Crunchy French Toast
thick slices of challah (egg) bread, dipped in cornflakes &; grilled golden brown
|Every few blocks in Portland you discover a beautiful park/public space|
Above is Jake's Famous Crawfish, similar to Musso's or Tadich in San Fran. So cool.
Shrimp and crab cakes with a remoulade sauce