Monday, August 09, 2010

Pacific Northwest (some highlights)

1. Portland-Portland was easily our favorite part. It's a lot smaller, a lot more accessible (free streetcars) but has seemingly just as much going on as our other major destinations. It really does feel somewhat like a big version of Athens.
2. Portland Street Carts-Within walking distance of any downtown hotel one can venture to any of at least five (maybe more) street food clusters, small parking lots in which food venders back little carts into tiny spaces and dish out amazing food. Thai food tends to dominate percentage wise, with Mexican following but we tended to steer towards stuff we couldn't necessarily get(or haven't gotten) better versions of in Los Angeles or just stuff we absolutely couldn't believe we could find on the street in the USA: the schnitzelwich (a Czech sandwich made with either pork schnitzel or breaded eggplant, Korean tacos, Khao Man Gai (AKA Haianese Chicken Rice), truffle fries, and an amazing hamburger with 3-4 types of peppers. We never tried the vegan BBQ.

3. Portland Underground Tours-Wikipedia kinda spoiled for me afterwards by telling me there's actually no historical evidence for what they tell you but it was kinda cool, either way, to walk around under Old Town and get educated about the practice of "Shanghaiing."

4. The 24 Hour Church of Elvis-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade-Microbrews and pretty much every retro-arcade game you would want. My only complaints are no Spy Hunter and the fact they use the updated version of Gauntlet rather than the original.

6. The Pacific Ocean-We looked at the Stuff White People Like app on JC's iphone and booked a bed and breakfast on the ocean, and went to a farmer's market and ate locally grown foods.

7. The drive up the coast to Seattle-Astoria, OR (where they filmed Goonies) pictured

8. Japadog-Vancouver was nice, especially the few hours we spent biking around the city. Even more amazing than the bike ride was Japadog. The "hot dog renaissance" that's seeping across the country, I guess, has reached Vancouver as well. My favorite was the bratwurst with radish and green onion.
9. Back home-This past Saturday, in my only Entouragesque moment since moving here, I got to spend a few hours at Eddie Murphy's former mansion under the pretense of helping my friend with a magazine shoot. It's obviously pretty nice, with a large pool, a small arcade, a bowling alley, a grotto with inlaid hot tubs, a trampoline, and (my favorite) an aviary. Mr. Murphy actually stopped by for a few minutes with his bodyguard. As I was "working" I felt it would be a bit unprofessional to approach him for an autograph.


Blogger il Gatto Grande said...

nice pix.

why does eddie murphy hang out at his old house?

8/10/2010 11:01 AM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

this trip sounds amazing.

without having ever been there, i've always thought of portland as one of the top few big cities i'd most want to live in (along with SF, NY). this does nothing to dissuade me.

8/10/2010 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eddie is buddies with the current owner, a lawyer.

you should go to portland huevos. sarah would like it too, i think. maybe we'll have relocated there by the time you make it.

8/10/2010 8:53 PM  
Blogger deuce deuce said...

love the pictures. that new camera you got kicks butt.

i want a delicious hot dog like that. i'm not sure if the hot dog craze has hit atlanta yet (maybe everyone is still content with slaw dogs and such at the varsity) --hamburger "boutiques" are a dime a dozen around here, though.

i guess the one bright spot is you can get a "mexi-dog" at Turner Field.

8/14/2010 12:28 PM  
Blogger kenniebloggins said...

I did that same drive up the Oregon Coast a few years ago and stayed at a b and b as well. The Goonies rocks are pretty awesome.

8/15/2010 12:27 PM  

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