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My 100th Post! Plus, Surviving the Portland Boil of 2014

It’s my 100th post!  A couple of weeks ago, after I published my 99th post, I started to feel a little anxiety over what my 100th post would look like.  I initially thought that I wanted to do something BIG and insanely complicated.  A blog post that would cause balloons and confetti to fall from the sky.  But, that didn’t exactly happen.  Instead, I got myself so wound up about my 100th post, that I couldn’t seem to write anything at all.  And soon after that, I was out of town for two weekends in a row! So, instead of a big, complicated recipe, I’m going to show you some of my vacation photos!

I make no bones about the fact that someday I would like to retire in Portland, Oregon.  Our dearest friends abandoned us relocated to Portland in 2011 and have been enticing us to move there ever since.  And since my feet first landed on Portland soil that first time in 2011, I’ve fallen inextricably, entirely in love with the place.   Every year that we visit, I fall in love a little deeper and every year, it gets a little harder to adjust to being back in the desert.  I’m trying to put my finger on exactly what has captured me so–is it the coffee?  the microbrews? I’m not entirely sure, but I have a feeling it has to do with all those green things that seem to grow so easily there!

Normally we visit Portland during the height of the summer in order to give ourselves a break from weeks of triple digit temperatures.  Portland summers are warm and dry, although much cooler than what we’re used to at home.  This year, we decided to visit a little early for the simple reason that I wanted to see the rain. That might sound funny to you, but I seriously cannot remember the last time it rained here so a vacation with grey skies is exactly the kind of vacation I need! Even still, I was not prepared for the riot of chlorophyll that greeted me when I stepped off of the plane!  Portland in Springtime can only be described as verdant; aggressively green and covered in flowers.


Portland had a little more in store for us this year…a “boil water notice”.  I’m sure you heard about it on the news, but the City of Portland issued it’s first ever boil alert after discovering e-coli in the water supply the day after we arrived!  I promise, we had nothing to do with it!  Turns out that part of the city’s water supply is stored in uncovered reservoirs at the top of Mt. Tabor.  When testing revealed the bacterial contamination a “boil water notice” was put into effect which basically meant that any water to be consumed had to be boiled first! So, we did what any good Portlander does in this situation.  We drank lots of beer and coffee! We also had some of the best meals we’ve ever eaten! The first night in town we had amazing 5 course dinner at Le Pigeon. Last year we dined at their sister restaurant, Little Bird, but where Little Bird is more rustic-French, Le Pigeon is its refined older sister.  I tried something I’d never had before–a dish of pigeon in a blood sausage puree.  Let me tell you, pigeon is freaking amazing!  The flesh is deep red, like duck breast, and it was so juicy and flavorful! The blood sausage was a revelation–faintly minerally in a way that reminded me a little of liver, but more subtle, it was lick-the-plate good!  The restaurant itself is tiny, so reservations are a must–but if you are ever in the area, you must try it out!


Mt. Tabor Reservoir


We managed to fit in a short hike to Multnomah Falls, which is almost indescribably beautiful!


Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

And no trip to Portland would be complete without a trip to the Portland Farmer’s Market!  I have yet to visit a farmer’s market that rivals it in size and variety of produce, meats and food stalls!  The farmer’s markets that I have access to in Las Vegas are tiny in comparison, so my mind is blown every year.  Since we were there early in the growing season, there wasn’t the usual abundance of summer berries and heirloom tomatoes, but there were plenty of other tasty treats!

Morel Mushrooms

Morel Mushrooms


Look at these gorgeous eggs!

Look at these gorgeous eggs!


We bought a couple of pints of these amazingly sweet strawberries!

The market was brimming with the most dazzling peonies!


Peonies $2.00 a stem


Even more peonies!

Even more peonies!



After all was said and done, we gathered up our treats to make a candlelight dinner with our friends! We had such an amazing time, but it went by way too quickly.


Meats from Olympic Provisions, breads from Pearl Bakery, Pepper Jams from Packer Orchards and Bakery


I can’t take these guys anywhere…

A couple of goofballs.

A couple of goofballs.

Well, I’m back home now and it’s time to get back in the kitchen to make some great food! If you’d like to see more photos from this trip, you can find them on my Facebook Page and on Instagram.



    • Thank you! Omg you have to go! As someone who loves to eat (and I know you do) you will love it! So many great places to eat and drink!

  1. Congratulations Tracy! Aw! I am going through the exact same thing now. All wound up about the 100th post. I have the 99th one ready but so hesitant to post it because you know what comes after 99…… The pressure is on! You did a great job with the writing and photography 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Prash! Don’t be like me and get so wound up that you get writer’s block! I can’t wait to see your 100th post! Your posts are always amazing!

  2. of Spearfish South Dakota says

    Congrats Tracy! Great recipe. Lived in Portland for 5 years and you brought back good memories. I can eat and drink my way through Portland easily! Sending your Lavender Vodka recipe to friend in Sequim, Lavender capitol of the US!

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad the post brought back good memories! So many great things to eat there! Thanks for forwarding the recipe to your friend!

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