Portland

Wine Country

What a good weekend! Logan turned 19 months old and was such a goofy, cute, fun little boy all weekend. He decided he wanted to learn how to jump. I have some pretty hilarious and adorable videos of him trying to learn how to jump up and down. He’s not quite coordinated yet.

Also this weekend, Michael and I got to get away for a little but on Sunday. Logan got some quality time with the grandparents and we got to have adult time with friends! Win-win! I went swimming and then we met up with some friends and drove down to Dundee, Oregon together.

It was the Sokol Blosser wine club pick up party over the weekend and we went with friends who are also members. First, we stopped for lunch at a place they recommended. It was called the Babica Hen Cafe.

I ordered the Blue Cheese and Bacon Salad. It came with grilled chicken and avocado and an egg on top. The salad was really delicious and fresh. It was also a ton of food. I only ended up eating about 80% of it. And…despite the low carb diet, I did have the bread that came with it. It was warm and freshly baked with melty butter…and hard to pass up. Lunch was delicious.

I kind of got talked into having a raspberry mimosa, which was also delicious.

Michael got the smoked salmon eggs benedict, Charla got the taco salad (looked delicious) and Ben got this crazy fried chicken and waffle dish I had to share a photo of!

It looked like there was a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of it, but it was mashed potatoes. With caramel syrup and coconut flakes on top. We all had a bite. It was super weird! But the presentation was great.

After lunch we arrived at the winery for the private members-only party. We weren’t sure if there was going to be “real” food there, hence the reason we stopped for lunch. But we arrived and there was a pretty decent spread of stuff. So next time, we’ll just bring a picnic lunch and supplement with the cheese, meat and olives they provided. They also had free coffee from a local place. Sadly, I forgot to get a sample of it.

We checked in and got a taste of their sparkling rose wine, which was really light and refreshing.

The place was packed but we found a cozy spot on the downstairs patio outside. The weekend had been super stormy, rainy and wet but we lucked out on Sunday to nice, warm and sunny weather instead.

It was kind of the perfect afternoon. We were all able to relax kid-free and have adult conversations. Way different than the last time we were there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The wines were all so good. They were very generous with the pours. We spent a few hours tasting and hanging out.

Around 3:30 the place was starting to thin out. We were able to get a table inside and see the musician who was hired for the event. His name was Dante Zapataย and he was so good! I posted two videos on my instagram if yo are interested. When we joined the party, he was playing some old R&B songs acoustically. Loved the spin on some old favorites!

Charla suggested we stop at Argyle on the way home. She’s raved about their wines a few times.

It was a really cool, modern tasting room. There was tons of space both inside and outside, there was cool art inside and a private room in the back, plus outdoor covered areas and an area for bocci ball. It would be a fun place to go back to when we had more time.

Three of us shared some tastings. The wines were really excellent: smooth and rich and full of noticeable flavors that were easy to identify. It’s a shame their wine was too rich for our blood! I would have taken a bottle home but the cheapest one on the menu was $45! Ooof, little too much for my budget.

After that it was home to our little dude, who’d had a fantastic day with grandma and grandpa. Then Michael and I finished the season finale of Game of Thrones (holy crap that was crazy and intense!!!). What a great day!

Playing Hooky

For an anniversary gift, Michael surprised me with suggesting we book a couple’s massage. I looked around for something in Portland and found a stellar place! But first, a lunch date!

We played hooky and took off half the day from work and went out to lunch. We went to Stella Tacoย on SE Division. There are a ton of cool new restaurants on SE Division that we’ve been wanting to check out but never have the opportunity.

Stella Taco was a cute, hip place with “street” tacos on the menu. It was a casual joint, with the order-at-the-bar and bus your own table model (which I’m not usually a huge fan of, but…it was ok). It was cheap, so that’s nice.

I got one of of the fish street tacos and one carnitas. There were small, like three or four bites worth.

Michael got the carnitas, beef and chorizo street tacos. Everything was really fresh. I liked my tacos a lot but they weren’t spicy. The carnitas was pretty flavorful but I wished that the fish taco had a little more flavor, it was a tad bland. But I think with some spice they could have been great!

Michael said the chorizo tacos were spicy. We had lunch and then went to a dive bar nearby for beers. We had about an hour and a half to kill after lunch before our massages. Boneyard RPM! Our favorite beer on tap! It was nice to just chill in the quiet bar, not rushed or anything.

Then we walked around SE Hawthorne for a bit. We had no destination, just wandering. We stopped in Red Light (a funky, hip consignment store) that had a ton of retro clothes and halloween costumes and we hung out a bit. I was super excited about the cheesy 70’s pantsuits! Sadly, I didn’t find anything that really spoke to me enough to buy for Halloween. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There were some real gems, though!

On a whim we stopped in at Blue Star Donuts and Michael bought a blueberry bourbon basil donut–apparently Blue Star is something pretty amazing. I wasn’t all that impressed after a few bites.

Then it was time for our appointments. I had looked around and found a place called Laurelhurst Massage by Laurelhurst Park. It was SO great! We both agreed they were some of the best massages we’ve had. It was a really relaxing and wonderful experience.

Rick and Greg have a massage studio in a space behind their house. It’s a cute space among nice, old Portland craftsman houses. The studio downstairs had a bathroom and a decent sized spa that we got to use before our massages.

The sauna was so nice! We’ve been talking about wanting our own sauna at home someday…Anyways, the sauna was great and so relaxing. The door to the sauna had a really pretty glass etching, too, of Multnomah Falls. Very cool.

After about 10 or 15 minutes in the sauna, we used the double spa shower that had like 6 shower heads, dried off and then had our couple’s massage upstairs in the massage room. (They had big fluffy bathrobes and nice towels for us.)

They were fabulous massages! So good and relaxing. I fell asleep halfway through my massage. Michael got a pretty deep sports massage and was pretty happy with his. We had a great time and will most definitely go back to use them again. If you are in the Portland area and looking a luxurious afternoon spa getaway, I recommend it!

After our massages we melted outside to the car ๐Ÿ˜‰ and then went to pick up our little dude from daycare and head home.

It was a good change from the routine!