East Coast Invasion

After our delectable dinner at Toast, my brother Andy and his wife arrived! They flew out to Portland from Philly. My sister-in-law (also named Lisa, yes it causes quite the confusion in the family) is in medical school and my brother is getting his Masters Degree in German history and socialism. They’ve been living in Philly for a few years now and desperately miss the Northwest. Their first comment was “It’s cold here.” Which cracked me up. It’s been in the high 70’s all week! Andy’s comment was that he’s finally “not sweating 24/7”. Poor guy! I’ve never been to the East Coast so I can’t relate.

Last Year's Visit

I love when Andy comes to visit but unfortunately it’s always a short visit. We stayed up late catching up but they were on East Coast time so they wanted to crash soon after they arrived. Thursday we all got up around the same time. Michael started making bacon and I joined Andy for a run around the track.

I hadn’t planned on running but I was feeling pretty good. I joined Andy for a jog/walk. I did more walking than running but that was okay. I was really just out there to spend time with my brother.  I didn’t count the laps, didn’t track my mileage. I just jogged and walked.

Run Stats:

Time: 34 minutes
Calories Burned: 302
Distance: Who knows??

We all cleaned up and ate breakfast together before heading out for the day. My brother rides his bike every day in Philly–it’s his sole transportation. I’m pretty impressed! He’s biking rain or shine, all year round–even when it’s 10 degrees below! He said the only time he won’t bike to school/work is when it’s snowing. Hard core. I’m such a wuss. Even the threat of rain deters me! The first stop of the morning was River City Bikes.

River City Bikes is a great bike store in Portland. That’s where Michael bought his Carbon fiber bike (and got a great deal for it too).  Andy and Michael shopped for bike parts and I bought some arm warmers. Finally!

After that we headed to Washington Park. I only took a half day off from work (I wished I had taken the whole day off) so we had to do things close-in to downtown. We parked at the Archery Range in Washington park and walked along the trails in Forest Park.


It was a cool, overcast morning and it was a nice stroll on the Wildwood Trail.

We were passed by a lot of trail runners, which is very cool and something I’ve always wanted to try. We were also passed by the new soccer team!

The Wildwood Trail looped through the park and up to Hoyt Arboretum. The trees are so pretty in the arboretum.

This tree was a Birch Bark Cherry. The colors on the bark were amazing and it felt like copper to the touch! It was very strange but beautiful.

After about an hour of hiking around we headed back downtown for lunch. The lunch spot: Clyde Common. I’ve been wanting to eat here for ages. I’ve heard nothing but good things. I walk by this place all the time and it’s always packed.

We arrived about noon and it wasn’t full yet. The place is trendy and cool–very typical of Portland. It felt like warehouse space. It’s “family style” seating, where you sit next to strangers.

We were seated right away and the service was so fast. I had to be to work by 1pm and I was worried I’d be late. They have the lunch hour rush to a SCIENCE. The service was super speedy.

Michael ordered the burger for lunch (with blue cheese) and gave me a bite. It was really tasty.

Andy ordered the pastrami panini. He gave me a bite and the pastrami was super smokey and delicious. Lisa ordered the fried oyster sandwich with lettuce, radishes, buttermilk dressing and guacamole. She said it was amazing. It looked huge to me and it smelled fantastic. I’m not a huge oyster fan though.

I ordered the sliced pork shoulder sandwich. It came with a  yogurt, cucumber, za’atar dressing and iceberg lettuce with chunks of cucumber. The bun was a little dry and plain but the flavors of the pork and sauce were really good. It reminded me of a gyro.

The salads were simple with Green Goddess dressing (I must find this recipe!). I love that I can always order a salad as a side dish in Portland Restaurants. I’ve never gotten grief either.

Andy enjoyed a Ninkasi beer and I had iced tea (with real sugar cubes! Oh the memories…).  According to Andy, the liquor laws in Pennsylvania are super wacky and it’s near impossible to get good beer and wine from anywhere else. That made me sad!

We finished lunch and said goodbye. I headed to work and they headed to Powell’s Bookstore (a must stop every visit).

I was sad to say goodbye. I wish they lived closer! 🙁

QUESTION: Oysters–yay or nay? Soccer– a fan or no?

16 Responses

  1. I have to leave a comment simply because I’m from Philly and much share the love.

    Liquor laws in PA aren’t terrible. You have to buy liquor from a “state store” (liquor store), and it cannot be bought from a grocery store. So you won’t find beer and wine at the grocery or Whole Foods. Of course, here in Indiana, while you can buy all that stuff in the grocery store, you can’t buy it on Sundays. So, I guess each state has their own stinky liquor related rules.

    1. In comparison to the West Coast –where they are from–they are terrible. They can’t get the good wine and beer like they can in Oregon. And you are right, it’s not sold in places like Trader Joe’s like it is here in Oregon. Plus they said that it’s illegal to drive to New Jersey to buy alcohol and transport it across state lines? Which is bizarre to me!

      1. Yeah, that is true. Though truthfully, we used to do it anyway when we lived there, simply because it was cheaper in Jersey. Granted, we figured out ways to cover it up in the trunk lol.

  2. I love that you incorporate fitness throughout your day, even with company. That is one of the changes I am making. I’m looking forward to cooler weather (I live in Georgia), but I won’t let the heat stop me. I also like that you enjoy regular, good tasting food and drink while living a healthy active life. Awesome!
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  3. Sounds like a fun day! Your sandwich looked yummy. I say “nah” to oysters and “yeah” to soccer! I’m not a die-hard fan, but I love the camaraderie among soccer fans and how excited they get during World Cups.

  4. I love this post! It’s filled with great photos. The color of Birch Bark Cherry is amazing!! It’s so beautiful. And the fried oyster sandwich looks so delicious…my hometown in Japan is famous for oyster and the fried oyster is one of my favorite dishes 🙂

    Saying “good-bye” to loved ones, especially my family, never gets easier. Sometimes I get sad even before I see them, anticipating “good-bye” 🙁

  5. I will eat raw fish ala sushi any fish at all, but not oysters and clams – and I do not know why I have have idea in my head that I do not want to even try it.

    Oyster Kupa Soup – oysters in a cream and champagne broth – to die for – and I almost did: I got food poisoning from it in 1887 at Disney World and never could bring myself to eat it again.

    I like soccer to watch it but not to play it.

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