My brother Andrew and his wife (ironically named Lisa, as well) arrived in Portland Thursday morning for the day. Michael got off work early and we all went to Papa Haydn’s for lunch (at their request).
I ordered the cheese burger with Gruyere and as my side I just HAD to order the asparagus and arugula puree soup with creme fraiche. It was amazing soup! YUM! I also had 1 Pale Ale beer. Nothing better than a beer at noon on VACATION!
I’ve decided that my goal for this winter is to create my own soups from scratch. Asparagus puree will be my first attempt! My sister-in-law got the tuna sandwich with the soup. My brother got the Cubano sandwich that I had last time I went to Papa Haydn’s.
Lunch was very filling but after lunch the question was “Do we get dessert?” We happened to be at THE DESSERT place in Portland. I told Andy and Lisa to pick something and we’d all split it. They picked the Raspberry Gateau: fallen chocolate souffle topped with fresh raspberries and red currant glaze bordered with bittersweet chocolate ganache.
The fresh raspberries really did make the dessert. It also came with homemade whipped cream.
How tacky is it to lick the plate at a restaurant? Hmmmm….. 😉 Don’t worry, I restrained myself–but just barely. After lunch, we dropped off Michael at the mall downtown where he stood in line for 4 hours to pick up the new iPhone. No thanks! It was 85 degrees and SUNNY in Portland. I wasn’t spending it inside!
Andy and Lisa wanted to go to Powell’s City of Books. We wandered around the humongous bookstore for over an hour.
I bought one book (I restrained myself) and we walked to my office so I could give them a tour. We checked in with Michael–yep still in line! Next stop: playing outside in the sunshine!