Mississippi Street Fair

My weekend started off with a bang. After work Friday, I went swimming after over a week off from it and it felt fantastic. After that, I met up with some work friends to see “Magic Mike.” I went with low expectations and it was quite a fun movie. Our group was seated in the second row of the theatre because it was PACKED! And the women were hootin’ and hollerin’ as if they were really there. Too funny. Saturday morning I had a kick-ass gym session. I don’t know why some workouts just click and are awesome but this one was.

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While I was there I tried a new activity–the battle ropes. I’d seen it a dozen times in videos Michael has shown me of MMA guys working out and I’ve seen it at the gym, but never gave it a try. A guy at the gym was doing it and he stopped to rest after a set and I asked him if I could try. He gave me some pointers and a quick lesson on what to do. It was so much fun but it was HARD. I definitely want to incorporate those into my workouts more often.

There are so many things in Portland that I want to do and yet haven’t tried yet. You would think after living here for 13 years I’d get it together and try new things but somehow…I just didn’t. One of those things was the Mississippi Street Fair. After the gym, Michael and I headed over to North Portland to go to the fair. The whole street was shut down to cars and opened up to vendors–and 30,000 people. No joke.

Do you see how far that stretches? Yeah, there were a lot of people there. It was also a really hot day out. The first thing on the agenda: lunch. Michael and I walked around until I found something that sounded appealing to me. What I really wanted was a catfish sandwich or a catfish taco. What I found was mediocre fried catfish and fries.

I ate half of the catfish and fries and tossed the rest. Later I saw other food carts and vendors that sounded much better and I wished I’d been pickier in my selection. Oh well. Michael’s friend Jeremy was hanging out at the beer garden so we met up with him and his two friends visiting from Ireland.

It was fun meeting new people and chatting. I got a Vaporizer IPA from Double Mountain Brewery (an Oregon brewery I’ve never tried before) and shortly after that my cousin Anna and her friend joined us.

We were all having so much fun just hanging out and talking that we ended up spending several hours in the beer garden. I only had two beers but a ton of water. It was so hot out, I felt like I was melting in the sun (thankfully I had sunscreen with me for when it melted off). The Irish lads were a total riot, too. After awhile, we decided to move on and walk around.

The vendor booths at the street fair were local artists and businesses trying to spread the word about their stuff. There was a ton of homemade clothing, jewelry and art. It was a lot like the local Saturday Market here, just with more people.

Michael was hungry (he’d skipped lunch) and wanted a snack so we stopped at the “Bro Dog” food cart so he could get a bratwurst with sauerkraut and onions. It was epic looking! I had a bite (or two) and it was freakin’ fantastic! I need to get some sauerkraut for when we grill our own.

Michael won the “who ordered the best meal” contest, hands down. I want one of those Bro Dogs.

There were a lot of food options, and a lot of food temptations at the street fair as you would imagine. Everywhere I turned there was something fried, or ethnic (one of my weaknesses, can’t tell you how much I love Indian food or a good gyro), or desserts. You guys know sweets are hard for me to resist. Check out what I saw there:

Luckily, the heat was so stifling I didn’t have much of an appetite and walked right by the desserts without even a twinge of desire. They sure were pretty though.

There were a bunch of musicians playing at the fair, too. Some were just random people setting up their “instruments” for tips (the guy above was actually pretty damn good), some were serious singer-songwriter types, there were a few bands set up on stages. While we were chilling in the beer garden (or melting) the band across the way was playing Stevie Wonder hits.

In the end, I left happy and sweaty, a little tanner than I started and with only one thing.

No, sadly, it wasn’t a puppy. But you should have heard my begging to Michael. (Please please he’s so CUUUUTE ohmygod!) He was a total cuddle bug and just nestled into my chest like he wanted to go to sleep there. No, I didn’t get a puppy, but I did buy some earrings.

Michael better watch out. One of these days it WILL be a puppy! We said goodbye to our friends and headed home–with a stop to a bike store so I could buy a new tube and a patch kit for my bike. We settled in for a relaxing evening watching a movie. It was a really nice weekend and I had a great time exploring what Portland has to offer. Next time, I won’t wait so long to do so.

QUESTION: Do you take advantage of what your city has to offer? What’s the best thing you’ve discovered?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

12 thoughts on “Mississippi Street Fair”

  1. That fair looks like it was so much fun! Gorgeous artwork and that beer looks amazing. Sorry you were bummed about your choice of food, although the catfish and fries look tasty to me! I agree about the ethnic food, though. I love me some Indian or Thai food.

    I’m really bad about taking advantage of stuff that goes on in my town, although I live in a pretty tiny town (it’s practically rural), so there’s not a ton going going on to be missing in the first place. It’s funny how you can live in a place for years and still not have experienced things that the town has to offer.
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    1. Where abouts do you live? I agree, it’s easy to miss out on things hometowns have to offer. There are a bunch of things I want to try and I just never think to do it.

      Indian and Thai food are my favorites too.

  2. My favorite thing I’ve discovered in town recently is an antique market the first weekend of every month. It’s a great place to find inexpensive, unique furniture that you can refinish for around the house!
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  3. Not a lot goes on here. We have a farmer’s market literally 5 blocks away on Thursdays, but I’ve never been. Just gotten really mad at it for making me have to take huge detours to get where I’m going because they close the streets… lol.

    Love the earrings!

    I remember when we got Sashi. Bf wanted a puppy so bad and I DID NOT want one. Didn’t wanna housetrain or anything else, and since he works a lot, I knew I’d be the one doing it. Then I saw pics of her litter on a freecycle list and I knew we were coming home with one of those puppies. Now I can’t imagine life without her. She’s totally my dog, though she has more respect for him.
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    1. I think you should go to the farmer’s market. I LOVE them–they are so fun. There’s usually good, cheap options for food too (lunch or dinner depending on when it is) and I much prefer fresh produce from the market then a store.

      I totally agree with you on animals. Michael is the one that is kind of pushing to get a dog and I’m the practical one thinking about the training, how to introduce it to my cats, costs, etc. But in the end I bet I will be the biggest marshmallow when we get one!

      1. I think as long as its a young puppy, the cats will be easy. We had so many issues with getting Lucy, who was 7 when we got Sashi, and used to being the only dog, to accept her. There were a LOT of very one sided fights (attacks) on Sashi and I had to take her to the vet’s to get patched up a few times. Now though they are the absolute best of friends and everyone knows their place. Dog food though! Both dogs are about 70 pounds, and we feed Nutro Naturals, which is not cheap, but you really do get what you pay for with dog food. A $50 bag lasts us about 16 days. Eeek! But they’re our kids and they deserve the best we can afford to give them even if it means we don’t get to blow some of that money on ourselves.

        I forgot to ask in my earlier comment- the ropes thing- is that where you swing the ropes up and down like giant snakes really fast? With really big heavy ropes? I see some of the trainers having clients do that pretty often at my gym.
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        1. Yes, the rope thing is where you swing it up and down or side ways. It’s SO hard! But really, really fun. Give it a try.

          The dog thing–we are still undecided on a dog breed. In September we’re going to volunteer to dog walk for a local shelter/program that does fosters to see what it is like (It’s called the Pixie Project). I am conflicted on getting a puppy (which would be better for our cats) or an older dog who is already trained but grew up around cats….

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