Summer and Sunshine

Has it been insanely hot in your neck of the woods? Here in Portland it has fluctuated between a nice 75 and 90 degrees. I love it. Warmer weather, sunshine, lots of activities outside–that’s what summer is about. This last weekend, Michael and I met up with some friends at the Alberta Street Fair. I had never been and after having a good time at the Mississippi Street Fair, I thought it would be worth a try.

I started my Saturday with a trip to the gym. Since most of my workouts are on the bike now, I haven’t really been doing much strength training. It’s just hard to fit everything in.  I was having such a good time lifting weights after a break that I lost track of time!

Alberta Street is in NE Portland and there’s a a monthly event “Last Thursday” for the artists that live over there.

The Alberta Street Fair wasn’t as crowded as Mississippi where you could barely walk. I think it was because of two reasons: 1) it was the same weekend as The Bite and 2) Alberta is longer and more spread out. It was much more pleasant not being as crowded.

Michael and I got there and were in search of lunch immediately. We’d both worked out hard (Michael did kettle bells) and wanted to devour our lunch. We ended up at Cascade Burger, a food cart. This was Michael’s burger:

He liked his. I got the one without bacon or cheese and it had chipotle BBQ sauce on it. I liked that they were really small. But my burger was a disappointment. It was overdone and really dry. We met up with our friends and started walking around. There was a bunch of music there and they were all really good.

See the above photo? The band was kids! And they were really, really good. They were singing Queen songs and were incredibly talented.

There was a fair amount of art booths and I liked a few of the things, but it wasn’t as good as the Mississippi Street Fair art. This one was geared more toward kids with kid activities and craft booths.

It was a really hot day without any shade. We all walked around together and then stopped in the beer garden for a break. I got a drink of the Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA. I didn’t like it very much but it was nice on such a hot day (90 degrees).

The four of us had walked around for a few hours and headed back toward the direction of where we parked. We stopped at a donut booth for a treat. They were mini donuts and they were making them right there on the spot. It was cool to watch:

I bought a half dozen of the mini donuts–2 powdered sugar and 4 cinnamon and sugar. Michael had the one with chocolate syrup on it.

Freshly made, warm donuts are amazing! I loved that they were small, too. I shared them with our friends and then we called it a day. Michael and I happily went home to our air-conditioned house to watch TV and relax. Walking all day made me tired.

Michael created an epic sandwich for dinner that night. It was so good but definitely something that we won’t eat on a regular basis. He grilled up a thin, boneless chicken breast and then added some bacon, sliced avocado, mayo and mustard. Deeelicious!

Every bite was heaven. It was very rich. I had some pickles and cherry tomatoes on the side. Sunday I went for a luxurious swim to stretch out my sore muscles and then Michael and I saw “Total Recall”–it was just okay.

QUESTION: What was your weekend highlight? Any good workouts to share?

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

8 thoughts on “Summer and Sunshine”

  1. Those little donut machines are adorable. There is one at our farmer’s market. You just can’t beat fresh donuts. You can actually buy one of those machines and set yourself up a little business going to fairs and markets selling donuts. It’s not that expensive, either.
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