Departure Restaurant

2nd Anniversary

We had such a good time at Feastpdx! Our first experience there and it was a hit for sure. We definitely want to go next year. I think most of the events were sold out. There was a brunch event that sounded like fun to me. Maybe next year we can try that one.

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After Feast we headed downtown to check in at the hotel. We got a room with a huge jacuzzi tub (so relaxing) and a view of the “park”. (It’s not really a park.)

We walked a few blocks from the hotel to Departure. It was still kind of early and we wanted to get a drink at the rooftop bar.

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Great views of downtown Portland! Michael got an Old Fashioned and I got a glass of Pinot Gris and we stood outside for a bit and then got a table inside to finish our drinks and just relax a little bit.

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Then it was back to the hotel for an early-ish night. I have to say, it was kinda nice sleeping all night long!!!! Not that we didn’t miss our baby, of course, but sleeping all night and not being woken up multiple times to feed him was a nice little treat for both of us (especially for me). AND sleeping in!! We got to sleep in late the next morning. AND we got to be lazy in bed, taking showers…no real schedule or feeling rushed. Sorry Logan, but it was kind of blissful. 🙂

We also got to go out to brunch! Something we rarely do. We went to the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland. I’ve never been but Michael has been a bunch of times and likes it. (The line for Mother’s was insanely long so we didn’t even try it.)

The wait for a table at Bijou wasn’t bad, maybe 10 minutes. It was completely packed though, and after we got our table there was a big crowd of people that came in so the wait time definitely increased. We got there just in time.

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I splurged and got a Bloody Mary to go with my coffee. Both were divine.

There were so many tasty sounding things on the menu. Lots of unique items, in addition to your traditional breakfast items. Michael got an omelette with a green salad and baguette.

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I was so tempted to get the French toast, or the special tomato, basil and feta omelette but what I ended up getting sounded so unique I couldn’t pass it up. I mean how many times do you see a cauliflower and kale hash with eggs on a menu??

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The flavors were so good. The potatoes were crispy. The cheese was perfect. The kale was chewy. The cauliflower was an odd thing in a breakfast but it worked so well. Topped with runny eggs. Perfection!

We enjoyed our breakfast and I drank multiple cups of coffee and then it was time to head back to the hotel, check out and go home.

Logan was GREAT overnight with my parents. I’m so glad. I was worried he’d have a hard time but he was a good baby. He started getting a bit of a cold on Friday, so I had worried about that too but he was doing alright. And he seemed happy to see us.

The rest of the afternoon was super lazy. Cuddles with the baby, the guys watched football, I worked on photos from the weekend…I had planned on going to the gym but I was just feeling kind of tired and lazy. It was pouring rain and gray out and that didn’t inspire me to go anywhere, either.

But we did take my parents out for dinner as a thank you. We braved the rain and went to Apizza Scholls:

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They’d never been so it was cool to be able to share it with them since we’ve talked about the pizza for years. Bonus: we got there right when they opened and got a table right away. And Boneyard beer:

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It was nice being able to spend a little time with them. We talked about family vacations and the ones I remember as a kid and whether or not Logan will remember trips when he gets old. I think it will be really fun exposing him to places! Even though he’s really young right now, I think doing that stuff early is good. For example, Michael and I both want to do a road trip down to the Redwoods someday in the next few years.

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Logan was awesome at the restaurant. We finished all the pizza and then went home for an early night. Even though we slept so good at the hotel we were both SO TIRED! Sleep deficit I guess.

Sunday we were supposed to run a 5k but we decided not to. It was pouring rain Saturday and Sunday and we drove by the park where the race was going to be and it was one big mud pit. 🙁 So a big fat DNS for us on this one! Bummer.

Crashin’ Fitbloggin’

I did a little party crashing last night! The Fitbloggin attendees were arriving in Portland on Thursday and as I saw more and more tweets and posts about everyone attending, I was wishing I had sucked it up and just paid to attend the conference. I’ve never been to a fitness conference and I’ve always wanted to. It just wasn’t in the cards for me this year. That didn’t mean that I couldn’t go and hang out though!

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I already had plans to meet up with some Twitter friends once they checked in at The Nines. The hotel was right by my office so I met Suzanne (my virtual trainer) at Departure for happy hour. I loved the decor at The Nines! What a pretty, classy place. I think Michael and I are gonna have to go there for a date night one of these days.

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Deb was supposed to meet up with us but we got our wires crossed and didn’t find each other until later. It was so great to finally meet everyone I’ve talked to online for years. It’s a strange thing to follow someone’s life online and then meet them in person. You already feel like best of friends. I was happy that it was fairly easy to transition into real life. I admit, I was a little nervous as I was walking to the hotel. It was like I was going on a blind date! I’m sure I’m not the only one that was nervous about the conference.

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Suzanne was so down to earth and easy to talk to. We went down to Urban Farmer to get a drink, a Pinot Gris from King’s Estate. And then we ended up getting some happy hour munchies because the wine was going straight to our heads. We found a couch in the corner that was quiet and intimate so we could catch up. We talked about fitbloggin, weight training, my training plan with her, blogging, life…everything. It felt like old friends seeing each other.

Sadly, my photos from last night didn’t turn out great. I seriously wasn’t paying attention and just snapped a bunch of pictures here and there. So I apologize some are blurry. Urban Farmer is a VERY cool place. I loved how it was open to the skylight. The hotel rooms all opened up around it and you could see all the way to the top. As a result it was very bright and open.

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Suzanne got the pork slider and the glazed beef meatballs off the happy hour menu.

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I got the cheese plate (with a smokey Rogue bleu from Oregon) and a few other things I can’t remember now. 🙂 I also got the bangers and mash–a small chicken sausage with mashed potato puree. Everything was delicious. I’m ashamed to say that living in Portland for over a decade and working two blocks from The Nines, I’ve never once been inside or been to their restaurants until last night. What a shame! I cannot wait to go back!

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Suzanne and I went up to Departure, the sky bar at The Nines, to see if Deb was up there still. Still didn’t see her! We took in the amazing views and had some water while we chatted some more.

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At the mixer I got to meet so many people! I met Jasmine, another Portland blogger, and Kristina from SpaBettie. It’s an absolute shame that there are so many Portland bloggers that I haven’t already met in person.

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(I snagged this from Kristina!)

I also met Erika (another Portlander) and Sarah (from Boston). It was such a treat to finally meet Sarah. She’s had a rough time with many, many knee injuries and surgeries. I kind of feel like we’re kindred spirits in the injury department. It was great seeing her up and moving around after her recent surgery. Sarah is another long time maintainer, 200 pounds! I am really proud of her for maintaining the weight loss through all the crazy knee stuff. That’s really hard.

Sarah and I chatted a little about how it would be nice if there was a panel of weight loss maintainers at Fitbloggin. I would love to participate on something like that and just be able to talk to other people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off. Since I don’t actually have a ticket to the conference, I don’t know what’s on the agenda this weekend, but Sarah mentioned there was a weight “regain” panel.

I got to meet Martinus from 300 Pounds and Running (and he looks fantastic!!!), Carla from Mizfit Online (we’ve tried a few times to meet the last time I was in Austin) and Emmie from Skinny Emmie.

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Bummed the photo didn’t take! I was super excited to meet so many people. I felt like a fan girl at a Justin Bieber concert or something! So silly.

Anyways, I wasn’t able to participate in Fitbloggin this year but I got to meet a lot of people I wanted to meet. There were others I didn’t get to meet, and some hadn’t arrived in Portland yet. It was time for me to get out of there and let everyone enjoy their conference. I’m glad I stopped by! Maybe next year I will actually go!

I hope everyone here for the conference enjoys Portland. The weather is going to be perfect this weekend! Sunny and in the 90’s! I cannot wait to get out there and enjoy it.

QUESTION: Are you here for Fitbloggin? Tell me what you’ve done in Portland so far!