Ok, so the title is a bit misleading, I’m not escaping per se, but I think everyone needs a break from reality once in a while. I don’t care if you live in Hawaii, chances are you vacation somewhere else. It should not be taken offensively that I speak about going to places outside North Dakota, after all when I vacation, I want to see something other than my home state. I have plenty to talk about regarding things to see in state, but this is not that post.
This last week I got to see a few states that I had never been to before. We spent a few days in Portland and the whole trip was nothing short of glorious. It rained the whole time, but that was not really surprising. As a rule, my husband and I almost always plan our trips according to food. Portland was filled with great food, superior coffee and every kind of snack and goodie you can think of. It is also a place of very fit people. Self proclaimed as the Bicycle capital of America, they take alternative transportation seriously. I wish more places would follow suit. Unfortunately for us, in North Dakota, serious bicycling is not something I would ever recommend. In fact it’s downright dangerous. We have plenty of other activities though.
Our first morning found us at Mother’s Bistro cafe. It’s got sort of a shabby chic look to it and the coffee choices alone can leave you spinning. We ordered the French press with a medium to dark roast and while we waited for that they brought us a cup of drip coffee to “tide us over” as the waiter said. It was great but when that French press arrived, my world stopped. I’m not kidding. I had four cups that morning. I am usually a one cup girl, no more no less. I inquired about the biscuits and gravy (I’m usually disappointed) and our server brought us a sample. Beyond fabulous I tell you. We loved it so much, we went there again the next morning and I had yet another four cups of that damned French press coffee. We also went to the local roaster where they get it and brought a few pounds to take home. I was even delighted to see that there was a cookbook based on Mother’s recipes. I’ll be trying that out very soon.
We traveled around the city, went to Comic Con and ate some more. We indulged in Voodoo doughnuts and had sushi at Bamboo later that evening. We spent some time shopping in a darling section of town where most of the shops are mom and pop stores. Found a pair of sparkly shoes and even some gifts for my niece and nephew. It was relaxing and enjoyable despite the rain. We are already planning a trip back.
We took the slow road home, going through the mountains of Idaho and Montana and enjoying the big blue sky. It was a nice reset for our crazy lives.