Greetings friends! Apologies for the short absence from the blog these last few weeks; the holiday excitement kept us busy with tours, events, and our own travels. But: There was a lot of activity on the Localist Facebook page! Be sure to “like” that page so you won’t miss any of the latest goings-on.
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Now, where does this Localist travel when she gets occasion to do so? Let’s just say I donned my “Localist Portland” hat and took some time to explore our Stumptown neighbor to the south (and yes, I drank plenty of Stumptown coffee).
Over the course of three weekends, I had a number of wonderful meals with friends and my Traveling Companion‘s family. We shared a meat-filled feast at June on E Burnside (tip: order any pork dish that happens to be featured on the menu. just do it.), and sampled a variety of Northwest takes on classic dishes – like escargot – at Paley’s Place on NW 21st. Also, a shout-out to Lake Oswego‘s Dang’s Thai Kitchen, whose take-out is surprisingly flavorful and fresh, especially for the price. I have to say, there are a few Seattle take-out Thai places that could learn a thing or two from Dang’s. On the other hand, we have Little Uncle and Thai Curry Simple, so I’d say we’re doing pretty well on that front anyway. Oh, sorry, I’ll have to save the Seattle Thai restaurant rant for another day…
On the rare occasions when we were not eating, we did the requisite shopping at Powell’s book store, and I stocked up on heart coffee (which is only sometimes available at the lovely Milstead & Co. cafe here in Seattle). Then we partied it up at the complement to Seattle’s own Rock Box: Portland’s Voicebox Karaoke.
Portland’s a wonderful town for a mini-vacation, but I’ll tell you I am excited to be back in Seattle, and looking forward to whatever 2012 has in store. How about you: did your travels take you anywhere fun, near or far from home?