Posted by Lauren
You read that post title correctly – I am in Portland! Work brings me up to this foodie haven and I am so so so happy that I was able to catch up with my BFF from high school, Katie, and her boyfriend Doug!
But before we get to that, it is time for a workout plan check-in!
Week 3 – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (my 12-week workout plan)
Sunday - 12 miles, Tina’s strength workout 3A
Monday - bike to work, treadmill hill hike, Tina’s strength workout 3B
Tuesday - 5 mile recovery run, core workout, ballet
Sunday - 13.1 miles at the City to the Sea half marathon
Monday - I actually rode my bike to work! I was inspired by Kyle, Chris, and Susannah riding their mountain bikes this weekend. Also: evening treadmill hill hike for 30 minutes and Tina’s strength workout 3A (from Sunday)
Tuesday - 5 mile recovery run, core workout, no ballet (I’m in Portland after all), and Tina’s strength workout 3B (from Monday – playing catch up!)
Sweet Spot: Running the half marathon with Susannah! It was beautiful :)
Sticky Spot: Finding motivation and TIME to finish the (dreaded) strength workouts. The front squat with barbell was almost impossible – I did not put any extra weights on the bar! The reverse fly was also really awkward, but I followed it up with concentration curls, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger, which made me feel much more badass.
Right, so PORTLAND!
View from front row…. I love Virgin America!
Hearty lunch – turkey sandwich, fruit bowl, coke zero, and wine :)
Around 8 pm, Aman (coworker) and I walked over to Deschutes Brewery to hang out with Doug and sample a few beers while Katie finished up her dance coaching.
Deschutes Brewery & Public House
I’m glad we tried out Deschutes! Their restaurant was huuuuuge, definitely worth a trip back for more beer and to sample the food. I ordered the Chainbreaker White IPA and it was light and refreshing!
For dinner we walked a few downtown blocks to Clyde Common – Domestic & Foreign Cooking. Clyde Common is very well received on Yelp and Katie’s blog co-author reviewed it in Nov 2009!
Self-described as a “European Style Tavern,” their open kitchen and intimate bar area definitely set the scene for our 9 pm dinner.
crispy confit chicken wings, pomegranate gastrique
(Not as good as Pok Pok’s wings, FYI)
baked quail, walnuts, cabbage…. something else?
fideos, squid, scallop, rabbit sausage, squid ink vinaigrette, aioli
*The BEST DISH of the night* We overwhelmingly agreed that this appetizer was one of the most unique dishes we’ve had in a long time. It’s basically the Little Mermaid version of mac n cheese. It was a complex combination of flavor but they pulled it off remarkably.
braised pork belly, pesto carrots, baked beans, and Cash’s duck egg
roasted lamb, fancy apple sauce… something else they need to update their menu online!!
And what trip to Portland is complete without a stop at Voodoo Donuts, right? Aman and I split the bacon maple bar and the “no name” donut (chocolate glaze, rice krispies, and peanut butter drizzle). The perfect dessert!
Question: If you could stay overnight in one US city, what would it be?
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