Friday, August 21, 2009

Oregon Trip: Portland

I got to Portland yesterday evening, but before I did, I made a stop at Silver Falls State Park (a bit east of Salem). They have a trail that goes around which boasts 10 waterfalls! of course, the weather and time did not permit me to see all the falls. i did see many of the falls though.

Today, I wondered about Portland. It's a mini big city...kinda reminded me of south pasadena if south pasadena was a bit bigger. and boy i have never seen some many pierced and tattoo'd folks in one spot. interesting.

I made a stop at the Portland Art Museum where they had a MC Escher and a history of tattoos. It was a most interesting combination of exhibits. The tatto exhibit was most impressive at it was intermingled with the permanent collection of native american art and asian art.

I then made my way down to waterfront park which is a park along the Willamette River. Some guys from Best Buy were there demoing electric bikes...and man are these things awesome. They had the more expensive electric bikes and the pedal assist bikes which were cheaper. Something to consider if you have a short commute to work like I do.

All that walking made me hungry so I stopped at Andina Restaurant (Peruvian Tapas!) and had one of the best meals of my trip here! I had the Empanadas Caseras De Carne (flaky pastry filled with slow-cooked beef, raisins, and Botija olives), Mixta Nikkei Causa (a traditional preparation of freshly mashed potatoes, infused with key lime juice and pressed into a cake with spicy tuna, crab salad, and crispy shrimp), and to top it off Chocolate, Vanilla and Orange Crème Brûlée. (Pictures are posted here)

I will sleep well tonight.

Tomorrow: Seattle


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