One afternoon in need of a diversion I drove my rented Toyota Yaris over to Burnisde Street in search of a shop owner who is a friend of a friend, just to say hi. While looking for the FoaF, something in a window of a store called Haunt caught my eye:
Another thing that made me happy when I was in Portland was getting the chance to see this dollface:
One of the early members of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Knit and Crochet Group, she moved back west a little over two years ago. She's thriving out there, which is wonderful. Making and selling a lot of art (on Etsy at her store Little Canoe), being outdoorsey, living the good life, which in Portland, includes eating good food. In addition to my favorite pie place, Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery, she turned me on to this spot here:
The Potato Champion is one of Portland's many, many amazing food carts. This one is located in a "pod" (cluster of food carts) across from the Burgerville on 12th and Hawthorne. I had a hard time deciding between the Belgian style fries, poutine, chili cheese fries and PB&J fries, but I opted for the exotic sounding poutine. It's a crazy delicious concoction of French Canadian origin that combines french fries, cheese curds and gravy. Yummy peasant food - right up my alley. The poutine was hard to believe delicious, and as I sat in one of the pod's picnic tables enjoying my snack, I felt really happy and lucky, and also a little nostalgic for my childhood in hippie, progressive, green, coffee-drinking, beer brewing, laid-back Portland.