Finally got around to processing all these...
Anyway. Mostly food and people, now!
My first meal once I landed in Portland, at The Waffle Window. Matt had a waffle with brie, bacon and basil. Mine was a waffle with ham and swiss (I think). They were both pretty amazing. Who knew waffles were so versatile? (just an aside: I usually suspend my vegetarianism when I go to Oregon... it's just easier. Just call me a waffler. Ha!)
My perfect Portland solo lunch at The Original, which saved me from trudging around in the rain with all my luggage as I waited for the Greyhound bus to take me down to Corvallis. This was the perfect respite. Coffee, a nice salad, a biscuit, some soup (which was good but too salty), and a book. And people-watching. I was very happy for an hour or so here.
Speaking of biscuits, Matt and I went to Pine State Biscuits for breakfast before our ski day. Matt's been telling me about this place for awhile.
He's been raving about this breakfast sandwich called The Reggie.
Biscuit, fried chicken, cheese, bacon, and gravy (Matt's, shown here, also had an egg). Uhhh, wow. That was quite a meal (it was delicious). However, since we at at around 7:30 AM and didn't eat again until around 4:30, and skiied hard all day, this was actually a pretty perfect breakfast. Kept us full and fueled up for a fun day. But I won't be eating something like this again for a looooong time.
A cute, but blurry, photo of Matt and his adorable girlfriend Alison. This was after skiing. I had some great mac and cheese.
We stopped in at Whole Foods to get Matt some tea... I liked looking at the beautiful Dungeness crabs they had. They were nice enough to hold them up for me and let me take a photo.
I painted a crab pot float for my dad for Christmas and wanted to use these as a model (the photos, not the actual crabs). I forgot to take a picture of the completed float, but let's just say I forgot to use the crabs as a model. Oh well.
My best friend Erin's "pet bird." Apparently every year this little bird (or a relative of his?) stakes a claim on this corner of Erin's porch to stay out of the weather. Adorable.
Let's see.... Erin's kids at my dad's house, "collecting eggs." I called ahead to make sure there were eggs available to be collected when we arrived. :)
My dad, in the kitchen of the house I grew up in, making the Worlds Best Fish. I usually dislike fish (although I ate it ALL THE TIME growing up... which does not mean I actually liked it then, either). Dad is an avid fisherman and always has great steelhead in the freezer, and since it's the only opportunity for me to have fish that I actually like, I always request it.
He cooks it over the BBQ, with special applewood smoke, and it is absolutely delicious. You can't get fish to taste like this in a restaurant or from the store.
Anyway. I think that's it for the photos from this trip. Back to photographing lovely Oakland, CA!