Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Carafe of Wine

Last evening we rode the free streetcar a few stops and walked two blocks to Carafe Bistro, a cute little French bistro with a zinc bar and traditional wicker chairs. We shared a 1/2 bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir and we both opted for the $25 prix fixe menu. I had a wonderful chilled heirloom tomato soup with a dollop of crabmeat in the center, followed by a nice Roasted Leg of Lamb (pictured here) with, aioli, beans and a mixture of sautéed onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms. Frank started with a very tasty Swiss Chard Gratin followed by the Sole Normand in a delightful cream sauce. We both enjoyed our dinners. Our dessert was Chocolate Pots de Creme, a rich chocolatey dessert served with candied walnuts. We recommend Carafe Bistro.

I have mentioned the free streetcar a couple of times, but it is more than just a streetcar. The public transportation in the entire greater downtown area is free, what they call the "Free Ride Zone". What a concept! The primary purpose is to reduce traffic congestion in the downtown area. This appears to be very successful based in our walk yesterday.

Our plans today include the Portland Museum of Art and the Oregon History Museum, both a short ride via streetcar from our Marriott Residence Inn/Riverplace hotel. (Thank you Carol, for the recommendation.)

That's all I'm Saying.

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