Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunday, Another Fun Day

What better way to begin a Sunday than with a nice Sunday brunch. We headed back to the Pearl District to Fenouil, a lovely restaurant overlooking Jamison Square. Frank order the Classic Eggs Benedict while I ordered the Dungeness Crab Benedict. Mine had an avocado purée and lemon hollandaise which added a nice flavor. Both Benedicts were served over brioche, always good.

We next ventured to Chinatown and the small, but really peaceful Chinese Garden. The paths led around and over ponds, and through various pagodas. We saw some amazing silk art. The tea house enticed us to stop for a sample of tea and listen to authentic Chinese music. Frank and I shared a Green Tea flight for two, a vertical tasting of three different green teas. Who knew there was so much difference between green teas. The server showed us the proper way to brew and serve the tea. It was a fun and relaxing experience.

As we walked around the city we stopped at the Patagonia and Columbia stores to check out the clothing. I caved in to the urge and purchased a new Columbia shirt.

After a day of flaneuring, a late afternoon drink seemed to be in order and the bar at The Heathman fit the bill. I had a mojito which was much better than the one I had at Portland City Grill. Frank had an average glass of Merlot, not as good as any of the Pinot Noirs we had touring wine country. It was a nice break after a full day.

Dinner was at Higgins, another old standby in the Downtown District. We were seated in a warm dark wood paneled room. The menu was small, but nicely varied. Frank opted for the Risotto with summer squash, sweet corn, mushrooms and parmesan cheese. I was intrigued by a special of pan-seared wild coho salmon served in a wonderful light and flavorful oriental inspired broth with mushrooms, carrots, and yellow squash. Dessert was a tasty fig tart. It was a lovely way to top off our Sunday and the last night of a great trip to Portland.

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