Snapshots of Portland

Without taking up too much of your time, I wanted to share a few more photographs from my August trip to Portland. Mothers_2

Matt and Anastasia's rehearsal dinner was held at Mother's Bistro.  This charming restaurant was the perfect venue.  The late afternoon light made the chandeliers sparkle.  I really like this photo of my grandfather, Landon Petrie, and his amused expression.

Wedding_2

Matt and Ana were married at the Hoyt Arboretum.  The weather was perfect.

Pdxplaces_2

Oh, how I miss Stumptown Coffee.  Matt and Ana's wedding reception was held at the fabulous Kennedy School, a converted elementary school that now hosts restaurants, bars, a hotel, a movie theater, reception halls and a hot tub.

Pdxfood_2

The Kennedy School is owned by McMenamins, a company that also happens to brew Terminator Stout.  They will make this formidable beer into a heavenly stout-chocolate milkshake.  The next day we met my friend Kenna's beautiful new daughter, Isadora, and ate brunch at the Cup and Saucer Cafe.

Reed_2

We spent one afternoon wandering around Reed College. I found this noble chair in the faculty lounge  The staircase leads to the old chapel in Eliot Hall that is used for small musical acts and author readings.

Reed2_2

The blue bridge connects the two sides of campus that are divided by a small river canyon.  The lights that illuminate the bridge at night are blue.  This giant tree sits in the middle of our quad.

Reed3_2

I somehow spent many hours in the Reed Pool Hall, without playing much pool. This door with the inspired decoration leads to my old Renn Fayre office, which had a similar decorating scheme.

Eliot_2

Laney, my grandmother Schwab's best friend growing up in Chicago, now lives in Portland.  She is a wonderfully sweet, intelligent, and startlingly energetic woman. She was sort of a proxy grandmother to me during my time at Reed, even attending my graduation. Here we are sitting on the steps of Eliot Hall with my parents.

Ottos_2

And finally, we made a stop at Otto's Sausage Kitchen, just up the street from my alma mater.  They grill sausages outside and have a delicious deli and beverage section as well.

To Portland, with love.

Squash and Spinach Gratin

Ken's Artisan Bakery