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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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