By Braddah Lance
Driving on da mainland is so different than driving in Hawaii. Da freeway/highway speed limits are greater, slower traffic stays to da right, if there is a faster approaching vehicle behind you da person in FRONT changes lanes so dat you can pass if you're in da "fast lane" and then there's ice.
Yup, winter driving is something 98% of locals would not have to worry about with da exception of da people dat have to drive up Mauna Kea so wen we heard dat there was a bad storm rolling through with freezing rain (rain dat turns into ice, not snow), slick icy roads and possible snow we didn't know wat to expect but to get on da road as early as we could to try and not only beat da storm but to allow us choke time to ride out.
KAN, a natural worry-wort, gave us some tips and wanted to make surah we got to Portland safely and even suggested returning da car and taking da train. Luckily da storm held up enough for us to get to our hotel in Portland and we made it safe and sound but da rain soon followed.
It's truly been a whirlwind seeing and experiencing different sights and sounds - especially since we both, Da Wife and I, have nevah been to Portland. Hea's wat we went through in a nutshell.
Thought dis building was cool as we left very early in da morning to make da long drive. Seattle started to get some weather and it was dark and cold.
A Lanceformer had emailed me da day before suggesting dis place for their awesome doughnuts
Can you believe dis is a doughnut shop? It looked like a library with a cafe.
Trust me... da doughnuts were HUGE! Bavarian creme filled and it was ono - not too sweet, not too rancid but juuuust right.
One thing about mainland driving is dat there's always people on da road. Mt.Rainer must look beautiful wen da weather is clear.
Lucky thing we wasn't in a rush even though we were going about 70. Had choke lolo's going fastah than dat and talk about speed trap! In about a half mile stretch, there were about 10 cars pulled ovah. Good thing I wasn't one of 'em (more on dat latah)
BTW, can you guys see da temperature on da car gauge? It's da lower right hand side.... 29 degrees! And yes, I was still in shorts.
I guess it is true dat ducks fly south for da winter. Those little black specks you see isn't cause da camera was dirty... those are ducks!
Dat was a welcome sight aftah driving for about 2 ½ hours
Dropped off da car at da hotel and walked down to da Portland Saturday Market
Of course had to eat
Despite da threatening icy weather, vendors still showed up and it was pretty packed with locals and visitors. It's kinda like a craft fair with CHOKE different ethnic food vendors. Most of da craft people don't allow photographs so I couldn't show you any of da "interesting" artisans. For instance, there's these two guys who create whimsical items with... FORKS! And then there's anoddah guy who made "Lego pieces" with wood you can build all kines of stuff and yet anoddah who did name cut outs on old saws.
So wat? You tink was cold? Everyone was bundled up but dis vendor had it going! He had "blowtorch" keeping his legs and toes mighty toasty.
Even had a stage for performers - LOVE da bari sax!
And those who created their own stage
One thing I really respected - admired - was da amount of different ethnic food vendors there were and they were made by their respective countryman. Like dis, they "looked" Himalayan, da Polish looked Polish, da Vietnamese were run by Vietnamese etc.
I thought dis sign was hilarious from a street cart vendor
Had lunch at Grand Central Cafe
Some weird roast beef thingy with pickled onions, blue cheese, organic lettuce and horseradish concoction
Tuna melt with lotsa cheese
Can you believe dat there's dis skating rink.... right smack dab in da middle of a shopping mall?
Had to still eat right? Dinner was at our hotel and Typhoon! is supposed to be da top 10 of all Thai restaurants in da United States... so we've been told... or was it da Northwest - you know me and my hearing.
I remembah a softball buddy of mine telling me about dis beea' so I had to try 'em and it was pretty good
Ahi spring rolls
Spicy string beans
House specialty stir-fry peppercorn sirloin
Most recommended dish - massaman curry with beef
I going say dis. I don't like Thai food - I've tried a couple times before - but da food at Typhoon! is supah ono! Da curry was broke da mouth and da stir-fry sirloin is onolicious! If you evah in Portland, go look 'em up and make reservations cause da place was packed!
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Believe it or not, dat was all in our first day there which included da long drive ovah, cruising da pretty huge market, shopping and eating. It was a great start to Portland and there's more to come so stay tuned!
Happy Feel Good Friday everybodies!