When Melissa got home from her work, she took me downtown to shop for groceries. I also brought some foodstuffs and spices to prepare her favorite dishes. Most evenings we cooked at home and any leftovers she took to work. I enjoy cooking for my kids, as I often worry if they have time to cook a decent meal for themselves.
Pewter Rabbit, an antique shop. There are other shops that offer vintage jewelry and clothing.
Hawthorne District, an area in Southeast Portland. It has numerous quaint retail vintage and clothing stores, including my favorite; Powell’s bookstore. This is a good place to shop for affordable and inexpensive gifts.
Alphabetical District, located in the northwest of Portland. It is a densely populated area with old Portland-style houses as well as trendy retail stores, restaurants and bars. We spent most of the afternoon window-shopping and when we got tired, we had truffles over a cup of coffee at the local café.
For dinner, she took me to Pembiche, an authentic Latin American restaurant, offering Cuban food. The building has a funky color of blue, yellow, and green exterior paintings. The interior is colorfully decorated with outside seating and heated lamps for those cooler nights. Their menu has a variety of mouth-watering dishes and we wanted to try all of them (if we had two stomachs, we would eat like a cow).
Some goodies from my trip: