Friday, December 24, 2010

Blue Plates And Books For Christmas Eve


It's Christmas Eve and for the first time in over five years, we won't be home with family. This year, Ed and I are in Portland, Oregon and filling our day with a different array of activities. We started with a visit to one of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives locations; the Blueplate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in downtown Portland.
We started with some of their House Made Sodas; I had the "Hawaiin Sunset" (pineapple, coconut, with a strawberry sunset) and Ed had the Chai Bomb (cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cloves and star anise). They were fizzy and delicious.

Then for lunch, I had the Roast Beef Dip (hand sliced natural roast beef on a soft hoagie roll served with a side of jus for dipping) and Ed had the American In Paris sandwich (sliced roast chicken with bacon, swiss cheese, and honey mustard on Texas toast). Both were served with a side of mashed Yukon Gold potatoes. My sandwich was freakin' delicious, but Ed's was over the top! I will definitely be recreating that one for lunch right here in my truck!


After lunch, we went over to Powell’s City of Books. Can you say oh. my. GOD? Well, I can! This place was amaaaazing.


According to the FAQs on their website, Powell's City of Books...
• Has 68,000 square feet packed with books.
• Buys 3,000 used books over the counter every day.
• Have approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy something every day.
• Have another 3,000 people just browse and drink coffee.
• Stocks books in 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections.
• Has more than 1,000,000 volumes on our shelves.
• And have approximately 80,000 book lovers browse the City's shelves every day in Portland and via the Internet.

The building occupies an entire city block and has four floors and the new and used books are shelved side-by-side, which is super convenient. They began in 1971 and have become one of the biggest independent bookstores in the world! They sensibly have maps located conveniently by the entraces and it's wise to use them.

We ended the evening with a movie; well, two movies since I didn't want to see what Ed wanted to see. He hit Tron in 3D in the IMAX theater and I went to see How Do You Know?, a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd. Of course I think mine was better. First, because it was, and second because I didn't have to wear those dopey glasses.



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1 comment:

French Inspiration said...

That sandwich looks yummy! And I LOVE a good book store. You wouldn't know it but I can be a book geek. I can spend hours by myself just browsing.