With Hannah home for the summer and looking for hours, Marcus and I took advantage of this pre-baby time to get in lots of date nights this summer:
First, Olympic Provisions. We had been to the NW location but Marcus took me to the SE location:
|mid-June: lunch at Olympic Provisions|
|He got some sort of sausage sandwich and|
I got the mortadella/salami with pickled
veggies and a fermented dill pickle.
Both delicious and very representative
of the Portland foodie revolution.
|Marcus got lobster stuffed lobster. :o)|
|I got some sort of crab leg dish with potatoes|
and veggies...so buttery and salty!! Yum!
Then of course in July we had three days of glorious meals at the Grand Hotel:
And later in July, an evening at the Grand Lodge (McMeniman's) out on the lawn. That was a really nice evening, great weather. No pictures. :o(
In August we scheduled a brunch at one of our favorite Portland establishments, Beast. They do prix fix menus and their reservations fill up quickly. It's neat to try "anything" that the chef wants to create that week:
|Beast is a one-room, open-kitchen kind of place.|
|Bonus: we got to drive by the "Women and Women First"|
bookstore from Portlandia. :o)
And finally, our final date night before baby's arrival--just this past Friday we dropped off the kids at grammae and papa's (thanks for babysitting!!) and made our way to Imperial in downtown Portland. We've recommended it several times to friends/family, but we've never been there ourselves. Joe and Steph visited last March (see this post), and Marcus' former manager has been there on our rec as well. So we were so happy to finally go and try Imperial for ourselves. And it did not disappoint!!! It was fantastic! Casual but hip, clean, modern but old-fashioned trendy, etc. Marcus noted that almost all the men (employees and customers) had some sort of beard, and most were wearing plaid. :o) You can see from the pics that Marcus also fit that bill:
|with a Moscow Mule (I got a Ginger Mule,|
the non-alchoholic version)
|I chose the Texas Sheet Cake with Marshmallow|
Sauce and toasted hazelnuts. YUMMMM!
In sum, it was a fantastic summer of dates with the hubs. Now we are all "filled up" and ready to spend the next 1.5 years without such grand adventures. We'll still try to go on some dates, but either with a baby in tow or with a very limited time frame due to nursing. But we'll have these memories and the pics on this blog post to sustain us until that next window of opportunity. :o)