Got out of the house this weekend for a little ramble to one of Portland's many small destination neighborhoods. But first, I got the morning started off right with an entirely counter-intuitive rewards system. That is:
The reward for weight loss is CAKE!
Alexandra and I, to celebrate a double-fabulous Weight Watchers week, went straight from our meeting to the supermarket, where bought ourselves two slabs of cake, split them in half, and ATE THEM ALL UP. It was wonderful. I think it might have been my reward idea to start with (forget dangling a carrot; dangle cake!) but Alexandra really took it over. On the way down the aisle to the bakery section, she was so single-minded. I was trying to tell her a story, and she couldn't process it. Her mind was on a loop like this:
Halfway through eating the cake, I paused my devouring long enough to tell her another story (like: the plot of my current book!), and while I was talking, she finished her cake, and I did not. I still had half left, and Alexandra commenced to eyeball it a ruefully.
I didn't plan it, I swear, but I'm told that when I was little, one of the few strategies I had for getting the better of my older (bigger, stronger) brother, was to tease him in just this manner. When we would get a treat, he would wolf his down straightaway, and I would savor mine, just so I could gloat it over him when his was all gone. Ha ha! I had a friend who had done the same thing to her younger sister only it backfired. When her mom caught her mid-taunt, she forced her to share her remainder. Ha ha!
Anyway, cake was had by us, and it was low-brow supermarket cake, and it was awesome.
After, we went up to North Williams Ave, this sort of new stretch of shops and cafes in majorly gentrifying North Portland. (It's near Mississippi Ave, which will be the focus of one of the neighborhood rambles soon!) We only went to a few places, so this is a short ramble. First of all, check this out. It says: Lodekka: double decker dress shop. How awesome is that? A dress shop in a double decker bus!!!
We were in need of coffee, and I was at long last going to get my hands on some pages of Alexandra's writing, which she has been taunting me with for so long -- come to think of it, maybe I did save my cake on purpose, in retribution! The cafe was standing-room only, so we found ourselves at the lovely lovely Pix Patisserie, home to snarfelicious goodness like bacon croissants and "Amelie" cake*
*Amelie cake: Orange vanilla crème brûlée sits atop a glazed chocolate mousse with caramelized hazelnuts,
praline crisp, and Cointreau génoise
Lord have mercy!
We were greeted outside by this squat gentleman:
We did not have more cake. I swear.
I had this weird feeling the whole time that we were being watched...
After Pix, the main reason we went to Williams: Ink & Peat, a beautiful combination home store and florist shop. Funny about this place: Jim and I discovered it a few months back while on a toy store mission to the neighborhood, and we decided to keep it to ourselves, for the purpose of getting gifts for my mom and Alexandra -- you know, you can't have your giftees shop at the same stores you do! Meanwhile, Alexandra found it on her own, and her own first impulse was to keep it secret for the same reason. Ha ha. Neither of us followed through, obviously!
Purty chocolates ...
Look at this coffee table! It's an antique tilt cart from a woolen mill -- how cool! It completely invokes my new and passionate love for antique industrial *stuff*. I gave it my address, and promised it a future of cupcakes and candles and fresh flower arrangements if would just come and live with us :-)
Hey, it has wheels, maybe I'll just hook it up to the bumper and . . .
Lots more Ink & Peat photos at their blog, housemartin, and also Hoobubby's blog, as she posted about it a couple of weeks ago. After copious drooling, we went to meet Jim and Clementine, and got lunch.
Cha Cha Cha taqueria:
The food was good, but judging by this enthusiastic photo,
the company wasn't so great ...
See, I told you it was a short ramble, definitely doesn't do North Williams justice! We'll have to hit it again some day, and flesh it out.
Hope you all had a nice weekend!