Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Summer Staycation, Part II

Mike Biking Along the River

A prime example of summer in Portland is having late night dinners. We made plans to meet up with friends for dinner on the south side of town and with plenty of sunshine before we decided to make a day of it and tour around town exploring. Portland was hit with a late summer heat wave and we wanted to be near the water, we had no idea we'd have a near deserted riverfront beach area to ourselves!

Anne Biking Along River Bike Path

Anne Biking North Along the River Bike Path

It may have something to do with the long bike ride back up.

Anne Biking Up Going

Since we were being adventurous we decided to try a local taqueria in their new industrial location. We've been visiting Cha Cha Cha (Ole Ole) taquerias for ten years and we were skeptical of a possible "starbucking" of this family owned chain popping up in every hip neighborhood across Portland, explaining the two years we waited to try this one. We were pleasantly surprised that the prices weren't any different from their other less glamorous locations and decided to test the consistency of their menu by ordering our 'usual' - potato taquitos and a fish taco. The taquitos were a slam dunk and the fish taco was substantial and fresh, but missing the spicy mayo that usually tops the bland whitefish.

Cha Cha Cha Sign-Resized

Mike ordering at the bar-Resized

Cha Cha Cha Interior-Resized

Potato Taquitos-resized

Fish Taco-Resized

We needed to find a possible gift or at least a card so we detoured through a couple of neighborhoods full of new shops we have yet to check out.

Dress Shop on Mississippi

Cute Little Shop on Mississippi

Cute Dress

Cute Mississippi Store

I Heart Retro Store

Before we knew it, it was almost time for our dinner reservations. We left with plenty of time to bike to yet another constantly changing Portland neighborhood. As we biked in the warm summer night we passed the PICA building lit up with a summer art installation. It was a near perfect summer day.

PICA Building at Night

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