Blue Plate Diner, Powell’s Books, Ristretto Roasters, Rejuvenation and Sushiville in Portland

I love traveling. It’s one great meal to the next with some fun stuff in between. Yesterday’s lunch at the Blue Plate Diner was wonderful. The Tuesday specials were the “American in Paris” sandwich and Grandma’s Pot Roast, which was delicious. I also enjoyed the Hawaiian Sunset Soda, and Steve had a coffee milkshake with his grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. The Blue Plate is my idea of the perfect diner–do a few things very well for the daily menu and also have a couple of specials every day to keep things interesting.

After a quick stop at the Apple Store, we headed over to Powell’s Books, where I picked up a fabulous new book on Paper Engineering by Natalie Avella.

The most interesting stop of the day was Ristretto Roasters, located in the Schoolhouse Electric Building on the fringe of the industrial area of Portland. After enjoying a fine hand-crafted mocha, we strolled around the building, enjoying the warehouse interior and the creative uses of industrial pieces and materials, like a bench made from a card catalog.

A visit to Rejuvenation was interesting but proved fruitless, which is what happens when you’re looking for very specific parts, like crescent window locks and transom window hardware, although they had an intriguing sliding door which could work in a specific place in one of our rooms.

The day ended at Sushiville for conveyor belt sushi, one of the joys we’ve missed in Albuquerque.

I’m having fun–come on along!