Pine State Biscuits, Ikea, Famous Dave’s and the Lucky Lab in Portland Oregon

We’ll need a vacation after our vacation, since we’re packing a lot into each day. We started Wednesday with breakfast at Pine State Biscuits on Belmont Street, the main feature of which is, of course, biscuits. I’m a purist, so I stayed with the sausage gravy on biscuits, but Steve got adventurous with the Reggie Deluxe–a pile-up of fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and gravy on biscuits, topped with an egg (that’s the “deluxe” part).

Walking around Ikea was good for several hours, both for some specific things we were looking for and getting ideas for use of space in general. We picked up some very specific hardware we needed for our next project, but Ikea doesn’t ship a lot of their stuff, so another field trip of the day was a trip to UPS, where I spent almost as much for the packing and shipping as I did for the hardware.

After shopping, it’s time for another meal, of course! Since we were in the area, we had had lunch at Famous Dave’s Pit Barbecue. A half a chicken with Rich and Sassy sauce, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and a corn muffin was a really substantial meal.

The end of the evening was spent with some friends at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub for some pizza and catching up. Urban renewal continues in Portland in an area which used to be run-down and industrial. All those warehouses, auto repair places and machine shops have now been converted into trendy brew pubs, condos and shops. I love that they’re keeping the industrial elements like big garage doors that open, concrete floors, and remnant hardware like big pulleys hanging from the ceiling beams. It’s a way of moving into the future while retaining reminders of the past.

I’m having fun–come on along!