I love living in Portland. We moved just before we had the kids. Before that we were living in Connecticut where I’d grown up so I was really reluctant to relocate, but anyway we didn’t have a choice as Daniel got a new job. Anyway, since we’ve come here, I am more and more pleased we were forced into it, almost on a day-to-day basis.
One of the places I discovered very early on – probably because we needed a decent supply of groceries in our home pretty immediately – was Zupan’s Markets. Located in three convenient areas in the city (Belmont, Burnside and Macadam), the produce sold there is so fresh I cannot work out how they do it. I also like the idea of a family-run business and this is really the feel you get at Zupans – like, I even felt a personal loss a few months ago when the founder and owner of the store – John Zupan – passed away.
Another early discovery I made in the city was the restaurant, the Old Wives’ Tales. Being a vegetarian veering on the edge of veganism (don’t tell Daniel, he’ll divorce me – he’s SUCH a carnivore), this was a great find. As well as having a great play area for Jayden (and Ethan is happy as he can just glare lovingly as his big brother and hero plays), it has a huge vegan/veggie menu with some great meat options so I don’t get a sour look from the big man. Sometimes, I even find myself dreaming about the salad bar as I run to pick the kids up from daycare to take them there for a treat…when really I know it’s actually my treat; great food and fun for the kids!
So I’m constantly discovering new and awesome things to do in Portland. It really does seem that every time I turn around there is something else great about this city. Apart from missing my parents who are still in Connecticut, I love living in Portland! They are actually coming to stay over Christmas so I have that to look forward to as well. And I’ll sure be showing them around my great city that I’m ever so proud of!
So, until next time…have a great Tuesday and try to find something you love about your city!