This past weekend, I was fantastically lucky and happy to be able to visit my baby sister in Portland, Oregon. She's been living up there for about 3 years - since graduating from college - and I miss having her around.
Before I get into what a wonderful time I had visiting her and celebrating her birthday this weekend, I feel like I need to get something out of the way. There are inevitable questions that you'll have pop up in your head, so rather than wait for you to ask them, I'm nipping it in the bud.
My sister has Alopecia. It's an autoimmune condition that causes your hair to fall out. That's it. Thus the beautiful bald head you see above. No effects on her health whatsoever, unless we get into how emotionally traumatizing it can be to have your hair fall out when you're 14 years old. She is a beautiful person, inside and out, and she doesn't let it define her as a person, but it is something people notice and ask questions about. If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you. Leave it in the comments or email me. :)
But, seriously, let's get back to my trip...
We started the weekend off with a quick trip to the dog park for "Happy Hour at the Dog Park", which is pretty genius. Wine & solo cups & dogs running around = fun times.
Saturday morning, we drove out to the Gorge and hiked Oneonta trail up to Triple Falls.
Lot's of pictures happened - including a bunch for my yoga website. Little sis dealt with my annoying nitpickingness regarding how she took the pictures at what angle and what was behind me and could I see them to check my form, etc. She was a trooper.
Bowling for Rhinos. Collect donations to raise money for rhinoceros wildlife habitat conservation, pay $10 to bowl, eat, drink & be merry. We are not good at bowling, but it never matters with this kind of thing. Fun was had.
As an aside, this green cocktail - aptly named a cucumber-cilantro-rita - was really amazing. I was seriously impressed with this bowling alley's cocktail making abilities.
Bluehour in the Pearl. I was specifically given instructions to take little sis out to a fancy dinner for her birthday. I think we did well.
Everything was excellent. Cocktails, wine, apps, entrees, and cheese - oh, glorious cheese...
This is the first page of the wine list. So true.
We shared an appetizer. Sissy's first time trying fois gras. (I know, blasphemous, right?)
She loved it, by the way.
For our salads, I got an asparagus salad, served with a fried poached egg (I don't even know how they do that) and prosciutto. Amazing.
Sis got the rose sampler flight - also really delicious - to go with our halibut and sturgeon entrees.
We opted to skip dessert in favor of a cheese plate and ice cream when we got home. (We did buy a gallon of Tillamook Cookies & Cream especially for me). It turned out to be an excellent call on our part.
We took a few moments to talk to the cheese guy - because they have a cheese guy - and ended up with three amazing cheeses to pair beautifully with the wine we had get to guzzle down.
Sunday morning, we had lots of prep to do for the Birthday/Father's Day BBQ we were hosting. But first, we stopped at New Seasons to stock up and get coffee and delicious breakfast foods from their hot food counter.
Voodoo Doughnut. This line nearly tripled in length while we were standing in it.
Lotus Bean Espresso Bar - new favorite Portland coffee shop.
(Nordstrom Rack for some sales tax free birthday shopping) and Jimmy Johns... because I have to have Jimmy Johns if I'm ever in a town that has one.
And then it was time to go home, so I grabbed my bag of Haribo Gold Bears and hopped on a plane.