Still on the interview trail, I headed to Portland to check out the program at OHSU. I also spent the weekend hitting up some local couch surfers for the local scoop on Portland!
Heath and I went to the famous Voodoo Doughnuts. We snagged one of the uber-popular Maple Bacon Bars and also an oreo-topped one. So good! I am digging the sweet-salty of maple and bacon and have a couple of recipes that I want to try featuring the combo once life settles down a bit.
In order to take our love of coffee to the next level, we headed to the Stumptown Roasters Annex. They offer free tastings of their premium coffees at 11:00 and 2:00 every day.
The tasting process, also known as “cupping”, was pretty intense – some may say ridiculous. It was five steps and involved sniffing and swirling and slurping. Perhaps if you are a super taster, this process would have been more meaningful. It was funny to watch my fellow participants “ooh” and “aah” over the brews. One girl even used the word “purple” to describe the essence of the coffee she was tasting! Are-you-kidding-me?
There is something I like to call the “Garden State Effect”. Everyone raved about Garden State the movie. I watched it and thought it was strange and didn’t really make much sense. After discussing it with several people who “liked” it, and telling them how I felt, invariably they let out a sigh of relief and sheepishly admitted that they didn’t really get it either but were just going to about it to not seem like dummies!
The last stop was the Southeast Wine Collective. This brand new spot is an Urban Winery (only in Portland, right?) and was awesome! Also ladies, it was home to the cutest bartenders in Portland!