Sunday, May 9, 2010
FAREWELL TO PORTLAND! (MY LAST FOODIE TRIP TO PORTLAND POST!)
Mount Hood and Portland, seen from Pittock Mansion
The day I was leaving Portland for Vancouver on the Amtrak Cascades train, our friends Yongkie and Pokie picked me up from Julie's in the late morning and took me to a wonderful Lebanese restaurant for lunch. Now, you know I love Lebanese food (and it's so easy to eat vegan in a Lebanese restaurant!), and this restaurant, Nicholas, is supposed to be the best in Portland, so I was looking forward to it! I wasn't disappointed! Here are photos of our meal, which consisted of a huge flatbread which we tore into pieces to scoop up food, or to dip in a sauce; a lovely tabouli with LOTS of parsley; a simple salad; a delicious rice and lentil dish with browned onion, stuffed grape leaves and felafel with tahini sauce (instead of the usual yogurt sauce); lemony chickpeas:
Mjeddra-- a delicious rice and lentil dish with mouth-watering browned onions on top
A large flatbread is placed on each table for the diners to share
Lebanese Country Salad
Tabouli and felafel with tahini sauce
Stuffed grape leaves with tahini sauce
Pokie and me at Nicholas Restaurant
It was so delicious, but we couldn't finish it all, so Yongkie and Pokie took a "doggie bag" home. Yongkie wanted to do a little sightseeing with me, but we didn't have alot of time before my train, so he took us up to the 100-year-old French Renaissance chateau, Pittock Mansion, which overlooks Portland and has beautiful gardens. It has been used in several movies, I've heard. We just strolled the gardens, enjoying the sunshine and the view, but didn't go inside. It's looks quite sumptuous in the photographs!
Portland from the Pittock Mansion
Pokie and Yongkie at Pittock Mansion
Yongkie and me at the Pittock Mansion
Thank you, Yongkie and Pokie, for a lovely last day in Portland!