Crawfish Festival – Food Adventure in Portland

We made a quick trip down to Portland for the weekend to enjoy some crawfish! Mark spent summers, and time in college, in Mississippi, and has always talked about the yummy crawfish you can pick up at any corner market or gas station.

We just don’t have that up here in WA, so when he found out about a crawfish festival going on near Portland we decided to hit up our friends Lesley and Trevor for a fun filled weekend!

Can I just say, the food scene down there is pretty spectacular. I so badly want to do some food tours through the city and eat my way from one end to the other!

While the crawfish were good Mark says he’ll pass on attending the festival again. Not as good as they do them in the South I guess.

 Sky tried the crawfish, but decided she liked the corn and potato better. 

What I did care for a lot was the food at Por Que No Taqueria. Everything from the Margarita (so refreshing and so much flavor, but not overwhelming) to the chorizo street tacos (easily the best I’ve ever had) was really, really good. I was too busy eating and drinking to take pics.

Get there early though as the line is long (down the street) and you can’t get a table until you have an order number. We were there at 11 am and waited in a line outside the door before ordering, and it was just getting longer and longer. Totally worth it! I recommend the Ceviche, Chorizo Taco, and Mark says try the Calamari Taco.

We managed to fit in a neighborhood festival and parade, swimming at the community pool, and my first every barre class. For a busy, yet fun weekend!

 She was so happy that there was candy!

If barre class is your thing, or you just want to try it, and are in Portland I highly recommend the Pearl District barre3 studio! It felt a whole lot like a decadent spa, but with sweat, shaking muscles, and a really tough workout. So much fun, so much work, and so sore two days later. Running tonight will be interesting. 
It was a little like going back in time. Lesley and I took pilates classes togethr years ago, like before kiddo’s, weddings etc, and it was so much fun to have my workout partner back for a barre class. So glad we got to sneak off and do that before the drive home. 
What’s the strangest food you’ve eaten?
Not that crawfish are all that strange, just not common in our area. 

Weekend Fun!

First let’s take a moment to thank all those who have served this country, and are currently serving.  And, let’s not forget their families and the sacrifices they have made back home.  Thank You for all that you do!

We spent the weekend in Portland with our friends Lesley and Trevor, and had so much fun!  Mark saw a show on Food Network that featured a specific restaurant in Portland and he decided a weekend with friends and amazing food was what he wanted for his birthday.  We shopped, toured Portland, visited Powell’s, rode the Street Car and the Sky Tram, had amazing dinner at Olympic Provisions, and spent lot’s of time chatting and just having a good time. 

The only bummer is Sky came home sick, so I really only have time to share some quick pics before she wakes up.  It’s going to be a day full of snuggles and taking care of her.  But, at least Mark is off today as well, so we can tag team it. 

I will do a full restaurant review and post Mark’s pics soon! 

We started out Friday at the Children’s Museum in Olympia.  We won a 6 month membership and activated it Friday, and let her burn some energy before hitting the road. 

After all the play time we need some lunch before leaving town.
 Walking the street of Portland together.
Above – enjoying the Sky Tram and Below – having fun on the Street Car, which she called the train.

Watching the Mississippi St. game together. 
 There is a remodel going on at the house and the above pictures was her attempt at taking a nap with the racket going on.  Below was how she spent part of the ride home. 
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!  I’ll post food pics and more about the restaurant as soon as I can! 
P.S. – Friends and family in the Olympia area…Sky and I will be visiting the museum once a week, so I will be hitting you up to see who want’s to join us!