Monday, February 21, 2011

Portland: The land of bikes, brews and big bites!

I spent a wonderful weekend in Portland with my husband. He was up there all week for work, so I flew up Friday afternoon to spend the weekend together. I have never visited Portland, so I was very excited.

I LOVE IT! What a great city! Bikes, coffee, local brews, vegetarian restaurants, what more could you want? We went to a great brew pub on Friday night. We split a flight and I had the house veggie burger with sweet potato fries. On Saturday we found a great cafe and I had a scrumptious bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and walnuts. We walked all day, visiting every bike shop in the city and had a lovey lunch at a local vegetarian chain. I had the Cuban bowl, which was brown rice, black beans, sweet potatoes, plantains and pico. Do you see a trend? Without boring you with the rest of my meals...I ate and drank my way through the city.
- a large chocolate chip cookie
- butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce
- a loaf of fresh bread with olive oil
- chocolate semifreddo
You get the idea....

I truly enjoyed every meal and every drink, but as soon as my plate left the started. First, the pang of guilt. Then the caloric breakdown in my head of what I had consumed. And finally the internal dialogue about portion control and healthier choices.

Can I no longer enjoy a fun weekend with my husband? Am I so programmed to equate food with calories and work outs that I can't enjoy a night out? How sad is that? The whole flight home was a pep talk with myself on how I will go for a good long ride on Monday and straight the the grocery store to stock up on veggies.

All in all, I had a wonderful time. Portland is a lovely city and I will definitely be back. Maybe I should rent a bike to work off every meal as soon as it is consumed :)

I hope you had a good weekend!


  1. It sounds like a lovely weekend! You are entitled to a weekend with your husband out of training mode :P but yeah, I totally get it.

    What?? No pics of these lovely things you ate?? bad blogger!! LOL The rav's sound delightful

  2. Can we chalk it up to being a new blogger? I need to start thinking like a blogger!

  3. I love Portland! I was there for the first time this past summer for the Hood to Coast Relay. If it didn't rain so much I would consider living there. It's a great city and so scenic. Had I known you were going I would have told you about the cupcake store I went to that you have to go to also! I'm glad you had a great time..and don't worry about the food, the calories from all the food are temporary :)