We love Portland. Not just because of the famed documentary series "Portlandia", but because we love bikes, coffee, boutiques, and beer. Wind and rain? Not huge fans, but it is a give and get world. Here is what made us smile in the City of Roses this weekend:
1. Beard Beer. Sounds gross, 'cause it kind of is... but if you can get past the fact that the yeast used in this batch was grown from yeast found in the brewer's beard, it's a damn fine pint. Check it our at Rogue Brewing.
2. Table sharing. In smaller restaurants, limited seating can mean LONG wait times. A few spots we encountered this weekend sat small parties with each other, which ends up getting you seated faster, and it introduces you to new people. More places should get down with this.
3. Monkeys. The Oregon Zoo is just west of downtown Portland, and it's awesome. Not far from the zoo, and in the same gigantic park system, you can take a spin through the Japanese Gardens and reflect upon the monkeys you just saw.