Sunday, August 12, 2012

Portland Tours | Cool Walking Tours

Walking tours are really the only way to see a place, especially a cool place like Portland Oregon..well, Portland, Maine, too. Yes, you can get around and take in a few things riding on a tour bus but, hey, not like a walking tour.

As a gift, had the privelege going on the "Epicurean Excursion", which is part of "Portland Walking Tours". I had lived in Portland for a number of years and I thought I knew where a lot of the cool spots were. I was in for a big surprise.

Portland is a very progressive city. You read about all the things that are new and happening, but you don't really get a grip on those things until you start looking around the city.

The Epicurean Excursion part of Portland Walking Tours is three hours long, almost to the minute. Like from ten in morning until one PM. I wouldn't recommend bringing small children.

OK! This is not a review of the tour. This is a photo tour of the places we visited, and some of the food and drink we sampled as we went. All I can say is that we had a ball and would do it again. Folks that have lived in Portland all their lives should take the tour...geez, what's keeping you?

The tour started at the Heathman Hotel at ten sharp. Our tour guide, Adam, gathered us up and off we went.  I bet you can't tell that the Heathman is a first-class hotel.

Heathman Hotel Lobby
After the Heathman we went to a chocolate shop, aptly named Cacoa Portland.  We relished the opportunity to sample seventy percent dark chocolate.  It was delicious to say the least! Adam, our beloved and, excellent tour guide is on the left. The Owner/Manager(?) is demonstrating a Cacoa Bean.
Cacao - Portand

Cacao - Portland

Park Across from the Guild Theater - A Yoga Meet!

Next, we sampled tomato "orange" soup at the "Flying Elephant Delicatessen".  Not just a tomato soup, but a super delicious tomato soup!

Here's the recipe and links to Molly's Recipes and Flying Elephant Delicatessen site.  I don't want to steal their thunder...please check out both links.  This recipe comes directly form Molly's site.

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) (less could be good, maybe)
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 - 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

In a saucepan, melt butter; add onion and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, baking soda and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Puree in a food processor or blender; strain through a sieve or food mill. Return to saucepan and stir in orange juice. At this point, the soup can be refrigerated until ready to serve.

At serving time, add the whipping cream if wanted and heat gently, stirring constantly, bringing to a simmer and adjust seasonings if necessary. Extra cream maybe drizzled on top of the soup immediately before serving for decorative effect.

Flying Elephant Delicatessen
Next, arrived at "Food Cart Square"!  Portland holds some type of a record for the number of food carts...like 700 of them in the city. We sampled a type of dessert waffle, with powered sugar which was very good.
Food Carts Portland

Food Carts Portland
"Euro Trash" ...not really, with things like Escargot!
Euro Trash Food Cart Portland

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