Friday, August 21, 2009

comfort zone

today it's cool and overcast in portland, which has me thinking about fall, my favorite season. i know i'm crazy but while most portlanders look forward to warm and sunny weather, i am anxiously awaiting fall.

where i grew up in the southwest, fall was such a beautiful time of year with the aroma of roasting chile in the air, the autumn harvest and feasts going on in the pueblos and the leaves of the aspen trees turning vibrant colors. i think fall has always been my favorite time of year.

i needed to run some errands during lunch today which took me past several of my favorite "comfort" spots. the first one being saucebox. while there are always the "in" happy hour places around town, i still love my old standby, saucebox. they have consistently had one of the best happy hours in town for many years. we often head here after work because it's within walking distance but i would come here even if it wasn't. and you can still get a good beer, snack and some edamame for $10 during happy hour. saucebox is at 241 sw broadway 503.241.3393
(photo by vancouver sign group)

this sign is relatively new. for many years you only knew you were at the right place by the ice cube below.

kitty corner across the street from saucebox is another portland original, tugboat brewing. i have been visiting this tiny establishment since i first moved here and i still do. if you have never been here, you need to check it out. it's a quirky little place with mostly their own brews and the snacks are made right there behind the bar. they have great, funky jazz music nightly and it reminds me of a place you would find some famous jazz musician playing under a different moniker a la woody allen at michael's in new york. if you do pop in to the tugboat, just be sure to take cash as they still do not accept credit cards. how old school, i love it! it's located at 711 sw ankeny 503.226.2588

look at this great wall of books at the tugboat. (photo from pdxtopia)

oh and how i do love southpark. i almost hesitate to talk about this place because now everyone will know where to find me if they can't track me down otherwise. since i was in the neighborhood today, i stopped in for lunch and had their fabulous tuna salad sandwich. mine at home never taste this good.

i have been visiting the wine bar at southpark ever since it opened almost ten years ago. what i love about southpark is that the atmosphere never changes and many of the wait staff have worked here for years. when i used to work split shifts, i would take my french and italian homework here and study during my breaks. for many years it was my home base downtown. and with it being in such close proximity to the library, i would stop off here and have a glass of wine whenever i got a new book that i couldn't wait to start reading.

i sat at the bar and looked at this mural when i planned my first big trip to europe. i love this french girl in her striped shirt. she always reminds me of the movie "le divorce" for some reason. southpark is at 901 sw salmon 503.326.1300

on my way over to southpark i passed by this great fall window at banana republic. i love this current trench coat campaign and now i'm trying to find the perfect trench for the fall. the windows totally remind me of some of my favorite french women below. every girl needs a fantastic trench coat for the fall.

a black trench and some fabulous luggage for you next train trip? (photo from frillr)

ooh, how about a polka dot umbrella to go with that black trench. (photo from fashion rat)

would wearing a brown leather trench make me look like eva green?

what are some of your favorite comfort zones? is it a place, food or something to wear? i'd love to hear your ideas of comfort.

bisou, bisou! and bon weekend!

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