Saturday Market Opens again!
This has been just a gloomy winter in so many ways...but this weekend pulled me out of my mood...at least a little.¬† Saturday Market is open for business again and it's amazing how having just one little tasty treat can give me hope!¬†
Marty and I have been going to Saturday Market since we moved here (he lived in Portland for a while before I did, and I'm pretty sure he went to the very first one ever) and our ritual is having a spring roll and hum bao.¬† This time I just went for the fluffy hot hum bao.¬† So good.¬† We were trying to remember how much they cost when we first started going, and he thinks it was¬† 75 cents for the spring roll which is now $3.50.¬† Kind of like gasoline.¬†
I also found an artist that I hadn't seen since a festival at the Resort at the Mountain almost 6 years ago.¬† It was great to find her and of course I bought something.¬† AND the guy with the cajun spices who sells me everytime with that incredible personality and smile!¬† I know I can get spices anywhere, but I love his banter and the experience.¬† Smart marketing too...he was giving away samples on chicken bits!¬† I did use the spices on some grilling I did this weekend and it was delicious.
I'll confess, I'm not a big fan of the show "Portlandia"¬†on IFC, ¬†but many of my friends just love the heck out of it.¬† I guess I sort of look at¬†Portland events and life that goes on here,¬†like Saturday Market, as REAL Portlandia.¬† You don't have to TRY to make a funny...it just is funny, and unique, and endearing to me.¬† My friend who just moved to the Rose City asked me why I don't like the show ,¬†and she can quote almost every sketch.¬† I guess because I've lived here so damn long that the whole "Keep Portland Weird" thing sort of hits me as "yeah, so?"¬† It's part of Portland's charm, it's quirky ways, it's politics...all of it.¬† It's just where we live and to me it seems normal.¬† My family loves to get stories of how strange Portland is and tell me like it's a little dig.¬† Whatever...
The BEST book of strange tales of Portland comes from local author Chuck Palahniuk, "Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland Oregon".¬† If you live here, or have family and friends who live elsewhere and just "don't get it" when it comes to our beloved quirky ways, hand them this book.¬† It will save some time.
I'm looking forward to strolling around Saturday Market in the better weather ahead...whenever that will be.