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.