30 June 2010

Lack of brunch is making me cranky

It has been way too long since I had brunch, or blogged, or blogged about brunch for that matter. In fact, tomorrow is July and I can barely remember what I've been doing since April. I know that I went to Vancouver, BC; I moved into a new apartment; I went to my company's spring party; and I saw the Reds play in Seattle. Still, I promised more blogs about brunch so I'm going to start there and work my way back through recent history at a later date.

Little Red Bike Cafe

Two things make this a bittersweet post:
  1. The person with whom I attended the Little Red Bike Cafe was the Creeper I mentioned in a previous post.
  2. Little Red Bike Cafe is no longer open. In a sad turn of events, they were forced to close due to disputes with their landlord. No word on when they might be back but check the blog and go if you can because...
...from what I can remember, when I wasn't being creeped out, LRBC made me a delicious brunch. Observe:

(I don't remember the name of this but yummm)

Quality of food: 4.0
Quality of coffee: 4.0
Service: 2.5
Atmosphere: 4.5
Overall value: 3.75

LRBC, while it was open, was a lovely little institution in North Portland. I would have described it as scrappy but earnest, which is reflected in the lower service score (since it was an order-at-the-counter-and-serve-yourself kind of place) but higher atmosphere score (since it was jostling with customers from all walks of life). It's a little hard for me to remember since I was trying to focus on eating my food whilst being stared at, but I do remember the potato pancake/hash sort of thing, shown in the above photo under the salmon, as being particularly delicious.

And frankly that's about it. Sorry this isn't more descriptive but I don't want to get your hopes up about a place that isn't open anymore. I promise my next post will be about a brunch place that is still open, and which will serve you a ridiculous amount of food.

11 June 2010

Loss / Gain

(Cross posted with my other blog)

Dear readers, I apologize for my absence over the majority of the past month. My life, since my 100th post, has devolved into what can only be described as a hot mess. There are several very interesting things that I thought about and wanted to share with you, but I could not muster the time or the energy to do so. Things are starting to calm down and I think I will find that time soon, but for now I want to share some thoughts about the state of my life, and of the world in general.
  1. I was engulfed by “all-hands” company meetings. Although it was a mad rush to get ready for the meetings, I loved it and it was neat to see all the people that I work with in one place. It was also great to hear that the things that I think are so important are important to the people that I work with as well. 300+ people working towards a higher cause is a pretty powerful thing. (Net Gain: Emily + Western U.S.)
  2. I found an apartment and I’m moving. It all happened very quickly but it took me about 5 minutes to decide that I wanted the place… it’s lovely and spacious and has so much character. I feel really lucky to have found such a great apartment just in time for summer – it’s effectively been 3 years since I had a home in a neighborhood of my choosing, in a city that I feel comfortable in. So obviously, that’s been a process. (Net Gain: Emily)
  3. I’m house-sitting for some very attention-starved animals, one of which I am allergic to. I love animals and for the past year I have lived in an apartment in a house with a dog and two cats. I am house-sitting in this same house while the owners are away. One of the cats got attacked a few weeks ago, so he is recovered at an undisclosed location; as a result, the dog and the other cat have been following almost my every move in the house. And as much as I like the cat, I am allergic to him! So it is hard, especially considering the move. But I am really going to miss the dog. (Net Loss: Emily’s 4-legged roommates)
  4. Which brings me to the oily, ruined Gulf of Mexico. Referring, of course, to my love of animals as stated above, what really gets me about this mess is the animals that are being killed as a result. Not just turtles anymore, but birds, fish, the entire ecosystem. And as a result of the loss of part of the food chain, people’s livelihoods are being completely obliterated. I am so disgusted and saddened by the situation, that I have – frighteningly – been rendered numb. After all, what can I do? What can YOU do? We can only sit back and watch as the oil keeps coming out, and beaches keep closing, and more and more ecosystems are destroyed. It’s totally overwhelming. I feel, truly, that the best thing I can do is to keep doing my job, and to do the best job I can, so that I can help improve energy efficiency in buildings and hopefully reduce our dependence on oil. (Net Loss: Humanity, The Earth, dolphins, etc.)
  5. “Privatize the Losses, Socialize the Gains”. Speaking of losses and gains, someone recently told me that there was a movement afoot to push this type of economic system in our country. And I have to express how dispiriting I think this is. I am overcome lately with the sheer number of people who are not doing what they are supposed to be doing, so many of whom are trying to take advantage of others, game the system, or flat out cause this country to fail. BP, Goldman Sachs, Halliburton, nearly every politician running for office this year…. It’s exhausting. I am amazed that anyone can even watch the news anymore. I can only watch fake news on Comedy Central and even there, I sometimes can’t handle it. So, that’s a little bit of where I’m at right now. (Net Loss: my sanity)
Anyway. That’s where I’m at. I will try to get back to you sooner, rather than later. Good luck everyone…