This past weekend was my 27th birthday. My birthday frequently falls on Labor Day weekend (I was even born on Labor Day!) so Ryan and I take advantage of the extended weekend to celebrate – this year by visiting Portland!
I love Seattle, but Portland rivals it as my favorite city in the United States. Portland is a little weirder (we saw multiple people in various locations with cat tails and ears) but less crowded and less expensive.
Ryan spoils me on my birthday each and every year. We’ve celebrated 5 birthdays together since we started dating. This year was no exception!
So today I want to link up with Happy Fit Mama for High Five Friday and share my five favorite photos from my birthday weekend!
Birthdays confuse Charlie because he believes every day should be about him and it confuses him when someone else is the center of attention. (Proof? Back when Ryan and I got engaged and had family over to celebrate, Charlie deliberately had an accident on one of the legs of our dining room table.)
Charlie kept begging for attention when I opened gifts and enjoyed my birthday breakfast. Eventually, he realized what was going on and offered me his Chewbacca stuffed animal as a gift.
I always choose my favorite foods over a fancy meal out for my birthday. This year Ryan made me wild salmon, roasted red potatoes, and roasted eggplant and zucchini. This meal was so delicious that I requested it the next night! The drink in the right corner is a sloe gin mixed with soda water. Ryan gave me a bottle of sloe gin, which was a spirit we enjoyed during our trip to London. It’s a sweeter version of gin and is so flavorful.
Top Pot Donuts
I prefer savory over sweet now, but I cannot pass up a Top Pot Donut on my birthday. I got the Chocolate Sandcastle, which is a chocolate cake donut dusted in coarse sugar rather than frosted. Better than cake!
Multnomah Falls provided scenery that was well worth the line of cars and crowded parking lot. This waterfall is over 600 feet tall! We were going to hike up to the look-out point at the top of the falls, but by the fifth out of eleven switchbacks my legs were feeling the effects of marathon training and beer with lunch. So instead, we enjoyed the views some more before returning home.
I adored the perfectly crystal clear blue of the Columbia River! Combined with the mountains in the background, the Columbia River is panoramic perfect. Yep, I love it here in the PNW!
Most of all, this trip made me itching to go back someday and run the Portland Marathon. Oh, and go back for Deschutes Brewery (where we went after the 2015 Portland Marathon) since their outdoor seating was closed this weekend and we had Charlie with us.
What’s your favorite city in the US?
What’s your favorite birthday meal?
What are your plans this weekend?