To the Zoo!

Dear Jasper and Kestrel,

The third day of Liza’s visit started with a walk to a famous Portland restaurant, The Screen Door. It is on Burnside and serves American southern cooking…. fried chicken and waffles, omelettes, biscuits and gravy, foods that my parents would have considered a fine, full breakfast. On the weekends, people will wait in the freezing cold for an hour or more to get in.

It was warm and sunny, and when I got there at 10:00, there were a few empty tables and no line, but I couldn’t get a table until the “rest of my party”, who were Uncle David, Auntie Olga and Liza, joined me at 10:30. By then, the place was packed and the foyer and sidewalk out front were full! But the nice hostess had put my name on the list and we got the best table, in a corner overlooking the restaurant.

I am sorry to say, the food was nothing to write home about (contrary to the fact that I am, indeed, doing just that). Too salty by far and just regular southern cooking. I don’t understand why this place draws standing room only crowds in a city where foodie specialties like vegan organic wheatgrass ice cream are a thing. Oh well, it was fun to see inside and be able to say I have done it.

Uncle David had work to do, so Auntie Olga, Grandpa Nelson and I took Liza to the zoo. We saw all our friends with four legs, and some with many more. Liza enjoys the Insect zoo as much as I do!

After everyone had a nap and rested from the zoo, the whole family collected at our place for a deli dinner…David and Olga and Liza and Katie and Jasper and Kestrel and Grandpa and Bridgett and me. Whew! I am out of breath just saying it.

There was lots of conversation, horsing around, and catching up on everyone’s projects. Auntie Katie’s new building snd hostessing shows for the Arts Council and Uncle David’s construction in Salinas, and all the stories from kids and such kept us all entertained.

Then at bedtime (the kids’) everyone evaporated and we tied up the loose ends and went to bed…to get ready for the next day! More about that tomorrow.

Love,

Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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