PORTLAND MAINE – Well a lot is going on. Maria has left for Tanzania where she’s joining a group of alpha women who are climbing Kilimanjaro. No kidding. She’s not the least bit crunchy and is more at home in Pucci than SEI, but she’s taken this on as a challenge and we’re very proud of her. Francesca and I went to Portland Maine for a wedding. I captured “1904 Workingmen’s Club,” which is now the home of a credit union, with my Panasonic GH2. I brought my Alpa but failed to put a CD card in the bag – I need to put together a checklist for it.
PORTLAND OREGON – I made the trek to Portland because the James Beard Foundation is announcing the finalists for the 2011 James Beard Awards here. I had some free time this morning so a walked around Portland taking snapshots. All are with my Leica M9 and a 24mm Summilux lens.
PORTLAND, OREGON – Portland has a remarkable food culture. There are elaborate “food carts” in various parts of town – generally in clusters. They aren’t actually “carts”. They are really trailers, sometimes elaborate ones, rather than the hand carts that the name suggests. Here’s a link to a site specializing in Portland food carts: Food Carts Our friend and guide to Portland, Ron Paul, claims that the best coffee in Portland, and thus North America, is at Spella Caffe. Here’s Andrea Spella. Sorry Andrea for the harsh back lighting.:
PORTLAND, OREGON – In Portland, Oregon meeting with some people on food-related issues. Sunday is spent visiting a farmers’ market and wineries (A to Z and Ponzi) in the Willamette Valley. The 1999 Ponzi Pinot Noir is one of best Burgundy-style reds that I’ve every had anywhere. In the farmers’ market we bought a variety of mushrooms – hoping to be able to get them back to New York for a dinner that we’re cooking a week later. The photographs from the winemaker tours aren’t very interesting. We had the run of the facilities with no restriction on camera use, but the pictures come off as mazes of stainless steel tanks and hoses. So here’s the farmers’ market: