We went to a Portland landmark – Voodoo Doughnut this morning (we tried to go last night but there were about 300 people in line). Voodoo Doughnut is an independent doughnut shop, known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests. They are open 24 hours a day and have some very interesting doughnuts. Leslie had to try a glazed donut so she could truly compare its doughnuts to other shops, but we also got a maple bacon bar. For the record, the glazed donut was ok, but the Blue Star Donut that she had last night (which we failed to mention in the last blog) was better. The maple bacon bar was excellent. We have to go back and try some more varieties – perhaps the one that has Capn’ Crunch on a vanilla frosted doughnut.
We went to the Portland Japanese Garden which is composed of five distinct garden styles. As a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature. After visiting this garden, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S., said “I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan.” This is notable because a traditional Japanese garden normally takes hundreds of years to evolve and mature, but this garden evolved much more quickly—a fusion of hurried western style and stately eastern expression. The 4th and 5th pictures were taken while Don laid on the path under the tree with Leslie guarding him from people stepping on him. The lengths he goes to to get a picture.
We ended the day with dinner at Tin Shed Garden Cafe with our friend Sue. Their web site says “At the Tin Shed Garden Café we believe that energy travels through food: not just caloric, but spiritual energy. Our goal is to give the food a good ride from farm, to grocer, to the Shed and to you. We pride ourselves on providing only the freshest, most wholesome products. And when you are done, we compost 100% of your left-overs. Because it is not just the destination, but the journey.” We were told this is a good example of the “Portland experience”. It was eclectic and the food was good, so if that is what “Portland experience” means, then we are fine with that.