lump behind the stove: sigmar polke / unknown
In between bowls of chicken soup and fluid refills, I did get a little time to upload some photos from our birthday outing to the Portland Art Museum. I didn't realize until this visit that it is in fact the 7th oldest museum in the United States and oldest in the northwest - maybe that's why Portland has so much creative energy. I don't know if M+L loved it as much as they seemed to or if it was just the flu symptoms coming on but they were quite intrigued by everything.
We then ended the day with some decadent treats from the very Portlandesque Pix Pâtissière. The treats are amazing, every treat has a little paint or sprinkles of gold and are made to perfection. You would think that it would be a quaint, light and bright little place, but mostly it's a dark bar which is hard to imagine all those perfect little treats coming out of. It opens late in the day and stays open until 2 am. It's lined with rows and rows of red lights and empty champagne bottles. It's for people of all ages and families are frequent visitors but it definitely caters to those that are eager to get drunk both on alcohol and french sweets somewhere between 9 pm and 1 am. It's one my Portland favorites (it has some pretty good cheese plates too).
Of course I love macarons (who doesn't?) so I bought an assortment. Normally this would be enough of a treat, but it was my birthday so we also ordered: creme brulee; a rich chocolate and caramel mousse wrapped in a tower of thin dark chocolate; chocolate meringue cookie cake with chocolate mousse and ganache; and a tart raspberry cheese cake that was sparkly pink which M+L loved. It was goooooood.