One of Diana and my favorite parts of the Portland trip had to be the ***GORGEOUS*** Japanese garden, reknowned as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
The well manicured garden featured niches of moss, bamboo walls, small waterfalls, shade and sun. It was nice to stroll around the 5.5 acres to walk off our meals while basking in all of the beauty.
For anyone considering visiting Portland, the Japanese Garden is an absolute must. The Rose Garden across the way is also a neat scene too.
For dinner, we enjoyed Spanish-style tapas at Toro Bravo. We shared the following four plates:
|Salt cod fritters with aioli.|
|These fritters are divine! Nice, light crisp shell with a supersoft center.|
|Griddled flatbread with truffle cheese and arugula.|
|This was good, oh-so-truffley, but if I had to pick again, I'd probably not order this for probably the wrong reason. The bread was a bit thick and filling - I'd rather save the stomach space and order two other dishes! Like the next one below...|
|For dessert, Diana and I could not pass on the fresh made churros and chocolate.|