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An Anniversary Dinner at Palisade

To celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary my husband and I wanted to go out to a nice dinner. We also took an overnight trip to Portland with our kids, but we wanted to go out to dinner, just the two of us, to celebrate our decade of marriage. Palisade, in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, was the perfect place to celebrate. When I made our reservation, I wrote that we were celebrating our anniversary. When we checked in, the hostess greeted us with a "happy anniversary" and showed us to our table. They also decorated the table with rose petals and with a card for us. It's these details that make a meal memorable and enjoyable.
Since I asked for a view, we were seated at a booth where we both faced the large windows. The view was of the Seattle skyline and the harbor. We could see all of Elliott Bay and even Alki Beach across the way. Our server did a great job of welcoming us and congratulating us on our anniversary. My husband started off with a Manhattan and…

Lunch at Slappy Cakes in Portland

If you're searching for a child friendly and fun breakfast place in Portland, then look no further than Slappy Cakes. Our lunch there was my favorite part of our visit to Portland. This was one of the coolest and fun dining experiences I've had. Each table has its own individual built-in range where you make your own pancakes. On the menu you'll find several flavors of pancake batters. They arrive to the table in bottles you can squeeze onto the range and make your pancakes. There are also add-ins to choose from. From sweet to savory add-ins, there's something for everyone. We chose a buttermilk pancake batter and a peanut butter batter. For our add-ins, we picked bananas, strawberries, and chocolate chips. When I saw they had peanut butter batter, I couldn't resist choosing the bananas and chocolate chips. I'm glad I went with that plan, because it was right on the money.
My kids had fun squeezing the batter onto the grill and adding the fruit and chocolate …

Dinner at Fire on the Mountain in Portland

We had one dinner during our overnight visit to Portland. We wanted something casual and kid-friendly since our three year old twins were with us. So Fire On The Mountain looked like just the right spot for us. Established in 2005, this eclectic and cool wing spot was a fun place to eat. My husband loves wings and these days, I'm into them, too.
Like many of the food spots in Portland, there was a line almost out the door. When entering, you wait in line to pay and order at the counter. Then they bring you your food and drinks. We ordered corn dogs and fries for our boys, and my husband and I split some buffalo wings and fries. The large fries turned out to be gigantic and we didn't even come close to finishing them. My husband drank a Rainer Beer and I drank a local hard Cider. We both really liked the chicken wings. They had the perfect amount of heat, and they were crispy on the outside. They were also covered in just the right amount of sauce.
For dessert, I couldn'…