Yes, It was 58 Degrees

The drive from Coos Bay to Portland was a snapshot of the impermanence of life.  How can that be, you ask?  The weather, the weather, was a wonderful metaphor for the pushing away and clinging to, we beings fall prey to.  In one moment, the rain drove so hard as to reduce visibility to near-zero; then, in a literal moment, I drove out from under the rain cloud into absolute sunshine.  Push the rain away.  Cling to the sunshine.  I had to laugh.

I would never maintain my home’s internal temperature at 58 degrees, nor would I eat in a restaurant at 58 degrees.  Nonetheless, Luce, at 2140 E Burnside had a 35-40 min wait and I jumped at the opp to eat at one of their cafe tables on the street.  58 degrees.

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IMAG0407Good advice is   good advice, regardless of who or where it comes from.  In this case, it was an irresistible write-up and reco in Portland Monthly which I pocketed awhile back.  This evening was my chance to grab a quick bite.  [It should be called Mile High] Arugula with Lemon and Pecorino Salad.  Perfectly dressed… super-slim slices of Pecorino.  Mmmm.

Corzetti with marjoram pesto.  Marjoram pesto.  Corzetti: large flat, slender, hand-cut pasta discs gently slathered with warm and lovely marjoram pesto.  Heavenly.

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Having no shame, I snagged Luce’s signature sponge cake with pastry cream and pistachios to go as my teeth were (happily) chattering.  A couple of bites, and the rest is saved for tomorrow.  Did I say, for breakfast tomorrow?  With a great cup of coffee?

This is exactly how I like to eat (pho notwithstanding).  Perfect little bits of things that are stratospheric in quality.  A life made of memories, one bite at a time.

Luce, 2104 E Burnside, 503.236.7195

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