Now that we’re heading into spring and the flowers (and hopefully soon the sun) are blooming, I can’t help but think that a change in the weather should be celebrated with a fun afternoon pampering yourself or enjoying getting pampered with friends.
Especially after that record rainy March!
Lucky for us, Thirst is right on the RiverPlace Esplanade, a beautiful location and near some of the city’s best businesses – all that can give you a boost into Spring!
Here’s our prescription for the perfect relaxing and pampering afternoon on the RiverPlace Esplanade –
grab a friend!
- 12:30 pm - Start out with a delicious latte or chai at Bean & Tree - Featuring Stumptown Coffee.
- 1:00 pm – swing by Thirst’s Cellar Room where you can taste wines by six revolving featured wineries.
Open 1 – 7 pm Wednesday – Sunday. Get a light bite to eat if you want – artisan cheeses, olives, salami.
- 2:00 pm - Book a facial or massage at Portland Spa & Boutique (Book early – they fill up!) I recommend the relaxing organic facial or warm stone massage and you’ll feel your worries melt away.
Get a treatment to make you feel ready to bare some skin for spring! Indulge a tan at the Spa’s Organic Bronze Bar and also check out Pink & White Nail Salon’s luxurious pedicure so your toes are ready for those strappy sandals.
- 3:30 pm - Once you’re relaxed and refreshed, scoot over to Mia’s Boutique to browse some of the chic clothing that they have. Locally owned, stylish, fun and unique.
- 4:30 pm – Packages in hand, the perfect ending to any day features a glass of wine, appetizer and dinner, so walk over to Thirst Bistro. Soak up the sun on our patio and enjoy our happy hour specials. Get a wine flight and share our famous hot crab dip or baked brie. Stay for dinner and get our seared ahi, pulled pork on truffled polenta or delicious ceviche. Finish with our decadent chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. Make a reservation!
Enjoy one of Portland’s best neighborhoods – The RiverPlace Esplanade!
We suggest making reservations well in advance for most of the above activities so the businesses can take extra special care of you!
Now that we are deep into February, chances are you’re already thinking about spring and excited about the fruits and vegetables that will soon be in season. However, there are still plenty of flavorful fruits and vegetables available to enjoy. Here are a few vegetables and fruits enjoy as we make our way into spring:
This leafy and vitamin-rich vegetable has a mild flavor similar to cabbage and comes in many varieties, most of which are deep green with touches of shades of blue or purple. Although many vegetables are best during the summer, kale really shines during the winter months! Kale should be eaten within two to three days of storage in the refrigerator and can be prepared in the same way as other greens, such as spinach. It is excellent braised with a little wine & garlic. Kale is great in salads, soup, and can also be baked to make kale chips.
This soul food staple is a variety of cabbage that instead of growing a head grows in a loose rosette at the top of a tall stem and tastes like a cross between cabbage and kale. Rich in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C, this vegetable stays fresh up to five days and in the well-known Southern style of cooking is boiled down with a chunk of bacon or salt pork. However, collard greens can be prepared in any of the healthier ways spinach and cabbage are prepared.
This teeny little citrus looks is orange with an edible, sweet rind and very tart, dry flesh and can keep refrigerated for up to a month. It may be small, but this fruit packs a serious punch and livens up dishes when served as a garnish, pairs very well with seafood, and can also be pickled or candied.
I often stroll past the grapefruits in the citrus section of the market, paying no attention to the fruit, but once I try a dish with grapefruit, I emember why this is such a great addition. It’s tart yet sweet flesh is refreshing and vibrant and lends lightness to what it is paired with. The flesh of grapefruit can range from pale yellow-pink to deep ruby pink and keep best wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Grapefruit can be served numerous ways and simply eaten raw, but is also a lovely addition to salads and works well in drinks, sauces, and vinaigrettes.