We've been hanging out with friends here more than we did when we lived in Champaign, which says a lot about our former social life. Tonight Anna & Jeff came over for dinner, and we went to their place a couple of days ago. They are perfect friends because they also eat burrito variations almost every night. Last night Dan & I went to Amnesia Brewpub, and played cards with Ryan & Ashley for about four hours. I totally shot the moon in hearts. We played a hilarious partner game that Ashley knew, and ate tofu-brats. Yes, they were grilling tofu-brats outside the bar! To be fair, they did have "regular" brats. We've spent nearly every night with friends, which has been a whole lot of fun. We all just moved here and are having a lot of the same experiences.
During the day we've been out exploring. Today we went to the farmer's market in downtown. They have an amazing mushroom stand with chanterelles, shiitakes, fried chicken mushrooms, lobster mushrooms (really smell like lobster), chicken mushrooms (not to be confused with fried chicken mushrooms), and others. They are pretty pricey, and because I only had a bit of cash we opted to buy a bunch of veggies instead. I'll definitely be back another week to stock up on cool mushrooms though! We bought some fingerling potatoes, dinosaur kale, a huge red pepper, the juiciest grapes ever, pears, and carrots. Tonight for dinner, we had polenta foccacia, which you make by just putting polenta in a hot cast-iron skillet and baking until it's crispy. The polenta had jalapeños in it, and we put caramelized red onion on top. We also had lentils, roasted golden beets and turnips, and broccoli. Obviously, I go ga-ga over vegetables.
Tomorrow I am going to the Portland Children's Museum for an orientation because I'll be starting to volunteer there soon. That way when baby Lonnie visits I can show him the ropes.