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dave & trina: a bike date in portland

April 21, 2011

The second bike date in our bike date series comes from Dave and Trina of Portland. Dave is the author behind the bike blog, Portlandize, and Trina is the author behind Somebody’s Little Weasel. Dave and Trina have previously lived in Lithuania and have explored several cities outside of Portland by bike, including the wonderfully bike-friendly Amsterdam. These two are no strangers to stylish city cycling and enjoyable evenings on two wheels…

The Friday before last, we had the first really nice day of Spring so far. Bright and sunny, not too cold, *no rain*! My ride in to work that morning was blissful.



We saw it coming in the weather report earlier in the week, so we decided to make it a date, and meet up downtown after I got off of work.

It just so happens that the cherry trees which line part of the Portland waterfront had just sprung into full bloom days before, the waterfront was swarming with people, and I stood underneath the trees
and watched people as I waited for Trina to come over the bridge.


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Finally, I saw her coming, so I got the camera ready (somewhat to her dismay) :)


It was so nice out, we just casually rode along the waterfront a bit, took a few more photos of people, and of the trees, and then finally headed to the restaurant.


A friend of ours had recommended Little Bird Bistro, a little French restaurant, on the north end of downtown.

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We got in immediately, even though we didn’t have reservations (they had no reservations available as of a few days prior), and our waitress was wonderful, explaining portion sizes and how their menu is set up (recommend getting an appetizer or two, plus a main course). She was also very cheerful and we had a nice time chatting with her a bit.

Trina had a flat iron steak with creamed spinach (the spinach was the best part! – and that’s saying something, as the steak was delicious), and I had short rib pot au feu, served with mustard, horseradish, sea salt, and cornichons, and a marrow bone in the stew (yum!). As an appetizer, we split a bowl of mussels. The dinner was fantastic, and we’ll definitely be going back at some point.

Afterwards, we meandered back to the waterfront, where people were still out and about.


We rode back over the bridge, and up the east side of the city, stopping to look back on downtown and just watch the sun go down a bit.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening, with a beautiful lady – and not only *a* beautiful lady, but *my* beautiful lady :) – Dave.

Thanks, Dave and Trina, for letting us tag along on your Portland bike date! Dave bike commutes on a daily basis (rain or shine) in the city of Portland and you can follow those adventures on Portlandize.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2011 10:31

    I just realized, reading this again, that the restaurant is on the North side of Downtown, not the South :)

    Thanks for including us in your series!

    • April 21, 2011 12:54

      Hey Dave,

      thanks so much for contributing this! And I made the error correction to the restaurant location :)

  2. April 21, 2011 11:39

    what a great date! i love riding to dinner and then just taking it slow on the way back home!


    • April 21, 2011 13:20

      We take it slow everywhere we go :) Heh, and that rhymed.

  3. April 21, 2011 13:06

    I want to go to Portland so baaad. And I love Portlandize – go Dave!


    • April 21, 2011 13:14

      If you ever come – let me know! We’ll give you a tour :)

    • April 21, 2011 13:15

      And also, thanks for the compliment :) Glad you like the blog :)

  4. April 21, 2011 18:11

    Aww, how sweet and lovely. I love reading about bike dates :). Sounds like it was a good time and a nice day/evening for riding.

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