Being back in Portland is a pleasure. It has only been a few days and I am still getting use to the change in time zones and adjusting to a different pace compared to my frantic schedule back home. Jon is not due in until later this evening. This has left me with a few days to simply acclimatise and catch up with my good friend Julian, an expat Brit that has called Portland home for nearly two decades. Julian is what I would call a “food guy” so it is fortunate (and well planned) that he lives in the Belmont area that is famous for superb dining and a disproportionate number of microbreweries.
Dinner last night was at a restaurant called “The Noble Rot”. Without deliberately pursuing this eatery it just hapened to be a model for sustainability in that it grew some if its own food on its roof top and sources its own water from a underground aquifer. Rather unexpected for a four story building in the middle of down town Portland! The building was designed to use 50% less energy than other buildings of its type through highly efficient lighting, heat pumps and by being super well insulated. To top it off they made the most amazing meals!
Note* This post (along with colour corrected images) were compiled entirely on my iPad. It is a social experiment I do not wish to have to repeat anytime soon but I guess this shows it IS possible! Duncan.