I’ll admit I have an affinity for the Northwest. Maybe it’s because I just get to visit occasionally and don’t have to live there and survive the rainy season. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Seattle, and I’ve always enjoyed spending time in Portland. I used to manage an office in the Lake Oswego area back in the day with Vitesse Semiconductor, The folks in the office took me to some great places around the Portland area. On a trip to the Northwest with my daughter Courtney last year, we made the drive from Seattle to Eugene. Since I had to pass through Portland, I figured we’d make a stop there for dinner.
I did a quick online search, and the restaurant Nostrana appeared to be an interesting place with a good mix of food on their menu that would appeal to both of us. I also liked the fact that their menu was built around fresh food, much of it locally sourced. I decided we would venture into the city to make the stop even though it was a bit off of I-5 on our way through town.
What a pleasant surprise it was.