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Cococello is Deb Pang Davis. Independent print and digital designer, educator and soon-to-be-author.

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Slowness on Sunday

After a great Saturday night welcome-back-to-Portland dinner with our friends (My husband made the Spinach Salad with Blackened Salmon, Orange, and Red Onion recipe from Diane Morgan's cookbook, Salmon.) we got together for a bike ride around Sauvie Island Sunday morning.

It was an opportunity for our friends to try out new bikes and an opportunity for me to try out the bike fitting with Stephanie at The Bike Gallery downtown. The weather was cool and dry which was perfect. It was cloudy so we couldn't get the views of Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens but otherwise, it was a fun ride. I'm hoping to ride more this year as the bike fitting has already made an incredibly huge difference in comfort and ease of peddling and shifting.

On our way back, we drove across the St. Johns Bridge. It is my favorite bridge in Portland. If memory serves, they finished restoring it last year. I've made a mental note to look for a black-and-white photograph of the bridge. I think it would look nice hanging in my office.

And, later in the evening we met up for dinner and tried out a new-for-us place called Caffe Mingo. We had tried several times during the summer to get a table and without reservations on a weekend, it was too long of a wait. So, this was our chance probably because it was a school night(grin).

Caffe Mingo Appetizer

It was delicious and we definitely agreed it would be a place we would frequent. I'm not sure how long it has been around and for anyone looking for a casual, rustic, comfortable and friendly place to eat Italian, Caffe Mingo is a real treat.

Caffe Mingo barbera

We sat at the table by the kitchen and I just loved being so close to where the food was being prepared. When I can see where and how my food is prepared, the process is more transparent and feels more like home cooking.

Caffe Mingo kitchen

The restaurant is small and cozy with wonderful details. I'm interested in sitting at the bar sometime and though it was a bit loud at first, by 8PM the larger groups had departed and we practically had the place to ourselves. It was a leisurely dinner which feels so rare these days when eating out.

Caffe Mingo Penne

I had the penne with braised beef in chianti and espresso (above). Dee-lish!

So, I'm feeling lucky for good friends, good food and living in Portland, Oregon. It's been just over two years here in our new city and it just keeps getting better.

Printmaking class at Multnomah Arts Center

Letterpress goodies