Anniversary celebration at the Chinese garden and Portland city grill

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary (18 years) a week ago by strolling through the Chinese garden and dinner at Portland City Grill.

The Chinese garden was amazing.  The architecture of the buildings and the Lake Thai rock configurations were so wonderfully artistic.  The water features were relaxing with colorful koi? fish in them.  The 5 elements (rocks, water, plants, architecture, and literary transcriptions) were an amazing contrast throughout.


We indulged in a bit of tea at the Tao of Tea teahouse in front of a delightful window seat that opened up to view the garden.

Tao of tea

I had the “Tea forest green” green tea and Scott had the “White dragon”? white tea.  Unfortunately, we didn’t receive the more artistic and delicate teaware that some received so it felt a bit like drinking tea out of a clay pot.


Our entire experience at Portland city grill was perfect from start to finish.  From the details at the table to the dessert at the end, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Portland city grill

While we didn’t reserve a window seat, the view from the 30th floor of the bank tower is amazing.

view from 30th floor of Portland city grill

We started out with a the “Apple, Candied Hazelnuts, & Gorgonzola Salad.”  I enjoy candied walnuts, but these candied hazelnuts were amazing!


We also indulged in a bottle of wine from Spain-Luis Canas Rioja Reserva 2004.  It didn’t really pair with my salmon, but it was delicious anyway.  My new favorite wine is Tempranillo and this was excellent as well.


I had the salmon and Scott had steak.  Both were cooked to perfection and quite flavorful.  The pesto-like “sauce” was absolutely delicious with the salmon and asparagus.

salmon          steak

We were too full for dessert, however, the restaurant served a bit of mousse in honor of our celebration.

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