It’s started raining again in Portland, and we couldn’t be happier. Really! There’s something nostalgic, moody, and beautiful about the rain, and honestly I can’t completely describe it. It’s on days like this that most people curl up at home with a good book or their favorite movie, but not us! We were out and about as usual and found some great new places right in our neighborhood to explore!
Ok, so I (Taylor) haven’t always liked oysters. Actually, it was Trevor who convinced me to try them for the first time just this last year. I couldn’t look like a scared little baby and not try them, so down the hatch they went, and I’ve never regretted taking that chance. After much running around, trying to find the perfect beanie (it’s that time again! Yay!), searching for a really good glass of wine that won’t break the bank, and popping into Woonwinkel because one can’t simply walk passed Woonwinkel without popping in, a familiar hunger hit. A hunger only the plump, briny, alien-esque flavor of an oyster snack can satiate.
We’ve known about Olympia Oyster Bar for some time now, and walked passed it a dozen times in route to some of our other favorite spots, like The Rambler or The 1905, but never when it’s open. Today, we lucked out.
From the decor, to the menu, to the branding, this place has some serious style. Being the design nerd that I am, I had to snap a picture of the menus and logo. I love the juxtaposition of the hand-drawn logo with the minimalist, utilitarian style of the type and list designs. Whoever designed these, cheers to you! Love it.
We also found them amazing wine we were looking for! Both from Croatia, the ’14 Zlatan (the white) was unlike any white I’ve ever tasted, and whites are my favorite so you can imagine I’ve tried a fair amount. The taste was savory, just a little sweet, and tad bit sour with flavors like apricot, saffron, and something I just couldn’t put my finger on. So good! Trevor had the ’14 Androvic which was quite different, but also very good, with flavors like black cherry and cedar. If you ever get the chance to try a Croatian wine, don’t let it pass you by.
After one of the best oyster bar experiences to date, we popped into Beacon Sound down the street to check out some records and look for a record player. We have yet to find one that we really like, but the one in the image above is definitely the look that we’re going for. If anyone has any suggestions, please share!