To ease the transition between the Bay and Portland, I booked a month-long stay with my dear friend and colleague, Megan. Megan, and her partner Leif, moved to Portland in August, essentially starting the Portland trend in our company/department.
I won’t hesitate to confirm that they are an amazing couple, as well as incredible hosts. Leif has continually surprised, making my list of fascinating new friends for 2013. It was such a pleasant surprise to learn that Leif, a poet, loves to bake bread, and that his bread baking capabilities have far surpassed Megan’s (but I have not yet had the opportunity to test this claim of Megan’s).
They are quiet, calm, but never boring, and they both radiate sincerity, intelligence, and kindness. My favorite time to spend with them is around dinner time, where the atmosphere is relaxed, curious, and focused on excellent cuisine.
This evening, Megan and I went out for some wine at Navarre with our colleague, Jen. Like ladies do, we turned to the topic of love and romance, where Megan affectionately recounted her love story with Leif. Theirs is a story that spans nearly two years of a flirtatious coffee-shop romance, rooted in the city of Chicago. I can confidently say that Megan and Leif reflect one of my goals this year: patience. I’m looking forward to learning more from them.
Here are some photos of a dinner with them from earlier this week. Photos of bread making to come.