Friday, January 20, 2012

The Year of Kava

After The Ski Adventure my life went back to normal. Well, normal for one day.

Blogger World, I don't know if you realize last weekend was Martin Luther King weekend. Here at This is my world, we are big fans of MLK weekend. No, it's not because I receive a day off work. It because for the past 5 years Sister #1 and I have been celebrating MLK weekend in Portland. It's our tradition; and I'm big on traditions. Therefore to keep the tradition alive, we jumped on an airplane for Portland.

When we arrived the first order of business was food and wine. Sister #1 and I might be the only people in the world who hit up grocery stores on vacation. What can I say...$2 wine and awesome granola is hard to pass up.

Friday night after dinner, we experience Kava. Do you know about Kava? No? Ok good because I'd never heard of it until Friday night. Let me give you the Wikipedia definition of Kava: is a crop of the western Pacific. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia. Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.

Our friend Nathaniel took us to a place that served Kava as a drink. Below is a picture of Kava drink, which is in the salad bowl. Yes, you are correct it does look like dirt. Do you want to know a secret? It taste like dirt too! See the pineapple slices on the table? You have to chase the drink down with a pineapple slice. It's so you don't throw up. I'm not making this up. Promise.
Sister #1's reaction to Kava. True, she is laughing in this picture, but only because it's so gross. She's also laughing because we paid money to drink dirt. We find that slightly hilarious.
Brave Kava Drinkers who lived to tell the tale...
Every year we experience something new when visiting Portland. This year it was Kava. Sister #1 and I love Portland! Thank you Portland for being an unique city. It's the reason we go back every year. Well that and your awesome Columbia Employee store.


Renee Nefe said...

I've heard that Denver is getting a Trader Joe's. I don't really know why that's a big deal, I figure it must be something like the huge deal it was when we got an IKEA. Whatever, I never went to IKEA and still won't go.

I've never heard of Kava and from your description, I don't want to. LOL!

Wa Wa Waughs said...

I have yet to go there. Gotta put it on the list! Except maybe I can skip the Kava.

heather said...

I have experienced kava and, wow, is it GROSS!