The winter drizzle is ceaseless.
It would seem to be perfect coffee drinking, book reading, curl up with a cup of tea kind of weather, and it is. Yet there are only so many perfect cappuccinos that can be downed before the caffeine has kicked in, awakening the urge to do something.
The product of too many cappuccinos? Adventures.
It was during a coffee crawl that I finally stumbled into Sellwood. I’d been itching to check out Either/Or for a while.
I’m a sucker for tiny, intimate, less-than-ten-seat kind of places. This particular location, however, felt a little too far to travel and had been pushed down on my list for ‘a rainy day.’
That rainy day had arrived!
Either/Or didn’t disappoint. It feels a little as though an untouched corner of your grandma’s attic somehow acquired a La Marzoco Strada MP and opened to the public.
I was charmed.
With a little vintage refrigerator to house the milk and a tiny sink skirted with a dusty curtain to cover the no doubt rusting pipes underneath, Either/Or was comfortable and small, welcoming and warm.
Pleasantly, they also rotate their espresso selections and offer an espresso flight, in case you’re ready try them all.
Its retro charm suits the Sellwood area well. This tiny little neighborhood in Southeast Portland is brimming with antique stores and strange holes in the wall. A particularly scenic view graces the river over a steep drop-off.
The streets are sleepy and quiet. There’s a vague, small-town air of mystery here aided by the gloomy skies and endless antique shops.
Shops with bright, twinkling lights catch the eye. The rest fade into the grey.
My only takeaway for this post is this: regardless of the weather or location, strange and wonderful things are waiting to be discovered.
Make your Thursday an adventurous one!
Portlanders! Check out Either/Or here or pay them a visit at 8235 SE 13th Ave.