“What is a FFOD?,” you must be asking. Simply put, FFOD stands for ‘Ferrero F*ck Off Day.’ I started this tradition about 3 years ago or so and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Think of it as an adult version of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’
The long story is that every couple of months, I take a mental health day to get away from work, parental responsibilities, etc. and just have a complete day of ‘me’ time. When I started doing this, I wanted to figure out how to make the most of the day.
The first time I did this, I sat down with a map of Portland and plotted a path. I live in NE Portland and I figured that if I took the MAX to the zoo, it was about a 7 mile walk back home. I’ve probably done this trip 4 or 5 times now and it is always a blast. Every time I do it, I switch up my route. I always make a point to come up with some places I have to stop at then leave the rest to chance. I’m guaranteed to always have a beautiful walk down from the zoo, into Washington Park, then into downtown. The rest is more variable.
This time around, I decided I needed to make a stop at Palace Cakes. This is a relatively new space brought to you by the fine folks at Two Tarts Bakery. They sell whole cakes but also sell many by the slice. I had a piece of Gateau Basque-almond cake with custard baked into it. It’s 11 am, I haven’t had lunch-suck it, it’s my day off. Yum, yum and yum.
The next rule of FFOD is that any store is fair game to pop into it. That place I’ve always wondered about…I’m going in. For me, that was The Good Mod on Burnside just above Everyday Music. Great space full of interesting stuff for the home.
The third rule of FFOD-daytime drinking. Since it was now 12 pm, made a pit stop at Bailey’s Taproom for 10 ounces of Lompoc Belgian Ale. Nothing like sipping a beer while the world flows by you. Took a walk across the Burnside Bridge and headed for Lunch-Olympic Provisions. I’ve had their meats a million times but had never set foot in their restaurant. I parked myself at the bar and had an old fashioned and a mortadella sandwich with pesto aioli. Whenever I see pesto aioli on the menu, I kinda stop dead in my tracks.
I made my way to East Burnside and window shopped and popped in random stores for 28 blocks. Made a pit stop at one of my favorite coffee houses, Crema, and made one last stop at Music Millennium. Home after that. Gone 9 a.m to 4 p.m.-not a bad day.
I forgot to mention I totally lucked out on the weather. It was a perfect fall day-cool in the morning but warmed to about 72 in the afternoon.
Fourth and final rule of FFOD, ALWAYS have a good soundtrack to accompany your long walk. I enjoyed Iron & Wine, Fink, Glass Animals and Moderat on my walk. Headphones are a must for me.
So that’s my FFOD story. What’s yours? I’ve shared this plan with many people and they are always thrilled with the idea of it. Take a day for yourself-but make it count!