Last night, team SW/AG got together to celebrate Missy's birthday. We kicked off the evening with a ridiculously tasty feast at Marrakesh Portland where we congregated in the Sultan's Tent sitting low to the ground on comfy ottomans and benches surrounded by wall to wall carpeting and low hanging silks attached to the ceiling. We pushed together 3 decorative round tables so the whole team could sit together to share a huge family style meal but not before ordering a few rounds of beers and glasses of wine.
Our waiter was hilarious and kept the group on their toes with his clever jokes. In a very matter of fact voice he introduced himself as Achmed, or Jordan for those of use that couldn't say it right and didn't want to "fuck it up". He gave us the low down on the Royal Feast which was the most convenient for a party of our size. It involved a set menu in which we got to try a little bit of everything by bringing out some 15+ dishes for us all to share.
Once the food arrived, it was an absolute free for all of delicious carnage as we stuffed ourselves into state of gluttonous misery with several sweet and savory dishes like lamb tagine with eggplant, Marrakesh couscous, and honey chicken with almonds, prunes, and sesame seeds to name just a few.
We celebrated with our friend Missy until our faces hurt from laughter. Somehow we left just enough room for a bite of cake because what birthday is complete without a wish and some candles!
Our buddy Bill came through with the 2nd half of the evening's entertainment and got us all into VIP at Jones bar in old town. We figured it was OK to have more drinks since they don't really take up any room in your belly, they just fill in the cracks. Then we headed out to the dance floor to work off some calories before heading home. Happy Birthday Missy, we had so much fun celebrating with you!
(Thanks to Holly T. for the majority of these photos)