[thechat] How is mid-May for visiting USA?

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Wed Dec 1 12:11:19 CST 2010

When Joel says "mini-monsoons" in the NW, he means it rains. It almost
never does both hot and humid up here (thankfully). Mid-May in
Portland, average high temps are about 20 C, average lows are about 8
C and we'll get a bit of rain here and there.

May is pretty gorgeous around here. In town, the trees and flowers are
blooming, the farmers markets are starting up and people are spending
a lot more time outdoors. If you head over to the coast (about an hour
drive) the weather is still going to be a bit brisk most days but
won't be brutal. If you want to go play in the snow, head up into the
mountains (about an hour drive) and you can get some snowboarding or
sledding in still with sunny days.

Portland is a food town. If you want to hang out with chefs and enjoy
food, wine, beer, coffee and spirits, it is a town you'd like. If you
are looking for hook ups to perhaps cook somewhere, I can poke around
and see what's what. The folks here are quite friendly and I'm sure
with a bit of lead time a couple of well placed queries can result in
some people for you to talk directly to.

If you do want to head up from SF our way, do give me a holler, we'd
love to host you and make sure you have your full complement of food,
beverage and fun.


On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 6:50 AM, Joel D Canfield <joel at bizba6.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 7:40 AM, Madhu Menon <chef at shiokfood.com> wrote:
>> Hello folks.
>> Having never visited the good ol' US of A despite having loads of family
>> and friends there, I am considering coming over some time next year.
>> So I was wondering about the best time to visit, mostly because of the
>> weather. I like cool, dry weather, like 25 deg C (77 deg F to you) and I
>> plan to stick around for 3-4 weeks, during which I will be (at least) in the
>> Bay area, NYC, Vegas, and DC. I've not yet decided other cities to visit
>> (recommendations are welcome.)
> We so need to connect, Madhu. We're all over the place these days so keep me
> posted on where you are, and when.
> San Fran in mid-May might never get up to 77, but it's not as cold as Mark
> Twain would have you believe. Except right near the water.
> Vegas, mid-May, as far as I recall you'll be hitting 90s F.
> That time of year, if you can hit the Pacific Northwest (Olympia Washington,
> Portland Oregon, or even Vancouver, BC, Canada) you'll see some amazing
> scenery, and have decent weather (other than mini-monsoons in Oregon.)
> I hate to recommend TWO cities in California, but San Diego is worth a
> visit. Best zoo on earth and every tourist and non-tourist thing you can
> imagine to do (or not do.)
> joel
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