Hello Portland

Hello weekend, hello Oregon! Yesterday we touched down in Portland for three days of exploring, eating, shopping and wine sipping with some friends. So far it’s been an adventure and I’ve eaten my way through the city—definitely add Beast and Olympic Provisions to your PDX must-eat spots. Stay tuned for a full recap of our visit or follow along on instagram. All my Portland friends, send over any recommendations you might have, especially anything involving sugar and shopping! xx

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  1. Oh my goodness I love Portland – it’s one of my favorite cities to visit! If you have the time {and a rental car} you should head down to Salem. It’s absolutely beautiful and is a very cute town. It’s about 45 miles away, but it is so beyond worth the trip.

  2. Hi! I am both an avid reader and fan of your blog, and from Portland! I hope you are enjoying Portland so far! Here are a few recommendations and favorites throughout the city:

    Salt & Straw: by far the best home-made ice cream and waffle cones around! There are two locations; NE Alberta and NW 23rd, both are great streets to stroll around with fun shops and restaurants.

    Ruby Jewel: another amazing ice cream shop on NE Mississippi, specializing in fresh made to order ice cream – cookie sandwiches. NE Mississippi is another great, very Portland, street.

    Beer: Portland is a beer city! There are tons of great beer bars around town but a few favorites are Green Dragon, Amnesia on NE Beech, Bridgeport Brewery and Deschutes Brewery (both in the Pearl District).

    Brunch: last but not least, Portland is a major brunch city! A good spot could have up to an hour and a half wait, but it is worth it! My favorites are Screen Door (southern inspired amazingness), Broder (Sweden found in Portland!) and Simpatica.

    Also, if the weather cooperates this weekend, taking a walk or bike ride around the Waterfront, East Esplanade and bridges is the perfect way to see Portland!! Enjoy!


  3. Ditto on the Screen Door and Simpatica recommendation. Stay away from Voodoo and go to Blue Star Doughnuts instead (trust me!)…Tasty ‘n Sons (or Tasty ‘n Alder), Toro Bravo, Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Barista, and Coava. And the beer..oh my, the beer : ) Hope you have a great time and that the sun stays out to play. The city comes alive then!

  4. Welcome to my hometown! Border is definitely a must for brunch! They have the best aquavit cocktails and Swedish boards! Pix patisserie is a great classic stop for desserts and sweets. Mississippi avenue is a great little shopping and dining area as well. Have fun!

  5. Portland is definitely a city to eat your way through. I love it so. Olympic Provisions is one of my favorites. I haven’t thrown down on Beast yet, but it’s on my list.

    I second Aly — Salt & Straw is ice cream genius. There is usually a line, but it’s worth it. Papa Haydn is great for pretty desserts, and Le Happy is fun for a cozy, late night crepe!

    There are some shops in the West End area, along Mississippi, and on Alberta that are pretty fun. It gets you into some great neighborhoods that have more great things to eat/drink!

    Have a GREAT time!!

  6. My hometown!! Hope you are loving the ‘weirdness’ as much as I did! You might add Park Kitchen and Laurelhurst Market to your dining list. Amaze. Also – EG PAGE, which is Therapy’s (Pasadena) Portland sister store, is a must stop! Off the beaten path in Lake Oswego. Worth the trip! Enjoy the green, the wine, the people – I hope they make you want to return! Have so much fun!!

  7. Woohoo!

    Portland is one of those hidden gems- people have a stigma against it, and then once they visit, they are hooked!

    As stated above, you must head over to salt and straw (hello sea salt with caramel ribbons, or if you’re adventurous olive oil or pear with blue cheese!) – there are a few locations, but my favorite is in the cute and quaint 23rd cute that resembles nob hill. While you’re over there, make sure to check out Jo Bar for delicious food- especially their bread and butter… to die for! Salt and Straw always has a line out the door and around the corner, but don’t let that detour you- it’s totally worth it!

    Pine State Biscuits is also a must- so yummy and filling and also on a cute little street!

    If you’re a coffee lover… Barista is a must! Lovejoy Bakers is also a cute little place to grab a bite.

    As for shopping, to be honest, it’s not the best (it’s a buyer issue) but there is a cute little vintage store called Eden that you might like! It’s in the Pearl District, also named the Brewery Blocks (something for everyone!) so it’s in a cute part of town and is easy to get to!

    And with all of this eating you will be doing, if you have time for a workout, Barre3 (locations in SouthEast, Pearl, and Lake Oswego) is so much fun- I know you would love it!

    Enjoy your time here- it’s an amazing city!

  8. Hello! So glad you are in my home city! I promise the sun will come out– should be 80 Saturday.
    Some recommendations:

    Blue Star Donuts: Boy Portland loves their donuts. These are delicacies! Not the novelty of Voodoo, but a better option in my opinion. Open until they run out– I would get there before noon!

    Bowery Bagels: One of the last places in Portland where you can get authentic boiled bagels. And a great selection!

    Zells Café: My all-time fav brunch spot. Will serve you complimentary scones with marrionberry jam as you are seated. Get the Greek Omlette, Avocado, Bacon & Tomato Omlette or German Pancake!

    Portland Farmers Market: Only on Saturdays 8:30am-2pm, downtown in the park blocks. An amazing place to see all that Portland has to offer!

    My favorite Breweries: (also, beers that might not be as available outside the NW)
    – Hopworks: http://hopworksbeer.com/
    – Hair of the Dog: http://www.hairofthedog.com/
    – Laurelwood: http://laurelwoodbrewpub.com/
    – Migration: http://migrationbrewing.com/
    – Upright: http://www.uprightbrewing.com/

    Great Bars:
    Bunk Bar: Same great sandwiches as Bunk Sandwiches with a great selection of live music.

    Luc Lac: Super hip Vietnamese restaurant known for its Pho, but I love the spring rolls and vermicelli bowls too. Great late night vibe– open til 4am Fri & Sat. Avoid 7pm unless you want to wait in line.

    Belmont Station: both a café and a shop. The shop has over 1300 bottled & canned beers from all over the world! Stop by to take some home.

    Portland Dining Month:
    Oh! And it just so happens that June is Portland Dining Month, so there are many restaurants serving a 3 course meal for only $29!!! Be sure to make reservations. Here is a list:

    My PDM Recommendations:
    Accanto: Neighborhood, northwest, Italian
    Biwa: Also has an incredible late night happy hour deal starting at 9pm- a bowl of their awesome ramen for $5!
    Clarklewis: Quintessential Portland cuisine and atmosphere
    Genoa: Incredible sommelier, usually a 5 course $65 dinner
    Oven & Shaker: Great wood fired pizzas & cocktails to match!
    St. Jack: Quaint, rustic, French cuisine

    Other things to do:
    Washington Park & the International Rose Test Gardens: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=1113&action=ViewPark

    Movie Pubs:
    – Bagdad: http://www.mcmenamins.com/219-bagdad-theater-pub-home
    – Hollywood Theatre: http://hollywoodtheatre.org/
    – Laurelhurst: http://www.laurelhursttheater.com/
    – Living Room Theatre: http://www.livingroomtheaters.com/

    Portland Timbers MLS (5-1-8): http://www.portlandtimbers.com/schedule
    Home Game 6/15 vs. FC Dallas

    Portland Thorns (7-2-1) (women’s team with Olympian, Alex Morgan, and other great athletes): http://www.portlandtimbers.com/thornsfc
    Home Game 6/16 vs. FC Seattle Reign

  9. Food –> EVOE at Pastaworks. Amazing food in spot that you would only find in Portland. Plus its right inside the Pastaworks grocery store, there are two small locations of Powell’s books on the same block and a couple interesting clothing stores.

    Shopping –> there’s a small strip on East Burnside, around East 8th Ave, with some great clothing stores: Stand-Up Comedy, Una, and Machus to name a few. Plus, if you get hungry you could swing by the location of Nong’s Khao Man Gai that’s right around the corner.

    In the Pearl near 12th and Glisan there are a few fun spots –> the Filson store, Cargo which is filled with random jewelry, toys, clothing, decor from around the world, Moule on 12th, Barista where you should get a Valhrona Chocolate Mocha, Teardrop lounge for a good cocktail, or Blue Hour for Happy hour.

  10. Salt and Straw is a must, also Petite Provence is a great brunch place/bakery on the east side with the best french macrons. For good beer the Hedge House by Lompoc brewing has a great outdoor patio and a great lunch menu, and since tomorrow is supposed to be 85 it would be a perfect spot. You should probably check out the Waffle Window off of Hawthorne as well – they have the best sweet as well as savory waffles. I’m not anti-westside, I just don’t want you to miss out on how beautiful and perfect the east side is! Welcome to the Rose City!

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