This is part two of my Portland trip. If you haven’t read part one, check it out here.
One of the first things my husband and I noticed about Portland was how different the food was from our typical South Texas fare. Jason was convinced they put Aleppo pepper or paprika on everything. Inside our hotel were both a bar, The Driftroom, and a restaurant, Gracie’s, and they both served great food.
What we snacked on right after we arrived on Friday: yummy bar food (Oregon burger, fries with Allepo pepper, and crab & shrimp cakes)!
Gracie’s mushroom and Swiss omelet.
We had lots of drinks in Portland. Since we were sans baby, I felt guilt-free about drinking alcoholic beverages with every meal. And of course, I since I was away from my juicer I made sure we stopped by one of Portland’s juice bars!
Greenleaf’s Wondrous Punch. Jason thought it was funny that I asked how many kale leaves they put in it. I was disappointed to learn it was usually 1, but the girl who made my juice gave me 3. I usually juice like 8.
At the Hazel Room. Jason’s Irish Coffee and my Blueberry Tea.
I’m not much of a beer connoisseur and out of habit I asked for a Bud Light at Fire on the Mountain. This is what I got instead.
We ate pretty tame in Portland. Neither Jason nor I are real big “foodies”, but we don’t really eat at chain food places either. When we’re on vacation or away from Corpus, we make it a point to eat at places we don’t have back at home. It’s just kind of silly to get away and then eat at Chili’s or Olive Garden, you know what I mean?
Anyway, everyone in Portland kept telling us about this place called Pok Pok. Apparently it’s the place to eat in Portland. I like some Asian food, but my idea of Asian food is by South Texas standards–it’s not very authentic. Well, let me tell you, Pok Pok was not South Texas Asian. Jason got their most popular dish–fish sauce wings, and I got the chicken Khao Soi– a Thai curry noodle soup. Both came with sticky rice.
Both of our dishes were really good, but definitely not something we were used to. I tried one of Jason’s wings and they were delicious, but then I looked up how fish sauce is made.
Another place worth mentioning is The Hazel Room. It was such a cute little place. They offered only brunch and lunch foods. I got the curried chicken salad with vegan potato salad (so good!!) and Jason got the pulled pork sandwich.
Jason raved about this sandwich.
There were a couple of other places we tried, but nothing really outstanding. We tried to make it in time to a place called Screen Door which is also huge in Portland, but we were late and they were already closed.
As for shopping, Portland is great because there is no sales tax. I really wanted to use this to my advantage and buy a bag (of course), but then I learned something else about Portland: their designer shopping is very limited which is when tax-free shopping really counts. But I did get a little something because I can’t help myself.
Monogram Shawl in Verone
Of course because I was missing my little one so much, I had to get her a ton of little goodies. There is this toy store on Hawthorne called Kids at Heart and it was great. Definitely a place that makes you want to be a small again. I love independently owned toy stores because it’s an entire different experience than say going to Toys R Us or the toy aisle of Target. Next time Daphne’s totally going with us.
We also briefly stopped by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams where I fell in love with this chair:
And lastly, we couldn’t leave Portland without stopping at Powell’s City of Books. I didn’t get any pictures of the place because we went at night, but believe me when I say that place is HUGE! It’s an entire city block and multiple floors (4 or 5 I think) of new & used books. Needless to mention, I was in heaven and our checked luggage contained mostly books. If you’re a bibliophile like me, then Powell’s is the place you need to go when you’re in Portland.
Well, that’s it for my posts on Portland. Thanks for reading!
I hope everyone has a very spooky Halloween and eats too much candy tonight!