Portland

Portland Love: Three Years Gone and It Was Like I Never Left

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Portland 2014

For some reason I thought I had already posted about Portland. Turns out that I looked at some pictures, didn’t edit them, and then completely spaced on it up until now. My trip to Portland was phenominal. The trip was absolutely everything I wanted it to be and more. Portland delivered in the best of ways.

While in Portland I:
– Got to meet up with two gorgeously amazing and wonderful women that I had been conversing with through blogs and instagram. Kara and Mei are doing great things in the world and I highly suggest you look them up.

– Had my friend Lisa add to my arm. I am so frickin proud of this girl, I’ve known her for many years now and I’ve seen her decide she wants things and just powerhouse to them. Such an inspiration that girl. If you are in the Portland area and are looking for traditional tattoos hit her up at Jackalope Tattoo!

-Talk about women doing great things, I think that’s what this trip was all about! Nicole, one of my besets friends, has had her shop, Victory for about three years now and I finally got to see it. Great vibe, lovely clothes, styled out like a boss. (Her shop is fourth row down, she is 6th row giving the double peace sign at the coast)

– Nicole and I took a day trip to the coast. It was the weekend so it was quite busy, but I love me a good coast view so it was worth it. I rented a car for the occasion and the guy gave me a Cadillac SUV for the price of the compact. Were we stoked? Heck yes! Did we listen to Mariah Carey and other wonderful music on the way? Of course. We also tried desperately to find a path down to the shore but I think we went the wrong way and had the wrong shoes. Maybe next time.

– Nicole also took me to my very first Timbers match. Holy goodness it was soooo much fun. We won, which was so great because the person next to me helped with the dances and chants and the guys on our other side kept requesting kisses on the cheek when a goal was scored. I started to understand why people get so into sports. I’m not about to go picking my teams and spending lots of time with it myself, but I get it. There’s definitely a sense of community.

– Ate at Mio Sushi, Nicholas Restaurant and of frickin course Voodoo Donut. I recommend all three definitely. My favorite Mio Sushi is on Hawthorne, my favorite Nicholas’s is on Grand, but the one on Broadway is good too, and if you are going to Voodoo Donut I highly suggest getting on the 20 bus over the bridge to the East Side. The downtown Voodoo almost always except for the wee morning hours has a long, long line. I think the other one only has super long lines on the weekend.

– Walked around my old neighborhoods. It was really hot and muggy while I was there which wasn’t ideal, but I did get to see everywhere that I use to spend a lot of time. I definitely miss it. Years from now I might just find myself back in the Pacific Northwest. A part of my heart is still there without a doubt.

– I got to dance at Dante’s Sinferno as a go-go. I use to do this every couple of Sundays and I had so much fun. It was like getting paid to dance at a club AND see awesome and sometimes strange performances. The show is definitely not for everybody, it can get pretty crass and sometimes lewd, but the talent up on stage is undeniable. Contortionists that balance on their hands and shoot a toy boy and arrow over their head with their feet and hit the target?! Aerial artists on lyra and on silks, funny magicians and of course, the go-gos. It was really by chance that I got to do it, the Portland Gods were definitely smiling down on me this trip.

– And of course no Portland vacation would be complete without a visit to the Downtown Powells followed by some time in the photobooth in the Ace Hotel lobby.

Portland, you have a big part of my heart. I don’t plan on staying away for so long ever again.

xoxo

Portland Love: Mai Thai

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 




I’m going to start by saying this is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. I don’t care if thai connoisseurs disagree, when I think of good thai food, I think of this place. I have yet to find a place anywhere else that compares. 
I always get the same dish, like I’ve said before, I’m a creature of habit. But I mean, why go somewhere and get something different if the whole reason you wanted to go there is because you were craving that specific dish? I mean really.
Dish of choice:
Egg rolls
&
Cashew Veggie (with tofu on occasion)



Everybody that works here is really nice, and I’ve been going there for years now. The food is delicious and cooked pretty fast (I get it to go most times). Most of my friends have liked this place when I’ve demanded they go.
Other than that I don’t know what else to say, I’m incredibly biased. I love this place no matter what.
Oh yes, and the servers wear awesome pants.
3104 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214



xoxo

If you have a place you want me to check out feel free to leave me a comment or email me!

Portland Love: Pine State

Friday, December 9, 2011


Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 
A few mornings before I moved back home, Nicole and I went to Pine State Biscuits. 
I had never been in the time I had lived in Portland and it was definitely on my list of places to try. The real reasons I never made it that way before was 1) I wanted someone to go with and 2) I knew it was a small place and I was sort of intimidated by the close proximity 3) It closes at 2 and during my second time living in Portland I was rarely up and ready to go anywhere by 2pm. Sad, I know.

I don’t remember what day we went on, I know it was a weekday though. Going on a weekend will make you cry. I tried once before when I went on a date and the line was really long so we went down the street instead. Nicole and I went on a weekday though, but we managed to find the lunchtime rush. It wasn’t tooooo bad, but we did stand outside to wait for a couple of minutes. A couple of cold minutes.
When we made it across the threshold I was stoked to see the way the place we decorated. So cute. So Portland.

We stood in line, glaring at the guy that was sitting by himself at the table for two when there were places for him at the little bar area. We’re really cool…
I ordered the same thing Nicole did, but vegetarian style, (mushroom gravy) and we stood to wait. A minute into standing and shuffling around as other people needed things (seriously this place is tiny) a couple offered the other two seats on their table. I thought that was awesome and we accepted. 

We both ordered The Moneyball, a biscuit with an egg over easy on top. I was a tad hesitant because I really didn’t know how I would feel about the over easy egg, never had them that way before. 
For the most part it was delicious. If I ever went back I would probably not get the one with the egg on top. I’m still not ready for liquid egg. But it was good none the less and filling.
I saw later that the couple offered the other half of the table because that is requested of them. I’m not sure I really know of another place like that. Maybe Pizza Port in San Diego, but that’s more of a sitting on long long benches kind of thing where this is actually about sharing small tables. I didn’t mind it. 
We gave half our table (once the couple left) to a group of four and quickly moved our plates to let the rest sit down after.
I have to say, if you eat here don’t plan on doing anything but napping or lazing around for a while. Like hours. Nicole and I went home and took a long, long nap after we ate that. We were useless.
3640 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
&
2204 NE Alberta
Portland, OR



xoxo




Portland Love: The Waffle Window

Tuesday, December 6, 2011



Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 




Oh let me count the ways and reasons I love, love, love the waffle window. 
– they use in season fruits for the dessert waffles…
– there are dessert waffles and savory waffles
– there are tables to sit at outside AND inside
– so delicious

they took this away after a problem with bees during the warmer months…

The Waffle Window is connected to Bread and Ink cafe, somewhere I have not eaten but looks cute (the inside tables are actually Bread and Ink’s tables). You walk up to the little window, look at the current menu (they change with what is in season food wise) and order away.

The first time I went to the waffle window I decided on something with raspberry and I think lemon curd. Not 100% sure anymore but oh my gosh it was heavenly. It has the perfect mix of tart and sweet which is a weakness of mine.

The second time I got another berry waffle, this time with blueberries and lemon curd I think and the last time I really don’t remember… oh yes I do… it was the Blueberry Cheesecake. So rich, so delicious. Every time was delicious and I HIGHLY recommend it if you are ever on Hawthorne. So good.
Make me miss Portland.
(But it’s sunny and warmer here so I’m going to figure out how to make my own waffles like this and be happy where I am!)
3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
off the corner of 36th (south side of 36th)
xoxo


If you have a place you want me to check out feel free to leave me a comment or email me! 

Portland Love: Blossoming Lotus

Tuesday, November 22, 2011





Portland Love is a series in which I take to the streets of Portland, eating at new places, shopping at new shops, smelling old books and doing my best to not get too wet without the use of an umbrella. It’s my way of falling in love with this city over and over again while sharing it with you. Enjoy! 


Just in case you are wondering… I have moved away from Portland. I had to decide if I was going to keep posting these or throw them out, but the ones I had left were still so good, I figure if you’re ever visiting Portland or live there and haven’t visited these places it might be of help. So from now until the new year I will be posting one to two Portland Love posts a week.

🙂



I’m not going to lie, this was the first place I went after I thought about the Portland Love concept. Obviously I put on the back burner for a while and sometimes forgot about it. But now, here it is.

Blossoming Lotus changed locations between my living times in Portland. First it was in a yoga center and that’s where I fell in love with the food. I think they wanted to grow from being just a little side cafe into a real restaurant though. At least that’s the impression I got when I first came to the new location.

Blossoming Lotus is all vegetarian and has a lot of raw/live options. I went to, and fell in like with Blossoming Lotus a couple of times in the old location, usually getting a bowl of brown rice, white beans and kale with peanut sauce. I didn’t stray from that order this time either. I’m a creature of habit.

I can’t say I remember what Nicole ordered, from the picture it looks like a salad but it may have been noodles… all I know is that we both loved our dishes.  Isn’t that what really matters?
Oh yes, it was a daily special.

As long as I’m being honest here I’m going to say I liked the place better when it was in the Yoga Pearl building. They had vegan soft serve which was so delicious… SO DELICOUS. I also liked how it was kind of hidden and really casual. 
But times change and I understand their move was necessary as they became more popular.
My only problem with dishes like this is that I will keep eating until I am very uncomfortably full because I know in an hour or two I’ll be INCREDIBLY hungry again. Other than that, it was delicious. A cooking goal of mine is to make kale like they do. After that this dish should be easy to make at home.
I highly suggest this place or the one that took over in Yoga Pearl. 
You can find them here:
1713 NE 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

The place that took over the old space:
925 NW Davis St
PortlandOR 97209

xoxo

If you have a place you want me to check out feel free to leave me a comment or email me!

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