Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Portlandia


Portland was as dreamy as I had imagined it would be; there were yarn/fabric/craft/handmade shops on every street, vegan/vegetarian restaurants everywhere, and some of the nicest strangers I've ever met. We stuffed our faces with delicious food, hung out with friends, and adventured all around the city while barely making a dent in what the city has to offer.
We had a list of about 100 things we would have liked to see, but only crossed off a few. The places we did visit were wonderful and will definitely visit again. We enjoyed driving around visiting different streets and neighborhoods (Burnside, Hawthorne, Alberta, Downtown, Pearl, Sellwood, Division, Mississippi, etc.)
We stayed near Burnside in a cozy Airbnb which was a perfect location for us. It was easy to reach any neighborhood by bus from there. We did rent a car for two days (to visit the coast, Tillamook cheese factory, Pendleton store, etc.) but the bus system was great for getting around town. I can't remember every single place we visited but here were some of our favorites:

FOOD:
Fire on the Mountain - wings (meat and vegetarian varieties), beer, and basketball on tv
Coco Donuts - lavender glazed donuts and lavender lattes. Yep.
Sushi Land - suuuper cheap sushi without any food poisoning! 
Portland City Grill - beautiful view of the city during happy hour
VooDoo Donuts - interesting flavors. great if you love VERY sweet things.
The Bye and Bye - VEGAN BAR FOOD. I LOVE PORTLAND.
Robo Taco - soyrizo, "pork", and other vegetarian options along with real meat stuff too.
Pine Top - biscuits and MUSHROOM gravy. Meat-eater approved.
Salt & Straw - super rich, super different ice-cream; honey-lavender was my favorite with the pear & blue cheese coming in second.
Mo's - not in Portland, but on the coast. I wouldn't recommend this place for vegetarians for Jerrad said their clam chowder and fish tacos were very good.

STUFF:
Museum of contemporary craft - small museum but it was free when we visited so it was worth it
Portland Art Museum - My favorite paintings were on the top floor.
The coast - a 2 hour drive and well worth it. It was a beautiful drive through bright green mossy goodness.
Tillamook Cheese Factory - free samples galore. I OD'd on cheese curds
Ground Kontrol - barcade!!

SHOP:
Powell's Book Store - I could've hung out in there for hours in the craft section
Compound - sneakers, hats, art, and more
Knit Purl - Nice yarn
Pearl Fiber Arts - my favorite yarn shop because the woman working was so knowledgable and helpful.
Crafty Wonderland - handmade things by locals and tons of beard products
Pendleton Woolen Mill Shop - remnants, thread, wool roving, and more

I'm already looking forward to going back some day.



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