As you know, I’m currently in Portland, Oregon having a great time! I’ve been here since Tuesday night, and I thought I would give you all a recap of the adventures I have had. There’s a lot of pictures, so enjoy. Here it goes!
Tuesday night wasn’t super exciting; I arrived at PDX about 8:30pm, after a 6 hour plane flight — so you can imagine I was pretty damn exhausted. I also broke my rain boot on the plane, which was a pretty big bummer. I did however do a pretty innovative job of fixing it:
Natasha was awesome and picked me up at the airport, then we went and grabbed some burgers because we were both outrageously hungry. Did you know that Alaska Airlines only gives you a pathetic bag of mixed nuts for a 6-hour plane trip?!? Not okay. Not okay at all, considering how much money I spent on a plane ticket. You live and you learn I guess. I have learned not to take that airline again if I can avoid it!
Anyway, flash forward to Wednesday, March 26th: I woke up around 8am (there’s a 3-hour time change, so it works in my favor here with waking up earlier), took some time to shower and get dressed, then I made my way to the bus stop. Unfortunately, the bus wasn’t scheduled to come until 4:22pm and it was 9:45 am… so I had no choice but to walk. To where, I had no idea, but I started hoofing it and eventually found my way to a main area of Beaverton, which is where Natasha lives, which eventually led me to a bus stop. Now, I’m pretty directionally challenged, so getting myself to the proper bus stop was a victory in and of itself. Go me!
So, I took the bus to the Max (Portland’s form of public transit) stop, and from there road it into the City Center of Portland – great success! The Max stop that I got off at was right near a Chinese Garden in Chinatown, so I walked through the garden to take in the sights. It was pretty, but unfortunately I didn’t snap any pictures to share.
After the garden, I was freaking starving, so I did a quick search for some good sounding grub, and sure enough it did not take long to find. Here’s where I went:
I especially love when they give me an entire loaf of bread when it’s just me eating there. Yummy. I know that some people have an issue with going solo to a restaurant, but I don’t see a problem with it. It’s empowering if anything.
After I successfully gorged, I went exploring in downtown Portland in the SW side — Portland is a city that is organized in quadrants, and I started in the SW side, since that’s the area I found myself in. I came across a sweet record store called Jackpot Records and bought myself a Bon Iver and a Jimmy Buffet vinyl album. I don’t own a record player, but I will have one soon enough.
After the record store, I bee-lined to this amazing bookstore called Powell’s City of Book. It was INSANE!!! I’m a bookworm, so you can imagine that this was heaven on earth for me. I limited myself to buying three books; it took a lot of self control, but I sort of don’t have that much room in my suitcase for anything else. Oops.
Once I managed to pry myself away from Powell’s, I went to another famous Portland hotspot called Voodoo Doughnuts. At this point, the Portland rain started to kick in again, but I stayed in the Voodoo line to get those damn doughnuts. Let me tell you, it was worth it – plus I made a friend in line to pass the time. Voodoo used to apparently have a doughnut with Nyquil on it, and you can get married there. Quirky place, eh?
Let’s see… next, I just gallivanted around SW Portland and made my way up to NW Portland in order to meet Natasha after she got out of work for dinner! During my exploring I stumbled around a JUICE BAR!!! A local one, which was even more awesome. Of course I went in and started talking to the owner, and she was an amazing individual. The juice bar was called Limbo and we exchanged e-mails — yes for making western connections!
Natasha and I met up at a place called Huckleberry Pub for dinner – a restaurant that specializes in local food, brews and wines. You can imagine that I was once again in heaven. We both got a beer sampler, peep below:
I loved 3 of them, was on the fence about 2 of them, and really did not enjoy 1 of them. It was too light with no flavor, but hey — 5 out of 6 ain’t bad! For my meal, I ordered house mac & cheese with wild mushrooms, spinach, some cheese I can’t remember and bacon. It was amazing and just what I needed to absorb the beers in my belly.
We had a fabulous dinner. Awesome food, awesome beer and awesome company is just a recipe for good things, right? Correct! However, the evening was made even better with Salt & Straw — an ice cream place that once again uses all local ingredients and has the wackiest ice cream flavors in existence. Check out the menu for proof! Hopefully you can read it…
“It’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.”