the portland effect

 

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Pine State Biscuits (top left), Cascade Brewing (middle left), breakfast at Pine State (bottom left), Salt & Straw (right)

…medic…medic!!!…postpone cholesterol test…check belly to see if it has morphed into a biscuit…

I just came back from attending a wedding in Portland, OR. Have you ever been? If you have, then you know what it feels like to be overwhelmed by the amount and variety of food and drink in the city. It borders on ridiculous. It was the first time I wished I had kept the baggy overalls I used to wear in the ’80s. What? Text you photos of myself in overalls and poodle perm mullet? How dare you!! You are very lucky my belly biscuit prevents me from coming after you.

Fortunately, I was with a group of friends. I tend to eat less when eating family style or doing tasters of beer. That being said, no one helped me eat my biscuit sandwich with fried chicken and gravy. My fangs – which I try to keep on the down low – would have definitely sprung out if anyone tried coming near my plate.

I was super impressed with the creative and artisanal energy of the city. We would be driving in areas where I would think to myself, “Doesn’t seem like there’s much out here…” and then !kapow! a little pocket of interesting restaurants and businesses would suddenly appear.

While my belly was definitely in charge of this trip, my heart was being pulled all the while, knowing how much natural beauty the rest of the state had to offer.

Wait for me, Oregon, I’ll be back for you.

For those who are interested, this is where I went:

Blue Star Donuts
Voodoo Donut (I preferred these over Blue Star, but am willing to do another tasting comparison)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Pine State Biscuits (twice)
Life of Pie (best mushroom pizza I’ve had in a looong time)
Pok Pok (delicious chicken wings & refreshing drinking vinegars)
Nong’s Khao Man Gai (keepin’ it simple with great chicken & rice)
Rev. Nat’s Cidery & Taproom
Bailey’s Taproom
Hopworks BikeBar
Cascade Brewing Barrel House (twice) (excellent sour beers)
Breakside Brewery
Upright Brewing
Ruby Jewel Ice Cream
Salt & Straw Ice Cream (super friendly & unique flavor combos)
Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery
Food carts (dizzying amount of choices)

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5 thoughts on “the portland effect

  1. Wow Jane, that is a lot of places you went to, considering there was a wedding.
    I can’t believe I have never been to Portland! it definitely sounds like heaven for foodies. The names are terrific… Life of Pie! Was that before or after the book / movie?

    Sounds like you are going back for more food and nature next time. I heard about the international test garden for roses there…maybe we will get to see some more rose photos from you, and of course, who doesn’t like food, food, and more food pics (drinks too 🙂 )

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    • Oh yeah, I just remembered that they had signs with the nickname “The City of Roses”! A test garden? Really? How interesting! I’ll have to look into that.

      When I started listing the places I went to, I thought, wow, this sounds really excessive. But at many of the breweries I had a few sips here and there and then we went to the next place. I never would have gone out so much on my own! I think Portland is definitely for foodies. I wish I could have that mushroom pizza again…and the beer at Cascade…and the ice cream…

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