For the longest time I have been wanting to explore the beautiful city of Portland. I love coffee and the outdoors and this image in my head that Portland would be the mecca of both. While I knew it wouldn't be a super expensive trip I still wanted to save money anyway I could. I had always hear that if you book a flight six Tuesdays before your departure that you'd save a few dollars, well here I am to say that is true, at least in my case it was. I had already had a friend who was up to on this adventure with me so now we needed to find a place to say and hotels aren't always cheap so shout out to Air BnB specifically our wonderful hosts Brad and Becca they were super helpful and had so many great recommendations!! But seriously if you to Portland you should stay at their place, everything is nearby!
So now I will share my favorite three places. Please beware that this trip was what I like to call a food tour... Portland is basically foodie heaven. There were sooooo many places I ate at and explored but I don't want to take too much of your time.
Every time I go someplace new I have to hit up a local ice cream shop, because hello I love it so much it's an essential part of my diet. So after dropping our stuff off at our cute place which we stayed we ate at Shutup and Eat (read about it after) and then decided we wanted dessert, dessert is also always a must. So like anyone new to an area Yelp helped us find ice cream spots. Don't get me wrong I love Salt & Straw but I can get that here in LA. So we decided to go to Cloud City Ice Cream, and OMG best idea ever. Let me not forget to share that it was a half-mile walk. Doesn't sound bad, right? Well of course we chose to go to Portland during the rainy season and to get that full experience it rained, and boy did it rain hard. After a 30 minute walk in the rain I enjoyed sea salt cookie dough ice cream and yes it's as good as it sounds. And did I mention the ice cream is homemade?! Loved it so much we went there once again before heading home!
Located in SE Woodstock, PDX
Shut up and eat
Normally I am not a sandwich eater but clearly I had never been to Shut Up And Eat. The first thing I had there was their buffalo chicken sandwich with some fires. It as so yummy, obvi had buffalo chicken, some bomb bleu cheese dressing topped with slaw..... ugh my mouth is watering. The second visit was for breakfast the day we headed home and I got a breakfast sandwich. It was a butternut squash and maple sausage sandwich made on a homemade parmesan-herb biscuit
.Located in SE pdx
I donut what I love more doughnuts or ice cream (see what I did there) but thank God I'll never have to choose. Shoutout to that super nice Uber driver who recommended a ton of places including this local gem. Pips Original not only makes fresh doughnuts as you order but also makes their own chai (which I forgot to order). These doughnuts were too good to describe. So the place is super cute and cozy. When you order doughnuts you don't just get one, because they are mini! So I got eight, 2 salted Nutella, 2 cinnamon sugar, 2 candied-maple bacon (i think those were my fave) and 2 of the seasonal flavor, lemon-pear jam (not my favorite). They were so warm and delicious!! I highly recommend checking them out if you're ever in that area.
Located on NE Fremont St.
Thank you for reading this far!!
Lots of love,