Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Travel: One last day in Portland, OR

For our third and final day in Portland, we stayed in the city and ate and shopped our way until our flight that evening.

Ole Latte (Yelp, Website): We actually came to this coffee cart a few times in the prior two days, but I only took a picture on this third day. They're located on Alder St alongside a number of other good looking food carts :D

Blue Star Donuts (Yelp, Website): I had been looking forward to these doughnuts for weeks before our trip! It was a short walk from our hotel, and we queued for about 20 minutes on Saturday morning. Not too bad!

We had a hard time picking just two flavours, so we ended up with three: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Meyer Lemon & Key Lime Curd, Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk

My nom of approval. The Lemon Poppyseed was my favourite.

Farmer's Market at Portland State University (Yelp, Website): After we ate our doughnuts (we should have stuck with just 2), we walked down to PSU to check out their awesome Saturday Farmer's Market. It was awesome! I'd say even better than NYC's Farmer's Market at Union Square. Such great looking produce everywhere you look! There were a couple food vendors I had wanted to try, but after our doughnuts, we weren't able to eat a single thing :(

No tummy room for Pine State Biscuits :(

Quin Candy (Yelp, Website): We just stumbled upon this store while walking around, and picked up a couple bags of caramels. They were pretty nice!

Elephants Delicatessen (Yelp, Website): For lunch, we walked over to Elephants for a quick bite. I liked that the store sold some food items, and all the different options for lunch. It seemed like a lot of locals were stopping in here for lunch too! The food was really great.

Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips, PFriem beer

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos (SO good!)

Salt and Straw (Yelp, Website): We walked slowly from Elephants to Salt and Straw due to the on-and-off rain that was going on. The weather app on my phone didn't indicate rain at any time that entire day, yet it was raining pretty hard for 10-minutes at a time. *suspicious* Anyway, I think the rain cleared out some of the line at Salt and Straw, since we didn't end up waiting much longer than 30 minutes. We were still quite full from everything we had eaten so far, so we opted for a kids size split scoop to share.

Apparently the line can be over a 1 hour wait! It's not as bad as it looks.

Really cute interior. Someone comes around to ask what flavours you'd like to try while you're still in line, so that saves a bit of time as well.

We went with apricot and citrus hops and almond brittle. Very interesting and tasty flavours! Well worth the wait. (That's a thumb hole in my sleeve)

Olympia Provisions (Yelp, Website): Since we were flying out that evening (red-eye), we had to grab an early dinner, despite being fairly stuffed all day long. I wasn't going to let that get in the way of my meal at Olympia Provisions though!

They are located in a very industrial-looking area. It's a little confusing, but don't worry. If it looks wrong, you're probably in the right place.

Cute interior as well.

A delicious summer tomato salad with red plum, nectarines, cucumber, corn, and chevre. Loved it.

We are charcuterie noobs, but this Spanish Charcuterie Board was SUPER tasty! We couldn't finish it all, so I got the leftovers to go... and carried it on our flight... and then we ate it for breakfast after our red-eye back home in NJ.

Here are all the goodies I brought back from Portland!

Bottom Line: All in all, our trip to Portland was terrific. I absolutely loved it there. I can't wait to go back and spend more time driving along the coast, hiking, and eating. I need to move there.

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