Blue Star Donuts in Portland is one of the best doughnuts available. I love them for their delicious buttery brioche dough. And if you’ve visited Portland, Oregon, I’m sure you’ve been told that Voodoo Doughnuts is a must. Truth is, Voodoo Doughnuts is for tourists.…
Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland is a high-end coffee shop that has developed quite a cult following. This specialty coffee shop has locations throughout PDX (much like Prado and 49th Parallel coffee in Vancouver). But of course, many of its fans got really upset when…
Salt & Straw is a really popular ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Those that live in Portlandia will know this. And for us folks in Vancouver, BC probably know this too during our many road trips down South. It is like the Earnest Ice Cream or Rain or Shine. Anyways, Salt & Straw since now have also invade Los Angeles with their rich, creamy “farm to cone” philosophy.
Their flavors are not common as simple vanilla. Though I would argue a tasty scoop of vanilla ice cream is not that common as normcore as fashion blogs. Instead, their “Classic flavors” include Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon, Pear & Blue Cheese, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and yes, Double Fold Vanilla.
Salt & Straw also offers the very best of seasonal Portland’s farmers’ market ingredients for scoops like Carrot Cake Batter Pralined Hazelnut, Caramel Corn on the Cob, Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Freckles and Green Fennel & Maple (if you are in the month of August).
The obligatory ice cream photo with the epitomize ice cream waffle cone Instagram worthy photo is a must. Because how else are you going to prove to Kim and Tyler Malek that you’ve been licking up sweet ice cream cones? And if you didn’t Instagram is, did it really happen?
Salt & Straw
Cuisine: Ice Cream, Desserts
Mon 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
3345 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, United States
Nongs Khao Man Gai Portland is a food truck turned restaurant in Oregon. Not only is the food delicious, it has comes with a heartwarming story. Owner and Chef, Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in the US from Bangkok, Thailand with just $70 and two suitcases. Learning…
During our roadtrip to Portland we stayed at the Hotel Pineapple Rose – a boutique hotel at 50 SW Morrision Street. It is part of Bellevue’s Pineapple Hospitality. It acquired ownership of Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland. The 140 room hotel is renovated with…
Trifecta Tavern Portland is one of those places I will gladly spend my hard earned dollars. It is located at 726 SE 6th Ave in PDX’s budding Southeast Industrial District. The restaurant is low-lit with a modern interior of marble, wood and open wood fire oven and grill. The smell of fresh baked bread and pizzas and the sound of fun cocktails at the bar is inviting enough.
But first craft beer. Why wouldn’t you want to order beer when you are in Portland. It is pretty much home to the best beer bars.
On the table is Rosenstadt Kolsch: a crisp, refreshing German Perle and Hüll Melon hop varieties with notes of ripe melon and strawberry. Pairs well with a variety of foods. 13° Plato; 5% ABV; 35 IBU
This was the first night arriving in Portland after a short (but long) drive from Vancouver. It is perfect just to share some food instead of dressing up for fine dining. I quite enjoyed that everyone was very low key and approachable. Just like these fries were. Delicious yet refined.
Fries 6: garlic with parsley and chilies. I liked the thinly cut potatoes, the crispiness of each bit and the robust punch of garlic and parsley. I could eat this all day with a side of beer.
Mediterranean Mussels 15: Juicy and plump mussels in a broth of spring onions, garlic, shallot, mustard and beer. I’m glad to find a home for my fries to swim in after.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Trifecta is famous for their wood oven. Of course, we had to order something. Pizza seems too heavy for this night and I was massively craving Brussel sprouts of all things. These were deliciously charred with chorizo and apple butter.
Fried Alaskan Razor Clams 19: old bay aioli, lemon onion marmalade. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite dish. The razor clams were chewy, rubbery, and overcooked unlike these steamed over garlic and black bean sauce.
I’d definitely want to come back to come back to Trifecta Portland for their smoky crusted big juicy steak and burgers.
Trifecta Tavern & Bakery
Cuisine: American, Bar, Bakery
Mon 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States
Good Coffee Portland offers great coffee and aesthetics. Every detail counts: marble counters, bench sets, chairs that feels like a giant hug and even a cowhide rug. For those Instagram obsessed, there’s even “good” tiles the entrance for you to take a photo #ihavethisthingwithfloors photo.…
Canteen PDX is a trendy healthy restaurant and juice bar in the heart of SE Portland. It is a fresh take on eating healthy and drinking more nutrient filled beverages. I love how Portland offers tons of fresh local, organic salad bowls made with wholesome ingredients. …
Departure Portland is a high end restaurant opened by former runner up Top Chef Greggory Gourdet. The restaurant offers a beautiful view of the city being on the 15th floor of the luxury hotel The Nines. It is a quite step away from Nike (Portland is home to Nike ICYMI) and quick walk from where we stayed at Hotel Rose Pineapple Hospitality.
The entrance greeted us with a colorful futuristic aesthetics. Although Departure is Portland’s sky-high retreat, it is still relaxed and un-pretentious. Walk in with your athleisure and button-up – it’s all the same welcoming service.
Starting off the evening with a corner seat near the window we ordered a ginger beer based spicy cocktail and a Portland craft beer. Departure menu focuses on street food tapas for sharing and Asian fusion flavors.
Tasho Macho 12: A Thai chili infused vodka, Thai basil, lime and ginger beer… A deliciously spicy cocktail.
Crispy Pork Belly 13: that melt in your mouth pork belly fat glazed with sweet and sour cherry, ginger, pumpkin seeds. I liked the crispy skin with that tender and fatty belly.
Big Eye Tuna Poke 17: Fresh tuna poke with avocado, yuzu, chili and sesame crisp. Presentation is underwhleming since all the gorgeous poke is hidden by the sesame chips.
Departure Wings 14: one of my favorite dishes of the evening. Semi-boneless wings with all the meat bound on one bone. It has crispy skin, tender moist meat and a glazed with sweet chili.
Seafood and Green Vegetable Tom Kha 26: A subtlely spicy and fiery Thai coconut soup with great flavors of lemongrass, ginger and lime leaves layered with Dungeness crab, rockfish, and shrimp.
Shumai 8: These pork dumplings reminds me of steamed beef balls we typically order at our favorite Chinese Dim Sum restaurant. These shumai were not my favorite perhaps it was too meaty and salty. It didn’t have the textures of Chinese mushrooms nor shrimp to complement. Served with vinegar shoyu and sharp Chinese mustard.
Departure is a great restaurant if you are adventurous and like the idea of Asian Fusion. The view is incredible and beautiful – definitely a must come visit if you are in Portland. If you are visiting Portland here are 10 Things You Need To Know about Portland!
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Mon 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tue 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, United States
Portland, Oregon is a short road trip away from Vancouver – Vancouver, BC not Vancouver, Washington. We are just taking some much needed R&R time with some friendly people, good food and coffee. Here’s a list of tips to help your stay comfortable.
10 Things You Need To Know About Portland
No Sales Tax: What you see is what you get. It’s nice not having to pay extra when you shop or dine. Give your server a few extra percent when tipping!
Stumptown: Not just a coffee shop. Stumptown is one of the city’s nicknames. It was coined in 1847 when city growth rapidly that the stump of trees were cut down to make roads.
Weird: The city’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Portland Weird.” Aside from the television series, Portlandia lampooning of hipster culture, Portlander focuses lots on self expression and individuality.
Veggie Friendly: Enjoy an abundance of fresh cold-press juices, smoothie bowls and vegan friendly health bowls like that at Canteen.
Food Trucks: There over 500 food carts in Portland dishing out exhilarating street food. All over town there are pockets where food trucks gather – ex SE Division St / SE 28th place – right by Pok Pok, Whiskey Soda Lounge and Salt and Straw Ice Cream.
Rain: Coming from Vancouver, it doesn’t surprise me that Portland is known for having astronomical rainy days. Make this Goretex jacket a staple and ditch the umbrella.
Outside Portland: Explore true Portland outside of the city. Breathe the outdoor air from Mount Hood to the Columbia Gorge. Portland is full of beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails so much that you forget that land exists. ie. Portland’s Forest Park has 70 miles of trails! And after that morning hike head over to that cute little brunch spot!
Neighborhoods: Portland is broken down in five geographic quadrants. Willamette River separates the town into East and West. Burnside Street divides North and South. Arts in NE/SW. Boutique shopping and Watering Holes in SE/NW. My favorite is the Pearl District and NW 23rd Ave. It is like the West 4th Kitsilano of Vancouver.
Biking / Cyclist: Portland was ranked America’s top bike friendly city. There are over 180 miles of bike lanes. Rent a bike and explore the city and cross the 11 bridges span the Willamette River in the Portland area.
Beer: Portland is home to more brew pubs and microbreweries than any other city. Since the early 1980s, craft beer and beer themed events runs throughout the calender year earns this city’s “Beervana” nickname. BridgePort and Widmer brewies offer daily tours. Book your tour and grab a pint!
If you’ve been to Portland before, let me know what your favorite restaurants / places are in the comments! Hopefully I can go before we head back home!
Let`s pick up from where we left off with Pok Pok Portland… As we began to depart from Whiskey Soda Lounge and head over to Pok Pok, it is near 9:00 and we are challenged by our own sanity – to…
6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good… 6:50:…