Eating & Drinking Our Way Through Portland, Oregon – Part One

We are back from a delightful vacation to Portland, Oregon.  Now, here is a city that not only boasts supporting local, organic, & green…they live it!  Portlanders have great pride in their weirdness, eclectic environment, and artistic nature.  Whether music, art, books, or food…serious greatness is exhibited in each area.  From the largest guitar store in the West...Apple One Music, to the largest independent book store, Powell’s, to having an incredibly thriving amount of fabulous award winning chefs, restaurants, bakeries and tea shops…Portland is THE place.  Below is a quick photo journal of our week in Portland…a preview of sorts, as I will be doing more posts about the food and teas we fell in love with up in the lush, green Pacific Northwest.  And there may be a photo or two of the cutest puppy inserted here and there too 🙂 (my nephew’s 6 month old boxer, SeeSee)…

Beautiful greenery abounds in Portland...I am envious of my nephew's Hostas' which I can't grow in our desert climate

Beautiful greenery abounds in Portland…I am envious of my nephew’s Hostas which I can’t grow in our desert climate

Greenery everywhere

 

Lots of greenery ... photo from our downtown Portland hotel window

Lots of greenery … photo from our downtown Portland hotel window

A book find from Powell’s Bookstore

Check out Powell's book store, the largest independent book store in the West...multiple stories and a block long...a fabulous section on food and food writing...my husband spotted and liked this book ... Eat Ink...

Check out Powell’s book store, the largest independent book store in the West…multiple stories and a block long…a fabulous section on food and food writing…my husband spotted and liked this book … Eat Ink…

Tea bars I wish were near me…

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Tea Shops in Portland...each offered a different feel...we tasted many stunning teas... Jasmine Pearl Tea Shop, Smith Tea (Steven Smith Teamaker), Townshend's Tea, and Stash Tea Bar...will go into detail on each in a future post

Tea Shops in Portland…each offered a different feel…we tasted many stunning teas… Jasmine Pearl Tea Shop, Smith Tea (Steven Smith Teamaker), Townshend’s Tea, and Stash Tea Bar…will go into detail on each in a future post

Sweets anyone?

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Portland & Sweets...bakeries, chocolates, donuts ... just spectacular...Blue Star donuts has been featured on the Cooking Network, Jones cupcakes are just delicious, Cacao chocolate shop offered a lovely darjeeling tea with the coolest paper steeping bag ... it's tough to be a diabetic in this town :-(     I had to pace myself...

Portland & Sweets…bakeries, chocolates, donuts … just spectacular...Blue Star donuts has been featured on the Cooking Network, Jones cupcakes are just delicious, Cacao chocolate shop offered a lovely darjeeling tea with the coolest paper steeping bag … it’s tough to be a diabetic in this town 🙁 I had to pace myself…

Fabulous food and chefs – French Bistro, Cocotte  where I had chicken confit and poached egg (mmm), next, recent James Beard award winner, chef Naomi Pomeroy at Beast, then, possibly the best meal of all was at Natural Selection where chef Aaron Woo truly wooed us with vegan and vegetarian dishes which “wowed” all and lastly, Nostrana was wonderful where chef Cathy Whim has put together a beautiful restaurant with excellent service and foods.

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And then there is the cutest  6 month old white boxer, named SeeSee (our nephew's new pup) who we got to go to the dog park with and for tea and pastry ...she is a "people magnet"...everyone wanted to pet her, she looks a bit like a petite pony with skinny long legs and big paws

And then there is the cutest 6 month old white boxer, named SeeSee (our nephew’s new pup) who we got to go to the dog park with and for tea and pastry …she is a “people magnet”…everyone wanted to pet her, she looks a bit like a petite pony with skinny long legs and big paws.

Portland is a delightful place to visit…we spent most of our time downtown…next time we will get out into the countryside, coast and maybe even try a little of the famous Oregon Pinot Noirs…but for me…their food and tea scene is the best I’ve found in one place…

We drank a lot of tea…and loved it all.

 

3 Comments

  1. Wow, I would never have guessed that Portland was such an amazing city for tea. That bookshop sounds amazing, too. What a great place to visit.

  2. Powell’s books is absolutely amazing…at first it is intimidating but they have fabulous help desks and maps of the store and excellent signage so it is easy to find the genre you are interested in…and they have a nice coffee/tea shop too. I think you would enjoy Portland…it has lots of clouds and drizzle and yet is outdoorsy too.

    • Sounds perfect! 🙂