This is long overdue but something I still wanted to share with everyone; my travel/photo journal from Portland, OR! I was there for about 3 days back at the end of October. This was part of my 2 week work trip to the Pacific Northwest. I know I say it over and over but I’m extremely grateful that I have a job that trusts to send me across the country to represent our University. I also had my co-worker Kristen meet up with me for this trip! It’s nice to have someone with you especially when you’ve been gone from home for weeks. We’ve been on multiple trips together and I love traveling with her. If you’re reading this, thanks for being such a great travel buddy!
I had visited Portland a few years ago with my mom and one of my grandmas. We had a blast and I fell in LOVE with Portland. I love to travel and have been to what I consider a good number of places, but no where has felt like home quite like Portland. I don’t know what that says about me since it’s the city best known for being weird, but hey might as well embrace it! I just felt at home when I visited Portland the first time and the second time was no exception. I had a blast and I will for sure be going back! I love small(er) town life but I think it’d be great to live in a city for a few years. I want Shane to be able to experience this city with me so hopefully we’ll be back in the next few years.
These photos are in the exact order that I took them over the few days I was there, starting with the Indian food I got on my first night in town! I’ll list below where I went and link all of my favorite stops! Enjoy Portland through my eyes. 🙂
Where we went, in order of the pictures:
- Masala Box (This was actually in Gladstone, OR where our hotel was. The food was AMAZING, authentic, and I was genuinely surprised at how affordable it was. I got naan, potatoes, rice, and chicken for $5.50!!!)
- Powell’s City of Books (I previously had been here so I knew how awesome it was. It takes up an entire city block and I could get lost in there all day.)
- Sizzle Pie (This was right across the street from Powell’s and we needed food fast. There was a line but that usually means it’s good food. It was definitely good and the slices were huge! There were so many different types of pizza but we both went with the OG, Pepperoni.)
- Porch Light (A cute store we stopped in while walking around. It reminded me so much of my mom and I loved their aprons, but I’m going to ask my grandma to help me make one!)
- Oblation Papers & Press (Again, I had been here when I first visited Portland, but I like to always stop in paper stores wherever I go!)
- North of West (Another store we stumbled upon that I believe was close to Powell’s. I loved the minimalistic feel of it.)
- Small Pharaoh’s (This was the food truck I picked on our first food truck expedition. I got a gyro and this was THE best gyro I have ever had, and was $5 flat. GO HERE!)
- Lardo (We stumbled upon this place and we had already had drinks and were pretty full so we just got sides. If you like pork and different spices thrown on fries you will love it.)
- Voodoo Doughnut (Most of you have heard of this and for good reason. Doughnuts+Fun & Unique Toppings/Fillings. I had also been here before but I think it’s fun to go! There’s a line for sure so plan on waiting and they only accept cash. However I think it’s worth going! This is the original location but now Voodoo is across the U.S. in larger cities.)
- Portland Saturday Market (If you’re in Portland on a Saturday go here! Voodoo is actually right near the market so you see people carrying pink boxes all around the market. It’s huge and you can spend hours wandering around and finding unique gifts.That’s where I got my skull ring pictured.)
- Hawthorne Fish House (We asked a local for a good seafood place and this was recommended to us. Thankfully we asked a local because otherwise we wouldn’t have made it here on our own! It is in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Portland. This was our last night but I think we both wished we could have found this neighborhood earlier. Their fish is dipped in brown rice and fried with rice bran oil. Basically healthier fish and chips, and man was it good.)
- Salt & Straw (Luckily for us this was right down the street from the fish house. We waited in line for 30 minutes but I’m telling you it was worth the wait. When it was our turn we weren’t rushed at all so that was huge to me. We were able to try every single flavor and the flavors were SO good and I really did feel like I couldn’t get them elsewhere. I got Honey Lavender & Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. 10/10 would recommend.)
Again this was an amazing trip! We did work of course, but we had the flexibility to do all this sight seeing. Again, thank you to Kristen for being down for everything I wanted to do! It’s always awesome to travel with a co-worker who is also a friend and up for anything. I didn’t have any complaints about Portland. Unlike Seattle, the traffic isn’t as bad because the city is spread out more. If you want to read about my Seattle trip that I took right before Portland you can click right here! Let me know down below if you’ve been to Portland and what you loved about it. Thanks for reading!