What I ate on my PNW Vacation… (Part 3: Portland)

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Ah, the third and final part of my food journey through the Pacific Northwest.

PORTLAND

Pok Pok

We started Portland on a high note with Pok Pok. This meal was amazing. They have such a beautifully constructed menu and we had a difficult time deciding what to order. Ultimately, we went with an order of the wings and the Kaeng Heng Leh. I don’t like anything from the sea but I actually enjoyed the wings (they’re made with fish sauce) and I died over my Kaeng Heng Leh (pork belly served in this incredible curry sauce).

Salt & Straw

OH MY GOD THIS ICE CREAM IS NOT REAL LIFE! I first heard about Salt & Straw on Unique Sweets a few years ago. The bone marrow ice cream immediately landed on my to-eat list and it was at the top of my list of places to hit in Portland on this trip. We visited the first night and sampled the bone marrow & bourbon smoked cherries, tomato water with olive oil, green fennel & maple, carrot & watermelon, and honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper. I ended up choosing the tomato water with olive oil and it completely lived up to the hype that I’ve heard for the past few years. We went twice.

Screen Door

We waited 100 years to eat here but I think it was worth it. We ordered the garden grits (cheddar grits with seasonal veggies) and added andouille to it and we ordered the heirloom tomato eggs benedict. The amount of food was insaneeeee. We could have ordered one dish and still had some leftovers. The best part of the meal was the potatoes served with the eggs benny!

Rogue Brewery

Flight of beer + tater tots? YES! My favorite was the Marionberry Bragget.

Voodoo Doughnuts

This totally lived up to the hype! Another Portland mainstay. We got the classic maple bacon doughnut, ordered an ol’ dirty bastard (oreos and peanut butter), a french cruller, and one topped with Cap’n Crunch! Amazing!

Lardo

This was the last meal of our Portland adventure! It was suggested by a friend of mine with awesome taste so I’m thrilled we were able to check it out. I ordered the Pho’rench Dip (roast beef, hoisin, sambal mayo, bean sprouts, and pho beef broth) and the PBLT (pork belly, arugula, tomato, and a dreamy aioli). This was so delicious. I highly recommend!

What I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

When I vacation, my main goal is to try as many amazing restaurants as possible. Last week I posted about the food I had while in Tacoma and today we’re talking about Seattle. This is good stuff, ya’ll! (If you missed my Tacoma post, you can check it out right here, and you can read about Portland tomorrow)

Seattle-EatsWhat I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)

SEATTLE

Piroshki Piroshki

Delicious, delicious, delicious. I have never had a piroskhi so I’m going to assume you haven’t either. It’s a sweet or savory hand pie made with the most insanely flaky crust and a variety of fillings. I tried the beef and cheese (good) and the mushroom, chicken, and rice (mind-blowing). Eat it on a curb while people watching at the Pike Place Fish Market.

Il Corvo

This is the best meal I’ve eaten in my entire life. I didn’t even know food could taste this good. Every day the menu changes and features 3-4 scratch made pastas with the most incredibly well-executed sauces. We ordered two of the three choices on the menu for the day and it was so good that even when I got hungry I didn’t want to eat again because I knew that no food would be as good as these dishes. For only $9 a bowl I feel like I practically stole this meal and I cannot believe how upset I am that this place exists so far away from my home. Go there immediately.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Not really a full restaurant but that’s okay. The team at RGB create an array of seasonal, fresh brewed ginger beers that are unlike any soda I’ve ever had. They aren’t too sweet and feature flavors such as white peach and hibiscus. It was an excellent refresher for a hot afternoon and I can’t even imagine how delicious it would be with some booze in it (Gin…I’m lookin’ at you!)

Seattle

You aren’t tired of hearing about my PNW vacation yet, right? Awesome. Here are my favorite snaps from my days in Seattle. I got to spend time with my sweet friend from college and her baby girl, eat a piroshki, blow through the fish market, visit the gum wall, eat some incredible pasta, and look out on the gorgeous water views. I’ll have a Seattle food post up later this week but for now, a few photos from my visit!

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Portland Art Museum

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I traveled through the Pacific Northwest with my friend, Katie. She visited me years ago when I was living in Chicago and we spent a day at the museum replicating the art. It was hilarious and I still giggle when I look at the pictures. We decided it might be fun to create a tradition of mocking the museum so when we were in Portland, we visited their museum for round two.

Portland

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The middle of my vacation was spent in Portland, OR. It’s a short drive from Tacoma (though there was an insane amount of traffic that stretched the drive considerably). Initially I wasn’t loving Portland. The downtown was extremely crowded, dirty and smelled unpleasant. We walked past many banks, chain stores, and shoddy restaurants and felt more and more disheartened the longer we were there. After checking in to our Air BnB, my friend and I decided to turn to Yelp and Facebook for recommendations. I am so glad we did because the trip immediately turned around. We spent the rest of the weekend sifting through cool local shops, eating incredible food (check back tomorrow), mocking the museum (that gets its own post too), and totally loving Portland. I am already plotting my next trip now that I know where to stay, what to eat, and how to shop in Portland.