Portland

 

Hello Everybody!

Sorry it took so long to write this post. We landed on Monday night and are still recovering from our trip.

Portland was beyond amazing. I honestly didn’t think that I would completely fall in love with that place, but I did. The beautiful scenery and people made it seem like I was finally home.

Coming from a place like L.A., where everyone seems fake it was so refreshing to meet people who were genuine. So once it was Monday we were so sad to leave.

When we arrived in Portland we picked up our rental car and headed to the hotel. I was so exhausted from all the excitement that I knocked out. My boyfriend on the other hand couldn’t sleep so he started exploring a local Mexican place.

Saturday morning we got up early and went to the farmers market. My boyfriend and I have been to many farmers markets but nothing like this. They had fresh organic produce, thick pieces of bacon, nice brown eggs and mouth blowing food.

I got a breakfast tortilla bowl and my boyfriend had this Asian noodle soup.

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After that we headed to Multnomah Falls which is the second largest waterfall. The drive there was so breath taking and the fresh crisp air was indescribable. Once we got closer to the waterfall, we felt the clean mist hit our faces. What also amazed me was how clear the water was.

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For dinner we went to Cartlandia. It is a place where many food carts go and sell their food. We tried Chop Chop and it wasn’t half bad for Chinese food. Since we were already there we tried the maple and bacon at VooDoo Donuts. Their donuts didn’t meet the hype but the experience of trying one was great.

On Sunday we went to the Screen Door for breakfast. We woke up early and headed straight there. When we got there, there was already a line. Luckly we were able to get seated on the first round. My boyfriend ordered their Chicken and Waffles and I got their Cathead (of course). We left there with a huge smile and a happy belly.

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My boyfriend has a friend that lives in Portland so we decided to hang out. What we found out was shocking, he told us that he hasn’t been to the Oregon Zoo. So since we planned on going we invited his roommates and him to join us.

The Oregon zoo was so clean and beautiful. You were surrounded by nature and the crazy part was how close you were to the animals.

For dinner we went to Bamboo sushi and I highly recommend you go there if you are in the area. The sushi chef gave us an experience I will never forget. He not only hooked us up with some bomb sushi but he took his time putting them together like a piece of art.

We did the omakase, which is when you let the chef choose what kind of sushi he wants to give you. The guy told us that he lets people chose how much they are willing to spend. We decided to spend $60 per person and it was the best money spent.

Since I love books, we stoped by Powells Bookstore. If you ever doubted that there is a heaven then you need to go to this bookstore. The amount of book selection you have is insane. There were about 5 book rooms that had their own genre to them. My favorite part of the place was their crazy cat lady section where they sold cat books and products.

On our last day we woke up early to see our last foodie spot. We went to Noug’s Khao Man Gat, we had their chicken and rice. It was taken to another level when you add their special sauce. On our way to the airport I got to see a kitty window display as. Personally I thought of it as a sign that I belonged there.

Overall it was an incredible trip. We wouldn’t just come back, we would move there. To tell you the truth on Tuesday I even started looking for jobs and apartments over there.

 

 

Today is the day!

OMG I can’t believe that today is the day that I go to PORTLAND!

I’m beyond excited and to be honest a little nervous. I have been doing non-stop research on packing and what to expect when boarding a plane.

If you are like me and have an upcoming trip check out these videos. Hopefully they helped you as much as they did for me.

P.S. I fell in love with this store called The Container Store. Its the dream store of any person who loves organization.

 

 

Wishing all of you an amazing weekend!

Erika

Portland Bookmarks

Words can’t describe how excited I am to get the chance to visit Portland. My boyfriend and I have been doing so much research about what we should do once we get off the plane.

On yelp we read reviews and bookmark the places we wanted to try out. Let me say that once we saw all that delicious food we started drooling.

Here are some places we are going to go visit.

Portland’s famous farmers market:

Portland Saturday Market - Portland, OR, United States. SignPortland Saturday Market - Portland, OR, United States

Portland Saturday Market - Portland, OR, United StatesPortland Saturday Market - Portland, OR, United States. Portland Saturday Market.

Source: Joe P. and Vanessa K.

Salt and Straw:

The one thing that I’m dying to try is their Bone Marrow ice cream. Yes, you read correctly BONE MARROW. This ice cream was featured in many food network shows like Unique Eats. I am also going to try their Honey Lavender. If you think that it can’t get better, you are wrong. They make their own fresh waffle cones there as you are placing your order.

  • If you feel overwhelmed with all their amazing flavors then you can always get the ice cream Flights. It allows you to 4 pick flavors you want to try

Salt & Straw - Portland, OR, United States. A scoop of lavender and a scoop of olive oil ($5.95): a surprisingly delicious combination. Awesome waffle cone ($1), too.Salt & Straw - Portland, OR, United States

Blue Star Donuts:

This is a local hot spot where many come and get their daily coffee and donut. Blue Star Donuts - Portland, OR, United States. Creme brûlée donut.

 

Norma’s Seafood & Steak:

Portland is also known for their delicious sea critters. The dishes from Norma’s looked so mouth watering. I drooled over their crabs, halibut fish and chips and crab salad

Norma's Seafood & Steak - Seaside, OR, United States. My crab. It was fine.Norma's Seafood & Steak - Seaside, OR, United States. Halibut fish and chips.Norma's Seafood & Steak - Seaside, OR, United States. 12 large chunks of fresh crab on the crab Louis.

source: Joe D. , Connie C. and Pdx C.

Screen Door:

This place is known for their brunch which happens to be my favorite meal. I am dying to try their fried chicken and waffles.

Screen Door - Portland, OR, United States. Just a lil chicken and waffle

Source: Elizabeth L.

 

There is so much food to try and places to see that this is not even the half of it.

I even joked with my mom and told her that I will definitely be gaining weight while I’m over there.

Yolo,

Erika

 

 

 

 

Guess Where I’m Going!

Yesterday we confirmed that we will be going to Portland on February 5th til the 8th. We are leaving LAX around 8 and we arrive around midnight. I’m beyond excited because I’m getting the chance to go on a plane!!!

The last time I went on an airplane was when I was 5, so there is a little part of me that is scared. I have no idea what to expect or the rules on what not to bring. Which I why I am already starting my research on how to pack for a plane.

The reason why we are going, is to celebrate our two year anniversary. Personally I love that our anniversary lands on Valentines day but that is the one weekend everything goes up. So we decided to celebrate it early this year.

Last year our anniversary was so magical at Sequoia National Park. I can’t wait to see what we will have planned in Portland. Oh and I forgot to tell you the best part! When we are coming back home we will have a 3 hr layover in San Francisco.  We already said that we are going to go explore the city for a little bit before we take off.

If you live in Portland or know any places or restaurants we need to try please feel free to comment below.