Portland

PDX Food Favorites

Here is a review of my favorite food spots in Portland. Seriously, I’m not foodie person here in the Bay Area, I’m actually quite simple, and most of the time a clean/healthy eater. But while on vacation, and in a urban city, the rules change, just a bit…. Here’s why…

Food Cart Favorites

Food Carts

Korean Twist

Southwest Portland, Downtown

  • SW 10th & Alder St
    Portland, OR 97205

The Bulgogi Burrito (w/Kimchi), which I shared with my boyfriend is a giant flour tortilla beautifully wrapped around bulgogi, rice, crisp fresh veggies, and some awesome sauce. Super messy to eat, but all the less reason to put your burrito down. Coming from a food cart, you’ll have to find a place to sit, so we walked to a small park called O’Bryant Square, which is right across from Finnegan’s Toys.

Sushi PDX

Southeast Portland, Belmont, Sunnyside

  • 4262 SE Belmont St
    Portland, OR 97215

Next, is Sushi PDX. Located in the Southeast side of Portland, but was only a couple minutes drive away from our rental home. It’s also, meshed in a lot with other food carts as a pod, that provides a parking-lot, patio tables and chairs, and also a covered tent area to eat lined with lights. Sushi PDX has well crafted and flavorful sushi, that also excellent fish quality. The boyfriend, who would consider himself a sushi snob, wasn’t expecting this from a food truck but I was pleasantly surprised. Good, cheap, fast handrolls all coming from a food cart. Amazing. And yes, sushi from a food cart.

Breakfast MUST!

Slappy Cakes

Southeast Portland, Belmont, Sunnyside

  • 4246 SE Belmont St
    Portland, OR 97215

Seriously, one of the coolest concepts around!!!! I’ve been too many DIY/cook your own foor restaurants like Korean BBQ, and Shabu Shabu, but pancakes?!?!?!?! SOOOOO fun!! Especially if you have kids! You can get creative any way you want, create fun shapes with your pancakes, and and whatever toppings! Wonderful friendly service, and the food was very good – fresh fruits, and I love the different options of cake batters.

PROS: Kind and friendly staff, good food, creative touch to an American Breakfast.

CONS: Long waits. Go on a weekday (I highly suggest right when they open, at least 20-35mins after opening, before the morning rush. Prices are not cheap, but its worth the experience!

Youngest age to cook: I’d suggest 5. My 4 year old wanted to pour his own batter, but it was a complete mess. Try allowing him top his pancakes with the fun selection of toppings!

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Coffee provided was Stumptown! Loved it, and made the whole entire experience more grand!

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Toppings are provided in these pour over cups. We chose bacon, bananas, chocolate chips, and Bleu Cheese

(which paired nicely with the buttermilk batter.)

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Getting silly at Slappy’s.

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After choosing your pancake batter, they preheat the griddle and hand you your 8oz. squeezer. From there have fun! I’m so sand the locations are only in Portland, and Maui. BUT! What-the-heck, PDX is only 9 hours from me. Let’s go to Slappys!!!!

Coffee Favorites

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Madison St & Spring St First Hill

  • 1115 12th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122

If you talk to anyone in Portland, asking about a coffee they will suggest Stumptown. Neighboring the ACE Hotel in Portland, with east access to their main hotel lobby with a great lounge, and photobooth, Stumptown offers great quality coffee that is smooth and rich, Seriously, its crack coffee. Amazing! Extremely smooth and not at all bitter.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is the coffee that will definitely change your  terrible drinking ways from ‘the other guy’ coffee chain. Please do yourself a favor, and visit Stumptown. They’re in Los Angeles too!!

Donuts

Disclaimer: Before you knock me on Portland donuts, and hype up any other place, this is only because this location was at the convenience of myself and my family. Trust me, I wanted to try VooDoo, but staying in-line with 2 children for more than 45min isn’t worth it. Back off you foodie hipsters. Ain’t no one got time for that!!!

Blue Star Donuts

Southwest Portland, Downtown

  • 1237 SW Washington St
    Portland, OR 97205

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During a casual afternoon shopping through NW 23rd St, we stumbled upon Blue Star Donuts. When in PDX, there is this enormous heavy hype on trying the donuts. Between VooDoo to BlueStar, BlueStar just so happened to fall into our laps. (We did drive by VooDoo many times, but the lines scared us.)

Surrounded by quaint boutique shops, UrbanOutfitters down the street, and across the street – Salt & Straw Ice Cream, we choose Blue Star to be our afternoon sweet treat. Greeted with a bright blue door, clean lines, and elegant interior with white subway tiles, Blue Star already had me. No lines, clean counter, and a simple menu is all they had to offer.

Coffee provided: Stumptown. Oh yes.
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The family and I purchased 2 beignets, a cinnamon vanilla sugar, and one original glazed. Not surprised, the boys devoured the donuts. My boys tend to love the “vanilla,” (plain Jane) type of sweets. But I, like the more intense classic heavy chocolate original glazed donuts. (Blue Star, may not have had that.) But I can appreciate their goal here. It’s definitely described as the grown-up donut place in Portland.

Do you have any favorite Portland eateries? Let me know! Share! I’m hungry!!

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The Pacific Northwest

PacNorthWest

Last week, we took the kids up to the Pacific NorthWest! We had made arrangements to stay at two beautiful homes in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. We hit the open road early Friday morning around 6am, and reached our first destination in Portland, Oregon at 3pm!!

Portland Is Happening Now….
We stayed in a neighborhood called Sullivan’s Gulch, which is located in the Northeast of Portland. It’s bordered by the Lloyd, Kerns, Hollywood, Grant Park, Laurelhurst, and Irvington neighborhoods. Sullivan’s Gulch is conveniently located on the bus lines, and within a short distance to the MAX – the light rail station at the Lloyd Center Mall. Before arriving to our location I already new our rental home was is a mixed urban and residential area that was located within walking distance to dining, shopping, and other entertainment. All that was carefully factored in – while searching for a place to stay with my two boys. The well-established community has a mix of older East Portland homes, with mid-sized to larger family homes on the streets with mature trees! (Forever homes, I call it. Forever, because young families would never want to leave. Its perfect for those with the urban appetite TOPPED WITH old mature trees and beautifully updated & charming old homes.)

During our stay, some days we drove, some days we look the MAX light trail trains, and others we walked the entire time. The best ways to get the entire feel of an unknown city is always taking public transportation or walking. As we walked and explored different parts of Portland, we would pass lovely vintage apartments, local neighborhood eateries, cute boutique pop-up shops, and my favorite the food carts!!

Food Carts In PDX
Something you see everywhere while in Portland are food carts! Not food trucks, food carts!!! Scattered around the city, they are all organized in “pods.” Lots with more than a few carts. Many of them could be fond between Downtown Portland and the Pearl District. One of my favorite food carts from downtown, was fond along SW Alder St. and SW 10th Ave, right near the City Target. It was called, Korean Twist, Imagine a bulgogi burrito with kimchi. Yes!! It’s a Korean based food card, fused with a Mexican twist!!! Oh my lanta……I want to tell you more about the fantastic food I tried in PDX, but I’ll just have to save it for another post!! I promise!!!!!!

Seattle:Metronatural
About 3 hours North from Portland is Seattle, Washington. Known for the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Gum Wall, Great Wheel,  this years NFL SuperBowl finalist and also coffee! Big companies such as Boeing and Microsoft are established in Seattle, and larger companies such as Amazon and the Alibaba Group (Chinese e-commerce company “Chinese Amazon) will also be settling in Seattle.

Besides, the coffee, rain, and big businesses, in Seattle; Seattle also has amazing mountains and nature. There’s something for everybody too – from local residents, to sports enthusiasts. In my time in Seattle, I even embarked on a journey of undergoing daily tennis lessons in Seattle. Green spaces and parks are all located around the city. Old forests, beaches, and meadows. Mt. Rainer is visible right on the horizon. With a surplus amount of evergreen trees the entire area stays green all year round. Can you believe that?! It makes driving along the highway quite enjoyable really. I never understood why people would say the death rate in Seattle is so high, because of the rain and gloomy weather. Such a myth. The fresh clean air, green all around you, is only possible because of the rain! There’s a reason Seattle locals are some of the most active people in the U.S. – it’s because even when is there rain, going outside is still amazing!

Theres so much to tell and share about the Pacific NorthWest, but I’d hate to keep writing about it! The more the write about it on how much I like it, the more excited I get, and make more mistakes and typos. Let me just share a few photos instead!! Enjoy!

Tristan MAX

Here’s my youngest son Tristan enjoying the light rail train ride to Washington Park.

Allow Me

This is the ‘Allow Me,’ umbrella man located in Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland’s living room.

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Our favorite coffee shop in Portland was ‘The Stark location of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, located in the lobby of the ACE Hotel. During our afternoon of shopping and eating downtown, we’d always stop by Stumptown and enjoy our coffee fix in the lobby at ACE.

Don’t forget to take pictures in their photo-booth!!
Public Market Center

Here’s the famous Public Market Center in Seattle. The Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront, and is the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.

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Fresh fruits, and locally grown veggies and florals all come in Pike Place Market everyday. Open from 9A to 6P this place is filled with food tours, tourists from all over the world, and locals just picking up their local groceries!

NewsStand

Let me end my little PNW trip with this candid Derrick took of my at the NewsStand. Seriously, a lot of though trying to pick the right magnet to place on fridge.

How was your Spring Break? Have you ever been to Portland and Seattle? What are your favorite spots to visit when in town? Let me know! We plan to revisit VERY soon!!

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