Travel Tales: a day in Portland

The dream of the 1890’s is alive in Portland!

I took a quick detour to Portland after travelling to Salem to see the eclipse IN TOTALITY!

I have never been to Portland (or Oregon) before. I am a big fan of Portlandia, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein, though. The city was kind of empty because people were probably in Salem after traveling for the eclipse. The news had worked everyone into a frenzy about the “worst traffic jam of the century,” claiming it would take 15 hours to get get from Portland to Seattle (a feat that usually takes 3-4 hours.) However, as the news often is, they were wrong.

Anyways, Portland is awesome. I wish I could have spent more time there, but this just means I have to come back.

Here’s some places I enjoyed and would recommend!

  1. Voodoo Doughnuts! These are great doughnuts. I particularly loved my little ghost pal and the chocolate Oreo peanut butter car crash in the top left corner. I didn’t have a chance to go to Bluestar (but I also am so close to the one on Abbot Kinney in LA and didn’t find it necessary.)

2) Stammtisch. Such Good German Food! They have a great beer list and the food was so good. I had spaetzle and maisuppe (a corn soup that I am obsessed with but CANNOT find in LA- recipe coming…sooon…) and my parents got a knockwurst and bratwurst and a pan seared fish. All excellent. We of course had to have some beer (not pictured.)

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3) Moonstruck Chocolates. Look at how cute this box of chocolates is! I ate the whole box by myself. Everything was so delicious and they have very interesting flavors.

4) Heart Coffee. I had an excellent espresso tonic here! My parents had a latte and cappuccino. I bought a bag of Kenyan beans as well and enjoyed a nice, sweet cup at home when I got back to LA. If you ever want Heart coffee in LA, check out Eightfold in Silver Lake. I am a big fan of Heart Coffee now after checking out their retail location.


Sadly, I didn’t get to check out Salt and Straw or any of the places I was recommended because I only had one afternoon to explore. Again, I live close to the Salt and Straw in Los Angeles, so it wasn’t high on my priorities but I would love to check it out next time I’m there!

Next time I am in Portland, I hope to eat MORE and check out the amazing breweries it has to offer! I also want to go hiking in all of its lush greenery.

Have you been to Portland before? What was your favorite thing about it? Let me know!



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