I’m so glad to be back to blogging and talk shit. Haha, I took the summer off for a few reasons. I was in the middle of taking some core classes for my masters. As well as training for a triathlon. Now that I’m motivated to get back, I figured I start with writing about my birthday & our trip to Portland!
For the last few years, we have taken a mini trip for my birthday. Since it’s in the middle of June, I always rule out any tropical places because of the overpriced airfare and heat. I don’t want to be sweaty and uncomfortable. So this year I picked Portland! with my schedule, I worked the first three days of the week and spent five days in Portland without using any vacation time (humble nurse stunt haha)
I bought our tickets on Expedia using the credit we had from a previously canceled trip. I think I spent 300 total for both of us there and back !! The Airbnb I booked was everything we wanted in a place. It was private and so clean. It’s the basement of what seems like a duplex. The decor and the cleanliness make it feel like a top floor apartment. Its conveniently located steps away from Alberta street! We were at the beginning of the road right next to a grocery store. The Airbnb alone is a reason to go back to Portland.
Once we settled into the Airbnb and showered, we went to the grocery store to pick up some snacks and other necessities. While I unpacked, ray hooked up the google chrome cast. We take it with us anytime we travel so we can watch movies at night without scrolling through cable. We chose to walk down Alberta and get used to the neighborhood. Portland is so eco-friendly, everybody rides a bike, and there are so many ride shares. The vacation game-changer was us finding CAR TO GO. Now, let me explain why it was such a game-changer for us. Initially, we were going to Uber back and forth and rent a car when needed. We used a car to go to NY, which is a Rideshare company that provides cars to go (obviously). You download an app on your phone and input your info, including a picture of your driver’s license. It usually takes a few days, so you want to be sure to do it before your trip. Once you have access, you’ll be able to see all the available cars in your area, you reserve it, walk to the car and unlock the vehicle using the app. Once the vehicle is opened, you have access to the key and boom you pay as you go. We traveled all over Portland ! the prices were way lower than taking an Uber, and we gained so much freedom to travel and explore the city. A huge plus is the cars in Portland are SUVs with bike racks! in NY its small two-seater smart cars haha
Once we got the first car to go, we were out !! Here’s a list of places to visit and eat some yummy food.
The first stop on the list was Powells’ book store. I was so excited to go; we had lunch before so that I can spend as much time as I wanted inside, haha. The place is huge! I left with three new reads, a tote bag, and bookmarks. Downtown Portland is enormous; we spent the day walking through the area, including the pearl district. We also took this time to visit the keep Portland weird sign. We skipped out on Voodoo Doughnuts, I read the hype wasn’t real and it was super overrated.
We rented the car to go for $80 for the day to visit Multnomah Falls and then Washington Park. We started at Multnomah Falls, hiked up to bridge, and then headed back to the other side of Portland. We had initially planned to visit the Japanese Rose Garden & Pittock Mansion, but there was little to no parking available, and it wasn’t on the top of my list. However, when we go back, we will be making that a priority. Instead, we went to visit the fake witch castle within Adams Park. It’s a small hike to the actual little house. It was a bathroom yearsss ago, and since, there are a few stories on it being haunted, haha. We enjoyed trying to find it in the park.
There’s a bunch of bridges in Portland too, our Airbnb had an illustrated picture of the bridges, and we wanted to visit as many as possible. We started our Saturday at Portland’s Saturday Market, which is enormous!! We walked through all the aisles and left with a damn fire starter, haha. (too many episodes of naked and afraid) After, we went to Mill’s end park, which is the smallest park in the country!
We spent the rest of our days exploring all the areas with an average of 13k steps a day! We hit up a few galleries, some cute little shops, and of course, the food.
Food Pods ! there’s a bunch around Portland, we had breakfast at one place selling waffles. Unfortunately, most of the places sold meat and seafood so we couldn’t do too much there.
Ray and I love chai tea, so we made a visit to Pip’s Chai and Doughnuts, waited in line for 40 minutes, and we were so disappointed. The donuts were good, but not worth 40 minutes of our time. We chose the smoked chai, I thought it would be like a smore kind of thing, but it was freaking charcoal — not a fan. However, if you go on your birthday they gift you a bunch of donuts!
Ok, now let’s talk biscuits. Alberta street is packed with restaurants, in the mix is Pine State Biscuits. Holy crap, the biscuits thooo! So bomb, we had them one morning for breakfast and had to buy a few for the rest of the day. I’m telling you guys! Go, it’s worth it. Since we were so close, we would go early to beat the crowd. The line gets long quickly, so plan it out.
Places we loved (all vegetarian or vegan)
- Off the Griddle (breakfast)
- Red Sauce Pizza(Dinner) we spent hours eating pizza and playing ‘I declare war’ here haha
- Fire on the mountain (Lunch) the veggie buffalo wings were delicious
- Pastini (Dinner) we went here just around 8:30 and pigged out on the happy hour menu
- La Buca (Dinner) all I’m going to say here is pesto mashed potatoes
- El Nutri Taco (Lunch) Chipotle Tempeh Nachos !!
Places we wanted to visit
-Back to Eden Bakery
-The bye and bye
-Por Que No?
We both loved Portland! I honestly can not wait to escape L.A again, we will be back. But first, we have some other places in mind. Stay Tuned!