So I love Portland! I have visited Portland 4 times since October and I absolutely love it and I am going to be searching for jobs there as well as in Seattle starting in the next week or two.
Over Fall Break (10/12 - 10/16) Jessica, Luisa, and I headed down to stay with Luisa’s aunt Alice. We spent Friday night on the Bolt bus getting to Portland and then on Saturday we ate at Pine State Biscuits for breakfast and indulged in biscuit sandwiches smothered in gravy and sweet iced tea, went mushroom hunting, bought salmon on the side of the road for dinner, went and saw salmon jumping up the river at some locks, gutted and cooked the salmon for dinner along with mushroom risotto, drank peach and plum shrub, and watched 3 episodes of Make It or Break it. On Sunday we ate Vietnamese noodles for breakfast at Ha VI, went thrifting at Bargain world where I found an awesome Colombia jacket for $2.45, bought soap at Lush, got pedicures, ate pizza on Alberta, got ice cream at Salt and Straw, my friends and I went to see 7 Psychopaths while Alice went on a date with her girlfriend, and then we of course watched more Make It or Break It. On Monday Jessica, Luisa, and I went to Nordstrom Rack, brought pho to Alice at the farm, walked down Alberta and went into a million cute shops, ate Biwa for dinner: 18 courses for $35 of delicious Japanese food, Luisa and I got ice cream again at Salt and Straw, and we finished up the night with Make It or Break It. Tuesday our friend Annin picked us up and we went to Voodoo Donuts so naturally Jessica and I split a Voodoo dozen and then we drove back to Tacoma to get ready for the second half of the semester!
The second time I visited Portland I went for work with my housemate and her dad. We tore through the town food wise and ate at Portobello, Las Gorditas, and New Seasons. So much good vegan food. It was so fresh and very different from the other times I had been to Portland. Not to mention I was working two ten hour days. -_-
The third time I checked out Portland Luisa and I headed down together on my birthday with our friend Annin after eating breakfast at Shakabrah. We spent 12/15 - 12/19 chilling with Alice and Sara and relaxing after having just finished our finals. We spent time walking down Alberta, got pedicures, Alice made me homemade carrot cupcakes for my birthday, we made homemade stew, watched Make It or Break It, went to Dim Sum Sunday brunch, walked Skeeter dog on the delta, went to Common Grounds Wellness center twice on separate days and soaked naked in the hot tub and the sauna for an hour each time outdoors and once it was raining and it felt sooo nice, made epic nachos for dinner, ate at Pine State: biscuits and hash browns and sweet tea, went to Nordstrom Rack, and saw Silent Night Deadly Night at Hollywood Theater. On Alice’s birthday Luisa, Sara, Alice, and I made lox for Alice’s bday breakfast, Luisa made an awesome chocolate coffee cake while Alice and I did an hour and a half hatna yoga class in the morning at a studio a block away from her apartment, went bird watching, made an epic cheese plate with brie and truffle cheese and quince paste, had uni shots: raw quail egg + tomato juice + uni (sea urchin gonads), blasted terrible Spanish music in the car, saw the Christmas lights on Peacock lane, Luisa and I went and saw Perks of Being a Wallflower and ate Mexican food while Alice and Sara went on their bday date, and of course more Make It or Break It. Overall a great way to start winter break and a month of no class!
I will fill you in on my fourth visit to Portland this year in a couple of days! :) Except this time I visited Colombia River Gorge instead of the city itself. Still a great time though.