A few weeks ago I embarked on my first visit to America, to explore the west coast and to stay with friends down in Texas.
I was originally going to do the trip by myself but down the track I persuaded my younger brother to join me for the adventuring.
We started the trip in the Pacific-Northwest state of Oregon, touching down on a very rainy Sunday night in the city of Portland. However, from the next morning onward we managed to score three fine and clear days, which was very welcome given the amount of exploring we did on foot.
On the second day we took part in a fabulous epicurean excursion with Portland Walking Tours, visiting nine different local vendors and artisan producers. Portland has become a go-to destination for people who love to eat, promoting and upholding a locavore philosophy throughout the city.
From the hundreds of photos I took, it was hard to narrow down the selection to share but here are a few fond memories.
our super cute ‘skyline’ caravan, one of the six custom-built tiny house hotel cluster | NE 11th avenue
Located in an urban lot in the heart of the popular and vibrant Alberta Arts District, Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel provides travellers with the experience of staying in a custom-made tiny house on wheels. Their charming little homes have been designed and all constructed by local builders, and range in size from 120-170 sq.ft. Each tiny house features its own unique artistic elements, coupled with multi-functional, space-efficient furnishings.
If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s a cosy fire pit in the middle of the caravan cluster for toasting make-your-own, all-you-can-eat S’mores.
the radio room, a short walk across the street from caravan | NE albert street
‘the shamble sandwich’ – applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs with tillamook white cheddar, arugula, aioli and sweet hot mustard on rustic white, served with roasted sweet potatoes | the radio room, NE albert street
exploring the alberta neighbourhoood | NE 11th avenue
view from burnside bridge | portland
giant bunny by mateu velasco | NE alberta street
rem outside the iconic portlandian institution | voodoo doughnut, SW 3rd avenue
afternoon in the famous japanese garden | portland
spiced pumpkin bread french toast with apple butter, scrambled eggs, chicken-apple sausages and potato cakes | tin shed garden cafe, NE alberta street
portobello mushroom, sweet onion, sun-dried tomato and spinach scramble topped with poached eggs and goat’s cheese, served with potato cakes and scratch-made biscuits | tin shed garden cafe, NE alberta street
fresh raspberry jelly | tin shed garden cafe, NE alberta street
a couple of the local canine patrons | tin shed garden cafe, NE alberta street
coffee made from house-roasted, single-origin beans at courier coffee | epicurean portland walking tour
freshly baked za’atar flatbread from sam’s saj food truck | epicurean portland walking tour
ice cream cookie sandwiches from ruby jewel scoops | epicurean portland walking tour
a selection of mcmenamins’ finest brews – terminator, ruby and hammerhead – at the crystal hotel | epicurean portland walking tour