Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#hipstervacay {Portland/Seattle day 4}

We woke up early again for our last morning in Portland. We decided to walk around Old Town/Chinatown before hopping on the noon train to Seattle.

First stop: Breakfast! We stopped at Pearl Bakery in our neighborhood. It reminded me a lot of our favorite bakery at home, Sunflour. They have a wide variety of pastries, fabulous looking breads, and great coffee
 We shared the cinnamon "crown" (leftover croissants chopped up and baked in a mold) and a chocolate croissant. Yum!
 Since it was still a little early, there wasn't much open around town. So we just wandered. 
 I loved the cool old neon signs that were everywhere in Portland. It kept reminding me of what an old city it is!
The Chinese gardens didn't open until later that day, but they looked really cool from the street!
I am the queen of taking bad selfies, and this was no different. We wanted to capture the Portland sign...whoops! 
 Here it is in all its glory. Isn't it the coolest?
 We ended up walking around the bustling downtown area for a while. There were tons of stores and restaurants in this part of town, but it was much more commercialized than in our neighborhood. It was where all of the banks, law firms, etc were located. It was busy by 9AM!

We knew we still had time to kill, so we found another cafe to boost our energy. Waking up at 6AM every morning and going all day until late totally zapped us! We stopped at Caffe Umbria for a little caffeine jolt. They gave out little chocolates with each coffee. It was so cute!
 We knew we needed some lunch food for our trip, so we stopped at the brand new grocery store in Pearl District, World Foods. It was the perfect place to pick up snacks. You know I would love any place that sells coffee beans in a mason jar (!!!). 
We picked up salami, prosciutto, blue cheese, Cabot clothbound cheddar, an asian pear, and a baguette. We also popped into Sur La Table for a little knife and a cutting board for our goodies. We travel in style! We also played some card games to entertain ourselves. The trip flew by in an instant!
 Once we got to Seattle, we stopped to drop off our bags and freshen up. Our apartment was in a brand new building with all of the bells & whistles! I found it through Airbnb* again, and it was the perfect spot for us! The neighborhood it is in is Belltown, which has tons of great shops & restaurants, and is just 5 blocks from Pike Place market. We somehow managed to book the apartment building right by my friend who is the only person I know that lives in Seattle. She was literally right around the corner! How crazy.
 We looked around at different places nearby to have a drink and a snack, so we headed out to Local 360 to meet my friend, Kelly. The restaurant sources 90% of their ingredients from within 360 miles of Seattle. It is always fun seeing what they come up with! Their beer, wine & spirits list was even all locally sourced. I loved this place instantly.
 They offer a killer happy hour menu, so we picked a few things to share. Their fries and mac & cheese were pretty good
 They had a kielbasa "corndog" that was totally ridiculous and amazing
 And these delicious deviled eggs. I'm a sucker for these!
 We sat and chatted with Mike the bartender for a few hours, as he so kindly let us pick his brain about what we had to do the rest of the week. Luckily it was a pretty quiet night, being a Tuesday, so we also got a lot of insight from the servers as well!
With a long list of MUST DO's, we headed back home and crashed.

More to come!

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Dee Stephens said...

I would have packed on the pounds traveling with ya'll. Food and booze for days!! Just what I like :-)

Leslie said...

I've never been to Portland, but it looks like so much fun and so delicious!