Portland or Bust!

by Emily on February 29, 2012

Would it be silly to say that we’re pretty darn proud of ourselves for blogging for nearly 1 year, only missing the five days between Christmas and New Year’s??  Well, we sure are!  We’re getting close to our one year bloggiversary and we decided that we’ll venture south to hit up a few things we’ve been talking about doing for at least one year!

In anticipation of our overnight excursion to celebrate and of course, do research for OLG, we chose Portland!  A couple of must do items:

1.  Home Goods!  YES, seriously we’ve been DYING to see this place!!  We thought we’d make it down last May with kids in tow, but then we got smart and thought the trip might be better off and more manageable without the little tikes.  (not that a recent shopping trip a Marshall’s deterred anything and may have changed our opinion)

2.  We’d like to hit up some cool, hip, DiY shops!  Here’s a couple that we’ve started researching:

-Mr Green Beans:  a store dedicated to reviving domestic arts. Their focus is on DIY coffee roasting, cheese making, home soap making and canning/preserving.  Maybe we can even take a class!

-SewPo:  a friendly neighborhood sewing shop run by a couple of sisters and their mom!  Maybe we’ll find some inspirational fabrics!

-Pistils Nursery:  just a little garden store I’ve got my eyes on!  They mention an eclectic mix of indoor gardens to the urban farm store, not to mention local art and DiY books!

-Charles & Hudson: recaps the DiY city guide with hardware, antique and specialty shops!

-Urban Cheesecraft:  ohhh…this could be yummy!  DiY kits to go?  Fun!

-Crafty Wonderland:  the name just says it all doesn’t it?  With a rotating line-up of the best handmade goods of the NorthWest!

-Chronicles of Yarnia:  this shop made me ohh and ahh over the idea of designing your very own custom blend of yarn?  We can’t have too much good yarn can we?

-Portland Saturday Market: Portland’s largest continually running outdoor arts & crafts market in the US!

3.  We’ve got to eat!  We want to hit up the truck scene, yep you read that correctly, Portland is known for the truck food scene!  Apparently it’s a foodie’s delight, they even have a mobile app for it-sweet!  Here are the highlights from 2010:

  • Porchetta sandwiches from The People’s Pig, Lardo and Garden State
  • Game burgers from Over the Top
  • Vegan fare from Kitchen Dances
  • Lucille’s Balls…. nuff said
  • Pie and games from PieLab
  • Anything from Big-Ass Sandwiches
  • Fried whole anchovies from Euro Trash
  • Hot oatmeal from bloop!
  • Guamian cuisine from PDX671
  • Lefse from Viking Soul Food
  • New Korean carts – Boolkogi, Bulkogi and Korean Twist
  • Panuchos from Taqueria Antojitos Yucatecos
  • Pork belly sandwich from Slow and Low
  • Ice cream from Whiffies
  • Dumplings from The Dump Truck
  • Grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Escargot from Creme de la Creme
  • Falafel from Wolf and Bear’s
  • Amy Winehouse Cupcake from The Sugar Cube (still the only dessert cart)

4.  And then to wrap it up, let’s rest our weary walking legs!  Hmmm…..a couple of ideas to choose from:

-McMenamins Crystal Hotel has a pretty divine looking soaking pool that might be calling my name…

-Ace Hotel: a small, boutique hotel near all the sites of Pearl District, Powell’s bookstore among other things with a focus organic, authentic design.

-Hotel de Luxe: where all travelers are treated like Golden Era of Hollywood stars!  A balance of art deco and modern style.

Ohhh, the possibilities are endless!  Doesn’t this look like a lovely little overnight, research trip??  I love Portland so I’m looking forward to walking the streets since we haven’t been down there since 2006 when we made our legendary Dixie Chicks pilgrimage!

Do you have any Portland suggestions or highlights that we shouldn’t miss?

images via McMenamins & Home Goods


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