Portland Weekend – Day 1
It was an early morning for us as we drove out to LAX to make our 6 a.m. flight.
We arrived just near the tailed of boarding, and still managed to find spots for our carryon bags on the plane.
As we took off we got to enjoy seeing the sunrise as a nice bonus.
And then we arrived in Portland, greeted by the famous PDX carpet.
After getting our rental car we drove over to Alberta Street to go to the highly recommended Tin Shed Garden Cafe for breakfast. Best of all, no wait!
Phill was a little cold sitting outside, but the coffee helped warm him up.
We, of course, had the biscuits.
I had the Good Dog on potato cakes (Pork sausage, jalapeño, bell pepper, onion and egg scramble, with Tillamook cheddar, salsa fresca and chipotle aioli.) It reminded me of my usual order at The Pan, but just as good.
Phill had the Everything Nice sampler.
Overall it was a great meal, loved the biscuits, and felt like totally Portland.
After eating way too many calories we decided to take a walk down Alberta and check out the scene.
There was a tall beaver statue. The first bit of art that we’d see plenty of on our walk:
Then we headed up to In Other Words Feminist Community Center:
AKA The Women and Women First Bookstore from Portlandia.
After taking our tourist photos it started to rain, so we waited under a tree for a bit then made a dash for the car. From there we headed to downtown Portland.
Our first destination was Voodoo Doughnuts. Yes, even though there’s one right by us in LA, and even though we were quite stuffed, we went to the original location for more food.
Fortunately there wasn’t really much of a line.
We got the voodoo doll doughnut and the colada flavored doughnut.
We didn’t eat the doughnuts right away, instead putting them in the car and then walked around the downtown area so Phill could see what the city was like.
After we walked around downtown enough we headed up to Pittock Mansion to get another view of downtown Portland.
It was turning out to be a nice day with no more rain.
Phill sneaking a peek inside the mansion.
By this time we were able to check-in into our airBNB to take a much needed nap.
Not a bad view.
We walked over the bridge to take some pictures of the White Stag sign before dinner.
For dinner we went down to Olympia Provisions.
Phill asking me, why are we eating so soon?
The pork-heavy menu left us limited options. First we had the albacore.
Next we tried the beef tartare, but it was extremely bland. Phill even asked for a lemon just to squeeze on it and give it some flavor.
The shrimp and mussel stew was better, and I liked the chorizo in there.
Lastly we had the roasted chicken thighs, which was cooked perfectly, but again, was under seasoned. Overall we were a bit underwhelmed with Olympia Provisions, but then again we didn’t have any of their charcuterie boards or pork dishes which, hopefully, would have been better.