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Portland Eats and Treats (Day 1)

Trips. Trips make me happy. Food makes me happy. Trips to places with yummy food make me ecstatic!

I was excited about my visit to Portland and put together an agenda. What was on my agenda, you ask? To eat as much as possible! I had already heard from a good friend about the Portland food scene, then my blogging friend, Ngan, posted this about her eating adventures there. Oh my gravy, I was on a mission!

Although I don’t always feel comfortable lugging my big camera around to restaurants (never, ever fancy ones!), the food spots I chose all happened to be casual enough for a few quick clicks. Casual eateries with well-prepared, quality foods are my top choice for eating establishments. How great that Portland is chock full of them!!

As I ate my way through Portland, I realized that I would need to break down my visit into manageable chunks for the blog. We (mostly I) made 14 food stops over the course of 2 1/2 days. That is far too much for one post, so I’ll be sharing my adventures by day.

Here it goes for Day 1!

I’ve never been a breakfast person. I am often too tired to chew before 10 AM, so my first meal of the day is usually lunch. Yes, yes, I know, breakfast is healthy, breakfast will rev up your metabolism, breakfast will help you make better food choices later in the day, blah blah blah. But you know what I’ve discovered? On the rare occasion that I eat breakfast, I end up being even hungrier throughout the rest of the day. It’s the darndest thing. Oh well. Anyhow, I’m telling you this to explain why my days in Portland start with lunch, not breakfast. That is all. πŸ™‚

Lardo 1205 SW Washington St. Portland, OR Pictured: Pork Belly Gyro and Dirty Fries

Lardo
1205 SW Washington Street
Pictured: Pork Belly Gyro and Dirty Fries
Omg, this was so good! Gimme pork belly anything any day! The fries came with small chunks of pork, marinated peppers, fried herbs, and parmesan. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat them all. I had to save room for my next stop!

Voodoo Doughnuts 22 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR Pictured: McMinnville Cream Custard filled doughnuts are my fav, but despite all the hype over Voodoo, I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. The doughnut was good, but didn't blow me away. I blame Ngan for introducing me to bomboloni and ruining all other generic doughnuts from here on out! ;)

Voodoo Doughnuts
22 SW 3rd Avenue
Pictured: McMinnville Cream
Custard filled doughnuts are my fav, but despite all the hype over Voodoo, I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed. The doughnut was good, but didn’t blow me away. I blame Ngan for introducing me to bomboloni and ruining all other doughnuts from here on out! πŸ˜‰

Roman Candle Baking Co. 3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR Pictured: Assorted pastries and hot chocolate While waiting for dinner at Pok Pok (there was an hour wait), we decided to grab some coffee at a nearby cafe. The pastries and hot chocolate were tasty, and I shall be returning in the future to try their Roman style pizza, which you get to cut yourself with scissors!

Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division Street
Pictured: Assorted pastries and hot chocolate
While waiting for dinner at Pok Pok (there was an hour-long wait), we decided to grab some coffee at a nearby cafe. The pastries and hot chocolate were tasty, and I shall be returning in the future to try their Roman-style pizza, which you get to cut yourself with scissors!

Pok Pok 3226 SE Division Street Pictured: Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (Spicy) and Kung Op Wun Sen Fish. Sauce. Wings. That's all I really need to say about Pok Pok. Please go here and eat these wings. They are life-changing.

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division Street
Pictured: Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (Spicy) and Kung Op Wun Sen
Fish. Sauce. Wings. That’s all I really need to say about Pok Pok. Please go here and eat these wings. They are life-changing.

Salt & Straw 3345 SE Division Street Pictured: Double Fold Vanilla and Chimi Churro A farm-to-cone ice cream shop. Good thing I don't live in Portland, or else I'd be a good 50 lbs. heavier. The ice cream here is deeelicious. Mine was swirled with bits of cinnamony churros. A definite repeat.

Salt & Straw
3345 SE Division Street
Pictured: Double Fold Vanilla and Chimi Churro
A farm-to-cone ice cream shop. Good thing I don’t live in Portland, or else I’d be a good 50 lbs. heavier. The ice cream here is deeelicious. Mine was swirled with bits of cinnamony churros. A definite repeat and the perfect way to end our first day in Portland!

Don’t forget to check out Days 2 and 3!

Portland Eats and Treats (Day 2)

Portland Eats and Treats (Day 3)

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62 Comments

  1. Yummmm. Everything looks so good, Patty, and that pork belly gyro is calling out to me! Cinnamony churro ice cream and those noodles will have to be pinned for my next visit. We didn’t even think to go to Voodoo (how would we fit all that food in?!), but there’s a shop in San Jose that makes similarly crazy donuts. I’ll just bring you some bombolonis next time! Looking forward to the next post!

    • You didn’t miss out on Voodoo, don’t worry! But the gyro was tasty, especially the crispy parts of the pork belly. There was another sandwich I wanted to try but had zero (make that negative) space in my tummy. πŸ˜›

  2. Patty, I am glad you enjoyed Pok Pok so much . . . I have the cookbook and those wings are just about the only thing I could make without multiple trips deep into Little Thailand, if not to my pork farmer for some nasty bits and blood and so forth. Only problem is I don’t like bones . . . I mean I just would rather eat my meat ground or cooked on the bone and then taken off . . . I don’t like dealing with them and feel like some of the meat around bones is kinda slimy for my taste. So I thought I would co-opt the sauce to something else. But wow, I must say you are so fortunate to have the opportunity to sort of “tag along” with Greg . . . you too are doing research though, for your blog!! I’ve heard the food truck scene is outrageously good, too, so I hope you hit some of those up. Can’t wait for #2

    • Sue, you have the wing recipe?? Lucky you!! I bet you could make chicken strips instead and dunk them into the sauce? Or glaze chicken breasts with them? Or perhaps just eat the sauce by the spoonful. Heheh. And yes, I did check out the food cart scene! I’ll have #2 up by tomorrow. I wish I had an entire day just to devote to the food carts. Can you believe there are over 600 of them? Shoot, I need more than a day–how about a week or two?? You, Ngan, and I can take off and eat ourselves willy nilly in P-town! πŸ˜›

      • I do have the recipe . . . I can sort of send it to you! And I would be so up for that trip in my dreams!

      • That would be fantastic! I made wings last week and will post them soon. But I don’t know how I can ever go back to them now having had Pok Pok wings!

  3. I’ve been dying to go to Portland, so these photos make me want to go even more! I think I’ll have to follow your exact same eating regimen because everything you ate looks sooo good, and I’ve always wanted to try all those places!! Yum! Glad you had so much fun…eating! πŸ˜‰

    • Neely, you need to go soon! As soon as possible! You’ll fall in love with the food scene there. I’ll post my Day 2 tomorrow. There were a couple of misses and I was astonished that I didn’t love everything in Portland. I didn’t think that was possible! πŸ˜‰

  4. I agree on the pork belly – any time and I love it in gyros! No thanks on the chicken wings as I like them without the bones, but I bet the sauce was delicious and that is what counts πŸ™‚

  5. Also, Patty on the subject of breakfast, I refer you to google “intermittent fasting” . . . . breakfast is not necessarily the most important meal and there are differing views on the subject . . . . now back to work on transcribing the wings recipe (not super simple!) stay tuned

    • Oh hey, I learned something new today! Now I feel better about skipping breakfast. It just isn’t my cup of tea! And you are awesome-blossom for transcribing the wings recipe for me!! Thank you!!

  6. Awww. You went to Pok Pok! Nice. Portland is such a beautiful city isn’t it? I love all the bridges and it’s so beautiful at night. I look forward to reading your next post. πŸ™‚

  7. All of this looks wonderful! You go Patty! Hehe. I look forward to touring Portland and pigging out with you! Oh, and I rarely eat breakfast during the work week because it is just to early for me. By the time I get around to it and am feeling hungry it is almost lunch. So I skip right along with you …except for the weekends. πŸ™‚

  8. hah i love this, oh my you dont eat breakfast though? tut tut i cant get out of bed without eating by 7/8am or I pass out lol, really. amazing pictures as always oddly i love the coffee one best though i dont drink it xx

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  10. Love it! When we are travelling we wonder most of the times that there is so much to eat and so little time! :/ You know the Voodoo Doughnuts picture reminded me of Rick’s Dessert Diner in Sacramento- I don’t know why but it just did!

  11. Those dirty fries – oh my. I’ve got to say it all looks delicious Patty and that you did very well considering no breakfasts were involved! Fish sauce wings (I’m going to have to ask Birgerbird for the recipe)…churros ice-cream…Not sure I can cope with the second day of your trip – I’m dyin’ over here…

  12. I love Lardo and can’t believe I haven’t yet been to Pok Pok (sounds divine). I am glad you had a good time and ate your way through. Thanks for sharing too.

    • Oh, you’ll have to go to Pok Pok and then tell me all about your visit, Stacey! Ngan first told me about it in her Portland post and I am soo glad I went. I swear I can still taste them!

  13. My goodness everything looks delectable!! That gyro and chips are out-of-control-amazing. I’ll be dreaming of those tonight. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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