Portland Eats and Treats (Day 2)
Now for Day 2 of my trip to Portlandia! If you missed it, click
for Day 1! here
Good thing I walked a lot during my stay in Portland (I think I averaged a few miles each day). I desperately needed to work off all the food I consumed over such a short period of time! Here are the restaurants, bakeries, and cafes I visited on Day 2:
Lovejoy Bakers 939 NW 10th Avenue Pictured: Lovejoy Deluxe Breakfast sandwiches are served all day here, which is fantastic because while I don’t eat breakfast, I am a glutton for breakfast foods. This amazing, yet unassuming, sando had a fried egg, bacon, blue cheese, and frisee on ciabatta. The roll was perfectly toasted, light, and crispy. One of the best things I ate in Portland.
Nuvrei Patisserie & Café 404 NW 10th Avenue Pictured: Parisian Macarons Before I talk about the macarons, let me just say that I don’t trust Yelp. I use it, yes, but I have found that some of the best reviewed spots don’t live up to my expectations, yet places I adore may not have the highest reviews. That said, I was sorely disappointed that I didn’t love these macarons. At $34 per dozen, you’d think they’d blow my skirt up. Sadly, they did not, and they were so uninspiring that we even forgot them in the hotel fridge when we checked out the next day.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai 1003 SW Alder Street I am a big supporter of food trucks and the mobile food movement. The Portland mobile food scene is pretty neat in that there are pods of food carts around the city. There are over 600 food carts and I only had time (and stomach room) for one stop. Oh, how this pains me. 😉
Nong’s Khao Man Gai 1003 SW Alder Street Pictured: Khao Man Gai (Chicken and Rice) This food cart only serves one dish: chicken and rice. And now I understand why. This is a Thai version of Hainanese chicken and rice, or what we call cơm gà Hải Nam. The chicken and rice is packaged up in a small paper bundle and comes with the most incredible dipping sauce. This sauce is so good they’ve bottled it and sell it in select Portland stores as well as online. You can bet I’ll be getting myself a bottle (or two)!
Behind the Museum Café 1229 SW 10th Avenue Pictured: Matcha Brownie and Matcha Green Tea Latte This sweet little cafe serves Japanese tea, drinks, and food. The latte was delicious and the matcha brownie was perfect–buttery, with just the right amount of sweetness, and filled with walnuts. There was no chocolate or cocoa in it, so the name “brownie” is a bit of a misnomer. But call it whatever they want, because I’ll gladly eat my fair share (and then some)!
Cacao 414 SW 13th Avenue Pictured: Burnt Sugar, Scotch Chocolate, Hot Chocolate If you love chocolate, you must visit Cacao. They have a great selection of high-end, quality chocolate, plus delectable chocolate drinks.
Piazza Italia 1129 NW Johnson Street Pictured: Bruschetta, Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Linguine Squarciarella The bruschetta was the best part of the meal. The pasta was average, and although I am a big fan of salt, the pastas were a tad on the salty side for me. Another example of how Yelp and I have differing opinions. 🙂 I wish we didn’t end our last night in Portland on this note. Ah well, there’s always next time!
Stay tuned for my last day in Portland! Well, it was more like half a day, but that didn’t stop me from hitting up a few more spots. 😀
Don’t forget to check out Days 1 and 3!
Portland Eats and Treats (Day 1)
Portland Eats and Treats (Day 3)