Portlandia

I’m a quarter of a century old. To celebrate this monumental occasion Chris and I visited Laura, Sean, and Findlay in Portland! In our short time there a few things became abundantly clear. Portland is covered in moss, full of biscuits, and has a 99% chance of rain at any given time.

•  Day 1  •

On Friday, March 10th Laura and Sean picked us up at the airport and we were off to brunch at The Woodsman.

Brunch!

Afterwards they showed us around their new digs and we got to hang out with Findlay!

Findlay!

They then brought us to The Kennedy School. It’s an elementary school transformed into restaurants, bars, a movie theater, cigar room, and hotel. We went to the bar in the broiler room.

Happy hour!

Once we finished our drinks, we checked out the Triforce Tribute: Legend of Zelda Art Show at Land Gallery. Chris drank many IPAs in the bars in that area and we ended the night at Mike Creighton‘s bar: Aalto Lounge.

•  Day 2  •

I woke up the next morning, Saturday March 11th, to cuddles with Findlay. After (much needed) sleeping in, we had a delightful brunch at Circa 33 and went for a rainy walk around the Portland Japanese Tea Garden.

Beautiful!

We headed into the city to browse Powell’s City of Books and grab dinner at Biwa. (Check out this giant crab!)

Powell's City of Books is a 5 floor bookstore.

Agedashi Tofu at Biwa.

For after dinner sweets we went to Salt & Straw where Laura’s artwork is currently showing! Not only are Laura’s amazing water color paintings there, but the ice cream is fun and delicious too. I had some kind of magical banana and chocolate. Chris tried bone marrow & smoked cherry, but decided against it.

Laura and her artwork! Chris is going in for a closer look.

Chris and I attempted to buy my favorite of her paintings, the rainbow of scoops. Unfortunately the lady at the counter didn’t know how that transaction was suppose to go down, so we ended up just leaving our number. Good thing we know the artist. ;) As if ice cream wasn’t enough, Laura and I made westie cookies back at their apartment that night.

Making the maple butter westie cookies!

•  Day 3  •

On March 12th, the day before my birthday and our last day in Portland, we did the last three things left on our list: Pine Street Biscuits, Multnomah Falls, and Voodoo Donuts. We started the day off right with Pine Street Biscuits, recommended by Chris’s friend at flickr.

The Reggie

Laura had never had the gooey, heart attack inducing, biscuits before and I am happy to leave that newly found temptation in Portland with her. In order to walk off the bajillion calories we ingested we head outside of the city to Multnomah Falls.

Laura and I at the base of the falls! Photo by Chris.

Multnomah Falls Panorama

We hiked up the 11 switch backs to the top, where there was a beautiful river of water and, of course, everything was covered in moss.

Pretty.

We followed the path until we got to the platform right on top of the waterfall! So cool!

I was there!

To celebrate our waterfall conquest and my quarter century birthday we went to Voodoo Donuts.

Ol' Dirty Bastard: Chocolate frosted, glazed donut covered in crushed oreos and drizzled with peanut butter. Happy Birthday!

One short flight delay later we were on a plane heading back to San Francisco. We had a great trip! Thank you so much Laura and Sean for showing us around and being excellent hosts. I miss you already (especially Findlay)! To see all of our photos check out my flickr set, Chris’s flickr set, and always remember to…

Ya-up.

Cheers!
Linzi