After Seattle I hopped the train down to Portland. I’d been wanting to visit Portland for some time and I’m very glad that I took the opportunity to go.

My big regret in Portland was that I had many more “must visit” restaurants than I had appetite. That said, I did make two visits to Tasty n’ Alder – once for lunch and once for breakfast. My other memorable Portland meal was at Le Pigeon. This well-renowned restaurant is a pretty tough reservation to get but fortunately they offer an opportunity to sit at the counter that goes around the kitchen – more like a chef’s table than a bar. I’d decided going in that I would have the chef’s choice 5-course tasting menu and I was so glad that I did. Dishes included an offal-stuffed pasta shell, rabbit filet and a foie gras profiterole. Everything tasted amazing and the fact that I was sitting kitchen-side made for an entertaining evening, even though I was dining solo. It also meant that sometimes my dishes were delivered to me by the chef, right after he plated them! Such a great and memorable meal.
Memorable shopping stops were Alder & Co. – beautiful housewares and linens, Canoe – modern accessories, Antler Gallery – art gallery and shop in the Alberta Arts District that felt like it was curated especially for me, and Nationale – art books and Portland-made OLO fragrances. I also loved wandering around the Museum of Contemporary Craft (and its beautifully curated gift shop).
As I was planning my trip, I had figured that I would really like Portland and of course, I was right. What’s not to like? Great food. Good shopping and backyard chickens everywhere.