We're in Portland

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Vance and I arrived in Portland Thursday night after 10 hours in airports and on planes, tired and hungry and just a bit cranky. But awaking to 60° early morning weather and Jim & Patty's famous sour cream coffee cake the next morning reminded us why we've been planning this trip for so many months. We adore this city — the food, the culture, the limitless opportunities for adventure, and a constant awareness of the beauty of nature all around, with the commitment to protect it.

Great food abounds here, though it would be a crime if it didn't; the Portland Farmer's Market is bursting at the seams with vibrant produce and fresh street food I could only dream of finding in Central Florida. Wandering past produce stands this morning, I realized that there are parts of this country where fresh local produce doesn't just mean mountains of squash and collards in the middle of summer. This place is truly a foodie's delight.

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We'll be leaving our room at The Nines (our gift to ourselves - wow) tomorrow to head to a vacation rental with a kitchen, so I'll be sure to post some of our culinary inventions from there. Farmer's markets are open nearly 7 days around here so I'm sure we'll be visiting more before the week is out. It'll be hard to resist the urge to eat out at every chance, but if only for an excuse to grab some fresh local produce, we'll be eating in at least once or twice. :)

You can see all of our photos from our Portland trip at Flickr.

Where we've been

  • Jim & Patty's — lattes the size of your head. Best pound cake this side of the Mississippi.
  • Violetta's — "Oregonzola" fries; turkey burger (Vance), big fat salad (me). Excellent happy hour. Can't wait to go back.
  • 23hoyt — Beautiful food. A Portland tradition for us.
  • Departure (rooftop bar at The Nines) — Gorgeous view of the city. Don't wear a dress if you don't want to show people your world.
  • Portland Farmer's Market — absolutely incredible. How did we miss this last year?
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters — It's not a Portland vacation without a stop in here.