Travel Postcard: PORTLAND, OREGON

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Hi friends, 

Welcome back to the Conversationalist Blog! I’m so excited to share with you my 2nd travel postcard of 2019-‘Greetings from Portland, Oregon.’ Visiting the Pacific Northwest was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more. The lush greenery encompassing us on our scenic drive to the Columbia River Gorge to a birdseye view of the bustling cityscape, Portland was definitely a visual treat. 

Looking for a perfect getaway? I’ve got you covered. If you want to breakaway from the routine of daily life and get lost in the majestic mountains, Portland, Oregon is the place for you. This was our second mother-daughter trip this year and it honestly was one of the most memorable vacations I’ve gone on. 

Growing up we didn’t really have the luxury to travel as a family because of financial constraints or just timing issues. Spending quality time back then equated to sharing a meal together at our neighborhood park, watching our favorite movie/TV show at home or just going for a long walk. As much as I still enjoy bonding with my family over these activities, there’s just something extra special about exploring a new city, a new state, and a new surrounding with someone you love. 

“It doesn’t matter where you’re going it’s who you have besides you.” – Unknown

Day 1: Saturday July 20th, 2019-

  • Taking a red-eye into Portland, Oregon – best flight I’ve been on in a long time. Mom and I finally got the ‘B’ boarding group and we were jumping for joy! Normally we always get stuck sitting in the back of the plane but this time we scored some lucky 1st and 2nd row seats. 
  • Dropped off our luggage, freshened up and then we were headed into Downtown Portland for lunch. 
    • Food Trucks & Brews– after taking a slight detour on our lyft drive, we eventually arrived at Sherpa’s Kitchen. Little did we know that this eatery was actually located in a cozy food truck corner right beneath Base Camp Brewing Company. It was definitely a stroke of serendipity! 
    • Sherpa’s Kitchen- 
      • Cuisine: Nepalese/Himalyan 
      • What we ordered: Veggie Momo’s (their version of dumplings) & Veggie Chow Mein 
    • Poblano Pepper- 
      • Cuisine: Mexican Food 
      • What we ordered: Vegan Soyrizo Tacos w/ side of mild & spicy house sauces. The fresh flour tortillas were so BUTTERY, omg!
    • Base Camp Brewing Company-
      • Cuisine: Beers & Ciders 
      • What we ordered: Pineapple Cider 
  • Next Stop-
    • Tom McCall Waterfront Park – you can see 6 major Multnomah County bridges while walking along the waterfront. 
    • Walk along the Willamette River 
    • Attend the Saturday Market
    • Explore Powell’s Books – largest independent new & used bookstore in the WORLD! They have 9 color-coded sections with over 3500 different selections. 
    • Thrifting at William Temple House Thrift Store – best quality items available, friendly staff, organized sections & reasonable prices. 
  • Nightcap- 
    • Experienced food coma after eating some finger-lickin’ good VEGAN pizza and ice cream at Virtuous Pies. 
      • Cuisine: Vegan Italian
      • What we ordered: Ultraviolet Pizza, Kale Caesar Salad, Sweet Red Pepper & Sausage Pizza, Ice Cream Flight – chocolate, marionberry cheesecake, charcoal sesame. 

Day 2: Sunday July 21st, 2019-

  • Attended  half-day Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour
    • What we saw: Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, Shepherd’s Dell & Vista House at Crown Point. 
    • Breathtaking views of the second highest year-round waterfall in the NATION! Multnomah Creek is fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain which feeds the falls. Multnomah Falls stands at 620 feet tall – 1 1/10th the height of the Seattle Space Needle! 
  • Gettin’ Tipsy- 
    • Cider Bite – located in the Pearl District, they have 32 hard ciders on tap for endless mixing & matching possibilities. 
      • My favorite flavors were baked apple, apricot tango & cranberry jasmine blush. 
      • What we ordered: Cider Flights- can be ordered in 4 or 6’s. 
  • Thrifting Round Two- 
    • Better Bargains Thrift Store-  
      • Eclectic finds, larger selections, color-coordinated, close to PDX airport. 
  • Dinner- 
    • Maruti Indian Restaurant- Vegan/Vegetarian friendly- a cute little spot in Southeast Portland with vibrant decor, great service & delicious eats! 
      • Cuisine: Indian 
      • What we ordered: Paneer Tikka Kebab, Veg Biryani with Raita & Chocolate Chai Cheesecake. 

Day 3: Monday July 22nd, 2019- 

  • International Rose Test Garden – frolocking around 10,000 rose bushes overlooking the city. 
  • Japanese Gardens- harnessing our inner zen while walking amongst grand Japanese maple trees, pond gardens, and heavenly waterfalls. 
    • Lunch: Umami Cafe
      • What we ordered: Hojicha tea with takikomi gohan style veg fried rice & matcha & hojicha brownie bites. 
  • Ride the Portland Aerial Tram – located at the OHSU campus 

An unforgettable trip, indeed! Portland, Oregon was a true visual and gustatory treat. I hope to visit again soon and continue exploring all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

With Love,

Ashna

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