It's an amazing place.
In the past six months, I've visited Portland, Salt Lake City (I know it's not technically northwest but it's got that vibe) and Seattle and couldn't have been more impressed with each city. I can see why those places are regularly mentioned as the best areas to live in the United States.
We had fantastic weather during our stay and got to see a lot of the city, and I hope to share some of my restaurant reviews in the near future.
However, with basketball season getting closer, you may have noticed fewer posts around here lately. You can find the majority of my writing at Duke Report.
Still, I hope to keep posting some content here, especially as it relates to food and travel, on a regular basis.
Here are a few pictures and experiences we had in Portland.
2. Greenway along the River - Portland is a city with an incredible amount of green space, including a beautiful Greenway that winds along the Columbia River.
3. Podnah's Pit - It may not be a city that's known for BBQ, but Podnah's Pit is regarded by many experts as one of the best BBQ restaurants in America. Brisket, cole slaw and a green chile mac & cheese that was out of this world!
4. Food Carts - You can't go more than a couple blocks in Downtown Portland without passing a food cart/truck. It's amazing! It's some of the best street-food eating in the world and there are renowned chefs preparing amazing meals out of trailers that are affordable, convenient, and delicious.
5. Salt & Straw - We had to wait for 30 minutes in a line that wrapped around the street, but it was totally worth it when we got to experience the incredible ice cream of Salt & Straw. The freckled woodblock chocolate with the sea salt and caramel ice cream is as good as it gets.
6. The Rose Garden - Seeing as how we kill every plant we ever buy, it was really nice to visit a garden full of gorgeous blooms. The International Rose Test Garden is free to visit and provides a great opportunity to see thousands of varieties of roses.
7. Korean Tacos - I'm a fan of any kind of taco, but this was my first time trying Korean tacos. These were from the Korean Twist food cart on Alder Street and they were fantastic.
8. Powell's - When you're in Portland, the trip has to include a visit to Powell's - the world's largest independent new and used bookstore. With over 3,500 sections, this place is a book lover's paradise.
Have you been to Portland? What are some of your favorite things in the city? Leave a comment and share about your experiences!