After celebrating Christmas, my family along with Alexa’s family spent two days in Portland, Oregon. For years, I’ve known Portland to be a huge shopping area and home to the huge Nike Employee Store. Recently, I’ve discovered that food trucks are extremely popular in that area, there are way too many good restaurants to choose from, and portland has an NBA basketball team (basketball fans, please don’t kill me). It’s nice exploring a city you thought you knew very well.
Everyone’s been talking about Voodoo Doughnuts, known for its famous pink boxes and unusual flavors. Although that sounds delicious, where you should really be going is Blue Star- a coffee and doughnut shop that we fell in love with with just one bite. Our favorites are buttermilk old fashioned and chocolate ganache. I suggest eating these doughnuts fresh!
Chocolate lovers like myself would absolutely love this place called Cacao. Its a cafe where they sell some of the best chocolate from around the world, including the Philippines. You can buy chocolate straight from the shelf, or order one of their many types of hot chocolate. I got dark hot chocolate and my brother, Rico got milk. They were equally delicious. Having a cup of hot cocoa when its cold outside is the best.
Alexa’s family are all foodies, so just imagine how many places we stopped at just to eat. We went to a restaurant called Lardo and tried out their dirty fries (which contain pork scraps and various herbs). Trust me, it’s hard to keem ’em down.
Portland is also known for food trucks. My dad and I decided to go for grilled cheese sandwiches, and these were one of the best ones I’ve had so far.
Enough with the food, lets move on to basketball. Thanks to my mom, we were able to get tickets to watch the New York Knicks go up against the Portland Trailblazers (or in other words, watch an NBA game) at the Moda Center. I don’t know much about basketball but I love cheering. The Trailblazers won by the way. This was exciting for me, but more so for my dad and my brothers :).
Powell’s bookstore- the largest one I’ve been in in my entire life. When you stroll around the place, you’re just astonished by the number of books, old and new, that are available. The book I wanted was easy to find because one of the staff told me exactly where to go. I’ll probably be blogging about this book soon, so watch out!
I remember telling a few friends that I was going to Portland, and they asked me ‘If I Stay, Portland?’. And I would reply with an enthusiastic ‘yes!’ For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, If I Stay is a book and it set in Portland. Now I know that this city has much more to offer than just a huge Nike Employee Store. I want to go back real bad just for doughnuts and chocolate. As well as discover what else Portland has in store for us.