above: softserve sundaes from wiz bang bar
Since we moved away from Portland two years ago, I make it a habit to visit as often as I can. One of the patterns that's emerged is that I tend to visit around February. It's not the best time to visit Portland, by any means! In fact, it's possibly the worst: it's cold, wet, and everybody's fat and grumpy from not having seen the sun since September. But I love it anyway ? the soggy socks, the rain jackets, and the short days. Because all that is balanced out by the cozy restaurants, the lush greenery, and the nights spent catching up with friends. It all feels like home.
What I Ate and Drank
(PS ? Pardon the iPhone photos. I was too lazy to lug my monster of a DSLR around!)
I know, I know ? I can't believe I ate pizza in Portland, especially given that I have it once a week in the pizza capital of the world. I just wanted to compare how Portland's best would stack up against my beloved New York favorites. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it held its own! Go Portland.
onion bagel with roasted vegetable cream cheese
Their bagels cannot compete with New York's (despite their name), but their roasted vegetable cream cheese sure is tasty.
tillamook cheeseburger, fries, chocolate hazelnut shake
Burgerville is the Pacific Northwest's high-end fast food chain. They use ingredients only sourced from the Pacific Northwest, and have seasonal specials like fried asparagus spears with garlic aioli and chocolate hazelnut shakes made with real Oregon hazelnuts. I always go out of nostalgia and it's tasty enough, but it actually can't compete with Shake Shack.
The beer selection here is incredible, and I love how you can get different portions that range from 4 ounces to a full pint. Good alcohol is still really cheap in Portland!
Cheese and Crack
salami and fromage blanc...