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10 Things To Do in Portland When It Rains

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Well, it’s my first fall/winter in Portland, Oregon since we moved here and it was one of the most rainiest Octobers on record! I’m really trying to make the most of the weather and created a little round-up of things to do in Portland when it rains.

I’m also open to suggestions as there are A LOT of rainy days to fill here. If you’re visiting Portland and looking for things to do when it isn’t raining – do make sure to check out my Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon for more trip ideas.

Here are a couple Portland rainy day activities to add to your list: (more…)

Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Portland, Oregon

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It’s been a busy month for visitors!

We had my cousin come into town, then my sister, a friend from LA and then Paul’s parents – who took an epic road trip from Toronto and drove a uHaul full of our crap to Portland, Oregon. We’ve been showing people around town that I wanted to finally put together a GREATEST HITS Travel Guide to Portland.

Also, if you’re looking for a place to stay – check out my post on Hotel Vintage!

Here’s what you just can’t miss on your first visit: (more…)

Weekend Brunch: Accanto – Portland, Oregon

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Brunch is no joke here in Portland. We take our weekend breakfast rituals very seriously and by-product are some of the best brunches you will eat in the country. I was recently invited to Accanto in SE Portland to try out their brunch menu. It absolutely did not disappoint.

We started off with their doughy and moist Ricotta Donuts ($6) and all that cheese does make a difference. They were soft to bite with the texture of a light cake donut. It’s served up with lemon curd for dipping and generous sprinkle of powdered sugard.

Definitely order these to start with a nice hot cup of coffee. It took a lot of restraint not to wolf all of these down while waiting for our main. (more…)

Ramen + Dim Sum at Boke Bowl – Portland

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Updated: Just got the chance to go back and try their weekend dim sum brunch menu + cart service. Added a few new photos to this post!

One of my new favourite places for ramen is most definitely over at Boke Bowl.

If you’re planning a trip out to Portland, Oregon – you have to bookmark this place on your list of places to visit. The noodles here are the standout star for me. Incredibly chewy with a nice thickness to it – soaking in a slow-simmered pork broth.

Boke Bowl also does a weekend dim sum menu that features two carts – a tall steam cart and one for fried food. It’s perfect because you can just point and choose at what you want as their take on dim sum is modern and unique. It was really neat to try a twist on all the dim sum dishes I’ve been eating all these years. Here’s what we ordered: (more…)

An Olympic Happy Hour at Lechon – Portland

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Got Olympic fever but no cable?

Never fear! Lechon, a South American restaurant in Portland has already thought of solving this for you. Executive Chef Jaco Smith will be serving up a very special “What the Chef is Eating” Brazilian-inspired happy hour tapas menu.

This chic little restaurant is located right across the street from Portland’s gorgeous waterfront and is a great place to stop after a bike ride or walk along the water. There’s also a small patio outside that looked to be dog-friendly as well! Here’s what I sampled:

Shrimp Ceviche with Pineapple (above) is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. Especially when paired with one of their cocktail specials. I love the sweet pineapple paired with the savoury shrimp and a bit of foam on top for flavour. It was beautifully presented. (more…)

The Ultimate Food Festival – FEAST Portland

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photo via FEAST Portland

I’ll be attending my FIRST ever FEAST Portland this year and I am super excited about all the exciting food events happening all over the city. The festival is in its fifth year and runs from September 15-18 with ticketed classes, workshops, tastings and a grand feast in the program.

This celebration of food will feature the best of the Pacific Northewest with chefs participating from all over the west coast.

Grand Tasting Feast

A lot of the events are sold-out, but you can still get tickets for:

It’s a great deal because most if not all events include food and drink. The Grand Tasting is one of the festival’s best bets. 30 wineries, 100 participants and 25oo daily guests will descend upon this outdoor event at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

You can drink and nibble your way through the best of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Though Saturday is all sold-out, you can still get a head start on Friday! The event runs from 1-5 PM.

I’ll be headed to the Grand Tasting + The Sandwich Invitational this year! You can follow along on my feasting adventures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more about the event, make sure to visit FEAST Portland online.