From Seattle, I drove south to Beaverton, Oregon. I rented a room in a house through Airbnb. Usually, I rent my own apartment, but this time I wanted to save some money, so I rented a room instead. The place in Oregon was lovely, only 10 minutes away from downtown Portland’s hip Pearl District, where I spent most of my time!
The first night, I was tired as ever from driving, so I went out for some ramen and chicken karaage. Kukai must be a chain because I saw one around the corner from Trove in Seattle as well. Both Seattle and Portland were COLD in the early morning and once the sun set, so hot ramen fit the bill perfectly.
After dinner, I drove to Washington Square Mall to walk off my dinner. Then I went back home, showered, and PASSED OUT.
Day 2 | Exploring Pearl District |
I spent my first full day in Portland in the Pearl District area after sleeping in. (That was so glorious!!!) I had an amazing burger at Tilt and lemme tell you this: I do not even like burgers. This is the burger that has changed my mind about burgers! There is a fried egg in the burger. The beer battered fries were something else.. heavenly. HEAVENLY.
After that burger, I took a very long walk and explored the Pearl District by combing every street. One of my favorite things about the Pearl District is their little boutiques filled with indie wares and items. They take time to decorate their stores and the interiors are so adorable and reflective of their brand and companies. It’s AMAZING and I wish all stores did this!
This store was Chasing the Moon, which was right across from the food carts! Of course, I saw some white chalk pencils and had to leave a little lettering…
Do you see my little finished lettering project in the next picture? Hehehe. 🙂
I am OBSESSED with this display. The triangle is my favorite shape, so I was immediately drawn to this grand structure in the middle of the store.
Another noteworthy store I found was Canoe. It wasn’t until AFTER I took pictures in the store that I saw signs stating no photography allowed. WHOOPS. Everything about CANOE was sexy, no lie. It’s functional items that are well made and designed well.
Wishing this is what my future living room looks like, though 10x smaller… because I hate dusting.
After a whole day of walking (and buying nothing…), I stopped by Stumptown Coffee for an afternoon pick me up.
Taking a breaking and doing 2 of my favorite things to slow down: sip coffee and people watch!
The lettering and design on Stumptown’s latte cups are perfection. The way everything fits and the script is SO DAMN SEXY.
More of Portland tomorrow!