Our West Coast Journey Part II

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I’m BAAAACK!  Whew, that was quite a trip! A lot of traveling, a lot of walking, a lot of eating and a LOT of fun!  I’m super glad to be home again with our puppy and beautiful New England weather (let’s pretend that tornado didn’t touch down today), but the trip was fantastic!  I tried to capture most of the delicious food we enjoyed since I know you guys love that stuff as much as I do.  Hopefully if you have time to make it to any of these fantastic cities you can give some of these restaurants a try.

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We woke up in Cannon Beach Oregon on Tuesday to a foggy chilly day which was perfect because we were going to be getting in the car to drive to Portland anyways.  Before we left we stopped at Crepe Neptune for some breakfast.  I had a crepe with salmon, spinach, scallions, cream cheese & a mustard dill sauce.  It was SO GOOD! Totally hit the spot for something delicious but light.

After about an hour and a half in the car, we arrived in Portland as the rain subsided and the sun came out.  We checked into our hotel and took a walk to our first destination: lunch.

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I had scoped out the brunch menu at Tasty N Alder before we arrived and I knew that it was going to be right up our alley.  It was probably one of the best meals of the trip.  We started out with some Potatoes Bravas as a little flash back to our Spain trip.  We also shared a breakfast sandwich with a flaky buttermilk biscuit, house made sausage, egg & cheese.  Not pictured was a korean dish with sesame rice, pickled veggies, egg and super flavorful chicken (similar to a bi bim bop).  Everything was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and seasoned to perfection.

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We didn’t really have any agenda in Portland other than to eat and explore the different neighborhoods in the city.  After lunch we headed up to N. Mississippi Ave to walk around the shops.  We also had some smoothies from this fun smoothie truck where you get to blend your own smoothie on a bike-powered blender.  How Portland is that??  We spent the rest of the day walking, walking and more walking.

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For dinner I had made reservations at Olympic Provisions which was hidden in this weird industrial neighborhood but it was certainly worth the trip.  We started off with a cheese board, some home made pickled vegetables and a charcuterie platter including all of their amazing house cured meats.

After appetizers we got an evil idea.  We decided that since we were only in Portland one night, why not head somewhere else to enjoy our main dish?  We had heard a ton about the famous Thai restuarant Pok Pok so we decided to head on over to give it a try for ourselves.

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We arrived at 8:30 on a Tuesday night and they said the wait was going to be over 2 hours.  I was ready to walk away when they said, “unless you’d like to sit at the counter?”  UM YAH! Of course we’ll sit at the counter.  Who would wait over 2 hours when you could sit immediately?  SO, we sat down and got to work right away.

We had to try some of their famous Ike’s wings which did not disappoint, they were probably the best wings I’ve ever had. Ever.  Although we were hardly able to make a dent in them because we were so full, we ordered two main dishes: some ribs with two dipping sauces, sticky rice and vermicelli noodles with catfish, herbs and a sweet peanut sauce.  I had to be rolled out of there but it was worth the trip.

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On Wednesday we woke up super early and jumped on a plane to head to San Francisco.  We were blessed with 2 GORGEOUS days of weather!  We spent most of our time walking the city, up the hills and down the hills.  We walked almost 20 miles while we were there.  The only time we got in a cab was to go to and from the airport.

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We were pretty hungry for lunch by the time we settled in to our hotel so we found a place around the corner.  I had a tuna sandwich with avocado & tomato along with a strawberry green salad and some pickled veggies.

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For dinner we met a friend at Farmer Brown.  They are known for their southern soul food but I opted for something a little different and it was so good!  It was a special on the menu that night: ravioli stuffed with beef brisket and topped with a smoked tomato sauce. Yum.  It was pretty light for pasta, it was the perfect serving size.

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We woke up to a gorgeous sunny day on Thursday morning so we decided to enjoy the sunshine a little bit and walk a mile to a breakfast place that got great reviews on Yelp called MyMy.  It took forever to decide what I wanted but I settled on this omelette with asparagus, scallions, bacon & cheese topped with a grilled tomato.  Let’s just say it was worth the mile walk.

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Later, we decided to make our way down to the Ferry building to check out the Farmer’s Market and all the amazing food shops inside.  I was so jealous of the locals who work around there and get to visit that place for their lunch break every day.  There were SO many incredible options.

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We decided to take a nice seat outside on the water at the Hog Island Oyster Company that had been recommended to us by a few different people.  We shared a bowl of clam chowder and some mussels in a white wine mustard sauce.  OMG. Best clam chowder ever.  The beautiful day and view of the bay didn’t hurt either.

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This is a horrible photo but my dinner was equally as delicious.  We met some friends at a French Vietnamese restaurant called Le Colonial.  We started off with the brussel sprouts which were probably the best brussel sprouts I’ve ever had.  For my main meal I had a shrimp dish with mango, eggplant, veggies & a SUPER flavorful curry sauce. It was a fantastic night of food and even more fantastic company catching up with some friends who live in SF.

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What a great trip! Thanks to all of our fantastic family & friends for all of the suggestions and recommendations, I wish we had time to squeeze everything in.

Now its time to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible and cross fit my butt off!

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY (besides vacation):

Coming home to this face.

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He always gives us something fun to come back to.  He was more tired than I’ve ever seen him after playing with his buddies for over a week.  He could barely make it up the stairs but he crawled right into his crate and stayed there for the rest of the day. He’s just starting to get his normal energy back 🙂 Love this little dude!

 

 

 

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