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Friday, November 15, 2013

Portland Travel Log // Part I - Eat

We headed down to Portland last week for a quick girl's day trip while my friend was in town from San Fransisco. I love to travel and explore, but I think my favorite kind of jaunt is the road trip variety. Whether it's long or short, you get to sit in the comfort of a car with your choice of music, stops and food. You also get to enjoy the scenery as you journey on. 

Portland is a quiet and almost grittily hip kind of city. That relaxed edge makes it exude an almost overly cool vibe. It's that lonely kid that you learn is ridiculously awesome once you get to know him/her.

Part I of this log will focus on a couple good eats. We tried several other spots that were recommended, but I narrowed the list down to those I was impressed by.

tasty & sons

We left incredibly early to take full advantage of the day, so naturally, we stopped for breakfast the moment we got into the city. 

We went for Tasty & Sons in North Portland. It was the perfect start for our trip. 

We shared some chocolate potato doughnuts with cream anglaise and they were unexpectedly delicious. I had the polenta with sausage ragu, mozzarella and an over-easy egg. It was so rich I couldn't finish it, but I have dreamt of it, on occasion, since.

blue star donuts

When it comes to donuts, I definitely do not discriminate. Well, except for when it comes to cake donuts, which I believe are a lie and therefore think an outright abolishment of Krispy Kreme would be mostly appropriate. 

But I love donuts. Yet sometimes the sweet factor throws me over the edge. If donuts were less sweet, I could probably eat three in one sitting. Obviously I need to do that and Blue Star Donuts has decided to be the beginning of my slow demise due to over-donuting. 

In a nutshell, their donuts are perfect and not overly sweet. I had the chocolate ganache and almond one and the chocolate had the perfect bittersweet richness. 

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