This is part of a series of posts about my vacation to Portland, Oregon, in late February 2013.
As is probably evident, my roommate/travel partner and I did a lot of research on the Portland food and drinks scene in preparation for our trip. Among the themes that quickly emerged: coffee and donuts, plus other artisanal sweets and breakfast items. With a little planning, we managed to hit most of the major places on our list. I knew we’d cover the classics – I’d heard about Voodoo Doughnut for years, and Stumptown is a well-known roaster whose brews I love when I can get them here in Chicago. But I didn’t expect another donut shop (Blue Star) to win me over with its brioche-like dough and bold-flavored glazes, or to taste such an outstanding bagel-and-cream-cheese combination at Bowery Bagels that I thought it could only exist in Sriracha-spiked dreams, or to have the best French macarons either of us had ever tasted at Ken’s. And as someone who loves spending time in coffee shops, I was thrilled by Stumptown’s wall of magazines to go with its impeccable cups (I paged through Barista and Imbibe) and the vastly different but equally enjoyable atmospheres at Extracto and Sterling. I could go on, but just see for yourself in the photos below.
Travel Eats documents my food adventures outside of Chicago.
Before heading full-speed into Restaurant Week, I wanted to share a few more photos from my vacation earlier this month. From a sandwich that stole my heart when we stopped for lunch in Madison (see above), to more of my favorite bites and sips from Saffron in downtown Minneapolis (see also: this tagine); and from a hearty Northwoods breakfast to convenience-store-assembled dessert by the fire, there was a little bit of everything. Definitely a cold but successful getaway!