Yet another visit to Portland
A couple weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Portland to visit my friend Sam. We ran around town for a few days hitting up some of our favorite spots and discovering new ones.
Our first stop of the trip, per usual, was a visit to Powell's Books. I do not think there is a time where I walked away from this store without a book. This trip, I picked up To Have and Have Not by Hemingway for a mere $3.95. Thousands of books line this beautiful store, taking up an entire block of Portland. A book person or not, I highly recommend visiting this famous bookstore if you are in town.
Another one our stops this trip was to the Pearl District, which was a place I had not explore much of in Portland. This is definitely one of the higher end portions of Portland and not exactly my style, but it was still fun to explore somewhere different.
Before walking around The Pearl though, we made a stop at Dutch Bros, which is probably my #1 coffee shop. A drive through chain found along the northern West Coast, Dutch Bros is known for its hospitality and often supporting charitable causes. I am absolutely obsessed with their chai, but right now they have a seasonal vanilla chai for the holidays. I decided to give it a shot and I was not disappointed.
We eventually made our way on over to Alberta Street, eyeing the many murals found along the way, popping into the shops, and grabbing lunch at Petite Provence. Our little french lunch only made me more excited for our trip to Paris next month.
I had been dying to make a stop at Pistils Nursery for a glimpse of the many beautiful plants — it did not disappoint. If I was not flying back to California, you can bet I would have taken home a new plant friend or two, but alas TSA forbids it.
We accompanied our stop to Pistils with some Blue Star donuts, one of our favorite donut shops. You may recall we worked with them last March and ever since we have all been hooked. We picked up three donuts: Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, Orange Olive Oil, and their seasonal Gingerbread. I had high hopes for the gingerbread, but not only was the actual donut lacking in flavor, the filling inside did as well. I am a huge fan of gingerbread and this one disappointed. My favorite of the bunch was the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, but my all time favorite Blueberry Star donut remains the Blue Bourbon Basil.
And lastly, no trip to Portland would be complete without a stop at Pip's Original Doughnuts and Chai. As you already know, chai holds a special place in my heart, so any shop that offers a wide variety of the tea along with the best donuts is a win in my book. I love the Smokey Robinson chai as it tastes like sitting around a campfire, but lately I have found myself ordering the Japanese Garden Chai, which is a combo of matcha and chai. The best part about this particular drink is that the price is the same no matter which size you order, so treat yourself and order a large. Their seasonal donut right now is Sweet Potato Pie and, oh my, this donut was AMAZING. I thought I loved their last seasonal flavor Passionfruit Peach, but this new one serves up some serious competition. I definitely recommend ordering at least one to give it a try.