Fueling my chai addiction in Portland
I don’t think I even need to state my love for chai again as it very apparent across my Instagram feed that I have an problem. Pip’s Doughnuts, our first stop of the day, is one of my favorite stops in Portland since the well-known shop offers a variety of chai options as well as mini donuts — let’s just say it is heaven. My favorite drink among the bunch is the Smokey Robinson, although I have been wanting to try the Emmy Lou, but since it is caffeine free, I always opt back to my tried and true. This drink tastes like a campfire and for someone who loves camping, this drink is a fun experience.
After fueling up at Pip’s, we headed off to Multnomah Falls. I’ve talked about this place in previous pieces, but here a few quick facts again: it is located in the Columbia River Gorge, about 620 feet tall, has water year-round, and is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the US (although this has been debated). It is only 30 minutes outside of Portland with a convenient 5 minute walk from the parking lot making it a popular stop for tourists. If you have never been, I recommend taking some time out of your day to check it out.
It really started raining once we got to Multnomah and after walking up to the falls and back, we figured the hike we had planned might not be a good idea. If you have ever hiked Punch Bowl Falls, you will know there is one part where you are walking alongside a cliff with slippery rocks. Since most of the girls in our group did not have hiking boots, we decided it might be best for another time of year. Plus we were already pretty drenched and behind schedule for the day.
With that, we decided to grab some lunch at the Bollywood Theater on Alberta St. We figured we would kill two birds with one stone by attending to our hungry stomachs and also making a stop on Alberta St., which we did not have in the schedule. This place is good, but not the most authentic and a tad pricey for what you get. Would I go there again? Maybe, but it probably isn’t at the top of my list.
Our next stop to Kainos Coffee was by far one of my favorites. I had seen my Portland friends frequenting this shop and knew I wanted to visit the first time I saw a photo. When we first arrived, co-owner Austin came over and guessed which drinks would suit us. He immediately guessed chai for me after guessing right for the first girl in our group and that is when we knew this guy had talent.
Not only is this coffee shop intimate and welcoming, it is “coffee that gives back.” 21 percent of their profits are given back to LifeChild Asia Foundation, an organization ran by some of their good friends that operates an orphanage in the Philippines. Rather than the orphanage serving as an institution, it models a community of families.
"We write a check to LifeChild every month and each time we do, our hearts fill with joy. It's so special to know that what we do everyday in our shop is directly influencing the lives of these kids. So with every purchase you make with Kainos, remember- you drink, kids eat," said co-owner Marten.
Our second day in Bridgetown also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day and Sam’s brother-in-law happens to play in an Irish band. They were performing at Mcmenamins Kennedy School location and not only was it a great way to celebrate the holiday, but also the perfect opportunity to show the girl’s this popular Portland spot. After watching Biddy on the Bench play, we split up for dinner since the restaurant was ridiculously crowded for the holiday. I had the Irish Stew as well as an Irish stout to finish off my last full day.