I decided to start my first blog post, covering my recent journey to Portland, with the ultimate cliché- a link and title referencing Portlandia. And I don’t regret it because the song is funny, and I saw like 12 choker necklaces that I rocked the shit out of in 3rd grade, so it doesn’t seem totally erroneous. I’m actually not kidding about the chokers though. I walked from the airbnb place I was staying at to the bus stop on the second day I was there, and I passed by a high school; a high school comprised essentially of everything I could have ever dreamed of being circa 1998. And I feel good about that.
Clichés aside, I absolutely loved Portland. It is a lot smaller than Seattle (where I currently reside), which surprised me a little, but I was also surprised by how big Seattle was upon hopping off I-90 West back in June, so I digress. I stayed in the South East Side, in the Division-Clinton area, which was a really interesting and up & coming neighborhood. A famous thai restaurant, Pok Pok, has drawn a lot of foot traffic to Divison street, and within the last few years a bunch of bars, microbreweries and food trucks have moved in, creating an eclectic little neighborhood in SE Portland.
Honorable mentions for the Division/Clinton neighborhood, for which I do not have pics, go out to my new pals Rob at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom and Jenny at The American Local, both great places to grab a drink. Also, fun fact about Oregon. Any place that sells spirits is also required to sell meals, and not just potato chips and slim jims behind the bar, like actual meals, so a lot of the bars also have great food—added bonus. Although I am also told some clubs literally have five varieties of TV Dinners in the freezer, simply to meet the requirement. Another interesting fact. Portland is known for it’s strip clubs, no mom and dad, I didn’t go to one, but Jenny from American Local told me that apparently the strip club Acropolis has one of the best steaks in town. Reason being, the owner, apparently also owns a giant ranch and serves his own fine beef along side his own fine…dancers? ‘MURICA.
So, anyway, because it would seem, based on this post thus far, that I have no other interests besides food, I am going to continue with the theme. Which leads me to another great area in Portland is Hawthorne street, where I found some BOMB Mexican food at ¿Por Qué No? Taquería
Now, I am going to throw a non-food curve ball at you for a hot second, and show you more pictures that I took on my stroll down Hawthorne, mostly to impress you with my non-food related interests.
Now that I’ve covered Division & Hawthorne, let’s move along frog to the Pearl District/Downton. Shout out to my roommate Katie for the recommendation on NW 23rd street, because there are some seriously awesome boutiques round thurr. Also, because it’s me, Phoebe, speaking, there’s also some seriously awesome food around.
So, this is the part where I found it. And by it, I can only mean…
Now that I’ve covered Division, Hawthorne, and Pearl District/ Downtown. I will conclude my tour de Portland with what may be my favorite neck of the woods, Alberta Arts District.
That’s a sampling of Alberta- such a fun and walkable area.
Last but not least, here are a few pics of the AWESOME place I stayed at in Portland.
It’s been real. I’ll try and include more people pics in da future. But for now, I leave you with this