My boyfriend and I went to Portland for the very first time last weekend — finally! I can't believe I've lived here so long and hadn't made the trek until now. It was super fun. We ate and drank and shopped and walked and pretty much did nothing but those four activities. Some highlights:
- Dinner at Le Pigeon - Oh my god, this place was amazing. Spendy, but so worth it. We split this crazy appetizer of chorizo, prawns, plums and mushrooms; for dinner I got the roasted sturgeon (so good) and Cory got hanger steak; then for dessert we each got our own separate order (!!!) of creme brulee with pot de creme and a coffee cookie.
- Boutique shopping on East Burnside Street - I loved every single thing at Stand Up Comedy, a super modern (and spendy) concept shop. I also really liked Rock 'n' Rose vintage boutique — it was affordable and well edited with a great selection of new accessories. There were quite a few shops in the area, all worth checking out.
- Boutique shopping downtown - No trip is complete without visiting Yo! Vintage and its two next-door neighbor shops whose names escape me. I also loved Frances May and Parallel boutiques just down Washington — the former carries awesome pieces from the likes of Isabel Marant and Acne, and the latter had great jewelry and some cool rag & bone selections. Just around the corner I found Animal Traffic, this cute vintage American heritage shop that's sinfully affordable. I picked up a new zipper pouch and sunglasses, and my boyfriend got a vintage plaid buttonup.
- Boutique shopping on Mississippi Ave - We hit up this neighborhood on a whim during our final hours in town and were pleasantly surprised. Paxton Gate, an oddities / taxidermy / jewelry / decor shop founded in San Francisco, is one of the coolest stores I've ever visited. An absolute must if you're ever in town. Also be sure to check out Worn Path across the street — my boyfriend's new favorite "man boutique." We bought an awesome coyote skull for $25. It also has great canvas bags, simple menswear and vintage-inspired outdoorsy bits and pieces. Backtalk vintage boutique was also worth checking out, and my boyfriend really liked Missing Link, a toy store that appeals to both kids and adults (who might also like the comic book store across the street). Oh, and we got ice cream at Ruby Jewel while we were in the neighborhood. Naturally.