Weekend With Mom Part I: Being a Tourist in Portland

Okay, I know I have been neglecting my blog, but I really have been meaning to dedicate more time to it. I have had little down time recently and the past couple weeks have been non-stop. It has been a constant juggling act between two new jobs, sleeping, eating, and trying to squeeze in my own workout. However, I love being busy and my jobs energize me, unlike my past profession when I sat behind a desk all day. But more on that another time because I want to get into the most fun weekend with my Mom.

My Mom works for Intel out in Chicago, but Intel’s headquarters are in Portland, so this is the second time I have been able to see her since I moved here! She flew out early to come hang with me before work took over this week.

I picked her up at the airport Friday night around 9:50PM and we immediately crashed for the night because we had a big day planned for Saturday!

PSU Farmer’s Market

Before hitting the farmer’s market, we stopped to have breakfast at my favorite cafe in Portland, Park Avenue Cafe, located just a block away from the market. They have the best coffee.

Oatmeal w/ a side of fresh fruit and an americano
Oatmeal w/ a side of fresh fruit and an americano
So happy to be together!
So happy to be together!

I ordered the oatmeal topped with slivered almonds, raisins, and brown sugar and a side of fruit, plus an americano. My Mom ordered the eggs over-easy, english muffin with a side of fruit and an americano. Yum!

We then walked over to the farmer’s market and perused each vendor, tasting samples and enjoying the beautiful, sunny, cool morning. I love this market and I was so happy to share it with my Mom.

Beautiful flowers
Beautiful flowers
Mexican Sour Gherkins!
Mexican Sour Gherkins!
Yellow Watermelons!? So sweet!
Yellow Watermelons!? So sweet!

Dave’s Killer Bread was there celebrating their 10-year anniversary. They are a Portland based all organic, non-GMO bread company and they started as a vendor at this farmer’s market! They were giving away 2,000 loaves of bread to celebrate plus they had a sandwich making stand, which we took full advantage of. It was my first time having their product and it is so good!

Peanut Butter and blueberries for me and Wild Friends Honey Sunflower Butter with jelly for my Mom!
Peanut Butter and blueberries for me and Wild Friends Honey Sunflower Butter with jelly for my Mom!

After stocking up on peaches, zucchini, cold-pressed pure cranberry juice, and Heidi Ho Organics Black Lava cashew cheese (omg the best vegan “cheese” ever), we grabbed more coffee  and sat down for a a little breather.

mom and i at psu farmers market


We felt like we were in an episode of Portlandia…


The famous Powell’s book store was a must do. We love reading and walking up and down the rows and rows of books. I had the intention of buying Anatomy for Runners, which I did plus I grabbed Paper Towns. And I will let you know how both of these are! My Mom bought a couple books as well!

powell's city of books portland


We walked around The Pearl District for a little bit and had lunch at a yummy farm to table Mexican Restaurant, Verde Cocina. I had the verde bowl, with quinoa and lots of veggies with guac. It was fresh and just the right amount to fill me up! Plus the combination of flavors has my mouth watering just thinking about it!

verde cocina verde bowl


Pittock Mansion

Next up, Pittock Mansion. We drove up to the mansion, which is located in the West Hills of Portland. It was originally built for The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. The grounds has a stunning view of the city and the house itself is grand and beautiful. We had a good time learning more about the history of the house and Portland.

pittock mansion


pittock mansion view


There are hiking trails surrounding the mansion so we went on a short out and back 2 mile hike.

wildwood trail redwood lookout


wildwood trail portland


wildwood trail portland


I still can’t believe this city has these trails. It is such a nice escape!

Nob Hill

Already pretty exhausted from our busy day we drove a couple miles down to Nob Hill located in the Alphabet District. Before dinner we walked the streets, window shopping. There are a lot of great shops here, some really nice boutiques, but affordable ones as well. We ended up in one shop where I found a cute dress for $30 and a top for $34 dollars.

We weren’t sure where we were going to go for dinner, but we walked past a sushi place and with no hesitation decided to dine here. It was busy, which was a good sign! Plus they had a lot of veggie sushi options! The place was called Bamboo Sushi. They came out with complimentary edamame, which I devoured. We also ordered the seaweed salad. I loved it!

seaweed salad bamboo sushi


I ordered an avo roll and a veggie roll that was packed with cucumber, sprouts, peppers, and avocado. Both were amazing and we left feeling very satisfied. But, we had one more stop to make before calling it a night…

Salt & Straw!

salt and straw line


This was a must do for us since my Mom has never been. And it was well worth the wait!

salt and staw vegan

I got half scoops of the lemon cucumber sorbet. This flavor is vegan and it is very light and refreshing with a subtle cucumber taste. It is perfect if you are looking for something not filling, but craving a cold dessert! The other half scoop was Petunia’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, which of course is also vegan with a coconut base. I was pleasantly surprised by this flavor. I loved it and it really tasted like a pie!

When we were ordering our ice cream, players from The Chicago Red Stars (Chicago girls pro soccer team) got in line! They were in town to play The Thorns and my inner fan girl came out! I’m a big fan of our National Girl’s team and girl’s soccer in general so I was freaking out. Christen Press and Julie Johnston were there and I really wanted get a picture, but I chickened out.

chicago red stars at salt and straw
This is what I got

It was a lot in one day and I think we covered a lot of ground and a lot of the big tourist spots in Portland. Part II coming at you tomorrow! (Hint: we head to the coast!)



3 thoughts on “Weekend With Mom Part I: Being a Tourist in Portland

  1. So glad you are loving Portland! I’m so jealous! Oh man, I went to Powell’s books when I was there in the late spring. I loved it. I could walk around in there for days. And the prices were pretty reasonable. Looking forward to hearing more of your PNW adventures.

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