Monthly Archives: June 2011

We started day 2 off right at Tasty n Sons – which was truly tasty! While waiting to get seated, Michelle and I noticed a double-decker bus parked on an empty lot across the street. Michelle recognized the name, Lodekka, and remembered hearing it was a vintage store. Sure enough, it was. A very cute one at that.


waiting for lodekka to open

michelle perusing the goods

Like so many stores in Portland, Lodekka was super high in the cute+kitsch factor, but really low in relatable, purchaseable inventory.

After sifting through Lodekka, we headed back to Tasty n Sons for a delicious brunch. I wish I had taken some pictures there, especially of my Tasty Jerk – bloody mary with housemade beef jerky. Michelle and I did take a second to debate whether or not we thought the Tasty Jerk would be worth it (the Tasty Mary is a dollar less), mostly because we didn’t have anything better to do than ponder the marginal value of beef jerky. Given that it was housemade, I went for it, and it was absolutely worth it. Counting on Michelle to post her pics of it…

Tasty n Sons was one of the best meals I had in Portland. Michelle and I split a polenta dish with sausage ragu, mozzarella, and a fried egg, and the fried egg and cheddar biscuit with fried chicken. The fried chicken was nothing new, as Magnolia has been serving as almost identical dish at brunch lately, but the polenta and sausage ragu was ‘devilish’ to quote Michelle.

After brunch, we leisurely strolled the couple blocks to Mississippi where we popped into some more cute but pointless stores, my favorite being Pistils Nursery. Last time I was in Portland, they had tons of chickens just running around in the back. This time, they were cooped up, but still equally cute.


i would have wanted to take home the fuzzy white one in the front because he was just rolling around in the dirt just like tamale does on our rug

Walking from Tasty n Sons to Mississippi, Michelle and I noticed quite a few gardens with tons of herbs and vegetables. I’d definitely take up some backyard farming if I could pick up beautiful plants at Pistils all the time.

 plants in the back

hanging plant i wish i could have brought home

 terraniums i wish i could bring home

peonies i’d plant in my yard if i had one…

A little underwhelmed by shopping options in Mississippi, we headed over to Hair of the Dog Brewery, per the suggestion of many a beer connoisseur friend. They had a 3oz sampler option for each beer, so naturally, we asked for one of every beer on the menu! Deschutes still takes the cake but I think we definitely got a kick out of trying Hair of the Dog. Perhaps we shouldn’t have drunk them in order of increasing alcohol volume…

the lineup

Overall, the trip was a success (minus nausea from too much day-drinking). We had some really great eats, good beer, and amazing karaoke. Here’s a general recap of our trip:

Day 1:

  • Coffee at Barista
  • Shopping in the Pearl District
  • Lunch and drinks at Deschutes
  • Cocktails at Teardrop Lounge
  • Dinner at Clyde Common

Day 2:

  • Coffee from Stumptown Roasters
  • Brunch at Tasty n Sons
  • Shopping in Mississippi
  • Hair of the Dog Brewery
  • Dinner at Little Bird
  • Karaoke at Galaxy
Day 3:
  • Breakfast/lunch at downtown foodcarts
  • Another trip to Barista
  • Shopping on Hawthorne



Ah yes, Portlandia. Where 20-something-year-olds go to retire…

Just got back on Monday night from a weekend girls’ trip to Portland with Michelle and Korey. I need a vacation from my vacation now, so I’m decompressing by, well, blogging.

bkb = best karaoke buds

Michelle drafted a pretty hefty lists of restaurants and breweries to hit up weeks before our trip, so we had plenty to do. Knowing I was in capable hands, I tried to let the serial planner in me just go with the flow. We landed  pretty early on Saturday morning, so we thought best to start off by digging into our list of coffee shops/roasters. We stayed at the Ace Hotel so we decided not to start with the obvious choice of Stumptown Roasters and opted for what I think is the far superior choice, Barista.

outside super cute barista in the pearl districtmichelle enjoying her coffee

As it’s name would suggest, the baristas at Barista make far superior coffee than those at Stumptown. I guess they offer a curation of coffees from other roasters. We didn’t have enough time to go to Heart, but I did get a Heart roast iced coffee at Barista and it was DELICIOUS.

Once properly caffeinated, I was so excited to go back to Deschutes Brewery. They have great beer and great food. I couldn’t remember if I thought the food was good last time because I was already inebriated, or because it was actually good, but Michelle really loved her elk burger so I’d say the food was a hit too.

deschutes sampler


cheers to a girls’ weekend!

Drunken shopping ensued. More to come later.