Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pacific North Wonderland Day Two: Portland, again!

So coming back tomorrow to finish that post turned into two weeks. Things have been so weird and great and terrible lately. But that is another story for another time. I need to tell you more about our Pacific North West trip! Because it was amazing, and I'm so glad we didn't cancel it after the insane October we had. 
So, back to where we were. This is the second part of our first full day in Portland. You can see part one here. We join our heroes at lunch, at Vtopia, the vegan CHEESE SHOP.
I was very excited about visiting this place. Fancy vegan cheese is usually amazing! We ended up not getting a cheese plate, which I kind of regret. I would have especially liked to try that macadamia and cashew Camembert.
The best thing we had was the fancy mac and cheese. Oh man! It was so creamy, and whatever they used for the "bacon" was just perfect. If we lived nearby I would be getting a big bowl of that to go whenever I could. Mmmmmmm.
To the left you can see my little trip journal. I usually forget, but it is so fun to make one with Travis. We write down everything we see, funny convos we overhear, food we eat. When I read back over it there are so many things I've already forgotten about!
We also got panini sandwiches that were just ok. I really wanted to try the soft pretzels, but another couple in the shop got the last order! Maybe next time. My favorite thing on that plate was the salad, which is weird because it was just greens with olive oil and I think pink sea salt, but it tasted so good!
The big plan for the rest of the day was shopping! There were tons of stores I wanted to check out in town. First on the list was Fat Fancy, a vintage plus size shop! I've wanted to visit for years. I tried on gold lame hot pants and caftans and sweaters and loved it. I never find vintage in my size, here I had options! And there was a Miss Piggy shrine. Perfection!
After we had paid I noticed a "Large and in charge" Latrice Royale pin, so I had to make another purchase! She is one of my favorite queens! "Funky yet Chunky".
I bought this caftan. And a cute sweater that will make an appearance in another trip post.
This place, Ray's Ragtime, was really close to Fat Fancy so we stopped in. It was packed to the roof (literally!) with vintage clothes! And elf shoes....
Travis ended up with this cute plaid jacket. He was so excited that it was lined. See the dresses hanging on those racks? They went around the entire store! So many!
What followed was hours of walking up and down Mississippi Avenue going in cool shop after cool shop. Here are a few of the things we saw, I didn't take many photos.
Reading Frenzy (zines!!)
Travis got a hair cut. Said he wanted to look good for my photos, hah!
This tea shop and a whole page of different kinds of chai! I picked the black forest, it was ok. I would love to try more of them. And I love that sign.
Travis told me "That looks kind of seamless!" when I put on this mask, so he took a photo to show me. I guess he was right!
After all that shopping we were starving and went to dinner at the Black Water Bar. A bar will all vegan food?? Don't mind if I do! Like several vegan places we went in Portland, there was no mention of all the food being vegan on the menu, so I double checked the Happy Cow listing. It seemed too good to be true! 
The BEST thing was the mozzarella sticks. They were so good, I don't even understand how they did it. I had a seitan barbeque sandwich that was great, and Travis was in love with his Western burger. I also had a Cock and Bull ginger ale, but it was TOO spicy. While we were eating they were playing the Hobbit on a big screen, with the sound off. We loved it so much we ended up back there again the next night.
Per Rae and Travis vacation tradition we had to see a movie while we were out of town. We picked Goosebumps, it was delightful! There were several laugh out loud moments, though we were disappointed the evil sponge from "It Came From Beneath the Sink" didn't make an appearance.
After the movie we headed back to our little farm abode and fell asleep. It was a good day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pacific North Wonderland Day Two: Portland

We slept in every day of our trip unless we were traveling that day. It was so nice! When we woke up on our first morning in Portland it was dreary and a little rainy, but we expected that. We ended up having beautiful weather most of the week! I didn't even really need the raincoat and boots I bought.
Here is another shot of our Air Bnb. We were in the little house to the right. The people that lived in the main house were very nice. Greg was a former buyer for Tazo tea, which Travis loved!
The house was very open which was a little hard to get used too at first. Then you realize there is no one out there to look in the windows, so it's fine! There was a small living room/ kitchen space, then the bedroom and bathroom in the back. The bed is to the left in the picture on the right above. It was so cozy!
The front of the little house was mostly glass and had a view of the fields. I couldn't get over the pine trees! That spiky horizon line was so cool.
Our first stop of the day was Sweetpea Baking Company, which is part of the "vegan mini mall" which is a little strip of vegan shops. We ended up falling in love with Sweetpea and stopping in four times while we were in town. I don't think I took any photos, but I had two of their fruit strudels and they were AMAZING.
What I really wanted to try was their gluten free vegan quiche, but they were out! I'm not gluten free but they make it that way by putting it in a hashbrown crust! Ah! Instead I got a cinnamon roll, which was delicious. Travis has a setein biscuit with gravy and some home fries. I definitely snuck about half of them off of his plate. Yum! We got chai lattes, Travis sweet, and me spicy. It was a wonderful breakfast.
Our next stop was Herbivore Clothing. I have ordered stuff from them online before, and was so excited to go in the shop! They have their clothes, along with lines of hand bags, wallets, belts, cook books, cooking gadgets, pins, etc. So many cute things it was hard to pick!
I ended up with this cute shirt, an "Eat Like You Give a Damn" tote, and a whole pile of pins and stickers! Travis got this hat and a book about vegan Ethiopian cooking! I really want to come back during one of their big vegan festivals. We came in between their vegan beer fest and the big veg fest. Someday!
Next we went to Food Fight! which is an all vegan grocery store. There was lots of fun stuff we haven't tried before like jack fruit so we got some goodies to take home.
I was so excited when I saw those vegan corndogs! You don't see them anywhere! Sadly they were frozen so we couldn't buy them. Wah!
Food fight!
I wish I had gotten some of that mango cotton candy!
Maybe we bought too much. Hah! The last thing I needed was a tote but it was so cute!
After we left there our destination was the Portland Saturday Market, which is a big weekly outdoor arts and craft market. I found the park it is in, and we parked. It seemed smaller than I expected when we walked up, and as we made our way down the first row of booths something was strange. Why were they all selling pipes? Were those grow lights? Ha! We saw the guy below walk buy in that pot leaf bath robe, then saw the banner. We were at the wrong end of the park! Oregon had legalized recreational marijuana a week or two before our trip so this was a little festival/rally. Oops! Haha! We asked some security people about the Saturday Market and they directed us to the other end of the park.
Always have to get a shot on the waterfront. We pointed out many dogs and pigeons.
Ah! There it is!
There was all kinds of music being played, and people hanging out. I can't believe this market is here every week!
Travis had some Rogue Ale while we listened to the xylophones. We bought some Rogue root beer, but I HATED it! Yuck.
Saw lots of neat things. Look at his booth! Pretty cool. 
This booth had tons of handmade whistles shaped like all kinds of animals! I tried to find the artist online but didn't have any luck. I thought these ghosts were so cute!
I had to have one. I can play Mary Had a Little Lamb on it.
Beautiful flowers at crazy low prices.
Travis and I loved this booth! We were cracking up so much at pretty much every single image. You can see all this artist's work at Unusual Cards. We bought a bunch of funny postcards and a larger print. It was so hard to decide which one to get!
This guy had a beat machine, guitar, and a didgeridoo. It was surprisingly awesome! Travis wishes he had bought his cd.
We ended up really close to the original VooDoo Doughnuts so decided to try our luck again.
The walls were covered in glitter! Gorgeous!
There I am! I promise there are some photos of me from this trip. I wore contacts because I thought it would be raining.
While you wait in line, there are these racks of doughnuts by the open window. They smell so good!
I really loved the giant doughnut on the ceiling! So beautiful!
This looks promising! When you get a dozen you don't get to pick what you get. It turned out fine though. Here is what we got, minus the big cream filled one that Travis ate immediately. I liked most of these a lot! And they were pretty cheap. Every other time I've had vegan doughnuts they have been about $3 a piece. This was $15 for a dozen! Perfect! We ate them for days! I wish we would have gotten some more to bring back home.
We did so much this day I had to split it into two entries. I'll be back to show you more tomorrow!
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