Portland, OR | She & Him Adventures

Welcome to another She and Him Adventures! Last week Ricky and I came back from our awesome West Coast trip. We visited Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, it was an amazing trip filled with fun adventures and hundreds of photographs. I've split this trip into three different post because I have way too much to talk about and tons of photos to share. This post will be focusing on our trip to Portland, I hope you enjoy.
Ricky and I stayed at the The Society Hotel, located in Old Town Chinatown. The Society hotel was once used as a boarding house for sailors and is now used as a modern hotel. I loved this hotel because it was the perfect intersection of the past and present of Portland.
What's cool about The Society Hotel is that they offer three ways to experience their unique hotel. They have bunk rooms for the affordable community experience; private rooms with shared bathrooms for comfort without excess; and suites for a bit of affordable luxury. All of their rooms come with plush beds, 10-foot windows, and high speed wifi. We stayed in one of their Private Suite, the private suite is perfect for those who want more of a traditional hotel experience. It comes with a king size bed, more space, more views, and the privacy of your own bath. I love how airy the room felt. Our suite had hardwood floors and exposed brick which I loved! The hotel also had a chic lobby cafe with a bar, and a roof deck with views of downtown Portland and the Willamette River. Ricky and I definitely loved staying in this hotel and will most likely come back again. 

We arrived to Portland around lunch time and we were both hungry and in need of a beer. We decided to head over to the Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, Deschutes brews beer on-site and has a gourmet pub grub awesomely located inside a converted auto body shop. Deschutes Brewery makes some of our favorite beers, so we knew going was a must. Ricky ordered the Obsidian Stout and I got the Black Butte Porter, two of our favorite beers.

For lunch Ricky had the Elk Burger with Avocado and fries and I had the Black Butte Porter Mac and Cheese with Chorizo, this was definitely not your standard Mac and Cheese but it was delicious. We both finished our entire meal. It was Ricky's first time trying Elk and he loved it. He said elk didn't taste different but nonetheless it was delicious.

Afterwards we walked around Portland and admired all of it's beauty. I'm a sucker for old buildings and neon signs, so as soon as I saw this old Outdoor Store with a cool looking sign I knew I needed to photograph it. 
While we were walking around downtown Portland, it started to drizzle so we decided to check out the famous Powell's City of Books. This bookstore, no city of books is so incredible. It is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Seriously, you can be in here for hours looking through everything.
Ricky and I spend about two hours in here walking around mainly checking out their Design and Photography books. There was so much to look at, luckily they have really good signs and staff that help you look for a particular books or sections in the store. 
I really enjoyed wondering the different sections and browsing through each shelf. Ricky even snap a picture of me while looking through a cookbook. 
After looking through tons of books, we were craving a snack so we decided to head over to the popular Voodoo Doughnut

Both Ricky and I are not too into sweets so we decided to get one donut to share. They had so many crazy options but we picked their Voodoo Doll Donut, it is a raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake. It was actually pretty good, I thought it would be super sweet with the jelly but it had a good ratio of donut and jelly. We ate the little pretzel at the end and it was the perfect salty taste to end with. 

Right around Voodoo Doughnut was the famous Keep Portland Weird Mural. Ever since I started watching Portlandia I've been dying to see this mural and take a picture here. I was actually caught off guard when I saw the mural. For some reason I thought it was further down but as soon as I saw it I was smiling like not other. Yes, I know I'm a sucker for weird things whats can I say, I'm weird. 
Later on at night we headed over to Ground Kontrol, a futuristic 2-story arcade bar featuring video games and pinball machines dating from the '70s through present day. Their bar had a good selection of beers, cocktails and light meals but both Ricky and I were there more for the arcade aspect of the bar. 

This place was so rad! Both Ricky and I love playing classic arcades games. We both felt like little kids when we walked inside. I has so much fun playing the Wizard of Oz pinball machine and both Ricky and I were playing Sunset Riders and TMNT for such a long time. We are so happy we came here, I highly recommend going if you love arcades. 
The next day we woke up early to grab breakfast because we had a full day planned. We grabbed breakfast over at Tasty n Alder, a modern steakhouse featuring a fun, family-style menu of innovative dishes with diverse international origins. 

Since the menu is family style between the two, we ordered the Auntie Paula’s French Toast with mixed berry maple and whipped cream and the Tasty Steak & Cheddar Eggs with cornmeal pancake and jalapeno butter. The mixed berries in the french toast was so delicious and the toast on the french toast was perfection, it was so buttery and every bite was breathtaking. I'm usually not a fan of cornbread but the cornmeal pancake on the steak and eggs made me question myself. It was probably top three best dish I have ever tasted and Ricky was enjoying every bite. I am so glad that we came to this restaurant, this place definitely deserves Tasty in their name. Tasty n Alder is definitely one of my favorite brunch places I've ever been to. If you are ever in Portland you can't miss this spot if you are looking for a phenomenal meal.
After breakfast we headed over to Salt & Straw for some ice cream. I was so excited to come here!
I ordered a scoop of their popular Honey Lavender, a dusky purple ice cream made with lavender flowers and honey. This had the right amount of flavor, it was creamy and with a bit of honey flavor. I don't like over powering honey flavor, so it was perfect. Ricky ordered one of their limited May flavors the Rainbow Flower Sherbet, a throwback sherbet with sophisticated twists on floral flavors. In each scoop you’ll find hibiscus ginger sherbet, freshly grated ginger, honey lavender sherbet, and orange blossom sherbet blended with orange blossoms, orange juice, vanilla, and a touch of black pepper. This flavor is truly the beauty of spring in a scoop. I kind of regret not ordering it as well but luckily Ricky shared his with me.
After our ice cream we headed over to the Portland Japanese Garden but I will be making a separate post about our visit there because it was an incredible experience and I have tons and tons of pictures to share. 
After the Japanese Garden we headed over to Portland's Pine Street Market for lunch. 

We were craving ramen so we decided to try out Marukin Ramen, a casual ramen joint serving Japanese noodle bowls in a light filled space with communal seating. I ordered the Tonkotsu Red, a spicy pork bone broth, with spinach, kikurage mushrooms, bamboo shoots, leeks, green onion, chashu pork, and a soft boiled egg. Ricky ordered the Tonkotsu Shoyu, a rich pork bone broth with the same toppings as mine. It wasn't the best ramen I have ever had but it was definitely delicious. Ricky actually liked my spicy broth more than his non-spicy broth. 
After lunch we decided to walk around again and check out some of the cool spots around Portland. I was very intrigued by the art around Portland.

After talking to a local he recommended us to try Blue Star Donuts, a gourmet donut founded in Portland. I thought Voodoo Doughnut was the only popular donut shop in Portland but I guess I was wrong. I was so happy when I saw the flavors they had, definitely my kind of donuts. Ricky and I were planning on only getting one to share but I ended up buying four to take back to the hotel.

Top: Blueberry Bourbon BasilThe O.G. (Orxata Glaze) Bottom: Mexican Hot Chocolate & Cointreau Crème Brûlée I seriously can't pick my favorite flavor they were all so good in they own way but Ricky's favorite was the Blueberry Bourbon Basil.

After eating donuts we headed over to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park to check out some of Portland's famous bridges. The Steel bridge was probably my favorite bridge it was so rustic looking and you could walk across it too!

After walking for hours and checking out bunch of Portland's breweries like Fat Head's Brewery10 Barrel Brewing, BridgePort Brewing Company, and Rogue Distillery and Public House, we headed for dinner. I wish I would of taken more pictures but we were having way too much fun tasting and drinking beer. 
For Dinner on our last night in Portland we grabbed pasta over at Grassa, an Italian restaurant that serves handmade pastas. I ordered the Chicken Cacciatore, a rosemary pappardelle with pancetta, tomato, and nduja ricotta. Ricky ordered the Creste Di Gallo with Oregon mushrooms, Gorgonzola, caramelized onion, green garlic pesto, and crushed walnuts. This was the perfect dinner to end our day, we sat outside and chatted for at least two hours while we ate delicious pasta.

Once we finished our dinner we wrapped up our last night in Portland and headed to the hotel to rest for our next adventure. Both Ricky and I have traveled to a lot of different cities but there is something about Portland that we can't even explain but we both fell in love with Portland. I don't know if it's the food, the beer, or the lifestyle but Portland was amazing! Portland will forever have my heart and we can't wait to go back. 

I hope you enjoyed this very long post, keep checking back because I'll be posting soon our adventure in Seattle, WA.

Pepper's Favorite:
Restaurant: Tasty n Alder
Place: Salt N Straw
Attraction: Powell's City of Books

Ricky's Favorite:
Restaurant: Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House
Place: Portland Japanese Garden
Attraction: Ground Kontrol


  1. Yay I've been waiting for you to share photos from your trip. Portland looks so lovely and those ice creams looked divine! I need to visit hopefully one day soon. I can't wait to see more photos from your trip.

    1. Thank you! The ice cream was so delicious! I actually just found out after our trip that they opened a location in San Francisco. You should try it.

  2. I swear! I love your posts! I was right, Portland looks amazing! Your photos are to die for & you guys look so cute. I am a dessert person and all of those look so good. I can't wait for the Japanese Garden.

    1. Thank you sis! Portland was definitely my favorite, there was just so many food places to try and I wanted to try everything.

  3. Beautiful picture. Looking forward to seeing the rest.

  4. I actually read it all!!! Haha Dope tho!

    1. No way you did! I'm surprised. That's awesome tho, Thanks!


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