FOOOOOD: Pollo Norte

I have never been to a place quite like Pollo Norte.  A tiny little spot on 42nd Ave & Killingsworth – this place is killing it.  They serve 1 thing – rotisserie chicken – and they do it well.  Totally beats the chicken sitting under the warmer at Whole Foods.  Your chicken comes with a choice of sides, tortillas and two different salsas.  Everything tasted super fresh and really delicious.  They’re branding is also spot on, I’m a total sucker for good branding.

xoxo

MJ

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FOOOOOD: Milk Glass Market

Milk Glass Market is about 5 blocks from my office and I can’t believe I had never been there until last weekend.  It’s a tiny little cafe/bar and reminded me so much of Amsterdam (which we all know is basically my fave place on the planet).  Matt and I just went for coffee pastries but it is definitely on my list to come back to for drinks after work.

Next time you’re in NoPo, Milk Glass is definitely worth a stop!

xoxo

MJ

FOOOOOD: Sweedeedee

Sweedeedee is an awesome spot for breakfast/brunch.  Anddd they have Avocado Toast which is one of the best things ever.  This place was relatively unknown for quite a while but has definitely been discovered in the past couple of months.  We went two weekends ago around 9am and had to wait 45 mins for a table.  But, worth it for sure.  Especially if you can sit outside in the sun.  Always a bonus.

Check.  It.  Out.

xoxo

MJ

Hood River

Last weekend we headed east to spend a couple of days in Hood River.  Only a little over an hour from Portland, it truly felt like a getaway.

We stayed in the haunted Hood River Hotel

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Stopped at Multnomah Falls on the way up…

Drank lots of good beer…

Double Mountain

Everybody’s Brewing

Pfriem

Stopped in a couple great boutiques – honestly better than I’ve found in Portland…

Plenty

Parts + Labour

And most importantly, spent a lot of quality time with good friends…

If you’re looking for a quick getaway that will feel like your 100s of miles away, Hood River is the spot.

xoxo

MJ

PS, a few more recos:

Ground

Egg River Cafe

Full Sail Brewing

Sixth Street Bistro

Bette’s Place

A lot of these are from the NY Times article, “36 Hours in Hood River,” that was published last year.  I didn’t find out about the article until about halfway through our trip but according to this list it looks like we chose well!

FOOOOOD: Basement Pub

This isn’t a food recommendation – but rather a drink recommendation.  If you are looking for a dark, kinda dingy, European style pub in Portland – go to Basement Pub.  ASAP.

With happy hour everyday, PBR on draft and board games – what’s not to love.

Sidenote: they have branded matchbooks to add to my collection.  Tough to find these days.

xoxo

MJ

Our Interstate Ave. Adventure…

Matt and I are really lucky to have an amazing group of friends.  Every month or so, we try to get together to do a family dinner – either someone cooks or we go out.  This month everyone wanted pizza so we decided to go out.  Now there is some bomb pizza in Portland, but not a ton of options that are super conducive to groups.  I did some Yelping and came across Pinky’s.  Pizza and whiskey are they’re specialties and the place has a great atmosphere.  If you ask the bartender, you can roll the dice for a particular whiskey shot or whiskey cocktail – I was lucky enough to get a great action shot, haha.

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Now, after dinner was the real treat.  I have ALWAYS wanted to go to the Alibi, and that Friday night, my dreams came true.  Three words: Tiki bar + karaoke.  Ridic.

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Bottom line – if you haven’t been to The Alibi – Go. Now.

xoxo

MJ