Adventures in Portlandia

We’ve been on spring break here in Oregon, and today I had the chance to spend the day in the city with a girlfriend. As is usually the case for spring break in the Pacific NW, there was plenty of “liquid sunshine” today, but we didn’t let that spoil our fun! Lots of great food and visiting neat local shops. I thought I’d give you all a look at some of the quirky goodness that is Portlandia. Oh, and I’m doing a little giveaway, too. πŸ˜‰

Adventures in Portlandia

Our day started in North Portland, on Mississippi Avenue. We had lunch at a southern homestyle restaurant called Miss Delta.



I was hungry! Smoked brisket with collard greens and grits really hit the spot. The food was tasty, but a bit over-salted, although I still managed to clear my plate. πŸ˜‰


Just down the street is Mr. Green Beans’ new store and it’s gorgeous! Mr. Green Beans sells all kinds of coffee accoutrements – I recently purchased a siphon coffee pot there and love it.


My friend asked the store employee what her favorite method for brewing is, and she answered cold-brewing emphatically. I’ve noticed “cold-brewed” coffee popping up around the city but didn’t know what it was. You steep ground coffee beans in cold water for 12 hours and then strain it. The resulting “coffee concentrate” can be diluted with boiling water for a hot cuppa, or cold water for iced coffee. This cold water process leaves all the bitterness in the beans.


This low-tech setup with a cloth coffee sock and mason jar is on my wish list for summer. πŸ™‚



All that talk about coffee made us thirsty for some! We travelled to Southeast Portland to visit the Sellwood neighborhood and my friend’s favorite cafe – Papa Haydn.


I don’t think I can properly convey how impressive the dessert menu is, but here’s a photo of the some of their cakes and pies.


My friend ordered a layered meringue with whipped cream and berries. Nom, nom, nom!



After coffee and dessert we decided to visitΒ Portland Homestead Supply Company. They’ve got everything a self-sufficient urbanite needs, including jars for canning, crocks, soap and candlemaking supplies, grains mills, farm animals, and more.


Crocks for making sauerkraut were front and center upon entering. I was happy to see they offer handmade crocks by local artist, Careen Stoll.


They also have a number of cultures available, including barley koji. What a lucky find! I’ll be making some mugi miso soon.


We oohed and ahead over the baby chicks. πŸ™‚


And because this is Portland, the community bulletin board had a notice for chicken sitting services. πŸ˜€



Then we popped in to Savory Spice Shop. I was very impressed with the quality and selection of spices here. Everything is very fresh and reasonably priced.


These California bay leaves were the brightest I’ve ever seen! The aroma was intense. A little will go a long way with these.


I bought a selection of unusual spices that I’m excited to try out. πŸ™‚



Portland is a wonderful city to live in or visit, but for those of you who won’t have an opportunity to come here I decided to share a little sample of the offerings. One lucky winner will get a Stash tea sampler pack with 7 loose leaf teas and an infuser, and some crystallized ginger from Savory Spice Shop. Good Luck! (U.S. residents only.)



UPDATE 4/4/14: Congratulations to Carol Wambolt, winner of the Stash tea raffle! πŸ˜€

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Nothing here was sponsored or free; I purchased these items and paid the same price as anyone else.

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5 Responses

  1. H says:

    That meringue cake looks perfect!

  2. Sounds like a good Spring Break. I’ll have to check out that homestead shop- looks cool. And I love Papa’s desserts- always so hard to choose.

  3. Sarah Coenen says:

    Oh please! Oh please! πŸ™‚ This looks amazing. If only you could include that slice of cake. Looks amazing. My dad is from England and was visiting us this week. He just left to go home this morning and (surprise! surprise!) there’s no tea left. I’d love to try this sampling. Thanks so much for the chance!

  4. Sarah Coenen says:

    Congrats, Carol!!!! πŸ™‚

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