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pdx/sea, no. 5

October 5, 2009
























lots of photos today … these are the last ones from portland. next up: seattle!

i also have a few ideas up my sleeve for some different (non-vacation) posts this week. depending on my work schedule, i hope to share them with you later in the week.

a few people emailed me asking for a list of places i ate in portland. i’ve shared a few photos of these places, but i do love lists (and talking about food), so here you go:

+ clyde common (lunch, dinner, and late-night eats. tops.)
+ kenny and zuke’s
+ the food carts in portland are amazing. my favorite: ziba’s pitas (photo above)
+ pok pok
+ laurelhurst market (stephanie gave me the heads up about this place, so my friend tripp and i went here for dinner. it was excellent. he said it was one of the top two burgers he’s ever eaten. my steak frites were delicious. it’s a great space – a butcher/meat market during the day, and a restaurant at night. go here!)
+ pearl bakery (i had the chocolate bouchon based on molly’s recommendation, and the gibassier based on youngna’s recommendation. both were amazing)
+ ken’s artisan bakery (the croissant!)
+ sahagun chocolates
+ bijou cafe (breakfast)
+ byways cafe (breakfast)
+ pine state biscuits
+ as for coffee: stumptown (of course) and another brand, courier coffee (you can get it at half and half cafe)

this list gives you an indication of how much i managed to eat over the course of my stay in portland. it was great!

see you tomorrow for some seattle pics. have a great day.

  1. October 5, 2009 7:32 am

    All of this looks so great. Can’t wait to see Seattle.

  2. October 5, 2009 8:33 am

    perfect trip and perfect photos!

  3. October 5, 2009 8:40 am

    Great photos! I’m really looking forward to the Seattle ones!

  4. October 5, 2009 8:46 am

    LOTS of images!

    Great post Brian. That last image is awesome.

  5. October 5, 2009 8:46 am

    I think this is my favorite set of photos from Portland. Looking forward to Seattle!

  6. October 5, 2009 8:53 am

    These are great; love the calm atmosphere in all of them.

  7. Alan permalink
    October 5, 2009 9:16 am

    Love the stone building in the woods. Great Photos!

  8. October 5, 2009 9:37 am

    ok i am right now almost crying in my coffee b/c these pictures make me miss portland so much. pok pok! ace hotel! awww. i just moved to brooklyn a month ago from portland. really like it here, really effing miss portland.

    ps you’re a great photographer.

  9. October 5, 2009 10:05 am

    ok. it is officially decided that you have an amazing camera. not to belittle your eye as a photographer, because that is amazing as well. but i don’t think my yashica rangefinder could ever capture those pacific northwest trees and foliage so well-and so in focus! i love these.

  10. karin permalink
    October 5, 2009 10:41 am

    seriously drooling at my computer looking at the picture of the pita plate. looks like you had a great trip!

  11. October 5, 2009 11:56 am

    what a fantastic injection of images!

  12. marthasnail permalink
    October 5, 2009 12:31 pm

    i loved seeing portland through your eyes. most excellent. hope your day is nice so far.

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  14. October 5, 2009 1:58 pm

    you’re a good traveler, brian. i like to travel by mouth too. (your austin trip will be like a guide book for us when we visit.) as we live near-ish portland and are there (eating) often, i’d say you did really well. next time you’ll need to try the fig anise panini at pearl bakery, and check out sunday brunch at the oregon school of arts and crafts – hands on cafe. it is by far my favorite in town.

  15. October 5, 2009 3:34 pm

    Oh my gosh these are absolutely gorgeous!

  16. October 5, 2009 5:14 pm

    i’ve loved seeing my hometown through your eyes…makes me want to go explore with my camera. looking forward to seattle pics too!

  17. October 5, 2009 5:34 pm

    Wonderful. Looking forward to seeing Seattle through your lens.

  18. October 5, 2009 9:03 pm

    Love so many of the shots, but I think my favorite is the one with all the crystal light fixtures. I love stuff like that.

  19. October 5, 2009 9:19 pm

    I was born in Portland and then raised in Victoria, BC. I now live in Montreal and the green of the west, the rain, coffee, bakeries and general quirkiness is dearly dearly missed. I just stumbled on the site a couple days ago. It’s terrific. And there is nothing else better to do than to take photographs of food and what surrounds us.


  20. October 5, 2009 11:44 pm

    I discover your blog, and wow, beautiful pictures!
    Thanks for this list of restaurants! I’ll keep it with me!
    I’m looking forward seeing the next post about Seattle!

  21. October 5, 2009 11:46 pm

    Oh, and where is the place, on the 1st shots?

    • October 7, 2009 6:37 pm

      it’s lower macleay park (part of forest park.) the trail follows balch creek canyon up past “witch’s castle” all the way to the portland audubon society. a lovely hike.

  22. tknapper permalink
    October 6, 2009 9:24 am

    i. want. that. breakfast.

  23. October 9, 2009 4:16 pm

    we feel you had a nice trip. I don’t know any of these two towns.
    a bientôt

  24. October 11, 2009 8:20 pm

    very fun photos! really get the feeling of your day.

  25. October 14, 2009 9:44 am

    Oh my goodness- I am so homesick for Portland! Thank you for bringing these pictures into my life. In one of your previous posts you mentioned that you have fallen in love with breakfasts, so if you are ever back in Portland you MUST MUST MUST go to the Tin Shed on Alberta in NE Portland. Incredible. You may have been there but I missed seeing the name. Anyway- enough from a random person, but thank you for the beautiful images of a place I love dearly.

  26. October 14, 2009 10:57 am

    That old stone building is just gorgeous. And the yellow pickup is really nice, too.
    You’re posting Seattle pix next? I’ve been dying to go there so I’ll stay tuned in.

  27. dionigia permalink
    October 14, 2009 1:56 pm

    Wow… I can’t find the right word to describe what I feel when I look at you pics… I think you’re just GREAT!

    Really great.

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