Must-Eats & Most Instagrammable Places in Portland!

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Hello friends,

Portland has been a place I had heard so much about and knew I needed to experience the culture and all that good food for myself. It also seems to be the spot that all the foodies/instagrammers are flocking to.


If you’re looking for a good list of places to go, look no further! Here are the places that I had a chance to go to and recommend:

Coffee:

  • Good Coffee

Hint: go during the day. Think.. perfect lighting. So. Much. Aesthetic.

  •  Case Study Coffee

Located in the heart of downtown. I loved the feel inside and my mocha was sooo good.


Desserts
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  • Blue Star Donuts

The flavors are so interesting but it works in their favor!  I got the passion fruit with cayenne pepper and cocoa nibs.. omg. Spicy, sweet, and perfection! There’s also a location at the airport if you run out of time.


  • Salt and Straw

Get the flight. You won’t regret it. Because.. one flavor isn’t enough 🙂

  • Wiz Bang Bar

Salt and Straw’s soft serve baby inside of Pine Street Market (hip cafeteria paradise). The shell is magical.

Food:

  • Grassa

Literally the best Italian food ever. Hand-made pasta is SO GOOD!

  • Pine State Biscuits

Because apple butter. YUMMM. I got the Chatsfield and it was so so so good. Seriously, the bacon was the best I ever had.

Scenery:

  • Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge

Because.. #PNW. I couldn’t stop being in awe of how different it was from the nature of California. So much green. Am I outdoorsy yet? 🙂

  • Departure Bar

That view though. I would definitely recommend coming on the weekend as they don’t normally open up the balcony during the week.

Ready for my next trip already…

Xoxo,

-Lena

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oc holmies.

Hello loves!

Ever since I found out last week that Mr. Holmes Bakehouse was coming to the Tustin District, my inner foodie heart was oh-so-happy. Couldn’t. stop. thinking. about. their. pastries.

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I was elated to attend their media event this past Thursday. Located in the Union Market, I finally have a draw to go there. I mean.. would you look at that sign? Say yes to carbs.

The packaging was too gorgeous with their classic “I got baked in LA” gold font written on the side of the boxes. Will we get our own Orange County packaging eventually? Only time will tell…

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My favorites were.. the chocolate chunk cookie (because..duh), the matcha mustache cream donut (a grand opening special in collaboration with Milk Box Bar), their new salted caramel apple cake-like creation, and the ferrero rocher croissant (omgah whut?!).

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So thank you, Mr. Holmes for moving in quick. I appreciate it.

I was also able to finish it all off with Milk Box Bar’s matcha.. which is apparently the “Whole Foods of the boba world.” All natural teas and boba that is not as unhealthy? I’ll take it. Seeing as I have boba cravings about every other day or so.. I try to limit it to 2x a month. Now I won’t feel quite so bad.

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And with that.. I leave you with the motto: Do it for the ‘gram.

Xoxo,

Lena