Brian and I headed down to Portland this past weekend for some relaxation and shopping. We hadn’t really planned on doing a lot of shopping but it turned out that way. We got almost all of our Christmas shopping done on this trip which is a great feat! We’ve never been done that early before so it feels good. We had an early start on Saturday morning, we didn’t want to run into traffic so we left the house by 7:30am. The ride down was good, or so I heard since I fell asleep right when we hit the freeway…i happen to fall asleep easily and quickly in moving vehicles.
We made pretty good time, got to the Portland area shortly before 10am…just in time for breakfast! So Brian wakes me up and I start looking for a place to eat. I have researched a bit before the trip and people recommended this little place called Kenny & Zukes, people say they have really good french toast and I happen to love french toast! I punch the name into Brian’s cool new G1 phone and got directions to the restaurant. It was pretty easy to get to so and we found the place with no problems at all. We found a parking spot a couple of blocks from the restaurant and walked up….boy it was cold that morning! I started shaking and my teeth were chattering nonstop…i couldn’t wait to get inside the warm restaurant! Kenny & Zuke’s was just a normal looking diner, nothing fancy, right on the corner with big windows so you can see the whole restaurant. Luckily we got there early and there wasn’t much of a wait and we sat down right away. I was so cold I needed some coffee right away to warm up…decaf please since i’ve kicked my caffeine habit…or so I thought!
I didn’t even have to look at the menu cuz I knew I wanted the french toast already. So we order, Brian gets eggs and bacon with potatoes…I get the french toast made with challah bread…mmmmmm. Our order came and my plate had 4 ginormous pieces of toast with maple syrup…I immediately dig in. It was so yummy! It was just how I liked it….so soft and not too eggy. I managed to eat 3 pieces and gave the last one to Brian. He gobbled it right up.
So my caffeine kick…I had ordered decaf and the waitress brings me decaf. Throughout breakfast, she was refilling my cup with coffee. Now I assumed she knew it was decaf so I didn’t bother asking her about it. Then towards the end, I noticed she was refilling another table with a different coffee carafe than she did mine, that one had an orange ring around the lid. Hmmmm…that made me wonder…she refilled my coffee and others with a normal looking black carafe. That’s when I figured she probably just gave me regular instead of decaf. Crap, there goes my caffeine kick. Oh well. It wasn’t as if I wanted to kick my caffeine habit, it wasn’t even bad to start with.
It was too early to check into our hotel so we decided to head down to the Pearl District to walk around and do some window shopping. We found a parking spot fairly quickly since it was still early and most of the stores don’t open until 11am. We wondered around up and down the streets and checked out the stores. The neighborhood was really cute. I wouldn’t mind living there…I’m sure it’s pretty expensive though. We checked out a few stores like Shoefly, Anthropologie, Adidas, etc. We have never been to the Pearl District before so it was a good experience for us. Luckily, the weather was cooperating that day and it was nice and sunny out. As we were walking to the car, we saw a cute little cupcake shop called Cupcake Jones. So we checked it out and bought a couple of mini cupcakes, the Pearl Cupcake, which was vanilla based and chocolate mint. I found the cupcakes to be a bit dry…I wasn’t too impressed with it.
By the time we were done with the Pearl District, it was almost time to check in. We got a great deal on Priceline and got a hotel at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. Checkin was pretty quick and easy so we got our room and dropped our stuff off. We head over to the Pioneer Place to do some more shopping. For a saturday, the mall wasn’t too crowded, there was a fair amount of people but I guess the majority haven’t started their holiday shopping yet.
After a couple of hours at the mall, we head down to Woodburn, the factory stores that’s about half an hour from Portland. We had heard from a coworker who just came back from there and said it was a good place to go for christmas shopping so we decided to check it out. There were a few good stores there, the Nike Outlet, Le Creuset, Puma, Adidas and a ton of other stores. That day we got there, they were doing the christmas tree lighting and fake snow. We didn’t actually see the lighting of the tree but we did experience the fake snow. It was actually just bubbles…the kids there loved it though.
We were getting pretty tired and hungry at this point and our list was pretty much done so we headed back up to Portland for some dinner. What sounds good after a long day of shopping??? Italian! I was craving some pasta and what better to refuel my body than to carbo load…ahhh…i feel like I’m preparing for a marathon…only backwards…hehehe. We found a cute little italian place called Mama Mia’s in the waterfront district. The restaurant was well packed for a saturday but we were still able to get a table for two right away. I ordered the pasta with Grandma’s Special “Gravy” and Brian ordered the night’s special, lasagna. Dinner came really quick, it was literally came 5 minutes after we ordered…we wondered if we got someone else’s order instead…oh well! Dinner was yummy, we were full but ordered dessert anyway since I always have room for dessert! I had the tiramisu and Brian had blackberry and raspberry sorbet….mmmm…my tummy was happy.
We were pretty tired after dinner so we headed back to the hotel and crashed for the night. The bed was really comfortable and so were the pillows. Brian kept trying to sleep on my pillows even though he had 3 of his own…he is known as a pillow thief in our household.
We decided to sleep in a bit the next morning but still ended up waking up at 9am…if you know me, you know that’s not sleeping in! We head down to Starbucks for my daily fix…which is now a SF hazelnut steamed milk…mmmm…I’m glad i’m not lactose intolerant.
After our steamed milk and hot cider fix, we walked over to nike town across the street and checked out the store. It was huge! I can’t say that I’ve been to the one here in Seattle but I hear they’re about the same size. We didn’t get anything but the store was cool to look at.
It was time to check out so we got our car and went back to Pioneer Place to do some more shopping…we had a couple more things to pick up and then we were done. I had wanted to pick up the Jason Mraz cd but we couldn’t find a music store around Pioneer Place. We tried looking for a bit but then just gave up and decided to head to lunch at Joe’s Crabshack. A little more about that later…so, on the way up to Joe’s, I remembered there was a Target on the way there that I can stop by to pick up the CD. So we took a detour and went for the Target. As we pulled into the Jantzen Shopping Center, we saw that there was a Circuit City and Best Buy there so we pulled into the store. No luck at Circuit City…so we went to Best Buy instead. The layout of the store was weird…it was different than all the stores here. I didn’t like the store much, it just didn’t feel right. Anyway, so we got our cd, finally! yay! It’s a great CD by the way.
So back to Joe’s Crabshack…Brian’s been talking about this place ever since we decided to go down to Portland. He loves eating crabs…so of course we had to stop by for lunch before leaving! We got there around 3pm so it wasn’t busy at all and we were able to get a table. We ordered our crabfeast and had a great lunch. We also saw a bit of the Seahawks game as well while eating lunch. The place reminded me of the Crab Pot here in Seattle. The crab was decent, nothing spectacular…hehehe…just crabs.
So that was our little weekend trip in Portland! It was a fun getaway and tax free shopping, can’t top that! =)