Hello! So this weekend went by in a flash! We had our bestest friends stay over the weekend and we had a blast! We hung out, went out for margaritas, did a little shopping and had a dinner party on Saturday night. On the menu: spinach artichoke dip, cheese and meat plate, lasagna, pecan pie, hot apple cider. It was all pretty good and a shout out to Kayla that helped me with the prep work 🙂
Sunday was quite lazy, but I did get to do some cleaning around the house and babysit for little bit (Ryan’s cousin came over for a bit with his son). Then, for our advent countdown, Ryan and I went to see the Hunger Games movie. Soo good, can’t wait for the last one.
Ok, so as promised, here’s a quick recap of our Portland trip: Day 1. We actually arrived quite early, around 9:30 am, so we had all day to spend in Portland. After we got the rental car from Avis, we got a second breakfast at Pine State Biscuits. Oh My God, this meal was delicious. Their signature dish, the Reggie, was a perfect combo of biscuit, friend chicken, bacon, gravy and cheddar cheese. I would go there all the time if we had one close to us.
Then we drove to the hotel to drop the car off. We stayed at the Holiday Inn on Vaughn Street. The location was great. Although not in Downtown, it’s in a great neighborhood with lots of restaurants, cute shops and a great atmosphere. Plus, it’s really close to a streetcar stop, which is what we took to get Downtown.
Once there, we walked around for a bit, popping in and out of shops. We stopped in Powell’s City of Books. It’s an amazing bookstore that it’s a sight to see. I really wish I was in the hunt for a book just to support this wonderful local store. Seriously, you can spend hours browsing their shelves. While we were on our way to Voodoo Donuts, it started to rain and there was a big line. So, I’m sorry to say, we didn’t get to try their famous donuts, but it’s ok because we were really getting tired.
Instead we opted to pop into the Deschutes Brewery to have a bite to eat and some delicious beer. Ryan got a pint while I got the flight of beer. I love beer samplers because I’m not a huge fan of hoppy beers, so I can try them without committing to a whole 16 ounces. There was one that I wasn’t too sure about, but nonetheless they were all pretty good.
After walking a bit more, we popped into a Starbucks for a quick pick me up, they’re everywhere btw. We went to the hotel to check in and once in the room jetlag set in with a huge vengeance. We were actually two hours ahead of the local time so by 3pm it felt like 8 to us. We were beat. Sad to say, but we were too tired to do anything else, so we just got some fast food for dinner and called it a night. All in all, I think it was a great first day.