50 shades of Portland

Portland greeted me me with the warmest of welcomes from the Portland Timbers. 
The soccer team joined me on my flight in after a tough loss to the L.A. Galaxy. 
Gracie & I spent our last weekend in Portland. We had reservations to stay at The Heathman Hotel, but it was my major oops that I made the reservaation for the weekend before and every downtown hotel was soldout due to a conference in the city. Luckily, they found us a room a few blocks away at Hotel deLuxe. Though our last weekend started off rough Portland redeemed itself right away. To relieve our travel stress we did the unexpected and made random appointments at Aveda. Gracie went lighter, I went ombre. 

Our food crawl of Portland was unreal, especially our trip to Voodoo Doughnuts for breakfast where the magic is in the hole.
Breakfast of Champions

Gracie had the Maple Bar doughnut and I had Captain my Captain
The most infamous doughnut of the 100 to chose from is the Bacon Maple doughnut.

This brunch was rich, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting topped with Captain Crunch cereal. 
If you are ever in Portland make sure Voodoo Doughnut is on your list. The line out the door is completley worth the wait. You can even make arrangements to say I Do at Voodoo. For $300, the bride, groom and four witnesses receive a legal ceremony and of course doughnuts and coffee. 

Foodcarts are all the rage in Portland. 
With over 500 foodcarts, Portland clings to the title of best street food. 

We seemed to do all sweets right while in Portland, our last meal was at Saint Cupcake. 

On Saturday we walked the city. 
We roamed the Saturday Market on the Willamette River. 
Found our way through Powell's City of Books, the largest independent new and used book store. Powell's takes up an entire city block, 1.6 acres of floor space. 

While my Christian Grey was no where to be found in the Rose City, I loved Portland and I am pretty sure the feeling was mutual. 


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