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What I Ate: Portland

Ah, Portland. Keeping it weird. We fit right in.

Michael and I spent a little more than 24 hours in Portland, as we were there researching a story I’m writing on donuts.

keep portland weird

Now, when you go to Portland, there are three things you have to eat (or drink). The first is beer. There are close to 100 breweries in the Portland area, so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Secondly, you have to eat at a food truck. Unlike Vancouver where our food trucks roam (and are sometimes found in different locations), in Portland, they have more or less permanent pods of them. They basically have taken over city parking lots. The food trucks line the perimeter of the block, and the vendors park their cars and trucks inside. There are tons of these pods all over Portland. Thirdly, you must eat donuts!

We did all three, as well as slipping in some Powell’s Books. As you do.

hopworks urban brewery portland

Craft Brewery: as luck would have it, we had one almost right next door to our hotel. Hopworks Urban Brewery brews up some tasty seasonal favorites. I opted for a cider, Strawbarbalicious to be exact. This seasonal cider was infused with strawberry and rhubarb, one of my fave combos. Everything here was super local. Michael had a pulled pork sandwich which he loved, and I had a really nice salad featuring a local blue cheese.

the grilled cheese grill portland food truck

Food Truck: this may have been the greatest grilled cheese sandwich of my life. I love grilled cheese. It’s my ultimate, go-to comfort food. This was perfection; three different kinds of cheeses (from nearby Tillamook), all oozing together in melty perfection. But it was the perfectly toasted outside of the sandwich that really got my heart racing. The Grilled Cheese Grill knows their stuff. If you’re brave, try the “Grilled Cheesus,” a burger, made with grilled cheese sandwiches in the place of buns!

portland donuts

Donuts: I’m writing an entire blog post on this alone, but we visited 4 different donut places (we were meant to visit 5, but one was inexplicably closed). You have to start with Voodoo Donuts. You have to. And while you’re there, order something outrageous, like “Captain, My Captain,” a donut topped with Cap’n Crunch. Yeah, you read that right. When I interviewed the owner, he used the word “kooky” about 10 times. And that’s what Voodoo is, from start to finish. Go early to avoid lines.

Blue Star, just a short walk away, is a more gourmet donut, with a much cleaner, more modern space. Both Blue Star and Voodoo offer vegan options.

My fave donut of the day, however, was an incredibly simple glazed old fashioned from Coco’s, also located downtown. It was amazing. Fluffy, but with a nice toothsomeness when you bit into it, sweet but not sickly so. It was perfection.

We also tried Pip’s, an adorable joint that serves up house-made chai and mini donuts that are made to order.

We weren’t there for long, but boy, Portland did not disappoint in the food department.

Where have you eaten in Portland? What were your faves? Share in the comments below.


Avocado Matcha Smoothie #Vegan

Just around the corner from my hotel in Chicago, there were 3 cafes in a row: one was The Goddess and the Baker, where I spent probably a little too much time, and one was called The Protein Bar, a chain that runs through Chicago, Denver and Washington, DC.

avocado matcha smoothie the protein bar

They serve up healthy options; smoothies, salads, wraps.

My friend Sandy Abrams, a fellow yogi, suggested I try their avocado matcha smoothie, and hoo boy was she right! It was so tasty.

And super healthy. Avocados, as we all know, are packed with good fats. Matcha is full of antioxidants and it gives you energy, as well. This is a great way to start your day. It’s smooth and creamy and filling.

avocado matcha smoothie

Avocado Matcha Smoothie


  • 1 avocado (ripe)
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract and/or vanilla protein powder (I use Vega, it’s vegan)
  • 4 ice cubes
  • coconut water


in your blender, place all the ingredients except for the coconut water. Pour coconut water over all the ingredients, until they are all submerged. Blend well. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick until you get it to your desired consistency.




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