May 30, 2012
by Brittany Weinstein (LA)
If you’ve got 24 hours to spare, you might want to spend them in Portland, Oregon. I hopped a short Friday flight from LA, arrived in Portland around midnight and woke up Saturday ready to hit the culinary scene.
Parking lots overflow with food carts serving some of the best and most creative food you can imagine. First, we hit up The Big Egg for gourmet egg sandwiches. I settled on the PDX, an over-medium egg with Tillamook vintage white Cheddar cheese, fresh chives and stone-ground mustard on grilled brioche.
All fueled up, I was off to Rejuvenation, an über-cool houseware emporium. Its focus is lighting, but it houses everything from trinkets for your bathroom to antique kilim rugs. The f & b café at the back of the store, serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches with a foodie Portland spin, was a delicious find too.
Next we headed to what the locals call “NoPo” (North Portland) for a visit to EaT: an oyster bar where the Deep South meets the great Northwest. We ordered mint juleps and crawfish as we watched the Kentucky Derby. Delish!
Later we took a walk through one of Portland’s many parks before heading to dinner at Biwa (which already had a line out the door at 6:30pm!). The homestyle Japanese food was divine, as was the homemade Shochu, a Japanese liquor, pictured above. Highly, highly recommended.
Ah, Portland—you served up so much more than granola.