left my heart in portland, OR

A few weekends ago Eddie & I flew to Portland, OR. The best way to describe Portland is to deem it a mix of San Francisco [minus a couple million people] with the beauty of Lake Tahoe. A place so wonderful, I can't help but long to move there, asap. Don't fret, my roots are here, and I won't be moving any time soon. Below are a few photos from our trip including - our venture up the Columbia River to view lush waterfalls and landscapes to die for.

Next up - snapshots around Portland including - the city scape, Portland Saturday Market, old churches & random findings.

And if you're planning a trip to Portland, we have a few fav spots we'd recommend you try.

If you love sushi [the REAL sushi, not American frou frou kind], check out Sushi Ichiban. Not only is it a classic sushi go-around, but the prices are fairly cheap and the sushi is amazing.

And to add to my adoration, they have an incredible bowl of ramen. Which I might add, I'm always on the hunt for amazing ramen bowls, and Sushi Ichiban wins, hands down.

If you're a devoted book snob, like me, you'll find anything and everything at Powell's City of Books. It's 4 stories of color coded rooms to help guide you to find that perfect book. This isn't a bookstore for browsing, this is a bookstore which sucks in multiple hours of your time, without your consent. Eddie literally had to drag me out after two hours of book searching. The highlight: the rare book room, you can marvel at the treasures, but don't touch that $350,000 Lewis & Clark Expedition unless you plan on adding it to your cart.

Coffee lovers, have I got the place for you, Stumptown Coffee. Not only is the espresso amazing, but the mixed drinks rival the likes of Peets Coffee. The hip design & decor will have you coming back for more. Did I mention they feature art as well? So grab that one of a kind donut from Voodoo Donuts, and head on over to get your caffeine fix.

And last, but not least, Portland has some amazing breweries, but one of which I'll mention. We first encountered this beer last Halloween when the dead man bottle caught our eye, ever since, Eddie's been hooked on Rogue. Check out the Rogue Brewery for good food and booze. If you don't want to make the trek to the Brewery, check out their booth at the Portland Saturday Market, which we also recommend you check out.

And because I can - my fav new boots put to use in downtown Portland.