Portland, Part II
Looks like it is my (Isaac's) turn to write (type) about Portland! We began the second day by heading to a breakfast/brunch spot that we had previously visited and absolutely loved!
Tasty n' Sons down on N Williams Ave. I can't remember exactly what the dishes were called so hopefully the pictures will speak for themselves but THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! Exactly what Brittney and I were looking for after the previous night's festivities. I'm pretty sure I had ordered the English Breakfast to see how it compared to Bill's in England and Brittney ordered the omelette with asparagus and sausage; again, not too sure what it was called. The English Breakfast wasn't quite the same as Bill's however it came pretty darn close to equaling the full English experience. Now, I'm normally not one who orders dessert however we were on a weekend getaway so you just have to splurge sometimes right!? We ended up ordering Auntie Paula's French Toast and it was amazing!! We made the slight mistake of ordering everything at the star so the French Toast was taunting us throughout our entire main course. I mean, just look at the picture, if that doesn't get your mouth watering...
After brunch we decided to do some sightseeing and possibly shopping at the locally crafted shops. Since we both love books, we ended up trusting Google when it suggested Powell's City of Books. This place is floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall of books! New books, used books, collector's editions, rare books, and even toys about books. 68,000 square feet spread out over 4 levels of books to be exact! Now finding a book when you have no idea what you are looking for, better bring a day pack with snacks and extra water as Powell's has anything and everything. Including well placed Cards Against Humanity cards throughout the shelves. Definitely needed more time to browse through all the sections but since we had other plans we kept our visit short and bought a couple magazines and then headed off to our next destination, Ace Hotel.
It had been on Brittney's radar for awhile prior to our trip. If we had the budget of our dreams it definitely would have been where we stayed. Since we couldn't, we at least wanted to make sure we payed it a visit. We took our magazines and grabbed some of the most amazing cold brew from Stumptown Coffee just off the lobby. Although the couches in the iconic lobby were filled, Britt did some exploring and found a balcony with tables and hidden couches on the second floor. You can feel the history in the place, and we loved the historic architecture and attention to detail. All our quick visit did was solidify spending the weekend here as an addition to our bucket list.
The rest of the day was pretty low key. We mostly drove around taking in the sights, went to the bridge at night for the obligatory Portland Sign photo, grabbed Robotaco (again, that place is ridiculously good) and called it a night. Although the whole trip was short, it was sweet and we were able to fit in everything we wanted to do. We love the city and will hopefully be able to pay it another visit soon!