All I feel I've been doing is play catch up lately. May was one insanely crazy month. For some reason, to me, the clock seems to tick faster in New York City. I can't believe how fast this year is slipping by. How is it that we're in mid-June already?? In attempt to slow down time, I made a short trip to the West Coast last weekend to Portland. It's been one of those places that I have been wanting to visit for the longest time, and even though it was a super short trip, I had such a wonderful time escaping from NYC for a little while.
WHERE I STAYED: Sentinel Hotel
I think that sometimes, photos speak for themselves, right? A historic luxury hotel in downtown Portland, the Sentinel hotel makes the perfect and most delightful home away from home in a new city. The suites are gorgeous. The room service is fantastic. And everything from the bedding, linens, interior decor, colour stories and the paintings on the wall made me happy. The location was amazing, too. Just a stone throw away from cupcakes, coffee shops, dessert shops and restaurants down every corner.
For some reason, it always ends up raining when I visit the west coast. But I tried not to let that bother me too much. Besides, I really love ordering room service in my hotel room on the first night in a new city and munch on yummy things in bed.
What I ate: classic french onion soup, bleu cheese and candied walnut salad, battered alaskan cod fish and chips, grilled alaskan sockeye salmon with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, broccolini and bourbon maple glaze, and lastly, the dessert trio with miniature crème brulée, berry cobbler & chocolate pot au crème.
I am also embarrassed to admit that I ate a copious amount of mini cupcakes from Saint Cupcake. My favourite flavours were: red velvet, chocolate with chocolate buttercream and the salty captain.
WHERE I DRANK: Heart Coffee
I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Heart Coffee as soon as I walked through the door. As my first coffee stop in Portland, it definitely made me 1000 times happier than the nespresso machine in my hotel room. The cafe is airy and filled with tons of natural light. If you follow me on snapchat (my username is honeyandvelvet), you've probably seen me go on about this sesame croissant.
WHERE I SHOPPED: Alder & Co.
I didn't get time to do a ton of shopping, but I did step into this little gem. Everything inside the store is beautiful, but prices were definitely a little steep. A side note: I couldn't help noticing that for some reason, the ladies working the store kept gossiping away like bored housewives in the corner which was kind of disappointing because I think it definitely takes a lot away from what would have been a really enjoyable experience. It doesn't make the store any less adorable though and I would definitely pay a revisit!
WHERE I LUNCHED: Petunia
A vegan's dream lunch and dessert destination in Portland. I got Porky's veggie BBQ bowl with avocado, red cabbage, brown rice, BBQ black beans, roasted squash, cauliflower and cilantro. It was delicious. I only wished the portion was bigger!
WHERE I BRUNCHED: Tasty N Alder
If there's one single thing I would recommend doing in Portland, it would be to have brunch at Tasty N Alder! The food is an interesting fusion between Korean mixed with more traditional brunch foods. You may have to do some planning and get there a little before they open at 10am (I started waiting in line at 9:40am), but I assure you it will be well worth it!
What I ate: house made raspberry granola with yogurt, chocolate potato donut with creme anglaise, potato bravas (TRY IT), bim bop bacon & eggs (except I got mine with no bacon).
WHAT I BOUGHT HOME
Moonstruck literally makes the most visually beautiful handmade chocolates my eyes have ever seen. The flavour combos blew my mind right away. I got the raspberry & fennel sugar and strawberries & basil sugar chocolate bars. I love the pops of pinks and reds from the tad bits of strawberries and raspberries. Aren't they just beautiful??
I also picked up some very delicious smelling handmade lavender soap and RASPBERRY POPCORN! Life is good, you guys! It's always the simplest things that make me happy. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! :)