But first – breakfast! If you live in Portland and you haven’t tried brunch at Tasty-n-Alder’s, you are seriously missing out. It is so good. We were there for five days and we ate there TWICE, that’s how good it was. First of all, let me introduce you to the humble chocolate potato donut. It’s magical. Immediately follow that by bacon bibimbap (called Bim Bop Bacon & Eggs on the menu), which will make you cry sweet tears because you don’t live in Portland and can’t have it every day forever. I should mention that the menu at Tasty-n-Alder’s is called a “chef’s menu” so it’s always evolving to include exciting dishes and seasonal ingredients (that’s how I understood it). Ah-mazing.
Then it was on to the USC pep rally in Pioneer Square and we also stopped by the UO campus in Portland. I’m a UO alum but SC is my team here in California – thank you Karen! On the way to Powell’s Books, we passed by Gage Hamilton’s Forest for the Trees mural. There are so many amazing murals and street art around Portland, the FFTTNW blog has a great collection of videos about the works and where to find them.
Then it was on to Powell’s Books, which is a HUGE bookstore. Powell’s has all kinds of books, genres, magazines, boardgames – it’s like 5 floors of awesome. It’s no wonder Powell’s is consistently on “Must Visit” lists. And you know how stores, especially book stores, can have that musty stale air kind of atmosphere? Not here! Here you’ll find plenty of space and room, reading benches, and there is even a coffee shop (that’s open late by the way). Upstairs in the art section, you’ll also find a gallery. I bought way too many books, so watch your wallet if you’re on a budget. The great thing is – Powell’s will buy your used books. So..maybe one more book!
Thank you for reading!