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Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland

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Voodoo Donuts in Portland was an adventure. Just getting there was an adventure in itself. We walked down Burnside, (which was a unique street, that’s for sure) after watching Fourth of July fireworks. I had noticed that Voodoo Donuts was open 24 hours, which seemed crazy to me.

Burnside led us past many girls dancing in front of windows and the home of Scientology, where we spoke to a nice woman. Eventually, we arrived at a glowing pink sign and a huge line.

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There were police there. POLICE protecting the line at the donut shop. I soon saw why. I guess Voodoo donuts attracts an almost a sideshow of characters. There was the teen with two kittens on his shoulder. The man dancing circles around everyone in line. The guy that hit on my boyfriend and tried to hug him. I guess it can get pretty crazy.

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We waited in line for about half an hour, and then we were admitted into the pink walls of Voodoo Donuts. They had SO MANY different types of donuts. They were all displayed in cylinder cases. I wasn’t able to get many pictures due to the sheer chaos of the store.

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Some donuts included: The Loop (vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops), Triple chocolate penetration
(Chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and coco-puffs), Portland Cream (filled with Bavarian cream. Topped with chocolate and two eyeballs.) and so much more. Click here to see all of the varieties.

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I had a Marshall Mathers doughnut, which was a plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and
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Old Dirty Bastard with chocolate frosting, Oreo’s and peanut butter.

Was it worth the wait and all of the weirdness? Yes, and yes. Voodoo Donuts is an experience you won’t wanna miss.

Voodoo Doughnuts is at 22 SW 3rd Avenue Portland Oregon, U.S.A. Open 24/7.

Powell’s City of Books in Portland

 

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Powell’s City of Books can give New York’s the Strand a run for its money! This huge book store occupies an entire city block.

The shelves are crammed with new and used books on every topic imaginable. Aside from books, they also sell notebooks, bags, travel supplies, stationary and bookmarks, of course. (I bought this cute Bridges of Portland shirt!) There is a cozy cafe where you can sip on one of Portland’s famous coffee brews while reading your new book.

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This is me being pretty much in heaven.  Powell’s has other locations in the city, but this is the best (and biggest) location. Between their online sales and brick and motor stores, Powell’s has over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. Wow!

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Powell’s City of Books is at 1005 W Burnside St.

Brunch at Tasty n’ Alder in Portland

 

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I love Portland! I loved every delicious moment of it. This was our first brunch in the city. So good! Tasty n’ Alder seemed to have a, well, tasty reputation, and they were a quick walk from our hotel.

We went on a Wednesday morning, and waited about 10 minutes to be seated. The brunch menu is always changing. Here’s what we ate!

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I had the Chorizo Verde Omelette with roasted poblanos, onions & cotija ($11) Yup, it had spicy green sausage! The omlette was full of flavour and the crumbly Mexican cotija was excellent. If I had one wish it would be for more cheese!

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A homemade biscuit was on the menu, and if you are aware of my love for biscuits, then you know I ordered this. The biscuit was perfect, flaky and oh-so buttery, served with honey butter.

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This loveliness is the Tasso Hash​​ with onion sour cream & fried egg ($12) I nabbed a piece of potato and it was crisped to perfection.

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The Steakhouse Sandwich has Cascade Natural​​ smoked coppa steak, fried onions & horseradish ($11)  Everyone enjoyed their meals immensely, the menu is unique and the prices are affordable! If you go to Portland, be sure to visit them.

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Tasty n’ Alder  is at 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205.

Hotel Monaco in Portland

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From the moment I entered the Hotel Monaco, in Portland, I knew that this was my kind of place. Was it the funky wallpaper and the bird lamp at the front desk? Maybe the plush lounge serving up free wine? Possibly all of these things. One thing was for certain I wasn’t wrong. The Hotel Monaco is amazing, and it’s my favourite hotel from my West Coast trip.

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I’ve never seen so much awesome packed into one place. From the floral pattern in the sink, to the Portland illustration on the tiles in the bathroom shower, to the beautiful branch inspired chair and mirror….everything is amazing! If you love design and tiny details, do yourself a favour and stay here. Trust me.

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My room was a fabulous Monaco King Suite. The large 550 sq room was divided by a pair of french doors. The living room had a Queen sofa sleeper and it’s own flat screen television. The bedroom had a comfy King pillow top sleeper and a flat screen TV. It’s the perfect room to share with friends or another couple, because it allows you to have your own space.

Also…the bathroom is huge! Aside from being spacious, it also had gorgeous line drawings of Portland buildings and bridges as wallpaper.

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The wallpaper really needs a special shout out. Wallpaper all too often gets a bad rap of being tacky and dated. I think that the Monaco did an amazing job at decorating the room with fresh, modern wallpaper prints.

When you are ready to venture from your room, this hotel is in a great area. You can walk to Powell’s City of Books, and to the SW 9th and Alder food truck pod, with over 60+ food carts. You are also very close to the Pearl District, which is filled with shops and restaurants.

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Lets not forget that this hotel is a Kimpton, and comes with the typical fantastic Kimpton Perks!

– Free bicycle rentals for guests (and the bikes have been specially designed for Kimpton)

Hosted Wine Hour- Yes, you heard correctly. At almost all Kimpton Hotels, you can enjoy free wine hand-picked by their master sommelier.

Free WiFi and snacks if you join their free rewards program Kimpton InTouch

-Free beverages in the lobby! Free flavoured water and lemonade/iced tea in the lobby in the afternoon, and free coffee and Mighty Leaf Tea (yes!)  in the morning.

Raid the Mini Bar: Kimpton InTouch members get to sneak  treats for up to $10! It’s such a great idea, and something that I haven’t seen any other hotel do before. The mini bar is particularly awesome– filled with local, gourmet and handy items (like a razor or a mini first aid kit)

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To sum it up, I fell in love with the Hotel Monaco. Of course, don’t just take my word for it. Read the bulletin board with messages of happy Hotel Monaco customers that they keep for you to read as you exit the hotel garage.

I agree with everything said there. I also want to live at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco forever. Please?

HOTEL MONACO PORTLAND is at 506 S.W. Washington Street Portland, OR 97204
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