Spella Caffe

Spella Caffe, located on 5th Avenue downtown, is definitely one of the smallest coffee shops in Portland. It’s hard to even call Spella a shop, as the inside of the shop only includes the espresso equipment, menu board, pastries, and a small standing area to pay. However, there is seating outside reserved for Spella customers….

Crisp

I’m a big fan of veggies, especially in salads. And I’m an even bigger fan when restaurants will let you completely customize your salad! Crisp, a fairly new salad-focused restaurant on North Williams, is one of these places.  I’ve been to Crisp a couple of times and customized my salad each time. For starts, you…

Tea Chai Té

I absolutely love tea, and I absolutely love Tea Chai Té. I have fond memories of spending evenings here with friends when I was in high school (see photo below) and have continued coming here through college. As I’ve grown to appreciate tea even more, I’ve become more obsessed with Tea Chai Té and their…

Namu

I haven’t tried out too much Korean or Hawaiian food, so when I went to the Tid Bit food cart pod on SE Division, I decided to broaden my horizons and try out Namu. Namu is a Korean/Hawaiian fusion food cart with bowls, plates, and sandwiches. Besides the cart on Division that I tried out,…

Jam on Hawthorne

Jam is definitely a super well known Portland brunch spot, but because it’s my absolute favorite, I figured it necessitated a blog post.  My favorite parts about Jam are twofold: 1) the menu is massive and caters to everyone’s health/dietary needs and 2) it’s creative/different, but not weird. The oatmeal chai blueberry pancakes on the…

Fifty Licks

Thai rice, blood orange creamsicle, cardamom, coconut lemon saffron, carmelized honey, and chocolate malt are just a few of the amazing flavors on the menu at Fifty Licks. I first discovered this place about 4 years ago when Fifty Licks was a simple ice cream truck occasionally parked in Pioneer Square. I immediately fell in…

Waffle Window

Waffle Window is a Portland classic with locations in SE Hawthorne, NE Alberta, Bridgeport Village (brand new!), and soon to be in Bethany. Their waffles are pre-sweetened with pearl sugar, so even getting a plain waffle is such a treat!! Waffle Window’s menu has both sweet and savory options. I’m personally a fan of the…

Nong’s Khao Man Gai

The menu item “chicken and rice” is just about the only thing on the menu at Nong’s. But don’t be deceived by the simplicity– this place knows how to make chicken and rice. The basic chicken and rice dish comes with a broth based soup and famous soy based sauce on the side (you can…

Carioca Bowls

I’ve been a fan of Carioca Bowls since it opened almost a year ago (it’s almost their 1 year anniversary!) and I’m glad to say I still love it. There are a few places to get good acai bowls in Portland, but I think that Carioca Bowls is possibly the most authentic of the bunch….

MÅURICE

MÅURICE is an adorable French luncheonette right in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. The restaurant may be small, but its cute decor and all-white interior make it the perfect lunch/dessert/afternoon snack spot. I was at first unsure of what to make of some of the menu items (There were a lot of French names…

Poa Cafe

When I first walked into Poa, I was unsure of what to make of the small restaurant. I could see a big kid’s play area in the back, but right in front of me was a huge wall of alcohol. As you can imagine, the vibe is definitely unique (and very Portland!).  I’ve been to…

Prince Coffee

A great new coffee place just opened up in Kenton called Prince Coffee, and it’s a great little spot. Located inside Revive Upholstery, it shares the space with the furniture store, which gives it a great, homey vibe.     I ended up going on Prince’s official grand opening, which meant free stroopwaffle! The waffles are…