Above -- Multnomah Falls
We visited my little brother in Portland and it is one fun city to visit with kids. It's a playground of kid-friendly breweries (with play areas), fantastic and affordable food, lush greenery and a short drive to the Coast.
Above -- Multnomah Falls
salt & straw
Salt & Straw really does live up to the hype. The vanilla is the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had. And the strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper is not some pretentious, inedible concoction---it is a perfect and complex dessert.
My boys holding hands while exploring Powell's --
food truck pods!
Below - dinner the Tahrir Square food truck
Portland has food truck pods in which the trucks pay rent to a landlord and share utilities and space. My sister was also in town visiting our brother and we had some great times together. Below - dinner with the sibs at the SE Hawthorne pod.
thai street food - chicken and rice
Nong Khao's chicken and rice wasn't life-changing as I've read. But it was perfectly tender and subtly flavorful Thai street food. It's also like a dish that gives you a hug and you crave it weeks afterward. Definitely add it to your Portland list and go during an off hour to avoid the long line.
an epic splash fountain
There are terraces at different heights and the water goes high and then drains. You can really swim in there!
We explored Reed College one evening.
kid friendly breweries with play areas!
swedish brunch at broder
While delighted at the novelty of weekday brunch everywhere in Portland, my East Coast sensibilities were taken aback when I realized there can even be an hour long wait for brunch at 9 am on a Tuesday morning. But yep, that Portlandia brunch episode is not far off. The first time we tried to go to Cafe Broder, we joined the ranks of the dozen + people sipping coffee outside while waiting to be seated. An hour passed and we had to cross our names off the list because we didn't want to be late to our mid morning plans. We did go back later in the week at 8 am and were able to enjoy Swedish brunch. Pictured below - aebelskivers with lemon curd and lingonberry.
At Broder - My kids know their way around a brunch toast.
the oregon coast
It's an hour and a half drive to Cannon Beach from Portland. Bring your sweaters.
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We're a pair of lawyers (me, looking for a creative outlet and my husband, who likes working with his hands) with two little boys, a beagle and an old house with an unruly yard. We blog about our projects, food, and travel.
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