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Weekends at the Portland Saturday Market

Being in Portland on a weekend is important. It’s the only way to experience the Portland Saturday Market for yourself. Despite it’s name, the market is on every Saturday and Sunday from March to Christmas Eve.

Over 400 artists participate, alongside sizzling food stalls and street entertainers. You’ll find the best of Portland in one place. The city is, after all, about community, art and food, and so is the market.

Beware: a feeling of “needing everything” in sight may suddenly come over you as you browse stalls. I don’t know if anyone really “needs” the Game of Real Life.

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Tasty n Adler, your Portland must-go-to.

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My personal goal when traveling is to fly away with enriching experiences, life long memories, cool souvenirs, and all that kind of stuff. My professional goal is to discover at least one amazing food recommendation in every city.

That way, when we’re hanging out and you tell me about your upcoming trip to Portland I can yell out, “TASTY N ADLER! Tasty n Adler is your Portland must go-to.”

Tasty n Adler provides the perfect Portland eating experience because it’s well-located, super cool, chill and, well, tasty. Every time we walked by the restaurant was overflowing with people. We were desperate to try it.

We were rejected by a two-hour wait time the first night we went. We only had ourselves to blame – no one eats at 7pm anymore. Having learned our lesson, we stopped by at 5pm the next day but got slapped in the face by a 45 minute wait. The third day we thought we had no chance, but decided to try anyway. There was no one sitting outside but when we walked through the threshold the waitress spanked us with another 45 minutes wait.

“But there’s no one sitting outside” I said, using the whiniest voice I could muster.
“Oh, I mean, yea. You can sit outside if you want.”
She looked at us like we were crazy.
“Yea, we’ll do that.”
“It’s just so hot. No one’s been wanting to sit out there.”
“We’ll be fine. Thank you.”

It was hot, but we relaxed under an umbrella and ordered ginger beer with extra ice. Sitting outdoors gave us a chance to people watch, anyway. There are some crazies on the streets of Portland and they are a treat to see.

Now. I want to tell you about the perfectly cooked Gaucho ribeye steak, and the Mexican street corn, and the fresh summer salad we devoured but the family-style menu is seasonal and changes often. What you should know is that you can trust their food. Order whatever you want because it will be incredible. Oh, but the fries will probably still be around so definitely order those!

W0rd to the wise: Tasty n Adler takes reservations for parties of 7+. So make sure you take 6 friends with you on your next trip to Portland. You’ll thank us later.

Tasty n Adler
580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 621- 9251

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Powell’s City of Books: I like big books and I cannot lie

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There was never a doubt that I was going to love Portland’s Powell’s City of Books. Bookstores are on of my favorite places in the world. I’ve already confessed my feelings for The Strand.

The impossible happened: I convinced Jack to visit Powell’s every day we were in Portland. Some days were for quick browses, others were more bring-your-laptop-and-work-at-the-café type days; I will keep them all day in my treasure chest of favorite memories.

Powell’s is such a special place.

It manages to feel homelier than most bookstores, even though it more than doubles them in size. The flagship store takes up prime location in Portland’s Pearl District (close to Clyde Commons). They stock up to one million books there. One million! That’s a heck of lot of books.

Getting a job there must be tough. You have to be friendly and smart and cool, AND you have to know your shit. I was talking to a staff member about a card game called Haggis (It’s really fun. We’re obsessed it. You should get it if you’re big nerds like us). She knew everything about it! Then, I took a chance and asked her if they had Molly Wizenberg’s book Delancy and she was like “OMG, of course we do! Her writing is so good.” She lead me through to an entirely different room – each room is color-coded – and talked me through the barely-there difference between their used and not used books.

She also told me to trust the tags, which are meticulously placed on the book shelves. Each recommendation is written by an author or staff member and highlights the reason why said person loved said book. A tag is nothing new, but they are everywhere, detailed and helpful.

Powell’s can do no wrong.

I fell in love from the moment I spotted the retro signage out the front. It’s probably the reason I’m so keen on moving to Portland one day. But until that day comes, my yellow Powell’s mug (which I use every day for coffee) will keep me company. I still can’t believe I left that “I like big books and I cannot lie” shirt behind.

As long as there are places like Powell’s around, writing, reading, books and community will always be a thing, a beautiful thing I want to be a part of.

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Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

‘Isn’t it sad your wedding is over?’ is something I’ve been asked a lot recently. Explained further by variations of, ‘you put so much time and effort into the one day and then it’s just over.’

It’s true, I guess. We never thought of it like that though. Yes, our wedding came and went faster than I drink my morning coffee, but I don’t feel sad about it. The special day arrived and it was the absolute best! With the help of a hangover, we cleaned up the venue the next day. The rest of that week was spent finishing work and packing up our house. And the following week we left for our five-month honeymoon. We haven’t had time to feel sad about it.

We’ve reminisced about how magical the day was, of course, and wished it would have lasted forever, but I’ve mostly been planning future anniversary celebrations. If our wedding taught me anything it’s that 1) it is okay to want to celebrate love and commitment and us, and 2) piñatas are the best. We had always been embarrassed to publicly celebrate our love; it felt so show-offy. But that was silly. Everything in life that brings about happiness should, and will, be celebrated!

Having said that, I’ve already found the venue for our three year wedding anniversary: Portland’s International Rose Test Garden.

Have you been? It’s just far away enough from the main areas of Portland to be considered a hidden gem. It is just like it sounds – a beautiful green garden filled with rows upon rows of colorful roses from all over the world. An estimated 7,000 rose bushes live there. The test garden started in 1917 during World War I by the still-operating Portland Rose Society. They feared that European rose breeds and other unique plants would be destroyed due to bombings, so they did something about it. England started sending their roses shortly after and Portland created a safe haven for them. Since then the garden has grown to be one of Portland’s most romantic and well known attractions.

Now I get why Portland is known as “The City of Roses” and, subsequently, why Washington Park is known as “A Great Place For a Picnic and a Make-out Sesh.”

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