Portland Day 3 & 4 In A Nutshell

December 24th, 2009
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Aftah Day 2, day 3 was a piece of cake. Wen we first left da hotel, da morning looked very promising especially cause we actually were able to see sky AND sunlight - a rarity I hear for Portland dis time of year.    :razz:   

We started da day with a great breakfast at Helser's on Alberta and went to a small outlet, Columbia Gorge, to shop (dis tax free stuff is great!). Funny thing wen traveling, I tink you just gotta "go free" sometimes and dis time wasn't any different. We went through dat outlet pretty quick and didn't have any solid plans so we just drove. Little did we know dat we were only minutes away from wat turned out be a very interesting drive.

We found the Historic Columbia River Highway and took a drive for as long as there was sunlight - or lack thereof. We just drove till it got dark.  :roll:  Sometimes da best part of a trip is unplanned.

Our last (half) day in Portland was spent walking around downtown and enjoying their street cart vendors. They're kinda like manapua trucks but each one sold their own unique flavah. Wat made it really unreal was dat all da ethnic foods and cuisines dat were being offered were made by their respective people. Da Greek foods were made by Greeks, da Mexican food was made by hispanics, southern food was made by southerners and so on and so on. No mattah wat cusine you picked, da street cart vendors will satisfy ANYBODY's pallette.

 


Was dis a promising sign for bettah weather ahead?

 


Dis guy was selling Christmas trees in his front yard.... wat did you tink da sign meant?   :razz: 
 


Helsers on Alberta - a very popular spot for breakfast

 


A real homey feel and a very cozy dining area with handwritten chalk specials

 


Pepper bacon and chedder hash: Pepper bacon, Tillamook cheddar, Yukon Gold potatoes, scallions, onions topped with two poached eggs and creme fraiche. Yuuummm.

 


Brioche French Toast: Sliced thick and soaked in a vanilla cinnamon batter served with buttery syrup and sweet butter. Even MORE yuuummmy! It was one of da fluffiest, lightest french toast I've evah had. You tink it sounded overly sweet but it wasn't.

 


It was just like da Pali hea at Crown Point with da Columbia River in da background

 


A very neat little find dat a lot of people just drove by cause it wasn't da "headliner"

 


Just anoddah waterfall no?

 


Did you notice dis at da base of da waterfall? It was below freezing so even before da watah hit da base, it froze and ended up making an "ice volcano" which was something I'd nevah seen before. Since da waterfall nevah completely froze ovah, it created a 'reverse volcano' of ice wea watah was going in instead of coming out. If you look at da walkway, it's not wet... it's ice. Trust me.   :roll: 

 


Hea's anoddah angle. I tried to get "on top" but dis was as good as it got.

 


Da "headliner"

 


Dat coffee got cold really fast

 


50 feet high on da lower falls and 300 feet on da upper

 


Mold  Moss AND ice?

 


They weren't lying. You couldn't even walk on dis suckah.

 


If you look really closely in da puka, dat's wea da watah is running - everything on top got frozen including da fallen leaves.

  


Dis lake froze ovah. How did I know? I saw da rocks sitting on top.   :wink: 

  


Da magic of telephoto lenses. Dis is across da Columbia River.

  


Dinnah was at The Original - A Dinerant. I'm guessing they could decide whether to call it a diner or a restaurant.

  


Moose Drool. For realz, das wat it's called.

  


Chili cheese fries - da buggah was SUPAH ONO! Da fries was perfect and their homemade chili and melted cheese had da perfect chili/cheese to fries ratio.

  


See! All gone.   :grin:  

  


Da Wife had da 72 hour BBQ Brisket with mac n cheese and brown butter braised greens 

  


Cascade natural NY strip steak with green bean casserole, bordelaise

  


Portland is a very bicycle friendly town. Also a very pet friendly town. And a very "artsy" town too.

 


There were wat seemed like a ton of these "street cart vendors" and it was hard choosing one... so we ate at a few.   :grin: 

 


Check out da 5-Oh Burger

 


As you can tell, it was raining but dat didn't stop "Side Cart" from frying anything and everything!

 


Look how big dis burrito is from Mr.Taco!

 


Pulled pork sandwich with secret sauce.... it was FANTASTIC! Told by a couple of guys as we were contemplating at da menu dat dis is THE best pulled pork around. His baked beans and potato salad was broke da mouth as well!


Wat a clever slogan! If it wasn't for dat, I wouldn't have tried.


Chicken Schnitzelwich. ONOLICIOUS! Dat orange sauce is pretty tasty as well as da batter on da chicken.

 


I wondah how come we don't have these kine trash cans around Hawaii wea we get sun like 99% of da time.... WWD!

 

 As always, CLICK HEA for more pics....

SHOUT OUT:   If you missed out on yesterday's blog, still get a couple of containers of fresh homemade kim chee for anyone who like sample.  :grin: 

 

In case we don't hear from each oddah, Merry Christmas to da WWD! Hui! You guys are wat makes dis blog click!

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

32 Responses to “Portland Day 3 & 4 In A Nutshell”

  1. Coconut Willy:

    Yo! BL. If still get, I like. Da wife can pick up

    Where is dat Helsers? Looks ono.

    You neva have the ice cream at Multnomah Falls? Just joshing.


  2. islandgirl in nc:

    They have deep fried all kinds of things here like even Twinkies. Never had it but heard about it. My favorite thing right now is sweet potato fries. There's this burger place here that serves them with honey butter sauce. Yummy! :) Anyways, I wish I lived closer 'cause I would love to try some of your kim chee. Have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow!


  3. Lose Money:

    Eh BL, since you yobo, try check out the Koi Fusion truck. http://koifusionpdx.com Dis one mean taco truck with boneless kalbi, bulgogi, bbq chicken and oddah kine korean style meat inside one taco or burrito! Gotta go on twitter fo find out where they going be during that day. http://www.twitter.com/koifusionpdx

    And if you like one oddah mean lunch, try go Bunk Sandwiches. Meanest sandwich in PDX. Hands down.
    http://www.bunksandwiches.com


  4. Ynaku:

    'Sup BL, Big Nut shell but loved it. Yeah the best part of my vacations was just drive and stopping here and there. Check out the rarely traveled spots. You be surprised with what you find and the people you meet. That's why we carry extra mementos from Hawaii to share along the route. Make friends here and there.

    Thanks again for taking us on your ride.

    BTW, what's up with that rag? You was planning on going skinny dipping?


  5. Ocean Lover:

    Howzit BL.............GOOD MORNING!!!!!!

    For my Christmas present...........I GOING BE UNCLE? ;-)

    Mahalo again for sharing your trip with everyone.......lets us experience the memories with you.

    OL


  6. Ynaku:

    Hey OL, Better they call you Uncle than one Auntie :P

    Bwahahahaha :lol:

    I think the cold air making me pupule (Eh where da pidgin word of da day?)


  7. King Katonk:

    I think I just gained 20 lbs. just looking at all the great fuud pics. Portland will definitely be on my list of future trips. Thanks for sharing your vacation with the Lanceformers.

    I guess that photo of the 10% neighbor discount is Portland’s version of the kama’aina rate.

    Speaking of that Crown Point picture…You can’t fool me; I recognize the Koolaus and Kaneohe Bay in the background.

    Finally, I hope you and your loved ones have a great Christmas holiday.


  8. KAN:

    Nice recap, BL. Great pictures too - I love all the frozen waterfall ones. (But, Braddah, dat's MOSS, not mold, on da trees.)

    10% neighborhood discount - kinda figgah, hah? Who outside da neighborhood goin' buy Christmas trees? Not like you goin' buy yourzes dere den fly 'em back to Hawai`i?

    Wow those chili cheese fries looked awesome. You guys really had da scoops on where to eat.

    On to Vegas?


  9. sally:

    Good Morning Everybody!

    BL: travelling by da seat of your pants is the best! Did that once and got to see some interesting things. The best part about your vacation pics is that it didn't include anything typically tourist... I love that kind of travelling.

    Very cool that ice volcano pictorial. And you got some nice shots you and Mrs. BL can use for Christmas card... or, at this point, New Years Greeting. Thank you for sharing your vacation memories with us!


  10. M:

    Good morning BL!

    Great job on da pics again. I like the waterfall pics and of course da fuud pics too. You guys when pound down some fuud again.

    Did you get my email?

    Be SAFE, don't drink and drive everyone and Have a Happy Merry Christmas to all!!!!!


  11. M:

    I sent you anodda email....


  12. B:

    like King Katonk said, just gained poundage looking at the pics. some mighty fine ono looking food.

    merry christmas everybodies.


  13. 9th Island Girl:

    It's so interesting to be on this virtual trip with a guy who's as obsessed with food as I am! Cute da picture wit you and da wife at da fake Pali. :)

    Merry Christmas to all the Lanceformers/Kwonics!


  14. Makiki:

    Merry Christmas to BL and Da WWD Hui!

    Great pics! Really makes me want to visit the area and sample some of that ono looking food. Da wife must have spent choke time researching the trip and it looks like she did a great job.

    Kim Chee - maybe next time, my mouth waters just thinking about it. Too many things to get done before the game today.

    Alan from Makiki


  15. M:

    BL, masako is coming to pick up the Kim Chee. Check your email... :)


  16. anklebiters:

    I'm hungry again.....that pull pork BeeBeeQ sandwich sure looks good right about now :!:

    You should be somewhere over the Pacific Ocean by now to deliver my kim chee....I'll bee waiting with sugar free cookies and a glass of slim milk. The slim milk is Shauna's idea, I would have left you a bottle of BL Lime :-)


  17. Kage:

    Good Morning All.

    Wow, great pictures again. I starting to sound like one broken record....

    Thanks again for the offer of kim chee. I will have to pass on this again...boo.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS


  18. buddahbelly:

    Great photos, now I hungry. See you about 10:00 this a.m. for the Kim Chee. Merry Christmas to you and da Hui.


  19. hanapaa:

    Ho, brah! Das some majah "mold" on dem trees! I thot mold ja like that kine on my bread. You know, foa make penicillin.
    No can see if you sitll stay wearing shorts oa wat?


  20. Braddah Lance:

    Coconut Willy:
    Yo! BL. If still get, I like. Da wife can pick up

    Looks like I'll be out but will let you know if get extras but nevah fear, BL is hea! No worries I gotta make next week for New Years too so I'll definitely save you one with dat batch.

    Where is dat Helsers? Looks ono.

    In Alberta District. Kinda smack dab in da middle of residential.

    You neva have the ice cream at Multnomah Falls? Just joshing.

    Nah, we just stuck our coffee in da river and had instant slushies. :razz:
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    islandgirl in nc:
    My favorite thing right now is sweet potato fries. There's this burger place here that serves them with honey butter sauce.

    I know a few burger places hea dat serve da sweet potato fries but I nevah tried. Dat honey butter sauce sounds very interesting.

    I wish I lived closer 'cause I would love to try some of your kim chee.

    I thought da SupahFerry was on it's way?

    Have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow!

    You too!
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    Lose Money:
    Eh BL, since you yobo, try check out the Koi Fusion truck...And if you like one oddah mean lunch, try go Bunk Sandwiches. Meanest sandwich in PDX. Hands down.

    E Komo Mai to WWD! Lose Money! Classic screen name! :lol:

    And wea was you wen I was asking for places to eat cause those two sounds like places I would have tried! :sad:

    Glad you could drop in and I hope you continue to do so. :wink:
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    Ynaku:
    That's why we carry extra mementos from Hawaii to share along the route. Make friends here and there.

    Dat's not a bad idea. Maybe I can remembah dat for our next trip cause we did meet a lot of nice people.

    BTW, what's up with that rag? You was planning on going skinny dipping?

    :lol: Da Wife would nevah let. :roll: Dat blue rag is actually a microfiber I had to carry around cause it was if it wasn't rain it was frost or something "wet" so I needed to constantly wipe down da camera.
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    Ocean Lover:
    For my Christmas present...........I GOING BE UNCLE?

    Santa isn't in Hawaii yet.

    Mahalo again for sharing your trip with everyone....

    Well my posts isn't as interesting as MLC or O&E so I had to spice it up a bit. :wink: Why do you tink I bribe readers with kim chee? :lol:
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    Ynaku:
    Hey OL, Better they call you Uncle than one Auntie

    Auntie OL.... nice ring to it don't you tink? :razz:

    I think the cold air making me pupule (Eh where da pidgin word of da day?)

    I know! I've been slacking there and everywhere. :sad: :oops:
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    King Katonk:
    I think I just gained 20 lbs. just looking at all the great fuud pics. Portland will definitely be on my list of future trips.

    To eat? Definitely. To shop? Woodburn is da best bet.

    I guess that photo of the 10% neighbor discount is Portland’s version of the kama’aina rate.

    I wondah wat da "friend" discount is?

    Speaking of that Crown Point picture…You can’t fool me; I recognize the Koolaus and Kaneohe Bay in the background.

    :lol: LOL :lol: Wat gave it away? :lol:

    I hope you and your loved ones have a great Christmas holiday.

    You too! Dis is our third Christmas "together". :grin:
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    KAN:
    (But, Braddah, dat's MOSS, not mold, on da trees.)

    Told you, I always testing Da WWD! Hui to make surah they on top of things cause you know some of you MLC'ers need "tests" sometimes to keep fresh yeah? :razz:

    Wow those chili cheese fries looked awesome. You guys really had da scoops on where to eat.

    With great suggestios and tips from co-workahs, Da Hui and endless researching by Da Wife... all I had to do was take da pictures..... and eat. :grin:

    On to Vegas?

    Yeah but it's da same ole same ole. Hopefully I got enough of something "different".
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    sally:
    The best part about your vacation pics is that it didn't include anything typically tourist... I love that kind of travelling.

    Well das wat we try to do/find... but we gotta play tourist sometimes. :grin:

    Very cool that ice volcano pictorial.

    Da pictures really didn't do it justice cause das one thing you really need to see in person. I must have just stood there watching for like half an hour.
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    M:
    You guys when pound down some fuud again.

    Wat's traveling without food? :grin:

    Be SAFE, don't drink and drive everyone and Have a Happy Merry Christmas to all!!!!!

    Watch out for fireworks too!


  21. David In Oregon:

    Glad you got to explore a bunch of the area. Was it windy at Crown Point when you folks went up there? Around this time of year, the winds go through the Gorge and dump out at the outlet mall you folks went to. It can get pretty windy, windy enough to rock your car back and forth while you sit at the traffic light.

    So, when are you going to return to Portland? ;-)

    Tax free shopping, Tax free shopping, Tax free shopping, Tax free shopping!


  22. M:

    BL, so how many pounds you when gain?


  23. sally:

    BL: I dunno how else to reach you so I hope you get this. My timing is all kablooey and I know I not going make it to you today. So thanks for the kim chee offer, I know someone else will MORE THAN HAPPILY take if off your hands.

    *More for NKHEA!

    I need about 2 more days before Christmas.
    oy.


  24. GA Bows:

    Wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas... stay safe this holiday season!


  25. M:

    Mahalo fo da Kim Chee!


  26. NaPueo:

    More great pictures!! Thanks for sharing.
    re: The trash cans are a great idea but some people here would either break them or steal them.


  27. anklebiters:

    Marry Christmas Lance...may 2010 be an even better year for you :!:


  28. David In Oregon:

    Merry Christmas to BL, Mrs. BL and the WWD crew.


  29. Alohikea:

    Glad you got to see some waterfalls up the Gorge-we have some gorgeous ones especially in the the spring with the runoff. Just drove from the coast yesterday back to my house-6 hour drive and there was ice and snow on the roads! SNOW SUCKS!!! All I can think about is I will be warm and toasty in the sun in a month and a half! Honolulu I am coming back again!


  30. snow:

    lol... uhhh, i had to post after i read "SNOW SUCKS!!!" :( boo... :cry:

    BL, looks like you had a great trip! good for you and mrs. BL! thank you for sharing your trip pictures with us... good advertising for portland and seattle, that's for sure! we can all go and say "BL sent us!"

    hope all the knowics and lanceformers had a great christmas and are enjoying the holiday season! happy new year (gotta get that in before i miss it!), too!


  31. Alohikea:

    Sorry Snow, didn't mean you! I meant the white stuff that makes it hard to drive and turns into ice so that cars slide off the road left and right.


  32. Mokihana:

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