By Braddah Lance
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.
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. 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?
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.
Hea's anoddah angle. I tried to get "on top" but dis was as good as it got.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In case we don't hear from each oddah, Merry Christmas to da WWD! Hui! You guys are wat makes dis blog click!