Last week my friend Teresa who I met at my former job came to visit me in Portland. A mini vacation for her and an a perfect excuse to see my new city. Our original was to meet one of our other friends (another former co-worker) here in Portland to spend the weekend all togerther at my house. However, the plan changed when my friend wasn’t able to make it down.
Adam and I ended up picking up Teresa on Thursday from the airport. We all grabbed a quick lunch at Laurelwood Public House & Brewery before I headed to work. (Side note: Their saison was amazing)
In the mean time Adam and Teresa went to Multnomah falls & Salt and Staw in SE since I was at work that afternoon. Friday I had a treatment and went to work, so Teresa ended up having a small adventure around NW while I was at work. That night Adam and Teresa picked me up from work and we all decided to head downtown to have dinner and do a little exploring of Portland’s night life. We ended the night at voodo doughnuts, where I had a delicious grape doughnut.
Saturday, Teresa and I woke up early to be part of the Portland tradition and have brunch. First we drove downtown to rent bikes. (as you may know Portland is cycle city) So we picked our bikes up and headed to brunch. We selected Pink Rose since they seem to be 1 of the 3 top spots for Bottomless Mimosas.
I was super happy with the brunch location. The service and food was excellent and a great price for what we order. I would recommend this place to anyone. (They also have bottomless Bloody Mary’s for those who like them). We continued our journey on the bikes, and travel around downtown.
We also visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden. I really enjoyed visiting the garden, not only for the beautiful structures, the clay demonstration, but because it reminded me a lot of some of the Japanese temples I visited while I was in Japan. YES! I know this is a Chinese garden don’t worry. Let me explain: In Japan there are a lot of older temples and shrines surrounded by modern building. When you look around beyond the garden walls you are able to see the modern buildings in Portland, this brought back some memories of Japan.
The garden was beautiful, I really want to go back sometime and get more photos. Hopefully, I will be able to visit it in the spring to see the different colors of the trees and flora. While we were there I also received my fortune.
Later on that afternoon we headed to Portland’s Saturday Market. I picked up a growler of delicious Cranberry Cider from Altas Cider Co. , and Teresa got some Henna art done from Dabblette Henna Body Art Boutique.
After walking around the market, riding bikes for a bit more and shopping around the area, we ended up having dinner at a small Mexican food cart. The food was really good and super affordable. Our Saturday had been a success and with that said we decided that Sunday had to involve some brunch mimosas again.
We ended up going to another one of the top 3 places for bottomless mimosas for brunch. This time was Rae’s Lakeside Lounge. The playful part of this place is that there is no lake around. The service and food was great, and with the $5 bottomless mismosas made it even better. The funniest part was when Teresa and I ended up running into our waitress from Pink Rose at Rae’s enjoying brunch with her friend over bottomless mimosas.
The best way to end our Sunday before she had to head back to LA, was spending the day in NW shopping around at small local stores and enjoying some ice cream from Salt & Straw.
(Delicious Candy Corn flavored ice cream)
I had a really good time hanging out with Teresa exploring PDX and also getting to know her more as my friend outside of work. Teresa and I did not hang out in LA due to the fact that we worked in different offices and lived in opposite side of LA, but I’m glad she was able to visit, last weekend was a blast.