Portland (kid-free!)

John and I recently celebrated our 1o year anniversary and traveled for the first time by ourselves since having babies. Portland is one of my absolute favorite U.S. cities. If you have not been, hop on a plane right now and go! This is the perfect time to visit.


One of the things John and I were most excited about was eating. Portland has some incredible restaurants and while most of them are kid-friendly, we could be a little more adventurous, wait in longer lines, and order whatever we wanted because we didn’t have to share with little people who can be picky. 🙂


Our first stop for dinner was the recently-opened Grassa, because our friend, Ian, is the chef there! And also, because he hand-makes pasta and makes amazing food. Grassa lived up to the hype and was delicious. We loved watching the pasta being made while listening to records.

Broder for breakfast has been on our list of places to go for a long time. We tried once before, but had the girls with us and couldn’t wait in line (there almost always is a long one on the weekend). Yum!

Several friends highly recommended tapa restaurant Toro Bravo (another restaurant with a usually-lengthy wait) where the shrimp was incredible.

Luce was insanely good. This tiny restaurant was absolutely adorable and the food was divine. I felt like I was in Italy again.


Of course, you must visit Salt and Straw – the famous ice cream shop. It was as delicious as we had heard; so good in fact that we went twice.



Albina Press is a friendly grungy coffee shop that we have loved for years.

John recently went to a conference in Portland and visited Secret Society, where he couldn’t wait to take me back to on this trip.

I found a little champagne bar called Ambonnay with a friendly owner and warm space, conveniently located next to Olympic Provisions that I loved.



We wandered the Portland Art Museum, leisurely, for hours. We were lucky enough to catch the Cyclepedia exhibit (John was so excited). I was entertained by the preschool class on field trip there (and even more so by the parent chaperones attempting to keep the preschoolers’ hands off the bikes). We also caught the Gaston Lachaise exhibit, (a French sculptor – we had the best timing!)

Of course, we wandered Powell’s for ages and found some adorable drawing books we bought the girls.

We strolled for a bit around Mt. Tabor Park (an ancient volcano right in Portland) until I got blistered too badly and had to go back to the car and change shoes for our antiquing trip through Sellwood.


Just a sampling of our favorites from our trip to get you started on yours! Bon Voyage!


Etsy Shop Love: ybryksenkova

Yelena Bryksenkova is a Brooklyn artist who creates calming ethereal paintings. We are getting settled in our new home, planning paint colors, and arrangement of furniture, but we haven’t quite figured out our wall art situation yet. Yelena’s prints could belong in any of our rooms and I love the idea of a few of them framed next to each other on our walls.

I love the colors, the grays, greens, and blues with just a touch of brown and red to ground them that she uses throughout her paintings. I love the modern folk art feeling as well.

The elephant cats are charming. I wish I could jump right in with a warm cup of tea and a book.

All the prints are very reasonably priced. What a lovely gifts these prints would make! Be sure to check out her fairytale postcard collection while you’re dreaming in her shop.

I hope everyone stays safe and dry from the hurricane! I’ve been through four, and they’re not fun. xo

All images courtesy of Yelena Bryksenkova. Click on photos to visit her shop.

P.S. Be sure to enter my random act of kindness giveaway on facebook.