Category Archives: Food and Drink

Spella Coffee (Caffe)

I was looking for a place that was less chain store feeling near Pioneer Courthouse, the part of Portland that has the Apple Store, the Nike Store, the Microsoft Store, and the big Nordstroms.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this tiny coffee shop, Spella. They have the best Google website description: single-origin traditional espresso, macchiato and cappuccino.

It is darling. It is a small shop, inside this big impressive downtown building. It is almost on a tiny home / food cart scale. I didn’t know they made stores with this footprint..but it sounds like a great idea to me. Great food businesses can afford the rent and I get to eat the food!

It feels very European. Delicious pastries and the best coffee. In fact, I think I read that they serve the best coffee in Portland. Wow!

A Coffee Shop with Cool Art

In North Portland, there’s this coffee shop called The Arbor Lodge. It’s definitely not my favorite neighborhood, but this place is a gem.

Unsurprisingly, this Portland coffee shop serves good coffee.

Today's coffee #pdx

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What was a pleasant surprise was the quality of the artwork. Look at these graphic, acrylic paintings. They have a quality to them that reminds me of screenprinting or woodblock. Such fun colors!

The line quality also reminds me of cut paper. Have you heard of Swoon? She is a wonderful street artist that creates such intricate work. I could never do this, me with an exacto knife sounds like a recipe for disaster!

Swoon
Swoon
Swoon

Imbrie Hall

Hillsboro near Intel is growing like crazy. I heard that Cornelius Pass used to be this quiet little rural road and now they are doing massive construction on it to handle all of the traffic. Near the powerplants and electrical lines and all of the big box surburban sprawl is a real gem brought to you by McMenamin’s: Imbrie Hall.

The grounds and landscaping are stellar. It would be a great place for an event or wedding.

Super cute wooden sheds.

Look at all of the cool windows inside this rustic barn. I would love a cabin/tiny home like this:

I love this garden, I’m not sure if it’s fennel or Queen Anne’s lace

Cooper Mountain

 

Cooper Mountain

Southwest Beaverton is growing like crazy, they’re putting up all of these giant mcmansions or starter homes for 450k, and this is deep Beaverton, like I don’t even know if it’s technically Beaverton or Hillsboro or Tigard. I don’t understand what these people do because if any of them have a job to go to in Portland- good luck with that commute. It seems like the traffic and congestion in that part of the suburbs has gotten crazy,like worse than the city traffic.

Cooper Mountain

But it is understandable why so many people are flocking to this area of town when you see these pictures. Southwest Beaverton is elevated above the rest of the valley in Washington County. I guess they’re the Tualatin “mountains” – not really the mountains like the 14er Mount Hood, or the coastal range, but certainly high enough to get great views.

We dog sat for these people who live in this area. And they’re lucky enough to see this everyday in their backyard. With a better camera than my iphone you would be able to see Mt. Hood. Jealous.

And there’s Cooper Mountain. It’s crazy how you’re in a meh, residential area and then all of a sudden you wind up in this awesome area, and it’s like when did I end up in the Shire?

Cooper Mountain

Cooper Mountain

 

Cooper Mountain

Oh and this is random, but gallairda looks like little sunflowers and is very pretty. I want this in my garden:

Cooper Mountain

More from my Seattle trip: Food and Shopping

Seattle’s Pioneer Square is so charming. Look at all the ivy-covered brick buildings.

Like Portland, Seattle has so many cute shops and cafes. We stopped so I could get my coffee fix at this one shop (The London Plane) with an amazing floral selection.

Look at this teeny anemone by the register – so perfect I almost thought it was fake.

The market at Pike’s Place had rows and rows of tulips, every variety you could imagine. If I hadn’t been concentrating so hard on my artisan greek yogurt (Ellenos), I would have more pictures of them.

West Seattle is like being at a beach town on the coast, except you’re still in the city. On one side you can see Puget Sound and from other view you can see Mount Rainier and the Space Needle.

The ‘downtown’ area of West Seattle near California Ave was super cute. I had the best lunch (Pellegrini Market) of handmade lamb meatballs on a pizza crust sandwich thing and I devoured it. There were also cute little shops with more flowers.