My Heart is in Portland & IFBC [Travel]

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So, remember that one time, not too long ago, that I went to Portland for the International Food Bloggers Conference? No? Need some photos to jar your memory?

My trip to Portland can be summed in two words: TO SHORT. I fell head over heels in love with the hipster city as soon as my foot hit the pavement and I was able to walk around. You hear all these things about this eccentric Northwest town (re: Portlandia) so you form these stereotypes on what kind of people live there (hippies and pot smokers), what the landscape is like (hilly) and what the food is like (crunchy and vegan). So, when you finally go and experience it, you’re slapped in the face with reality.

Surprisingly, not everyone who lives there is a hippie or hipster. In fact, I probably see more of those here in DC than I did there. The terrain is pretty accurate. But what the stereotypes fail to mention is HOW STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL the temperature is. It was 70 with a breeze. I was in HEAVEN.

And you know what? They do have crunchy, vegan food there but they also have TONS of bacon, doughnuts and deep fried fat there too. Plus, beer? Duh.  Oh and the best coffee you’ll ever have (outside of Seattle, I’m sure). Which, trust me, you don’t want to miss.

They also don’t tell you how incredibly gorgeous the city is, nestled between a lush river and gorgeous forest. Or how everyone is SO NICE. Like smile on the street, offer to take your picture without a smirk, give you REAL directions kind of nice. As a girl from a city that’s moving SO fast, having someone, you know, show any sort of human decency is refreshing. As for the conference? It was such an incredible experience. I’ve never been to a food conference to base my comparison on, but I thought it was amazing. So many informative sessions, a GREAT chance to network with brands and meet other bloggers and not to mention, pretty great food.

Besides finally meeting some blog friends I’ve had for over a year, my favorite part was the tour we took of Bob’s Red Mill. Cassie planned the whole thing and it was awesome. We got to see where all the BRM magic happens behind the scenes. Oh, and you know, MEET BOB. I’ll be posting about that on Friday though, but here’s a sneak peek 🙂

Another favorite part was dinner with the Washington Cherry Growers at Paley’s Place.

I guess (according to local Portland peeps) that restaurant is one of the best in the city. Well, yeah, the food? Amazing. Plus we got to eat with the wine maker (the owner of Biggio Hamina) in Washington. His wine (mainly the pinot noir) was INCREDIBLE. Another really memorable experience was the Wildwood dinner. The dinner was fun b/c we had the coolest table there, I’m sure of it 🙂 Plus, it was great to just relax, drink wine and laugh after the hustle and bustle of the conference sessions. I’m so lucky to have met such amazing ladies, like Cassie, Heidi and Marisa as well as reconnect with my darling Sheri (we partied together in Vegas) and the dinner was a great chance for us all to connect!

Portland, you stole my heart. But don’t worry. I’ll be back and we’ll have much more time to fall back in love. I promise. Don’t forget about me, though, and fall in love with some other bright eyed and bushy tailed tourist okay?


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  1. Posted by christina on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    I adore Portland, such an incredible city with amazing people. Your photos are gorgeous!
  2. Posted by domesticfits on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    SO, you're going to move to Portland, and I'm going to move to Seattle and we're going to hang out in Vancouver on the weekends, m'kay?
    • Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
      Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
      I LOVE those 3 places..seattle and vancouver - i went there last summer, LOVE!
  3. Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    I wanna go back!! LOVE this!! xo
  4. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    omg, i seriously can't wait to be in portland..i'm going at the end of this month & i'm getting so giddy!! love the pics!
  5. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012
    I must go to IFBC next year. What a blast!
  6. Posted by Michelle Kuhn on
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012
    what a beautiful city, I never knew!
  7. Posted by Sheri Wetherell on
    Thursday, September 13th, 2012
    You are simply a doll. Can't wait to see you again soon. And, I'm so glad you fell in love with Portland, my second home :) xoxo
    • Posted by claire on
      Thursday, September 13th, 2012
      I know, I can't WAIT until September!! :)
  8. Posted by Tiffany on
    Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
    I loved reading this piece of yours! I live and I'm from Portland, I feel very blessed everyday I wake up, Oregon is an amazing place! You captured a lot of great places, people, and pics while on your visit! Cheers!