back to work - wah wah

It's been two weeks now since The Man and I took a little vacay to the Best Coast, i.e. the West Coast, i.e. Portland Oregon!!!  Back in December my dad found some insanely cheep tickets that we just could not pass up.  It was a great trip, as usual, and it made me long for the day that we move there . . . as usual.

This time around we didn't have any grand plans or big sights to see.  We kept it mellow, with lots of eating, and lots of naps (my favorite kind of vacation).  And although we kept the activities light, there still somehow wasn't enough time.  There are always so many people I love to visit when I go back home and I barely saw half this time around (sorry if I missed you!).

It was great finally showing The Man some of the sights within Portland.  Our first couple of trips out to Oregon The Man was really excited to go on long drives and check out all the big must-sees (Mt.Hood, Multnomah Falls, Canon Beach (/all up and down the coast), Tillamook Cheese Factory . . .), but this time he was out of destinations, so we took to the streets!

Day 1: fat city/hippo/vintage/tacos/rebuilding-center/car broke down
We woke up bright and early on our first day and headed straight to Fat City Cafe, our favorite Portland breakfast place, it's a must for at least half the mornings we're in town.  
After we stuffed our faces with eggs and bacon, we drove over to Hippo Hardware.
I've always loved the Hippo Hardware building, I've passed it a million times but I had never gone in before.
It. Is. Awesome.
 (This light cover is so cute, I don't care if I'm not a little kid, I want it in my room!)
(Every Hardware store has to have a man falling through the ceiling)
I really want to own a house in Portland so I can get my lighting and cabinet pulls at Hippo!
 We walked around Burnside a bit and went into some of the cute vintage stores (I got a "new to me" jacket and necklace!), but after all that scouring we were famished. 
¿Por Que No? was right across the street from our next destination so we stopped in for some delicious tacos.
Soooo Delicious.
Our "next destination" was the Rebuilding Center, its right across the street from ¿Por Que No? and Mississippi Pizza, and honestly you can't miss it.  The building itself is beautiful, the entry consists of huge trees made of recycled objects and metal scraps, and the fence surrounding the outside of the building is made of warped tools and bits of machinery. Way cool.

Day 2: fat city/goby/ hang with friends
More Fat City!!
After some sweet Eggs Bennie, we went to Goby.
The Man had just worked with some beautiful Walnut slabs that had been shipped over from Oregon, and got really excited when he found out the place was in Portland! So we drove out to St. Helens Road to check it out.
We were all in a tizzy looking at the piles of beautiful wood slabs and thinking of the endless possibilities of what each one could be turned in to. 
 (Huge bookmatched slab)
 (Gigantic hunk of trunk getting ready to be milled down on that crazy big bandsaw behind it)
(me and mom walkin' in the rain)

Day 3: tle/powells/oscars
No more Fat City. wah wah.
Sunday was the first day my Dad was able to join us, it was hard to get everyone out of the house but we had fun going downtown.  My parents were excited to show us Tender Loving Empire
I loved their cardboard city installation
It's a really cute shop, and it reminds me of Renegade Handmade (which recently closed it's doors, now that the Renegade Craft Fair has grown so much).
After looking at all the local wares we headed to Powell's.  We went there on our last visit too but it's always a must, even if you don't like books you have to go.  I was so focused on finding some of the books on my list that I didn't take a single picture! (so unlike me).

Day 4: country cat/pittock/ken's
On our last day we decided to go to Country Cat for Breakfast.
 Yum Breakfast!!!!

After eating my favorite meal of the day we went to Pittock Mansion
The past home of Portland pioneers and built in 1914, Pittock Mansion is located in Forest Park.  It's a beautiful house, and a fun peak into Portland's past.  It was almost destroyed in the 60's but the City bought it and turned it into a museum open to the public.
This was the result of me telling everyone to "act normal"
Beautiful ceiling in one of the little alcoves for card playing
Crazy looking shower!
After playing house and checkin' out some gorgeous views we had our last dinner at Ken's Artisan Pizza.
They're not too big so we tried 4 different kinds, my favorite was the arugula.

It was a lovely trip, and way too short.  I can't wait until the next time we go back so I can show The Man even more reasons why we need to move!!!

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