Aug 3, 2013

Portland 1.0

Last week I mentioned a trip to Portland, but I didn't mention the circumstances. As much as I've always wanted to visit Portland, I probably wouldn't have gone this year had I not been generously sent there by Earth Balance. I entered these Open-Faced White Cheddar Biscuits with Apples and Pecans into Made Just Right's Spring to Life recipe contest and they awarded them the grand prize! The grand prize was an all expenses paid trip to Portland, OR and a year supply of Earth Balance products. Huge, right?!

We just returned from our trip and it was really fantastic. Aside from it being a magical trip in the first place, it was also our 4th wedding anniversary. I don't know if it was just the sparkle in our eyes, but Portland seemed to be a very romantic place.

We opted out of renting a car, preferring public transportation and our feet to get around. We really wanted to get a feel for the city and this was a great way to do that. We stayed in the gorgeous Vintage Plaza Hotel downtown so we were in a really convenient spot to hit a lot of cool things. 

The first thing we did was walk a few blocks to legendary Powell's Books and got some great finds. I was able to snag some Difficult to Find In Person Winnie the Pooh cookbooks, some books on Nixon I've stupidly never read and The Annotated Peter Pan to add to my collection. From there we ate dinner at Sizzle Pie and checked out Voodoo Doughnuts. Honestly, I think Red Rabbit Bakery's raised donuts are better. I did love Voodoo's cake doughnuts though! After doughnuts, we finished off the night with some delicious Oregon pints at Bailey's Tap Room. Of course there are no pictures of any of this.

The next morning we got up and headed to Sweetpea Baking Company. On the way there we ran into some wild animals:

And crossed a bridge:

At Sweetpea my husband and I got some breakfast. A fantastic Salted Bagel and sencha for him and giant Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Stumptown coffee for me. I picked up a bag of Stumptown to take home!
From there we did lots and lots, but this post is crazy long so I'll add more details in the next one! Or for even more details than I included here, check out Vegan Travel: Live from Portland Part 1 on Made Just Right.

I can't tell you how honored I feel for this whole thing. Earth Balance is one of my favorite companies and it really is surreal to have been chosen by them in a recipe contest. To me they are recipe wizards, and I feel really grateful and blessed!