It’s the final installment of the Feast Portland series. Be sure and check out days one-three: Feast Portland: September 17th, 2015, Feast Portland: September 18th, 2015, and Feast Portland September 19th, 2015. I’m sure you’re wondering by now how in the world we could eat any more food. Personally, I was wondering how #operationmovetoportland was going at this point. We had already crammed SO much into the previous three days. Believe it or not, I actually did NOT go for Blue Star Doughnuts this morning. Whoa. I know right? We got up, got ready, packed and checked out of our hotel. Thankfully they held our bags for us until we were ready to head to the airport as we weren’t leaving until the afternoon.
Sunday was the Tillamook Brunch Village Presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card back at the Pioneer Courthouse Square. It’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal. So I was pretty stoked about the Brunch Village. “Feast Portland enlists the best of the brunch to celebrate America’s favorite mid-day meal at Brunch Village. Explore a “city” where Bloody Mary bars, biscuit egg n’ cheese sandwiches, Texas breakfast tacos and fried chicken with waffles are the neighborhood attractions at the best boozy brunch ever to land on American soil. The festival welcomes chefs from Portland and around the country who will build your future favorite food memories from bacon, eggs, pastries, chocolate and everything else that makes brunch, well, brunch!”
I was SUPER excited that Pips Original Doughnuts and Chai was going to be there. They were serving up Mini Raw Honey & Sea Salt Doughnuts as well as Mini Blackberry Lavender Doughnuts with handcrafted Chai on the side. So so yummy! Not to mention the truck. Hello cuteness!
One of my FAVORITE bites was from Chef Andrew Carmellini (NYC). The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes were pure heaven! We also enjoyed Turkish Eggs from Chef Brad Farmerie (NYC) , and Brisket Benedict – Sunny Quail Eggs, Smoked Hollandaise, House English Muffin from Chef Rick Gencarelli (PDX). All were quite delicious. Steve enjoyed The Balancing Act Smoothie from Whole Foods. Lines were long but the food was worth every second of the wait.
Stumptown Coffee nailed it with their Cold Brew Coffee with Chocolate Milk. It was so smooth, so rich (but not too rich), robust in flavor, and on.the.MONEY. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a glass right now! Nuvrei had a sampler of fun treats including a Matcha Chocolate Croissant, Chewy Chocolate Cookie, Mini-Canele, Chocolate Croissant, and Matcha Chocolate Almond Croissant. It was all so delicious!
I LOVE Tillamook’s branding and marketing. Have you ever seen anything more charming than this Tillamook baby loaf? I just couldn’t get over how cute this thing was. The delicious food continued. Chef Daniel N Oseas ofBroder Café made an incredible Aebleskiver with Lingonberry Jam. I’d never had an Aebleskiver before and now I can’t stop thinking about how I want to make them myself. USA Pears provided a Bartlett Pear Coffee Cake that was wonderful. Not pictured that was definitely worth mentioning were the Fried Chicken & Waffles with Green Tomato Syrup. Delicious!
What a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful weekend. Portland has captured every part of my heart and I will always and forever be grateful for this incredible experience. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, the hotel was comfortable and within walking distance to everything we needed, transportation around the city was easy to access and user friendly, and the Feast event was more than I could have ever imagined. Heading back home I may not have succeeded in #operationmovetoportland immediately but I did plant a seed.. and Steve did say that he could see why I fell in love with it.
There’s so much more to see and do outside of ALL that we experienced. Already I look forward to when we get to go back and experience the rest of what Oregon has to offer. The 7 Wonders of Oregon include The Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, The Columbia River Gorge, Painted Hills, and Wallowas. We’ve only scratched the surface of this beautiful state and if the rest is anything like what we’ve already seen and experienced I feel pretty confident that some day maybe, just maybe we’ll end up in Oregon to stay.
Until next time…
A very special thank you to Feast Portland and Travel Oregon for providing travel and hotel accommodations as well as a blogger pass to the 2015 Feast Portland Event. Though flight, hotel and blogger pass were provided complimentary, I was not monetarily compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.