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First Experiences in Portland

My wife and I recently moved to Portland from Chicago. We are in an apartment complex in South West Portland. We are as close as you can get to Beaverton while still being technically in Portland. We are absolutely in love with the area! Everything is so lush and green. Trees are everywhere. This is exactly the kind of place that my wife and I want to live. It has been a while since I last blogged and I normally blog about technology or software related topics. This time I really wanted to reflect on my experiences from our first three days in Portland.

We are both still battling a violent virus that we acquired right before the move. As a result we haven’t been able to start making our routine visits to the local breweries in the area. We did discover a lot of other cool stuff though.

Stumptown Coffee

Good bye Starbucks. I wont be looking back after having easy access to this coffee. It is served practically everywhere we have been so far and we both really like it.

Big Wins:

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Easy to find
  • Is not over roasted like many Starbucks blends

The Tao of Tea

My wife and I have been consumers of high quality loose leaf teas for a very long time. In Portland we discovered this great find that already is one of our favorites.

Big Wins:

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Organic, whole leaf (not just loose leaf) teas

New Seasons Market

This place reminds me of my old coop that I went to all of the time when I was studying at SIUC in Carbondale, IL. My wife and I immediately fell in love with it.

Big Wins:

  • Locally owned/operated
  • Carry “The Tao of Tea” teas in whole leaf
  • Carry “The Tao of Tea” microbrewed in bottles
  • Offer brewed and whole bean Stumptown Coffee
  • Several wholesome, delicious, fresh meals

Down to Earth Cafe

I found this gem on Yelp. It had great reviews and they were dead on. We will definitely be going back soon.

Big Wins:

  • Served Stumptown Coffee
  • Delicious, real food
  • Brought real cream and organic sugar by default for coffee

I am sure I’ll have another blog post soon once we get over this virus and we have a chance to get out a bit more. I have big plans for trying all of the local breweries and I will likely blog about that soon.

2 Responses to “First Experiences in Portland”

  1. Glad to see you guys are enjoying it. I look forward to beer reviews. It’s been a month; what have you been doing up there!? :P

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