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Our time is Portland is slowly winding down to a close (same goes for our appetite because we’ve been trying to squeeze in as many delicious meals as possible).

Food trucks are a huge part of the local culture here in Portland. Almost everywhere you’ll find a food truck hanging out. In downtown Portland, where we’re staying, you’ll find blocks and blocks lined with food stands – especially the area around 10th & Adler.

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Portland

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Portland

Here, you’ll find Nong’s Khao Man Gai. Multiple people have mentioned this as a “must” while traveling in Portland, so here I was, waiting in the line that followed the sidewalk all the way to 11th Ave. Nong’s Khao Man Gai is known for their chicken and rice plate – it’s like a Hainan chicken dish, with a Thai flair on it. The sauce makes it!

Around the corner is Heart Coffee – the #1 coffee place to try before you die, according to Buzzfeed (let’s just pretend that’s a credible source). The barista recommended the Ethiopian Shakisso Americano. Apparently they use some sort of special grinder that gives the coffee a smoother flavor – I’m not a coffee expert by any means, but sounded good enough to me.

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Day two in Portland was our first morning spent in Portland. Before leaving for this road trip, I asked around for some suggestions on what to eat around here. And over a half of them were brunch spots. Which was great in terms of variety of options, but difficult in terms of actually making a decision.

Funny thing is, we didn’t end up at any of these restaurants. Restaurants that are hyped and commonly shared are usually a hit or miss for me – 1) it’s wildly tasty hence the hype, or 2) your expectations are set so high that if the food doesn’t quite hit the mark, you’re left disappointed and unsatisfied. After my experience with the restaurants I checked out yesterday, I concluded that the latter was more likely.

So, we found our way to Clyde Common, which was only a couple of blocks down from where we were staying, right by Ace Hotel and Stumptown Coffee. They offer brunch on the weekends, and every weekend is a different menu. We got the coffee-braised brisket, with poached egg and potato hash. It was amazing. Didn’t really pick up any coffee notes, but it definitely made the brisket insanely tender.

Portland

Portland

Portland

Portland

Clyde Common is a pretty sweet set-up. Wooden communal tables, an open kitchen right amongst them, and huge windows that open up the space with a lot of natural light. It’s a comfortable, welcoming vibe – I’d definitely do solo breakfasts here.

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It’s day one out here in PDX. I’ve been meaning to make a trip out here for a long time now, so I’m glad I finally found the time to do so! Despite the fact I happened to come the week a heat wave decides to pass through – it is hot up here.

Left California around 6 in the morning – it was about a 10 hour drive, which surprisingly didn’t feel as painful as I thought it would have. (*Note: Adventure Time and a stack of Taboo game cards makes time fly like none other.) We took the I-5 which was pretty scenic (though the 101 is the real deal). Scenic relative to taking the 5 in the other direction, towards Southern California, at least.

By the time we arrived into Portland, we were able to catch Ken’s Artisan Bakery right before their closing. I’ve heard wonderful things about the croissants there. We had the Oregon croissant (croissant filled with marionberries, blackberries, and hazelnut cream) and the Morning Bun (orange zest wrapped in a butter croissant and rolled in turbonado sugar).

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