In My Shoes: Around Portland with Tina

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I was brainstorming what would be worthy of posting for this week's Tasty Tuesday and as much as I  am determined to live my life with good food all the time, I am anal. And sometimes, Instagram photos just don't do enough justice for a Tasty Tuesday post you know? As most of you should know, I spent my last winter in Portland and met the most amazing people who took me to their favourite spots to check out. I love Portland and I can promise you if you ever make a trip there, prepare yourselves for a gastronomic adventure like no other.

Tina

, Solestruck's graphic designer (she's gone freelance now and is great at what she does!), always made sure to bring me around so we thought of doing a special feature introducing some of her favourite spots in the city for the Solestruck blog. I absolutely love this girl. (Miss you so much babe!) So while this is abit of a food post, I'll be adding in a couple of cool spots you might want to check out as well if you're in the city. Enjoy!

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Canteen 

 2816 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214

Portland is actually one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world and Canteen is a vegan, gluten-free juice bar offering fresh juices, smoothies, salads, bowls and pretty much everything you need to feel good inside and out. So healthy and delicious, they really got me.

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Food carts have revolutionized the way people in Portland eat and the amazing stuff people come up with in these little carts never fail to surprise me. It's not just one of those trends of people dining in mobile spots, to me it really is the heart of the city's food scene. My first food cart experience was from Koi Fusion, just before heading to a soccer game with Tina.

Koi Fusion

is everything about a Korean touch to mexican food. Expect Korean tacos, burritos, Seoul sliders, kimchi quesidillas and their signature Koi rice bowls. I was obsessed with my spicy tofu, bulgogi beef and pork tacos. I would say Koi Fusion is hard to miss, they've a couple of carts going around the city but you can always check out their website for schedules and locations.

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Perierra Creperie

SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 12th Ave

Portland, 04 97214

Not sure if she owns it but the girl who tends Perierra Creperie has got swag. All I know is, she looks so much more than the part and she makes pretty damn good crepes. Offering a few traditional and unusual crepes, and fresh smoothies, Perierra is all about snacks with great personality. Order your crepes and part of the package is a perfect performance through the window.

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Table of Contents

 33 NW 4th Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Multi-label concept store located in Chinatown, Table of Contents offers products for both men and women from brands like Comme de Garcons, Marie Turnor, Tess Giberson, Issey Miyake and much more. Owners, Shu and Joe, started the store with an appreciation for international wears and their background in graphic design and magazine publishing plays a big part of the store's Portland-like aesthetic. They've been running their

online store

for awhile now, so be sure to check it out.

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Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

2181 NW Nicolai St Portland, OR 97210

Schoolhouse Electric was a dream come true for me. Located in a massive 100 year old industrial building, the showroom is simply full of… everything! Best known for their lighting products, the showroom stocks a complete line of home accessories and furniture, books and cooking ware. Everything is styled so nicely you just never want to leave the place. You don't have to be into interior to come enjoy this place, I love that the showroom is as interactive as it can get. Help yourselves to the books that are all for sale, relax in one of the comfy sofas and spend the afternoon reading. Or just spend an afternoon in their lovely cafe enjoying a cup of coffee, flipping through Kinfolk.

Watch this

video

to find out more about the owner and the brand, pretty cool stuff I promise.

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Tasty N' Sons

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Having 91% likes on Urban Spoon must be a good thing. I loved brunch here. Great location, allowing you to feel like you're both indoors and outdoors, that open kitchen and the true fact that everything on the menu sounded incredibly delicious. We had a mexican bowl, a frittata and a pretty epic burger. All's good when you're here, you just know you're in for a good time with great food and company.

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Por Que No

4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland

 3524 N Mississippi Ave Portland

Delicious, unpretencious Mexican fare. I love that every neighbourhood has at least a Mexican eatery but Por Que No is delicious and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. They gave me a warm welcome when I first arrived in Portland and I loved being able to walk here for some take-out. Try the Calamari tacos.

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Bunk Bar 

1028 SE Water Ave #130, Portland, OR 97214

Mouth-watering sandwiches you will end up dreaming of.

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Sunshine Tavern

3111 SE Division St Portland, OR 97202

My first chicken and waffles experience thanks to Tina! I love that she's always bringing to the best places and

Sunshine Tavern

was heaven. Succulent fried chicken thats been marinated for 24 hours and fried with yeasted semolina waffles, drizzled with maple syrup over. YUM. Loved the atmosphere of this bar and the friendly staff. Honestly, I just want to go back and try everything on the menu. Just because, the sun's always shining in here!

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House of Vintage

3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214

BIGGEST VINTAGE STORE EVER. Came here and was so overwhelmed by how much they had. Even if you can't find anything that is to your liking, this place is an adventure you definitely won't want to miss. 

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Montage

301 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214 

 Best Mac and Cheese I've ever had! And the best part is packing some back, your food gets wrapped up into little aluminium animals moulded by the friendly staff. I of course had to go with the kitty! This is a great place to come for brunch or dinners with friends. We had a long-ass table and all of us sat, and ate nothing but Mac and Cheese. Mhmmmm. (Of course they have other stuff on the menu)

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Broder 

2508 SE Clinton St Portland, OR 97202 

 I described

Broder

as a Swedish summer dream in a

previous post

on the brunch spot. Everyone who visits the place describes it as a breakfast dream and it really is. Everything comes with a hint of scandinavian aesthetic but in a much more relaxed, fun way. We waited an hour before getting our seats and helped ourselves to coffee to keep ourselves warm in the makeshift waiting area next door which is actually a bar in the night. No reservations but definitely worth the wait. I loved this place and I just know you will too.

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Cylde Common 

1014 SW Stark St., Portland, OR 97205 

 This is a horrible photo which does no justice to the dinner I had on the eve of Thanksgiving. Located in the Ace Hotel, this hotel bar is filled with Portland's who's who every other night. The menu is always changing and the chef does great things with the freshest ingredients. With Portland being everything about cool and often described as a 'creative class mecca' ,

Cylde Common

delivers creative yet comforting dishes that is sure to please.

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Solestruck

417 SW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97205

Last but not least, no trip to Portland is complete without a trip to everyone's favourite shoe store, Solestruck. The store's interior is award-winning and worth gawking your eyes out over. Nothing but a 'shining beacon of shoes'.

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I know this post is massive but there is just so much to do in Portland. If you've been thinking about a holiday destination, give Portland a shot and you'd be surprised how much this city has to offer. You are going to have such a great time! And come back probably a few pounds heavier.