Sunday, September 6, 2015

Labor Day weekend road trip to Portland, Oregon

It's Saturday and we are on a road trip to Portland, Oregon. We were supposed to go on a short vacation to Victoria B.C. last week but we had to cancel the trip due to bad weather. We thought we'd make up for that with this trip.

A few weeks ago, we drove from Seattle, down the Oregon Coast to San Francisco, and back to Portland, Oregon. The last leg of the trip was made in a hurry as we had spent more time in San Francisco than we had originally planned. We didn't managed to do as much in Portland as we had wanted but we were happy to have made it to Nong's Khao Man Gai food cart before they closed for the day.

We really enjoyed the meal. Nong's chicken and rice is almost like the Hainanese Chicken Rice that I used to get in Singapore, except that Nong uses a different sauce for her dish. Since her food cart is closed on the weekends, we decided that we would check out her restaurant this time.

The food was just as great, if not better! It was definitely easier for us to enjoy the meal when there was a place to sit and eat. The last time when we got our chicken and rice from the food cart, it was rather challenging to find a place to consume our meal. Thank goodness for the Starbucks around the corner!

We also just found out today that Nong had previously won the "Food Truck Fight" on the Food Network's Chopped. This would make her the second winner from a Food Network show that we had visited since we had visited one last Summer. We thought that was really cool. 

Speaking of cool, we thought that the Public Typing Station that we happened to chance upon was way too awesome. What a great idea! We loved it so much we decided to pop into the shop right by it and my oh my, it's even more amazing inside!

We found that Oblation Papers & Press not only sell greeting cards, papers, and gifts, they also house several (very cool-looking) vintage letterpress machines that they use for their letterpress business. In addition, they sell a lot of refurbished manual typewriters that are in working condition! The typewriters all look so shiny and pretty, I had a really hard time walking out of the store without buying one. I had to keep reminding myself that I already have three at home and I don't need another. Then again, now that I think about it, I don't have one in red. (Hey Hubby! Are you reading this? *hint hint* )

We'll be in Portland for the long weekend and we're hoping to explore the area a little bit more before heading home. I'll talk to y'all again when I get back.

Have a great rest of the weekend and Happy Labor Day!


  1. Yummm! Thanks for sharing these pics and places in Portland. Each time we go on a weekend, we always miss the food trucks. Love that there is a shop that's offering manual typewriters!

    1. Oh and while you're in Portland, you may like to try: Pok Pok, Jade Teahouse & Patisserie, and Voodoo Doughnut.

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