January 13, 2016: On my 3rd day in Portland, I ventured towards the Nob Hill district after hearing about the eclectic shopping and sights to see.
For breakfast, I stopped in at Vivace and ordered a monstrous (seriously, it was the size of a dinner plate) savory crepe with spring greens, tomato, walnuts, feta, mozzarella, topped off with a creme pesto, while washing it down with a nice, hot mocha. It was a delicious hallelujah moment.
Upon finishing up my breakfast, I went to burn off my instant calorie load by exploring the neighborhood. Serendipity occurred when I randomly decided to turn a corner and stumbled upon a place on my “I like weird things” list to visit, The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum. It is a store with an assortment of peculiar odds and ends available for purchase with a museum attached. The museum is small but blanketed with all things strange on every corner, that to me was worth the $5 admission. It even has those Instagrammable photo ops where you can be an alien autopsy victim or stand next to their giant Bigfoot.
After my museum visit, I did a little shopping and found the street where Reverend Lovejoy was named after. I found Nob Hill to be quite a charming place to stroll through, with enough variation of vendors to keep just about anyone interested.
The retail therapy left me hankering for a little snack and I discovered the much lauded Salt & Straw shop was nearby. They are known for their unconventional ice cream flavors. I opted for the Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Pear with Blue Cheese. Somehow, they manage to get the flavors just right where the crazier concepts aren’t too overpowering and it’s this nice subtle blend of flavors that seem to just work together.
Eventually I headed back into town, but the infamous Portland rain had struck so I took shelter in a nearby mall. Even in a conventional mall, I found shops with interesting products like the coloring book that put the “adult” back into adult coloring book.
I ended the night at Killer Burger - where I got the Jose Mendoza, a 1/3 lb beef patty with bacon, roasted green chilies, jack cheese, house sauce, grilled onion, pickle, and a side of fries. It was the perfect heat up your insides on a chilly, winter night meal cap to an interesting day.
All photos taken by me on my Canon 70D and iPhone 6.