I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time on the West Coast but I’d always find myself either in Southern California or Vancouver and never in between so when an opportunity to go to Portland for a work photo shoot, despite the fact that I’ve spent more time on the road than I’d like lately, I gladly accepted the offer.
I was working mostly at nights (outside, in the rain…) so I didn’t get much opportunity to explore all the usual stuff like bars, restaurants and the like. Then during the day I was catching up a lot on work from back home so I didn’t get much opportunity to explore the city, either. I did, however, get just enough of a taste for the city to make me want to go back and really spend some time there… I’d really like to get out of the city a bit because the surrounding area seems pretty awesome.
Right near my hotel, just up from Stumptown & The Ace there is a pretty cool little strip that housed Tanner Goods, Imogene + Willie, and Poler which came in handy when I realized I’d packed horribly inappropriately and needed a rain-coat.
I ducked into a place called Sizzle Pie to wait out the rain while walking back to my hotel and was super pleasantly surprised. All the pizzas were named after punk, metal and stoner rock classics (I had the D-Beat) and there was a ton of 80’s skate iconography used everywhere so I felt right at home.
Everyone said “you gotta try Voodoo Doughnut!”
Sounds good but I’ll tell you one thing I will not do…
…and that’s stand in line for Doughnuts!
There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening there – a strong local identity with an emphasis on hand-made, locally produced things that I can definitely get down with. Most of the folks I met were super awesome but I definitely felt a kind of weird, aggressive undercurrent running throughout the city. It’s like all worst things about hippies and the worst things about yuppies smashed together into terrible super-human dickheads…
Basically, everything you’ve seen on Portlandia is true. Maybe that’s why I like it – can’t wait to go back.