postcards from america | portland, oregon

fall apple boughs in the middle of tranquil suburbia, NE 11th street, portland | oregon, united states

A few weeks ago I embarked on my first visit to America, to explore the west coast and to stay with friends down in Texas.

I was originally going to do the trip by myself but down the track I persuaded my younger brother to join me for the adventuring.

We started the trip in the Pacific-Northwest state of Oregon, touching down on a very rainy Sunday night in the city of Portland.  However, from the next morning onward we managed to score three fine and clear days, which was very welcome given the amount of exploring we did on foot.

On the second day we took part in a fabulous epicurean excursion with Portland Walking Tours, visiting nine different local vendors and artisan producers.  Portland has become a go-to destination for people who love to eat, promoting and upholding a locavore philosophy throughout the city.

From the hundreds of photos I took, it was hard to narrow down the selection to share but here are a few fond memories.

tiny house hotel caravans, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states


our super cute ‘skyline’ caravan, one of the six custom-built tiny house hotel cluster | NE 11th avenue

Located in an urban lot in the heart of the popular and vibrant Alberta Arts District, Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel provides travellers with the experience of staying in a custom-made tiny house on wheels.  Their charming little homes have been designed and all constructed by local builders, and range in size from 120-170 sq.ft.  Each tiny house features its own unique artistic elements, coupled with multi-functional, space-efficient furnishings.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s a cosy fire pit in the middle of the caravan cluster for toasting make-your-own, all-you-can-eat S’mores.

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

'skyline' caravan, tiny house hotel, NE 11th avenue, portland | oregon, united states

the radio room, a short walk across the street from caravan | NE albert street

radio room, NE alberta street, portland | oregon, united states

‘the shamble sandwich’ at the radio room – applewood smoked bacon, scrambled eggs with tillamook white cheddar, arugula, aioli and sweet hot mustard on rustic white, served with roasted sweet potatoes | NE albert street

'the shamble sandwich' at the radio room, NE alberta street, portland | oregon, united states

exploring the alberta neighbourhoood | NE 11th avenue

explorations along NE 11th street, portland | oregon, united states

explorations along NE 11th street, portland | oregon, united states

explorations along NE 11th street, portland | oregon, united states

one of the many front yard pumpkin patches on NE 11th street, portland | oregon, united states

view from burnside bridge | portland

view from burnside bridge, portland | oregon, united states

view from burnside bridge, portland | oregon, united states

giant bunny by mateu velasco | NE alberta street

giant bunny on NE alberta street by mateu velasco, portland | oregon, united states

sign outside wildfang, downtown portland | oregon, united states

rem outside the iconic portlandian institution, voodoo doughnut | SW 3rd avenue

rem outside voodoo doughnut, SW 3rd avenue, portland | oregon, united states

voodoo doughnut, SW 3rd avenue, portland | oregon, united states

voodoo doughnut, SW 3rd avenue, portland | oregon, united states

voodoo doughnut, SW 3rd avenue, portland | oregon, united states

zelda the bulldog guards the heathman hotel, SW salmon street, portland | oregon, united states

afternoon in the famous japanese garden | portland

japanese garden, portland | oregon, united states

japanese garden, portland | oregon, united states

japanese garden, portland | oregon, united states

japanese garden, portland | oregon, united states

spiced pumpkin bread french toast with apple butter, scrambled eggs, chicken-apple sausages and potato cakes at tin shed garden cafe | NE alberta street

spiced pumpkin bread french toast with apple butter, scrambled e

portobello mushroom, sweet onion, sun-dried tomato and spinach scramble topped with poached eggs and goat’s cheese, served with potato cakes and scratch-made biscuits, at tin shed garden cafe | NE alberta street

portabello mushroom, sweet onion, sun-dried tomato and spinach s

fresh raspberry jelly, at tin shed garden cafe | NE alberta street

fresh raspberry jam at tin shed garden cafe, portland | oregon,

a couple of the local canine patrons at tin shed garden cafe | NE alberta street

rocket the french bulldog at tin shed garden cafe, portland | or

stevie the long-haired dachshund at tin shed garden cafe, portla

street art just off NE alberta street, portland | oregon, united

coffee made from house-roasted, single-origin beans at courier coffee | epicurean portland walking tour

passionate baristas use house-roasted, single-origin beans at courier coffee, SW oak street, portland | oregon, united states

courier coffee, SW oak street, portland | oregon, united states

freshly baked za’atar flatbread from sam’s saj food truck | epicurean portland walking tour

freshly baked za'atar flatbread from sam at sam's saj food truck at SW 10th and washington, portland | oregon, united states

grabbing a freshly baked za'atar flatbread from sam at sam's saj food truck at SW 10th and washington, portland | oregon, united states

ice cream cookie sandwiches from ruby jewel scoops | epicurean portland walking tour

ice cream cookie sandwiches from ruby jewel scoops at SW 12th av

a selection of mcmenamins’ finest brews – terminator, ruby and hammerhead – at the crystal hotel | epicurean portland walking tour

a selection of mcmenamins' finest brews - terminator, ruby and h

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