I recently visited my sister in Oregon and spent a half day exploring downtown Portland. That half day was spent eating. We left the airport and made a beeline straight for Voodoo Doughnut. There are two locations in town, but we stopped at the one at 22 SW 3rd Avenue. Voodoo Doughnut has some unforgettable doughnuts.
We picked a selection that included one with blueberry sugar, another with maple and bacon, one with Oreo cookies, and one filled with a sweet creme. We had them box up the doughnuts so we could enjoy them for breakfast the next morning.
Then we were off in search of lunch before heading south through the Willamette Valley toward my sister's home in Corvallis. We parked downtown and started walking. The first thing we spotted, drawn as we are to chocolate, was a shop called Cacao drink chocolate. Although there are two locations, we found the one at The Heathman Hotel, 712 SW Salmon Street. There is another location two blocks west of Powell's Bookstore. This awesome little store offered a sampling of chocolates, but the thing that had us hooked was the chocolate drinks. My sister had a shot of pure dark chocolate. I had a hot chocolate of dark chocolate and cream. It was tasty and toasty to wander the streets a while longer with our steaming cups of pure pleasure.
After the chocolate was gone, we decided we really needed something to fill our stomachs and calm the caffeine buzzes we had going on. We stumbled upon Dragonfish Asian Cafe located in the Paramount Hotel at 909 SW Park Avenue. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the portions are huge. With a full stomach, we took off for Corvallis, home of Oregon State University. In my next entry, you can read all about my couple of days enjoying Corvallis and the surrounding wine country of the famous Willamette Valley.