Portland Oregon Food Travel Kids


we’ve visited portland probably 5 times now. i’m always up and down about this city. some visits i love it and some not so much. this time i had a list of places to eat + visit. i wanted to make the most of portland and we definitely did. let me tell you i love portland. coming from san fransisco it seems so clean + less crowded. there are neighborhoods that are so cute and some you want to avoid. we got in just in time for dinner at porque no? before we got there ivan said he thought i was setting us up for failure. coming from az its really hard to find mexican food we love in another city (besides mexico) but it didn’t disappoint. the chips and guacamole are really good + fresh. we got a few different tacos but ended up loving the carnitas. the line went pretty fast and i think its worth the wait. ivan said they were some of the best taco’s he’s ever tasted.

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we spent the 4th of july downtown. a lot of the stores + restaurants were closed but we still had so much fun. we had lunch at lardo. we loved the bahn mi. the kids grilled cheese was the best i’ve ever had. i kept taking bites off their sandwiches. we walked up to jameson square. the kids wanted to get in the fountain and to be honest i did too but we didn’t have our suits on and i knew they’d hate being in wet close the rest of the day. instead we headed over to salt & straw to cool off. again we waited in line but it went pretty fast. i got the strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper +  sea salt with caramel ribbons. ava’s was really good too she got cinnamon snickerdoodle.

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we decided to head back to the hotel to change into our swimsuits and find a lake or river to swim in. unfortunately non of them were close enough and from what the locals told us the willamett is not clean and you definitely don’t want to get in it.  so we made our way over to powells books. ava was in heaven. that place is huge. we could’ve spent all day there. i loved the cards they had hanging off the shelf giving a overview of some of the books. some were even written by kids her age which i thought was so great. we were hoping to make it to pok pok for dinner but it wasn’t open so we went to a pizza place called sizzle pie instead. the pizza was pretty good.

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ivan looked around for where to watch the fireworks and decided the best spot would be the waterfront downtown. the kids had so much fun and kept telling us this was the best 4th they’ve ever had. we’ve decided we love portland and with any city it is what you make of it. i think we did a great job making the best of all portland has to offer. amazing food + super cute downtown + friendly people. the kids are getting used to all this walking. that makes me the most happy.





we headed to the redwoods today. this was on ivans bucket list. i had never been either. we both didn’t know what to expect and its actually pretty easy to pass up if you’re not paying attention. for some reason we both had it in our heads that it would be this grand entrance when in fact its not. just park entry signs and trails. the tree’s on the other hand are magnificent. huge, tall + beautiful. we actually all stood inside one with plenty of room to spare.


i saw a huge sign that said beware of ticks and i know how silly it sounds but i worry about ticks and the diseases they carry every time we travel to wooded areas. so everyone had their pants tucked in their socks + shirts tucked. we did a check once we left, we were all tick free. of course henri lost one of his nike’s on the trip so he had to wear avas saltwater sandals with socks. i cracked up laughing every time i looked at him. is it just my kids or do everyone else’s kids forget their shoes all the dang time? i’m not even sure how you could leave somewhere without your shoes on.

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we had so much fun walking through the forest. we came up on a stream and skipped rocks for a while. the beauty and nature that make up the pnw is what draws us here more than anywhere else. its stunningly beautiful. the hikes are always more fun with so much to see. we saw a group of elk on the side of the road on our drive up. all just laying there while cars piled up to take picture. such a beautiful area and we are grateful to call the pnw our home now.




we spent right about 24 hours in SF. while i think a good 3 day trip is the perfect amount of time for adults, you can get a lot covered in 24hrs with kids. the kids did great walking, better than i expected. i put elle and jack in the double stroller. initially i was hesitant about pushing it around the city but it wasn’t bad. i even took it through chinatown. we alternated between the double stroller and the ergo + backpack carrier. i was surprised at the restaurants and how accommodating they were with our big stroller. we had such a great time and i’m so happy the kids got to see the city.


24 hrs in the city

3pm late lunch at house of nanking- its a MUST! we stumbled upon this place over 10 years ago and its still just as good.

walk through chinatown

ghiradelli and walk down to the water to get a glimpse of the bridge

walk down to pier 39 to see the sea lions + alcatraz

trish’s donuts for a late night snack, head back to the hotel

breakfast at dotties or mama’s. la boulange if you don’t want to wait in line

walk over to mr. holmes bakehouse if you’re at dotties. they open at 7 and sell out quick. i got to the door to see a sold out sign. tears

if you’re at mama’s watch the ladies do tai chi in washington square park. also a great place to let the kids play while your significant other stands in line.

walk over to union square and ride a trolley

lunch at boudin, because its an SF staple (although i have to say pike’s place chowder wins hands down for me)

walk down chestnut street in cow hollow and window shop.

lay on the grass at great meadow while the kids run around. you’ll have a great view of the city + golden gate bridge

drive over the bridge on the way out


if you have extra time

seward slides

giants stadium tour- i’ve never done this but a friend who lived in SF said its awesome and kids love it

walk the golden gate bridge

blondies pizza

shopping in union square

coit tower

painted ladies

crissy field

tour alcatraz


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we decided to keep heading north this am. we made our way to monterey and then santa cruz. we didn’t stay long in either place before deciding we were ready for sf. we drove through farm land for what seemed like hours. i had never seen mass farms like that. we saw a fruit stand and decided to stop. everything looked delicious! i grabbed a few apricots for the drive. i washed them off in some water from my water bottle and handed ivan one. immediately he spit it out and said ughhh. i asked if they weren’t ripe. he said no taste it. i took a bite and i’m not kidding it tastes like bug spray. i spit mine out and tossed the rest in the trash. i’m so glad my kids didn’t eat any.

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my first time in san fransisco was when i was somewhere between henri and ava’s age. i remember just falling in love with it. my dad was telling ivan and i the other day that i wanted to give every homeless person we saw money. he said he thought it was the first time i really realized some people didnt have a place to call home. i’ve been back more times than i can count and i fall in love a little more each time. i love the big city. i love the culture. i love the energy. San Fransisco


i wasn’t sure how the kids would do or what they would think of this city. they’ve been to seattle + portland + vancouver, so they know what a city looks like but we always have our car with us. they’ve never come on any of our walking only trips. we were not about to drive around this city anymore than we have to, so we left it at the hotel and walked. they did great! aside from not liking a few smells they didn’t complain. they loved walking and i love getting them outside moving. it also gave us an idea of what seattle will be like if we get rid of my car.

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first stop after checking in was lunch at house of nanking. i highly recommend you go! its another one of those restaurants i dream about. i tell everyone to go and i have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love it. just tell your server if you have dietary restrictions and have her order for you. make sure you get the sesame chicken! we loved the beef dish too. we finished up dinner and headed towards fisherman’s wharf.

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we grabbed an ice-cream sundae at ghiradelli and sampled chocolate too. did you know they hand out chocolate at the top entrance? you can order there too. the bottom entrance had a crazy line, while we didn’t wait at all. we walked the wharf and grabbed warm donuts. sugar overload! the sea lions had gone south for the summer. there was one lonely guy left sitting on the dock. the kids were coming up with all sorts of stories of why he was there. we watched a performer for a minute. the kids really got a kick out of all the street performers.

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