I flew to Portland, OR (PDX) for a weekend getaway with a few friends. This trip was quite different from most of my travels because I didn’t really plan out an itinerary at all. I did a little bit of research but honestly not enough.
We booked our flights, booked a cute little AirBnB place close to public transportation, and left for the weekend.
I’ve never really seen fall foliage (I’m from San Diego, there really isn’t much here) and it hasn’t rained in a while so the season and the weather was going to be quite perfect (and different) for us.
After a quick Uber drive from the airport to the our little cottage, we took the light rail to Downtown Portland. We actually ended up in Oldtown / Chinatown. Even with no plans, we did a LOT!
Hungry, we pretty much walked into the very first restaurant we saw.
We really didn’t know what we were walking into. We seated ourselves at the bar and then realized that there was a little train with plates on it. Oh! So it’s a one of those ‘conveyor belt’ sushi places with a train instead.
The train had the basic sushi dishes, salads, and desserts. But if you wanted some of the more expensive and top quality sushi options and any hot dishes, it’s on the menu.
Sebas and V also started ticking off a few things on a menu and I caught up with them and picked out a few more plates.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Since we were in Chinatown, we decided to look for the Lan Su Chinese Garden. After asking our server for a general direction (and reading signs, and google maps) we walked to the garden.
It felt a little weird walking into this garden. This is a collaboration between sister cities Portland, Oregon (USA) and Suzhou, Jiangsu (China).
When we walked in, it really felt as though we left Portland and into China. It was raining, but there were plenty of covered pathways, pavilions, and gallery/buildings to stay dry in.
There were lots of flower displays, and actually competition where we can vote on our favorite one. That kept us inside the beautiful Chinese buildings and occupied for a while.
There were so many different displays with Autumn flowers, I kind of forgot to pick my favorite one. The green flowers were my favorite though, so any display with the green flowers ended up being my favorite.
The garden is usually opened rain or shine, but apparently it’s closed until mid-January 2016 to rehabilitate the lake. I guess we were there just before a big renovation (I wonder how different it will be?)
As we were leaving we saw a couple holding a pink Voodoo Doughnuts box. We asked them where it was, and made out way over to Voodoo Doughnuts.
It was not hard to find Voodoo Doughnuts, there was a long line along the pink brick wall. We got in line just in time, because the line almost doubled in length after we joined the line.
We waited for maybe 10-20 minutes in line (none of us could agree on how long we were in line) in the rain before finally making it inside and finally ordering our doughnuts.
Voodoo Doughnuts is known for some of their interesting doughnuts. We were still really full from lunch, so we decided to just get 2 to share and try.
None of us had high expectations though, we’ve heard that it was kind of over rated and that there are other places for better doughnuts (that’ll be for day 2).
By the time we walked out with our doughnuts, it was pouring rain. The seating area outside was not covered so we wandered around looking for a place a covered place to eat our doughnuts. We grabbed some tea (cold tea in the rain…what were we thinking) and enjoyed our doughnuts.
They were ok.
We snapped a few pictures of the “Keep Portland Weird” sign, did a little bit of shopping near Sushi Ichiban and then hopped on the light rail to get some beer.