What I Ate Wednesday: Portland

mt hood portland | almost getting it together

It’s no secret I eat completely differently when I’m in Portland than when I’m home. This past trip I did eat a little better since I was making daily trips to the juice bar so I was having a green juice every day. I also had a couple kale salads because, well, Portland. I thought it would be interesting to show some of the things I’ve eaten (all delicious, all recommended) and it gives me an excuse to link-up for What I Ate Wednesday.

I always come home dreading the scale but both times now I have been pleasantly surprised at the number staring back at me. (Maybe you don’t weigh yourself everyday and have serious thoughts about why I shouldn’t – that’s cool, but I need to hold myself accountable so I do what I need to do.)

Portlandia wasn’t lying when they said Charlie the Chicken (that was his name, right?) was from a farm 30 minutes away. Most food in the city is locally sourced. Our Saturday ritual has turned into going to Bamboo Sushi, which sources only fish that are plentiful and caught in an ethical manner. All the meat at Bamboo is either from Oregon or Idaho. This past trip, we ate at Pono Farm Soul Kitchen, whose meat is sourced from their farm a few hours outside of Portland. So at least you know your meat doesn’t have hormones and where it came from. It’s not seafood from China like all of my comrades from West Virginia are eating at Red Lobster.

I did discover a juice bar a few blocks from Jake’s, so I would typically get a green juice after my run in the morning which also did a lot for my “am-I-eating-enough-greens? anxiety”. I also really don’t pull out my phone when I’m there, so I’m reusing photos from old posts and don’t have a ton of food photos to work from. I’m really going to do better next week.

blue star donuts portland cointreau creme brûlée | almost getting it together

Cointreau Creme Brûlée donut from Blue Star Donuts.

grassa portland | almost getting it together

Roast shaved asparagus, cauliflower and beets from Grassa.

grassa portland pasta carbonara and lobster diablo | almost getting it together

Pasta Carbonara and Lobster Diablo from Grassa.

oven and shaker cheese plate portland | almost getting it together

Cheese plate from Oven and Shaker.

Pono Farm Soul Food Kitchen Portland | almost getting it together

Clam miso soup and bacon fried rice from Pono Farm Soul Kitchen.

Pono Farm Soul Food Kitchen Portland | almost getting it together

Kushiyaki and Shisito Peppers from Pono Farm Soul Kitchen.

Pono Farm Soul Food Kitchen Portland | almost getting it together

Black Truffle Congee from Pono Soul Kitchen.

Bamboo Sushi Portland | almost getting it together

Salmon Tasting from Bamboo.

green leaf juice bar portland | almost getting it together

Greens Granola Cup from Greenleaf.

Chat with me:
Are you sick of hearing about Portland? Do you hold yourself accountable for eating healthy or do you just eat what you feel like? Do you get anxious if you don’t eat enough vegetables?

 

37 comments on “What I Ate Wednesday: Portland

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Jessie on July 16, 2014 7:23 am

If these are similar foods to what you ate over vacation, I’m impressed. No wonder why you didn’t come home with extra weight. The Pasta Carbonara and Lobster Diablo from Grassa looks unreal. It would be hard to quit eating that even when I was full. Haha
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 10:02 am

It definitely is… I think for some reason drinking wine while eating slows me down from stuffing myself hahaha.

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That pasta looks divine! I would love to travel to Portland someday!
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 10:03 am

You should go!! It’s amazing.

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Sarah @pickyrunner on July 16, 2014 9:26 am

When I was in Europe a few weeks ago I barely ate any vegetables. I missed them a lot and actually went to a farmer’s market to buy some because it had been so long. I try not to worry about what I’m eating when I’m experiencing food in a new place- I mean, I’m not going to pass up the best donuts or the best pizza or the best mac and cheese just because I haven’t eaten vegetables in a day or two, but I also know my body feels best when I have a nice balance of all of it. It looks like you ate pretty well to me while you were in Portland :)
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 10:01 am

I honestly kind of hate Europe for the lack of vegetables… is that awful?? I just need them for energy, you know? Farmer’s Market is a good idea… I’m going to have to do that next time!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on July 16, 2014 10:16 am

Jake has lovely hands, he should be a hand model.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 10:00 am

Even though he disagrees…

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 16, 2014 10:30 am

Confession: still haven’t tried green juice. Still thinking that it’ll taste too grassy and I won’t like it. One day….
Although, I could definitely go for that creme brulee donut!
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 10:00 am

I truly think it’s an acquired taste. Get a fruit based one with apple!!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on July 16, 2014 10:33 am

Not sick of hearing about Portland. I just want to go more and more and more every time you talk about it. I don’t get anxious if I don’t eat enough veg, but it isn’t usually a problem for me–salads are much easier for me to get when I am travelling, because I can see what I am eating (good old Crohns). And I like to um…do…certain things. YUP. WENT THERE. In general I tend towards the healthier side of things, even when I travel, but I am also of the opinion that you are travelling, you are eating out for a reason, order it because you know that you can’t at home.
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Miss Polkadot on July 16, 2014 12:01 pm

The spread from Grassa looks awesome. I’ve never had shaved asparagus and cauliflower is always delicous. And pasta… well, it’s pasta so thanks for making me hungry.
Actually, keep talking – and posting pictures – of Portland. I’ve had a pen pal over there for almost four years so it’s nice to see some impressions of the area.
You’re not alone on the need-to-get-my-greens-in part. It’s not even like I was forcing myself but I’m so used to getting a good amount of fruit and vegetables in that I can’t go a single day without them. That’d feel like not drinking any water. Hm…. I guess since produce contains lots of water that makes sense. Whatever. I’m not a green smoothie person but with the idea of the greens granola cup you might have gotten me interested in finally trying them.
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Em Todd on July 16, 2014 12:08 pm

Highlight of this post for me was when you used the word “comrades.”

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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:58 am

I don’t even know where that came from. Loveee you, Em Todd.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on July 16, 2014 12:33 pm

I used to get super anxious when I thought I wasn’t getting enough veggies while on vacation, but I actually found that a break from veggies does my stomach a world of good, so I kind of welcome the change now :lol:
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:57 am

SAME! I think that’s why I come home skinnier lol.

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Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan on July 16, 2014 12:58 pm

Creme Brûlée donut?!?! You’ve got to be kidding me. I would go to Portland just to eat that. And I totally also have the “OMG am I not getting enough greens?” internal dialogue running through me, especially on vacation. Looks like you have had lots of Oregon deliciousness. I also reallly want that salmon tasting plate! Yum.

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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:55 am

I dream about Bamboo every day. We always have THE BEST meals there. We ended up ordering more of one of the salmons… I can never keep track, I have to have Jake remind me what everything is.

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Jessica on July 16, 2014 1:18 pm

My husband and I live in the Pacific NW. We had THE BEST BURGERS EVER at some super-trendy Portland grill. Good thing it’s 2 hours away since, like you, I like to make an effort to eat healthy most of the time.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:57 am

Do you remember the name of the place??

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Kelli @Hungry Hobby on July 16, 2014 3:53 pm

That food looks delicious! I know you didn’t ask about this but I’m going to comment anyways. I think there is a lot in the media right now about NOT weighing yourself. I think weighing yourself can be a great feedback mechanism. Like in your story where you find out okay you can trust your bodies cravings and needs. I used to weigh myself every day but now I’m on a once weekly or bi weekly schedule. I skip some weeks but not usually. I’m with you, I think its cool if you don’t, but I like to hold myself accountable.

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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:52 am

THANK YOU!! I think it’s important… like what if you’re losing too much weight and you don’t know? The doctor weighs you for a reason I feel…

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Lindsay on July 16, 2014 3:54 pm

no i love portland!! keep posting. makes me miss it. and the food! the food trucks there are amazing
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:51 am

In the mornings I run past all the food trucks and sometimes I just think “gee I wish I had cash and it wasn’t 8 a.m. and they were open and I could try everything”.

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ganeeban on July 16, 2014 5:10 pm

All of this looks amazing. Portland sounds fun, I’ve never been…but it’s a spot I’d love to take a long weekend too! The last picture, swoon :)
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:50 am

Portland is amazing, definitely move it to the top of your travel list!

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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on July 16, 2014 5:23 pm

Definitely not sick of Portland so don’t worry about that :) your food is gorgeous. That lobster dish makes me want to fly there right now! And don’t ever let anyone tell you what’s a “normal” amount of times to weigh yourself…everyone’s different. As long as it isn’t an obsession that’s detrimental to your everyday life, you do you. When I don’t get enough veggies in I don’t get anxious, but I do miss them! So I usually have a huge salad or a huuuge portion of veggies with my next meal. The day I stopped subtracting food from my diet (no more sugar! no bread for a week!) and started adding to it (as many fruits/veggies/nuts as I wanted) was the day I truly found peace with food. It all balances out when you think about it that way! :) At least for me
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Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on July 16, 2014 5:23 pm

Definitely not sick of Portland so don’t worry about that :) your food is gorgeous. That lobster dish makes me want to fly there right now! And don’t ever let anyone tell you what’s a “normal” amount of times to weigh yourself…everyone’s different. As long as it isn’t an obsession that’s detrimental to your everyday life, you do you. When I don’t get enough veggies in I don’t get anxious, but I do miss them! So I usually have a huge salad or a huuuge portion of veggies with my next meal. The day I stopped subtracting food from my diet (no more sugar! no bread for a week!) and started adding to it (as many fruits/veggies/nuts as I wanted) was the day I truly found peace with food. It all balances out when you think about it that way! :) At least for me
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:44 am

It definitely does… if I tell myself I can’t have something I want it!!

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on July 16, 2014 6:24 pm

Colin. That’s the chickens name. I love hearing about Portland! But I really wish you’d get your shit together and come visit me in the Rockies so we can eat healthy stuff and drink not so healthy fun stuff.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:43 am

I saw this comment then I saw all your amazing Rockies photos you posted last night on Insta and I think this plan needs to happen!!!

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on July 16, 2014 8:07 pm

Drooling!
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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on July 16, 2014 8:36 pm

want that congeeeeee. Truffles in my face now. Well you know I don’t weight myself or give a fuck when I’m on vacation. I’ve eaten my weight (whatever that may be) in peanut m&ms the last two weeks and my jeans actually fit looser….probably all the hiking. But yes I miss vegetables which apparently are not a thing in wyoming or montana (which is where I currently am).
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:43 am

The American West is not a place for vegetables. Hiking will keep you soooo in shape, I need to do more. So jelly of your vacay! And we will go there when you visit PDX :)

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on July 17, 2014 3:56 am

I await the day for your blog post to read ‘What I ate Wednesday- Australia.

Okay, all these gourmet eats are making me go loco. Not Fergalicious.
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Cassie on July 17, 2014 9:39 am

I’m going to have to do like 17 WIAW: Australias.

Thanks for getting Fergalicious stuck in my head all morning.

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