Over my winter break my girlfriend and I went a visited my mom who just moved to Oakland, CA. We ate SUCH GOOD FOOD. And the BREAD. It was incredible. We learned how to make sourdough and ate everything in sight and it was wonderful. Every vacation I go on I spend weeks beforehand looking up where to eat and drink. It’s one of my favorite activities.
Luckily my gf is a big fan of eating good food so she was happy to try as many restaurants and cafes as possible.
Grassa is a casual pasta restaurant. They make all their own pasta and DAMN is it good. This is the Cacio e Pepe. Truffle butter, pepper, salt, and Grana Padano. I can’t explain how delicious this was. So creamy and silky. The cheese made it salty and the pepper adds a kick. The truffle butter takes it to the next level.
I said we were going to Portland for spring break and here we are!
So far we’ve eaten and wandered around. And bought books at the famous Powell’s which is HUGE. I know its a full block and multiple floors but you don’t know how big that is and how many books that is until you’re there staring at shelf after shelf of ever book ever.
Now the food here is amazing. Obviously. Why else would I be here.
First day we ate breakfast at Bijou Cafe. I had this veggie hash thing with eggs. Subtly spicy and very delicious.
Then we went to dinner at Irving Street Kitchen which is a wonderful place. Had great food but the lighting in dim so I didn’t bother to try and take pictures with my phone since they would have been terrible anyway. They served water out of glass bottles and shelves of books separated the tables.
Breakfast today was at Pearl Bakery. My mom and sister ordered almost every pastry.
We wandered around and stopped and sat in a coffee shop. Then headed back to the hotel and got distracted by all the food trucks. Grabbed a quick falafel for the road.
And that brings us to now. Where I sit and look at the rain. Because it is after all Portland and the sun we had yesterday was probably the only sun we’ll see for a week. I think I need to move here. Look out for my next Portland post.
This year for Spring break I’m going somewhere super tropical! Just kidding. We’re going to Portland, Oregon. Very exciting just not particularly tropical or warm. I’m so excited to eat all the food and drink all the coffee. I love food trucks and hipstery restaurants. I love coffee shops and vintage clothing stores. Portland is going to be wonderful.
But for the first week of this break I am at home. Enjoying the mediocre weather and working on some internship applications! And also the wonderful light in my mom’s living room.
I mean come on look at that. #nofilter ! Shout out to my mom’s apartment for making me look like a better photographer than I am. I think the picture is cool so hopefully you do too.
This weekend my friends visited and we went to Stone Barns to look at the animals. We got there just in time to see a newly born lamb! I love lambs and was super excited about the little baby. If you’re in the Westchester area I recommend checking it out.
This past week to end our break some friends and I went up to Vermont and were lucky enough to stay at the family vacation home of one of our friends. It was this huge beautiful farm house surrounded by beautiful landscapes. We cooked a bunch and lit a ton of fires and hiked through the snow.
One day two of my friends and I went snowshoeing which was awesome because you get to walk over all the ice and snow without slipping or falling (I fell once because my snowshoe got stuck in the snow because I may have been joking around about a funny picture).
Now we’re back at school and classes will start soon 😦