It's here! A mini guide to my favorite restaurant in Portland and a look at our mini winery tour. A couple weekends ago Jeff and I flew up to Portland to attend a good friend's wedding. As a bonus, Jeff's wine collector Dad took us around town to visit some local wineries. It was such a fun adventure day and I wanted to share with you all where we went.
The first food stop during our whirlwind tour was to my FAVORITE restaurant in Portland - Elephant Delicatessen. This super-market-meets-fancy-Panera-meets-boulangerie is the perfect place for whatever it is you are craving. Various counters offer an array of prepared foods or you can peruse their plethora of market stalls offering packages foods, meats and cheeses. There is even a wine store, gift shoppe and bakery counter. There is a plenty of seating inside in various dining rooms or you can opt to enjoy your fresh fares outside on the patio. I love how diverse the offerings are and how you can get a hot soup, fresh baguette, gift for a friend and a handmade macaroon all in one place. What is better than that?
I highly recommend the Tomato and Orange Bisque. It is the best tomato soup I have ever had and the hint of orange is so so delicious. Once our tummies were nice and full we made our way back to the car and headed just outside the city.
Our next stop and first winery was Troon Winery in Carlton Oregon. We stopped briefly to enjoy a flight on the back patio but decided that the wine wasn't as good as the others were sure to be further down the tour. Since Jeff's Dad is a member (with 3 free guest passes) we did not need to feel bad skipping tastings since they were all free!
We headed around the block to our next stop K & M Alchemy Vineyard. K & M had a cozy cool vibe with a small shop off the main street that featured a little back room with live folk music. They had a generous cheese table and are conveniently connected to a beautiful jewelry store!
Our final stop was to Arborbrook Vineyards in Newberg Oregon. This was a bit of a jaunt back out through the Oregon countryside and oh was it so worth it. While Troon and K & M were urban tasting rooms, Arborbrook offers a more immersive wine tasting experience. It was such a beautiful day outside and so we made sure to hop into the vines after exploring the tasting room.
The tasting room at Arborbrook was very cool and located in an old stable. There were various art vendors and a beautiful patio for drinking and dining. It was so lovely to check out the art, enjoy our Pinot and walk through the grapes.
The beauty of Oregon never ceases to surprise and delight us. If you are considering a visit I highly recommend doing so in the late spring and summer months. The hills, vineyards and forests just sing.
Thanks again to Jeff's amazing Dad, Tim and his wife Theresa for showing us around some of their favorite wineries and treating us to all the delicious tastes.
Until the next adventure!
~ A ~