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I extended my Labor Day weekend a bit this year and joined a friend (who will be known as Bobes from this point forth) in Portland for a few days. Bobes and I rented a one bedroom apartment in Kerns, a cute and slightly suburban area in the lower Northeast. I immediately fell in love with our little neighborhood and couldn’t wait to go out and explore!

As I waited for Bobes to return from Hood River, where he had previously attended a wedding, I stopped over at Migration Brewing Co. for a few pints of Clem’s Cream. I’m a bit picky when it comes to beers; I like ambers, blonds, and wheat beers. The waitress let me try a few samples of their lighter beers on tap, and I selected the Clem’s Cream – perfect for a hot sunny day on their deck. I also found out that they sold growlers to go for only $8 on Sundays! What a steal! I imagine they get pretty crowded at night, as they also serve up some tasty bar food and have a large front patio for patrons to enjoy their pints.

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Once Bobes arrived, we ventured a few blocks down NE 28th Ave for a delicious late lunch at Navarre. Navarre is a casual restaurant serving small and large plates with a European influence. They change the menu weekly based on what they receive from their CSA box, providing some of the freshest, seasonal ingredients. The food is simple and delicious, and took me right back to Tuscany.

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Our waitress encouraged us to order several small plates to share, so we selected the fois gras toast, peach and heirloom tomato salad, farro salad, hanger steak, and mussels. It was the perfect amount of food and everything was so delicious! I particularly enjoyed the hanger steak and farro salad (obviously), and they both paired nicely with my glass of Domaine Vico Rosé.

Just a half block from our apartment was Bakery Bar, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We stopped in for Breakfast on our last day in Portland and had an excellent Mexican-influenced meal. Bobes ordered the breakfast burrito while I selected the Melas: scrambled eggs with leeks, corn tortilla chips, pica de gallo, green chiles, chorizo, avocado and quesa fresca. YUM! They also had a beautiful selection of scones, biscuits and other baked goods. The place was crawling with young mommies and their clan of toddlers, but they were pretty cute so I didn’t mind! Bakery Bar also makes an assortment of different toasts, pizzas and salads. I would certainly like to go back and try their pizza some day.


If traveling to Portland, I would recommend staying in this adorable neighborhood. And if it’s available, I would recommend renting Dan’s apartment on airbnb! It was both comfortable and modern, with a huge bathroom and comfy couch for watching movies after a long day of wine and food!

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a food and wine lover residing in Napa, California, where she does marketing for a boutique wine collective. She previously lived in San Francisco for over six years, where her blogging journey began. She loves to cook seasonal meals and experiment with new wine pairings. She has been drinking and learning about wine with her father since she was 14, and cooking in the kitchen with her mother since she was 6. Both of her parents taught her well about seasoning and flavors, and she continues to learn more with every meal that is made.

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