I think that I have officially decided that Alberta Street is my favorite out of all the areas I ventured to during my Portland trip. Sean and I ended up going two times to explore this part of town because there was so much to see and do. Alberta street is populated with unique little shops, amazing foodie stops, and of course places to get a delicious cup of coffee. It has quite an artsy and hip personality if you ask me and I love it.
On Saturday we explored Alberta street with my sister and her boyfriend. They showed us around and pointed out a great place to eat, which Sean and I returned to on Monday to give a try. I instantly fell in love with the artsy and creative atmosphere that permeates from this area. They had a grilled cheese food cart where you ate it on a school bus. An actual yellow school bus people, I’m not making this up. Sadly I only saw this while in the car so I didn’t have enough time to snap a photo, but if you are a massive fan of grilled cheese (I am not, I know I just gave probably more than half of you a heart attack, but all the cheese hurts my stomach) then I highly recommend you check this out on Alberta street. Or if you are like me and find it fascinating that you eat your food in a school bus and appreciate the innovative artsy dining experience check it out. I want to go next time I’m in Portland, I mean if they serve grilled cheese they probably serve soup right?
On Saturday we also experienced the wonderful thing that is Salt & Straw. I talked about how glorious this was on my post last Friday, you can check that out here if you missed it, mainly it’s just me gushing over all the reasons why I love Portland. I’m definitely missing Salt & Straw; I got the Honey Lavender ice cream and oh my… it is easily the best thing I have ever tasted. I was stuck between that and the Stumptown coffee and bourbon flavor, I wanted to go back a second time so I could get that but we ran out of time. Honestly I’m not sure if I would go for that, I’m a creature of habit so I can see myself getting the Honey Lavender again if we went back.
On Monday there was two main reasons we came back from Alberta street. The first being I wanted to go ham in this amazing art store Collage. Oh and you bet I did: I spent 45 mins in there just wanting all the art things. In the end I bought three really amazing paint brushes (10x better than the ones I bought from Michaels), two watercolor markers (sidebar/these were so cool! I haven’t dabbled much in watercolor yet because I want to master acrylic first but I liked the concept of it’s a marker which you add water to after, might be good if I give fashion illustrating a try!/end sidebar), and this book called “104 Things to Paint!” I’m really excited to start this book because I feel like it would be AWESOME for practicing when I want to paint but don’t know where to start. If Sean and I do move to Portland, this art store will be tied for my second home… it will have to compete with Case Study Coffeehouse. As I’m writing this post, I haven’t used my new brushes yet, but I cannot wait! When I do, I’ll snap chat it. You can follow along for random painting/every day adventures, my username is @abigoness (the same as my twitter).
Then after spending a lot of money and time in Collage, we headed over to have brunch/lunch at Petite Provence. This. Was. Amazing. I got the oatmeal brulee (yes like a creme brulee but oatmeal). It was the best oatmeal ever, however, I think I would go with their regular oatmeal next time just because the top part was intensely sugary. Otherwise it was amazing! They had strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries cooked in there making it just so delicious. Sean got the northwest salmon hash with a dill sauce drizzled on top and I know he loved it. He’s definitely brought up multiples times how great it was and wished he could be eating it now.
So all in all, Alberta street is pretty cool. Didn’t get a chance to check out the food carts they had here, but they have their fair share of variety. That’s on our list to check out when we come back, along with this other place that just serves pie and beverages. PIE AND BEVERAGES people, this isn’t a game! Honestly if I didn’t have Salt & Straw, I would have ran in ordering a pie of pumpkin pie in a heart beat.
If you plan on visiting Portland soon or just in general, I definitely suggest you check out Alberta. It’s an entire experience in its own right. You will be captivated by the cute buildings and artsy murals, experience the ultimate foodie experience including incredible dessert, and you will get to shop local in real cool and unique shops. If you ask me, Alberta street has everything any local resident or traveler wants.