Life of Pie


We are big pizza fans at our house and in fact if I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life it would definitely be pizza.  We love checking out all the yummy  pizza places in Portland.  We were going out with some friends to celebrate my birthday and I was in the mood for pizza.  It was my birthday so I got to choose! When I did a … [Read more...]

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries}Gluten Free

Petunias Pies & Pastries

We have been wanting to check out Petunia's Pies and Pastries for a while now but it always seems to be  Monday when Cali is in town and we have time.  Petunia's is closed on Mondays.  It is located downtown at 610 SW 12th. Over the holiday break though we finally got a chance and we are so glad we did. First of all Petunia's is … [Read more...]

Back to Eden Bakery}Gluten Free

Back to Eden

Another great gluten free bakery in Portland is  Back to Eden over at 2217  NE Alberta Street in Portland, just a few minutes away from Tula.   Back to Eden is gluten, soy, dairy and sugar free and might I add delicious. In addition to being delicious this bakery is just so cute! Back to Eden serves lunch with lots of savory choices with … [Read more...]

Slappy Cakes

Slappy Cakes

If you are looking for a family friendly, fun, make your own breakfast kind of place and you don't want to stay home check out Slappy Cakes.  Slappy Cakes is located over at 4246 SE Belmont.  Each table has a built in pancake griddle. They have a selection of pancake batters to choose from - we got buttermilk, whole grain and gluten free!  They … [Read more...]

Heslers on Alberta


Today is another of my favorite places to go on NE Alberta St.   If you haven't been over to NE Alberta, there are so many fun shops and restaurants. Today we are going out to breakfast. Hesler's has been around since 1994 and they use many family recipes including their buttermilk pancake recipe from the owner's Grandmother. If you go on … [Read more...]

Tula Bakery}Gluten Free


One of our favorite gluten free bakeries in Portland is located NE Martin Luther King Blvd. in Portland.   In addition to lots of delicious sweet treatsTula Bakery  also has a great bread selection including both artisan and quick breads. Not all of their products are dairy free but each item is marked with a sign that tells you if it is also dairy … [Read more...]

Salt & Straw


We love ice cream at our house. We love it so much we are willing to drive clear across town for it and stand in line for it. Our favorite local ice cream spot in Portland is Salt & Straw.    A locally owned and operated ice creamery that had opened up the day before. There was a line out the door but we soon discovered that it was so … [Read more...]

Craven Raven Bakery}Gluten Free

{Sad to hear Craven Raven has closed their doors!} Whenever my daughter, Cali, comes home for a visit we check out the latest and greatest of gluten free bakeries/restaurants in the Portland area.  If you have to be gluten free, Portland is a great place to live. We had an appointment at the naturopath while Cali was home and one of the … [Read more...]

Blue Star Donuts

Blue Star Donuts

Whenever anyone mentions Portland and donuts in the same sentence people's first thought is usually Voodoo Donuts.  Don't get me wrong I think everyone should make at least one trip to Voodoo Donuts if they are ever in Portland.  It is an icon.  Just be prepared for really long lines and a decent donut. But if you want a really amazing donut and … [Read more...]

Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons

Jim is out of town this holiday weekend, enjoying a weekend with his college kids and taking in the BYU vs. University of Washington football games.  Tessa and I decided to do a little exploring on our own. We headed over to North Portland to check out Tasty n Sons which had been recommended to us by several people.  The restaurant is located at … [Read more...]