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Laundry On Sundaes

Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.

After we left Bend, we drove to Portland and arrived in the afternoon. We returned the car (you’ll have to wait to see how we got back to SF!) and took a train to downtown. After settling down in our hotel, we went to explore the city a bit. We took a nice walk along the river and in the park along the shore.

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And we had dinner at Saucebox, a pan-Asian restaurant. The restaurant was kind of divided into 2 halves, with one side with black walls and dim lighting, and the other side with white walls and a more airy atmosphere.

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We got seated on the white side and got some delicious cocktails to start. I got their soft shell crab buns, which were really good.

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Yufei and I also shared their pupu platter, which came with a variety of appetizers. We especially liked the Korean baby back ribs.

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After dinner, we just went back to our hotel and rested for the next fully packed day in Portland. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts first to get some doughnuts for breakfast.

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The line was pretty long when we got there but moved fairly fast. We got a Portland cream doughnut and a voodoo doll because it was just too cute. Both were delicious!

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We took a walk through the Portland Saturday Market afterwards, where there were tons of booths of handcrafted items and food.

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Then we made our way to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a classical Suzhou-style garden. It was beautifully done and it was such a peaceful place to get away from the city.

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Then we took a bus across the river to get lunch at Screen Door.

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There was a wait, as expected, which was fine with us since we were still full from the doughnuts. So we took a little walk around the neighborhood and stopped by a park for a bit before heading back. Once we were seated, we decided to get Screen Door’s famous chicken and waffle:

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And also an omelet, which we regretted ordering after seeing how humongous the chicken and waffles was.

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We impressively ate most of the food (it was a LOT of food), all of which were delicious. We were super stuffed afterwards though!

Our next destination was Distillery Row, an area with a bunch of distilleries. We saw this cool sun halo on our way!

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It was kind of hard to find the area at first, but once we found the first one, they were all in the same few blocks.

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We visited and did tastings of all kinds of spirits at 3 different distilleries. It was a cool new experience for us since we’d never done spirit tasting before!

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Portland – Part 2

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