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    My picks: Blue Star and Pip's. Touristy: Voodoo has the crazy donuts. I like the maple bacon bar. But only if there is no line.
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    Stumptown. Coava Coffee Roasters. Barista. And so many more.
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    Pine St. Market
    Just opened, this is my new favorite place. It's like a food court with good food. Several heavy hitters on the local food scene have opened up shop here. A fun place to eat and drink.
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    Yum! Asian fusion. Chef Gregory Gourdet came in 2nd on Top Chef a couple years ago. In addition to the regular menu, there are 2 full menus, one for gluten-free, and one for vegetarian options.
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    Food carts
    Don't be scared of them. Several neighborhoods have pods of food carts. Yum!!!
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    Cheese Bar and Chizu
    Cheese. πŸ’›πŸ΄
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    Other restaurants that I recommend:
    Urban Farmer, Mother's Bistro (my brunch pick), Andina, Le Petite Provence (I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner here-it was all good. And pick up some pastries to go. Y U M.), Oba, Sizzle Pie for a slice of pizza (award winning gluten-free pizza...whaaat??!!), Hat Yai (the newest from a family that has several spots around, they are all good).
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    Microbrews! Craft beer! I told a friend that I don't like beer, her response, "You just haven't found your beer. It's out there." And we spent the day going to breweries, tasting and making notes, and I found my beer. So many great breweries- awesome tasting rooms with very helpful staff. The Commons, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Ecliptic, Gigantic, just to name a few.
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    Farmer's Market
    There are a few in different neighborhoods, the Park Blocks/PSU one is a great one.
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    Portland Saturday Market.
    Under the Burnside bridge. Arts and crafts, goods and gifts, flowers, food, and music.
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    Rose Garden
    Roses! A good city view. Nice to pack a picnic and just "be" in the park.
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    Thrift/vintage shopping
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    Powell's bookstore
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    Neighborhoods to explore:
    The Pearl (galleries, $$ shops, yummy food spots), Alberta (a smaller, funky version of The Pearl), Hawthorne (vintage shops, good cafes, fun boutiques, bars), Mississippi, Montavilla, St. John's, 23rd.
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    Portland has a good transit system.
    You can use it to get around. It isn't a difficult city to drive in though if you have a car.
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    Walk across a bridge.
    Recommend: Burnside bridge - there are fun things to do on Burnside St., Downtown and across the bridge, Eastside. You'll get some great views of the skyline. Also, Tillicum bridge, it is not for cars, but for pedestrians and bikes.
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Fun with kids. I have even gone without the kids.
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    Timbers game
    See two shows in one - the game on the field and the Timbers Army in the stands! βš½πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸŒΉ RCTID
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    Record stores
    Music Millennium, Mississippi Records. So fun browsing through vinyl.
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    Doug Fir Lounge
    Great concert venue. 🎢🎢
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    Forest Park
    This urban forest has some great hiking trails.
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    A little further out....
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    Multnomah Falls.
    Including Cascade Locks to cross the Bridge of the Gods (toll bridge) over to Highway 14 to head back to Portland on Washington State side makes it a lovely drive.
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    The coast
    Within a couple hours, you could be in Seaside, Cannon Beach, Astoria, or Tillamook (the Tillamook Cheese factory!!) A little longer drive you could be in Lincoln City or Newport (visit the Oregon Aquarium).
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    Rice Rock Museum
    If you like rocks, this is a fun stop. (If you are going to the beach you can stop here on the way.)
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    Wine Country
    Newberg/Dundee. This could be a weekend trip. 🍷
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    *Not a definitive list, just the things I usually recommend the most.