How to Spend the Best Saturday Morning at the Portland Farmers Market | Fueled by Naked Juice

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If you're a food-motivated traveler like me, you know that one of the best ways to fully integrate into a new place is to explore the local farmers market. No matter how great a food city is— it all comes down to the farmers, the artisans, the true source. 

Being as Portland is ranked as the #1 Food City in America, it should come as no surprise that our markets are top notch. 

I wrote about my favorite Willamette Valley farms and markets previously, but the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University truly deserves its own feature. Year-round, farmers, bakers, and artisans gather to sell their goods in the South Park Blocks located at Portland State University. It’s a go-to Saturday activity for Portlanders looking to pick up farm fresh produce from over 200 vendors while supporting the local community. The quality of vendors and the sense of community is so strong that some have been known to travel over 100-miles round trip to showcase their produce here. Plus, everyone at the market is the nicest. (This is Portland, after all.) 

Below are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your Saturday at the farmers market.

5 Tips for the Best Saturday at the Portland Farmers Market

1. Arrive early!

2. Bring cash and a reusable bag. 

3. Chat up the local farmers and learn more in depth about the Portland food community. 

4. Don't skip the beautiful, farm-fresh bouquets for $5. (These go fast!) 

5. Also noteworthy, the marionberry cinnamon rolls and the Verde Cocina huevos rancheros. 

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Seasonal Guide

The Portland Famers Market at PSU is year-round! Every Saturday. Rain or shine. Read on for a sampling of Willamette Valley seasonal picks for your next trip to the market. 

Spring - Rhubarb, Kale, Herb starts, Tulips, Peonies, Lillies, Dahlias 

Summer  - Berries, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Sunflowers

Fall - Apples (and fresh pressed Apple Cider!), Grapes, Brussel Sprouts

Winter - Root Vegetables, Mushrooms


Kale on kale.

Kale on kale.

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Kale Blazer contains healthy greens (80 leaves of kale!), good-for-you nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A and C, and all that goodness. It's the ideal fuel whether you're blazin' hiking trails or wandering the stalls at the farmers market. 

And, in honor of Earth Day, "from 100 percent post-recycled reNEWable bottles to a LEED-certified bottling facility, Naked Juice is committed to the belief that wellness extends beyond personal health.

Naked Juice is also the only nationally distributed juice company to use 100 percent rPET (recyclable polyethylene terephthalate) to keep turning bottles into bottles again and again." Cheers to keeping our bodies and Mother Earth happy. 

DISCLAIMER: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome. 


Tell me about your favorite farmers market finds in the comments! 

Portland Dining Month at Raven & Rose

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Hope you're hungry, Portland.
Portland Dining Month is here.


If you're unfamiliar, Portland Dining Month is an ultra tasty time of the year where the Portland restaurants dish out 3-course meals for $29 a person. Depending on where you choose, this can be a fantastic deal and a chance to test taste a nice restaurant at a reasonable price point. 

This year, the good folks at Travel Portland sent me to Raven & Rose. I'd been here years ago for happy hour and was excited to try the food this go around. 

At Raven & Rose, the Portland Dining Month menu is served in the Rookery Room— in what used to be the hayloft above the historic carriage house back in the day. The menu features a large garden salad, red wine braised short ribs served with root vegetables and finishes with a dessert of Meyer lemon ice cream and brown butter shortbread cookies. My friend opted for the insanely delicious mac and cheese. All in all, it was a great night catching up with an old friend over a tasty meal while listening to live music. 

Did you have any favorite Portland Dining Month menus this year? My friend Rachel (Love, Rachel) and I also taste tested the menu at Little Bird Bistro and it was très délicieuxIf you still have yet to try Portland Dining Month, it's not too late! The promotion lasts until the end of March at over 120 Portland-area restaurants. 

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Red wine braised short rib with root vegetables  
Mac & Cheese because Mac & Cheese

 
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RAVEN & ROSE
1331 SW Broadway
(503) 222-7673

The Best Places to Hike within Portland City Limits Fueled by Naked Juice

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It's no secret that Oregonians
love a good hike.


Portland in close proximity to a seemingly endless number of trails near the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, Mount Hood National Forest, and the surrounding areas. And although I love heading out of town, sometimes it's not feasible to take an entire day off to explore.

The good news is that there are plenty of woodlands within Portland city limits as well. I tend to get a little restless when I haven't had the chance to hike in a while. Luckily, the trails at Tryon Creek State Nature Area, Forest Park, and Washington Park are perfect for a quick after-work run or Saturday morning stroll with friends. There are plenty of other spots in the city to explore, such as Mount Tabor Park and Rocky Butte Natural Area, but I would recommending start with the three spots listed below as they offer the widest variety of trails within 5-15 minutes of downtown Portland. 

Let's hit the trails. 

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the best hikes within
portland city limits

TRYON CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA

(Pictured) 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd

Tryon Creek State Nature area is home to a variety of 8-miles of well-kept and quiet hiking trails, in addition to 3-miles of paved bike trails only 15-minutes outside of downtown Portland. This is a great place to spend the day with four-legged friends, dogs and horses* are welcome to explore here as well. *Check the map at the Nature Center for marked horseback riding trails. 

FOREST PARK

Pittock Mansion Trailhead - 4998 NW Cornell Rd

Spanning over 5,157-acres in the West Hills, Forest Park connects some of the best views and sites in Portland. The Wildwood trail is the most popular routes-- with it's 30.2-miles of trails leading to favorite sites such as the Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion and Washington Park. This is one of Portlanders' top city spots for premium trail running and due to the range of difficulty in trails. 

WASHINGTON PARK

4033 SW Canyon Rd. 

Connected to Forest Park via the Wildwood Trail, Washington Park is a great place for first-time visitors as it features well-known attractions such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Oregon Zoo. Keep in mind that the park can be fairly crowded on the weekends. Read on for a little history and my insider tips for visiting the International Rose Test Garden [here]. 

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FUEL UP WITH
Naked COLD pressed JUICES

Launching this month, Naked Juice has five new veggie-forward cold-pressed juices made with simple ingredients: Bright Greens, Hearty Greens, Lively Carrot, Bold Beet and Cool Pineapple. Naked Cold Pressed Juice is made with ready-to-eat, high quality fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed right into the bottle with no added sugar, no preservatives and are verified by the Non GMO Project.  My personal favorites are the zesty Cool Pineapple and the smooth Lively Carrot. That being said, all of the juices make for the perfect fuel before a morning on the trails. 


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DISCLAIMER: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome. 

Happy New Year + An Explore Portland Giveaway

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM
THE PAPER AIRPLANE

In celebration of the new adventures to be had in the upcoming year, The Paper Airplane is hosting it's first ever giveaway! I have a pretty good feeling about 2016 being the year of exciting explorations both abroad and at home here in Portland, Oregon. Whether you're local and would like to discover new neighborhood finds in the city or you're planning your first trip to Portland, this prize pack is full of Rose City goodies to inspire your next adventure.

As a special touch, Travel Portland graciously provided a selection of totally adorable zines created by local writers and artists with great recommendations for unique things to do, taste, and see in the city. These little zines are the cutest. I'm obsessed and I know you will be too. 

So, what are you waiting for? One lucky winner will receive the entire prize pack. Further details and terms are listed below. 

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Explore Portland Giveaway
JANUARY 1ST - 8TH, 2016

• GIVEAWAY CLOSED •

What's Included:

(1) Women's Grey Poler Stuff "Snow Globe" Tee, Size Medium
(1) $15 Powell's City of Books Gift Card
(1) Cotopaxi Note Book
(1) 35 Things to Do in the Rain zine courtesy of Travel Portland
(1) Set of 5 Neighborhood Guide zines courtesy of Travel Portland

The giveaway is open January 1st - January 7th, closing at 11:59 p.m. Entrants must reside in the United States. Leave a comment on this post of where you are most excited to explore in 2016 for a chance to win the prize pack! Entrants will receive bonus points for visiting The Paper Airplane Facebook page. Winner to be announced on Friday, January 8th both on www.paperairplaneblog.com as well as on The Paper Airplane Blog Facebook page. Cheers to new adventures in 2016 and good luck!

 

Updated January 8th, 2016: 

The Explore Portland Giveaway is now closed.
Congrats to Becca C. for winning the prize pack! 

Didn't win? Stay tuned for a (tasty!) giveaway coming February 2016. 

 
 
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Portland Event Guide: December 2015

happy holidays from
the paper airplane! 

Portland is decking its halls and all is beginning to look merry and bright. (Case in point: Zoo Lights, The Grotto, and Peacock Lane.)
Whether your idea of celebrating the holidays is dressing to the nines for holiday tea at The Heathman, laughing off your Christmas cookies at a comedy by Portland Center Stage, or dancing all the way to 2016 at December to Remember,
there's a little bit of something for everyone this month in the Rose City. 


Holiday Tea at The Heathman | Christmas tree, teas, and all. 

Holiday Tea at The Heathman | Christmas tree, teas, and all. 

FOOD & DRINK: PINKIES UP

holiday tea court AT the heathman

Now - January 3rd, Call restaurant for reservations, The Heathman

'Tis the season to dress up and cozy in for an afternoon by the roaring fire with cups on cups of tea and delicious small bites. This year was (surprise!) my first holiday tea, and I had so much fun living out my Downton Abbey fantasies at The Heathman while catching up with fellow Portland bloggers. The Dowager Countess would most definitely approve. 

*Thank you to The Heathman for generously hosting our blogger Holiday Tea. Read the full review at Love, Rachel. 

peking duck at departure restaurant + lounge

The month of December, Departure at The Nines

FOOD & DRINK: PINKIES DOWN

holiday ale fest

December 2nd - 6th, Pioneer Courthouse Square

SMART LAUGHS

the santaland diaries at portland center stage

December 2nd - 27th, PCS Armory

twist your dickens at portland center stage

December 9th - 31st, PCS Armory

literary arts presents the moth mainstage

December 14th, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

jingle bell (indie) rock

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER

December 1st - 17th, Crystal Ballroom

Food & Drink: Gumbo Weekend at Acadia Review

The trifecta: R - Cajun, Back - Seafood, L - Z'herbs

The trifecta: R - Cajun, Back - Seafood, L - Z'herbs

Serving a taste of the Big Easy in Portland, Cajun and Creole neighborhood restaurant, Acadia, heats up with Gumbo Weekend this week from November 13 - 14. Chef/Owner Seamus Foran will serve a flight of regional Louisiana gumbo in honor of the famous Treme Gumbo Festival. The trio will include: Seafood Gumbo – the classic NOLA gumbo served with shrimp crawfish and Louisiana blue crab; Cajun Gumbo – a southwest Louisiana style with a hearty tomato-based stew, chicken and andouille sausage; and Gumbo Z'herbs – a gumbo popular in southern Louisiana with the Catholic population for it's "Lent-approved" leafy-greens rather than meat-based. 

Spicy, New Orleans-style comfort food on a stormy night? Sign a girl up.

Gumbo Z'herbs at Acadia 

Gumbo Z'herbs at Acadia 

• the REVIEW •


In fact, I had the pleasure of tasting a sneak peek of the Gumbo Weekend menu last Thursday, and let me tell you, the gumbos are pretty tasty. The Cajun Gumbo was my personal favorite. It brought the heat, combining full-bodied cajun flavors with a meaty spoonful of chicken and andouille sausage. When I asked my dining buddy (also known as Dad) which gumbo was his favorite, he stated, "whichever one I'm currently eating." Truly, you can't go wrong. Other highlights from the menu included the  Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp for that standout, peppery yet creamy sauce and the Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with salted whiskey caramel sauce and toasted pecans. 

• THE VERDICT: GEAUX GUMBO •

Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp

Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp

Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with salted whiskey caramel sauce 

Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with salted whiskey caramel sauce 

Acadia is a cozy space located on NE Fremont, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite off-the-beaten-path foodie streets in Portland. The service here is lovely, the flavors of the dishes are all subtlely spiced, the cocktail menu doesn't kid around with bourbon-heavy pours, and the atmosphere is charming. Gumbo Weekend starts this Friday, November 13 and ends Saturday, November 14. 

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ACADIA

Cajun/Creole Neighborhood Restaurant
13013 NE FREMONT ST.
503-249-5001 • Reservations recommended
Monday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.


 

Disclosure: A special thank you is due to Acadia for the media sneak peek of Gumbo Weekend! As always, dear readers, all thoughts and views are my own.