Portland Events | Bourbon Battles with Marriott Hotels


happy national bourbon day!

To celebrate Marriott Hotels' bourbon program, properties throughout the country hosted "Bourbon Battles" where Marriott and local bartenders raced against the clock to serve handcrafted bourbon cocktails. At the Portland event, I had a blast sipping on classic bourbon cocktails such as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, snacking on delicious bites from The Marriott, and watching the competition unfold. The Portland Marriott Waterfront is beautifully redone and has a killer bourbon program to boot. I'd definitely recommend checking it out for yourself.

Miss the competition? Recipe for the winning drink below: 
Jasper Sour
2 Jack Single Single
1 Apricot Spiced Shrub
.75 Lemon
.75 Egg White
.5 Marionberry Liqueur

Creativity is 80% bourbon and 20% ice. 
- Jack Doom


Thank you Marriott Hotels for the event media pass, the opportunity to make my Kentucky ancestors proud, and great bourbon.
As always, dear readers, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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


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. 


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.

Kale Blazer by Naked Juice

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


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. 

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


1331 SW Broadway
(503) 222-7673

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. 


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. 



Cajun/Creole Neighborhood Restaurant
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. 

Celebrating Fall Harvest in the Willamette Valley: Iconic Oregon Adventures Fueled by Naked Juice


It's no secret that Oregon's Willamette Valley produces a world-class bounty of resources. Pioneers ventured to the Willamette Valley, known as the "promised land" during the Oregon Trail in the 1800s. Then, an influx of experiential travelers and millennial foodies rediscovered the beauty and abundance of the Willamette Valley when it became the "it" destination in every magazine from Bon Appétit to Travel & Leisure nearly two centuries later. 

Tucked between the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Range, the Willamette Valley stretches 150-miles along the length of the state. Mild year-round temperatures, plenty of rain, as well as easy access to the Willamette River and its tributaries, make for a bountiful harvest every year. Here, you'll find rolling farm lands of Christmas trees, hazelnuts, apples, prized Pinot grapes making for the best Pinot noir wines in the world, pears, pumpkins, world-reknowned hops for Oregon's many craft breweries, and the list goes on. 

It's from these Willamette Valley farms that Portland's many critically acclaimed restaurants create local, sustainable, and delicious meals. This October, in order to travel back to the source, I packed up my Herschel Supply Co. Heritage backpack with my favorite Naked Juices and headed out to a few of my favorite family-owned farms and local markets that highlight the bounty of Fall harvest here in Oregon.  




Psu farmers market

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Mar - Oct); 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Nov - Feb), SW Park & SW Montgomery
If there is one place in Portland to see the bounty of the Willamette Valley, it's the PSU Farmers Market. 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. 


Monday - Sunday, See website for hours, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE, Gervais
Between bustling acres including pumpkin patches, apple orchards, a fresh apple cider press, as well as hay and corn mazes, family-run Bauman Farms has it all when it comes to celebrating the fall harvest. A large store also features all kinds of fresh pies, goods and produce from the farm. Whatever you do, don't skip the cinnamon sugar apple cider donuts or the fresh pressed apple cider. The Bauman Farms Harvest Festival continues until October 31st. 


Monday - Sunday, See Facebook page for updated hours, 10325 River Road NE, Keizer
Sixth generation family-owned and operated Jones Farm is located on River Road, just outside of Salem. This sweet farm stand offers an abundance of fresh produce at affordable prices without the crowds. The beautiful pears, apples, and handmade pies are all treats to take home. This farm is one of my favorite spots on the country backroads when headed North to Portland.


Bella Organic FARMS

Monday - Sunday, See website for hours, 16205 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland
Located on Sauvie's Island, Bella Organic Farms showcases over 70 varieties of certified organic fruits, vegetables, pumpkins and more just a 20-minute drive away from downtown Portland. The farm is also 100% solar powered. The seasonal corn mazes, both traditional and haunted, offer a fun activity for both kids... and adults pretending be kids again.  




If you've been following this year's Iconic Oregon Adventures fueled by Naked Juice, you may have read in August about the Drink Good Do Good campaign. This summer, Naked Juice partnered with Wholesome Wave — an organization that helps create affordable access to fresh, local and regional food to those in need. For every social media post with ‪#‎DrinkGoodDoGood‬and ‪#‎NakedJuice‬, Naked Juice donated the monetary equivalent of 10 lbs of produce to Wholesome Wave. And guess what? The Drink Good Do Good campaign donated $500,000 worth of produce! In a place as bountiful as Oregon, no one should go hungry due to lack of resources. 




SPONSORED POST: 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. 


Food & Drink: Seasonal October Flavors at Ruby Jewel Scoops

The October flight of flavors currently at Ruby Jewel's.

The October flight of flavors currently at Ruby Jewel's.

We've been pretty lucky this Fall to have such beautiful sunny days. And what's better to celebrate the autumn sunshine than with October-inspired ice cream? Let's keep the spirit of summer alive as long as we can. One of Portland's favorite ice cream shops, Ruby Jewel, is scooping up tasty flavors reminiscent of the season and, naturally, The Paper Airplane flew over to the newest location on SE Hawthorne to investigate. 

Located in modern The Hawthorne building, the latest edition to the Ruby Jewel family is a neat and sweet scoop shop with friendly service and unique flavors. It's a fun space to grab a fresh waffle cone or an ice cream flight to share with friends. What I love about Ruby Jewel's ice cream is its rich consistency and the subtle, new twists on classic flavors. Ruby Jewel prides itself on supporting the local community and economy through utilizing only the best of the best ingredients found in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for it's one-of-a-kind artisinal ice cream. This month, the Ruby Jewel is also featuring a lineup of seriously delicious seasonal flavors. 

The aftermath. 

The aftermath. 

While taste testing, I made a new friend who eagerly answered a few questions for me on the popularity of Ruby Jewel's October flavors for those under 8 years-old. She was very curious as to why I had an entire flight of ice cream to myself and had lots of expert opinions on which flavors I should write about, including but not limited to the new Pumpkin Pie flavor. 

Me: "You seem like an ice cream expert?" 
New Friend: (Shrugs.
Me: "If you could pick any flavor, which one would you write about?"
New Friend: "Pumpkin Pie!" (Proudly displays half-eaten waffle cone.
Me: "What's your favorite thing about Pumpkin Pie?" 
New Friend: (Gobbles the rest of her ice cream.) It's reallllly good. (Grins.

I will confirm for those over the age of eight that, yes, Pumpkin Pie is really good. The flavor is incredibly natural as if eating a homemade pie reincarnated in ice cream cone form-- and not at all like Pumpkin Spice this or that. Plus, there were flaky pieces of pie crust interwoven. In my humble opinion it was so much better than actual pie.

All of the October flavors are equally tasty in their own right. Seely Mint Cookies & Cream is like a refreshing peppermint Oreo, Red Ape Cinnamon tastes just like Grandma's snickerdoodle cookies, then there's decadent Chocolate and Candied Orange, rich Peanut Butter Krispy Crunch and Candy Bar Explosion (awesomely self-explanatory.) With flavors this good, you can't go wrong. Forget the candy this Halloween. I'll take a pint of Ruby Jewel, please. 

Pumpkin Pie image courtesy of Ruby Jewel

Pumpkin Pie image courtesy of Ruby Jewel


Ruby Jewel Locations
4703 SE Hawthorne
3713 n. Mississippi ave.
428 sw 12TH AVE.


Note: Thank you to Ruby Jewel for the super sweet taste test! Dear readers, as always, all thoughts and words are all mine.