The New Sugarpine Drive-In

Equal parts tasty and nostalgic is how to best describe Troutdale's newest foodie venture, Sugarpine Drive-In. 

Located just 20 minutes outside of Portland and at the gateway to the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the Sugarpine Drive-In is a must stop for foodies. 

Helmed by Emily Cafazzo and Ryan Domingo, alums of Beast and Pok Pok respectively, Sugarpine Drive-In is both down-to-earth and delicious. 

Menu highlights include the juicy pulled pork sandwich, the smoked chicken sandwich, the Sugarpine soft serve cone with a dusting of birthday cake sprinkles, the frozen rosé... okay, you get the idea. You can't go wrong here. Everything is beyond tasty.

This place instantly reminded me of a much better version of the drive-in my family used to visit after days spent at the lake. Sugarpine has the kind of nostalgia that draws people in and the crave-worthy quality of food to keep the crowds coming back. 



Sugarpine drive-in

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060


Tasty Travels! 

Portland Dining Guide: Breakfast at Gracie’s

In Portland, weekend brunch is time-honored pastime. It's revered. And everyone loves sharing their favorite spots around town for a pre-noon feast. 

Recently, my dad (who recently started his documenting his own food reviews at  @dining_with_dad) and I had the chance to taste test the new brunch menu at Gracie's and it's definitely one you should add to your list. 

The restaurant is the set in the Hotel deLuxe in downtown Portland. Upon setting foot inside the hotel, you can't help but feel like you've waltzed back a few decades to the era of glamorous old Hollywood. The lobby is as cozy as it is elegant with plush seating, images of classic film stars, and sparkling chandeliers. 

At Gracie's, we tried a few classic brunch items off the new menu such as the mimosa, bloody mary, the huevos rancheros, and the traditional eggs benedict. Everything was so delicious. 

The dining room is classy, light-filled, and the warm service made the elegant space feel welcoming and comfortable. Parties of all varieties-- ladies who brunch, couples, and families all feasted on their own mouth-watering breakfast spreads. It was the perfect setting for a #treatyoself worthy brunch. 

Tasty food with great service where you can make reservations? That's a win-win-win. Thank you, Gracie's! I'll definitely be back. 


THe glamorously old school hotel deluxe lobby

Hey, audrey + gregory! (from rOMAN HOLIDAY, one of my all-time fav movies.)


Gracie's light-filled stunner of a Dining Room


A few favorites from the brunch menu 



Gracie's at Hotel deLuxe
729 SW 15th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

Editor's Note: Hotel deLuxe graciously provided brunch but all opinions are my own (as always!)  The new brunch menu at Gracie's is too good to miss out on. Go taste it for yourself! 

With love from Portland, 


Portland Eats: Cheese & Crack Snack Shop


Cheese & Crack Snack Shop is a locals' favorite in Portland. Get ready for the best cheese boards of your life. If a decadent, savory smorgasbord of meats and cheeses somehow hasn't yet persuaded you, there's also prosecco on tap. Yes, you read that right— on tap. 

In need of an end of the week pick me up, my boyfriend and I ordered a decent sampling of the menu and a few happy hour items. Happy hour is available on weekdays from 4 - 6 pm. It's so reasonable! Most items ranged between $2 - $6. 

We ordered the happy hour fondue and cheese curds, and the favorites cheese board plus the capicola off of the regular menu. To drink, we chased down the delicious spread with a selection of frosé (yes, frozen rosé), prosecco on tap, and craft beer. 

It was so much food and incredibly delicious. I was not expecting to leave as full as we were.  Cheese & Crack is a fun alternative to a date night or girl's night out. We're already looking forward to our next visit! 



Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

22 SE 28th Ave Portland, Oregon  

The fondue. 

The fondue. 

The cheese curds. 

The cheese curds. 


A Local Guide to Portland's Ultimate Comfort Foods

By this point in the winter, it's all about getting cozy and treating yo'self. Luckily, Portland is home to a vast (metaphorical) buffet of local restaurants serving exactly the kind of indulge-worthy meals we all need to carry us through 'til those beautiful Rose City blooms come back for spring. In honor of the recent cold spell, I'm dishing on the trifecta of inexpensive eateries that specialize in Portlandia-style comfort food. I hope you came hungry! 


Nong's Khao Man Gai

#1 on the Menu, #1 in our hearts: Khao Man Gai

Among Portland foodies, Nong's Khao Man Gai is universally hailed as one of the best (if not *the* best) comfort food in PDX. Personally, I couldn't even tell you how many times I've eaten at Nong's. The perfectly poached chicken and white rice hit the spot every single time. And yes, it is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that Owner/Chef Nong Poonsukwattana spoke in a TED talk about the dish and her business. (Check out Nong's TEDxPortland talk here!)



SE ANKENY // psu food cart at SW 4TH AND COLLEGE //


Pine State Biscuits

When calories ain't nothing but a number... THE REGGIE DELUXE

In a city where brunch is a time-honored pastime, Pine State Biscuits pulls out all of the stops. Think buttery, flaky biscuits topped with fried chicken, sharp cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, a deliciously gooey egg over easy, and that gravy— oh that gravy. If you're in need of the best food coma induced winter hibernation, look no further than Pine State. 


NE ALBERTA // SE Division // PSU Farmers Market (Saturdays Only!) 


Salt & Straw

Because, waffle cones.

I know, I know. Ice cream is not the obvious choice when it's already chilly out... If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? Trust me on this-- it's always the ideal time to indulge with Portland's most beloved waffle cone. The monthly rotation of flavors at Salt & Straw are inventive, quirky, and always pay tribute to local farmers and food artisans of the Pacific Northwest. 

Portlander Tip: Selecting a pint from the ice cream case gives customers a quick skip to the front of the line. 


NW 23rd // SE Division // NE Alberta

Do you have any favorite comfort food spots in Portland or your OWN hometown? Share the love AND Let me know in the comments! 


Giving Back: Drink Good Do Good with Naked Juice


In a place as bountiful as Oregon, no one should go hungry due to lack of resources. This year I've teamed up with Naked Juice to share the good work of #DrinkGoodDoGood campaign. 

For the second year in a row, Naked Juice has partnered with Wholesome Wave — an organization that helps create affordable access to fresh, local and regional food to those in need. Every social media post with ‪#‎DrinkGoodDoGood‬ and ‪#‎NakedJuice‬, Naked Juice will donate the monetary equivalent of 10lbs of produce to Wholesome Wave. (Equating up to $500,000 worth of produce.)


Want to join the cause?
Snap your fruits and veggies with the hashtags #DrinkGoodDoGood and
#NakedJuice to make your contribution.

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.