I came to Portland for the World Domination Summit but also contacted Travel Portland to let them know that my readers chose the city of Portland over Spain and while they don’t normally work with bloggers it was such a strong statement that Lila offered to take me out and show me the best of Portland.
Even better they put me up at Hotel Fifty, after 5 days in a hostel I needed the space. Lila met me there and I knew the day would be fantastic when I learned she is from Hawaii and has her own food blog.
Starting the day with lunch at Olympic Provisions, the first USDA-approved salumeria and there are now two locations. It was so delicious and I only wished I could have brought some back to Canada with me.
We then took a car ride out to Beaverton to check out Copper Mountain Vineyard where I learned the wine industry started in Oregon in the late 70s as a bit of an experiment. Copper Mountain is a family-owned vineyard committed to sustainability and I learned about biodynamic farming and how they are experimenting with lupine to remove fungus.
Here they explained wine takes generations and patience, that there is no recipe for farming as land and climate changes.
We moved on through the Oregon countryside onto Ponzi Vineyards. Another family-owned vineyard with a more formal approach to wine but also the opportunity to try some of the world’s best wine with some of it featured in the White House.
Perhaps one of the most interesting places was dinner at Ned Ludd, which is an American Craft Kitchen. The menu focuses on local ingredients and changes weekly. The food isn’t fussy and highlights the best of the season, featuring local farmers.
The day made me realize that a week wasn’t enough time in Portland, there is so much to see. Fortunately I already booked my ticket for next year’s World Domination Summit.