The problem with loving all of the cities I’ve lived in is that I’m always a little bit homesick for one of them. On the other hand, there’s a giddy sort of glee that comes with going back to visit all the places I miss when I’m gone. We spent our four short days in Portland visiting with friends (like Stephanie and Melissa) and eating at restaurants we love. James also indulged me by visiting all my favorite shops. The Meadow in Northeast Portland is a chocolate, wine, and flower shop that just can’t be matched. We stopped by there and I bought a huuuuuge bouquet. My favorites were the ranunculas and the white tulips with the frayed edges.
When I lived in Portland, Lindsey and I had a tea ritual — we’d drink tea on my couch, at her house, and on very rare occasions, at the Heathman Hotel. Since we only get to see each other a few days of the year, we got fancied up for afternoon tea beneath this amazing chandelier.
And, of course, we had cupcakes. Twice. These are from a cupcake shop at Bridgeport Village, but we also got some from Cupcake Jones, which is home to the best red velvet cupcake and the biggest hearted owners (they donate a portion of their profits to charity every week).
We also had dinner at the best ever ramen shop, Yuzu; visited Eugene for the first time; and I did some damage at Aritzia (a Canadian store that we don’t have out here). The best part was spending time with friends and enjoying all the Portland greenery. Here are the cherry blossom trees that were bursting to life outside of our hotel.
We’re so happy to be home in Boston, especially after what happened on Monday, but I’m glad I got to fill up on Portland. Yesterday, my dear friend Gemma from London emailed me and I got homesick for that city! A vicious cycle, for sure. Do you ever get homesick for other cities you’ve lived in? What do you miss most?
P.S. Did you get to visit me and Melissa over at Lulu the Baker? I’m talking about what I always have on the ready in my kitchen. After this post, it’ll make complete sense!