It has begun. My Instagram is being inundated with photos of delicious bites displayed on tiny wooden plates. It’s time for Feast PDX! I’m easing into it this year, and just attending two events: Night Market and Brunch Village. But that doesn’t mean that there will not be indulgence and excess all. weekend. long.
My dad and stepmom are coming down for the weekend, we decided take the opportunity to also show them some spots that we don’t usually get to hit up when they’re here. The plan is to hit up some of my Portland favorites between events, while also fitting in a hike in the beautiful Forest Park (exercise, please!).
So today we’ll be hitting Nong’s Khao Man Gai, a Portland staple, for lunch. Chicken and rice may not sound exciting, but holy smokes it’s so dang good, not to mention being topped with the best gingery spicy savory sauce ever. After that, it’s time to cram in the last minutes of work before the party really begins, so I’m taking my stepmom to my favorite tea shop, Tea Bar, for a work date.
Tonight is Night Market, which I have been dying to go to for years, and this year the scheduling stars have aligned to make it happen. With the vibe of an international urban street market, and dishes inspired by food from around the world, this is my jam. Keep an eye on my Instagram if you want to see what I’m eating while I’m there.
Tomorrow is our day off from Feast, but it doesn’t mean we’re taking a day off from eating. My dad has requested a stop at Blue Star Donuts, and who am I to say no? My favorite is probably the matcha cake donut, so I’ll have one of those to myself. After breakfast, we’ve planned a hike in Forest Park to help us feel better about all the food and drink we’re imbibing. It’s supposed to be a perfect fall weekend, and it’ll be nice to get active for a bit.
Saturday night, we are going to try our luck at the Multnomah Whiskey Library before hitting up Boxer Ramen for dinner, and then, thanks to the influence of the NYT 36 hours piece on my parents, we’ll spend the rest of the evening whacking ping pong balls at each other at Pips and Bounce.
We’ll round out the weekend with Brunch Village on Sunday morning. This, of course, is something Portlanders can get excited about. Bloody Mary’s, eggs, biscuits, eggs, pastries, eggs… What a perfect way to start the day, and finish the indulgent weekend!
Are you going to Feast? What are you excited to eat? Don’t forget to follow the weekend by checking out #feastpdx on social media!