Vegan brunch, Gaiwan tea ceremony, hiking the wildwood trail + hot blueberry tea cocktails.

Walked down to Hawthorn and wandered the strip for a while – got lost in the huge Powell’s books, and then walked over the road to Harlow, Portlands premier vegan joint. Being a non-vegan, it is hard for vegan places to match what I could get somewhere else, but Harlow over-delivered. Cold-pressed coffee with coconut milk, bittersweet chocolate and agave accompanied my ridiculously amazing meal.

Harlow on Urbanspoon

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Smokey tempeh, black beans, corn, kale, tomato ranchers sauce and guacamole were piled on top of warm corn tortillas, and drizzled with jalapeno cashew cheese.

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I took the bus downtown, wandering through Old Town, Chinatown, Goose Hollow, around Pioneer Square.

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Here’s Portland City Hall as featured in Portlandia!

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I stopped past one of Portlands many food cart pods on my way up to Lan Su Chinese Garden. These pods are always a hub of activity.

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In the beautiful chinese gardens, I stopped in for a Gaiwan Tea Ceremony in the teahouse overlooking the garden.

Tower of Cosmic Reflections Teahouse on Urbanspoon

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I read my fortune from the Chinese fortune sticks – it told me I would have lots of people around me. I’d say that is about right..

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I took the light rail over to Washington Park.

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First stop, the Forestry Center.

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They had this amazing tree that had engulfed a rifle that had been left against it in the 1960s.

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I hiked up through the Hoyt Arboretum, down the oak and then wildwood trail towards the Japanese gardens.

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Skylar finished up work and was heading towards the Alphabet District for some drinks – so I started the walk through the rest of the park up north. On the way I stopped at Ken’s Artisanal Bakery, named as one of the top craft bakeries in Portland, for a Stumptown coffee and a Huckleberry custard croissant.

Ken's Artisan Bakery on Urbanspoon

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Next up we met some people at M Bar, and after some happy hour wine head over to Muu Muu’s for dinner. Broccoli, brown rice and peanut satay sauce made up for the unhealthy eating I have been doing, accompanied by a hot Blueberry tea cocktail with amaretto, orange liquer and early grey tea.

Muu-Muus on Urbanspoon

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Early night tonight, ready for a day of food tours for a Taste & Travel article tomorrow.

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