Hello from Portland, Oregon!
As you guys know, I’m here for Fitbloggin’ – a fun annual fitness blogger’s conference that I had the pleasure of attending in 2010 and 2011, too. It’s nice to be back! This year, I’m here courtesy of Reebok – a big thank you to them for sponsoring me. I’m very grateful and excited to be here! 🙂
The conference just started this morning, but I arrived early on Wednesday so I’d have time to explore Portland a little before the madness began because I’ve never been here before! I’ll recap the conference-related stuff later, but for now here are some of the non-conference related highlights. 🙂 Thank you for all the fun recommendations!
I have to say, the food here is AWESOME. So many fresh, organic and veggie-filled options – I love it! So far, I’ve enjoyed lunch at Laughing Planet:
Beet + carrot juice and their seasonal special – steamed kale, pork, beans, cheese, and veggies with salsa/guac – YUM!
I’m also especially in love with Kure juice bar!
My buddy Gina and I enjoyed breakfast there yesterday before heading off to yoga (more on that in a sec). It was amazing – we’re going back again this afternoon for juice!
Coconut yogurt parfait, green tea latte, & a coconut banana bar! I saved about half of the food for later – eyes bigger than stomach!
Another food highlight was pho for lunch yesterday at Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen. I treated myself to a massage on Wednesday night (my shoulders/neck were in need of some serious help, and the prices here were WAY better than DC), and the massage guy recommended this place. It was great! (p.s. If you are ever in Portland and looking for a massage – I went to David Emery Massage and would highly recommend it!)
And lastly on the food highlights, of course, Voodoo Doughnuts. 🙂
I couldn’t come to Portland without hitting this place up, according to you guys, and I’m glad I took your advice! There was a line but it was totally worth it.
I got my favorite – a raspberry jelly doughnut. As you know, my approach as a Registered Dietitian is all about moderation and enjoying indulgence when it’s worth it. And this was so worth it. 🙂 Yum!
On the exercise front, I have to give some love to Yoga Pearl – Gina (check out her beautiful form!) and I went there yesterday morning for a 1.5 hour heated power vinyasa class and it was AMAZING.
Not only was the class great, but the studio was gorgeous and even had a really cool health food café inside. Oh, Portland. You do food right.
I have to end, of course, with the #1 highlight so far – these girls. 🙂
From left: Heather, Tina, me, Julie, Gina, Ericka & Bobbi
It’s been so great catching up with them (and meeting Heather for the first time, who is so sweet)! My favorite part of traveling for conferences is always seeing old friends and making new ones. 🙂
Time to get back to the conference! We’ve had a busy and fun morning – more on that later, but in the meantime, you can see what I’ve been up to via Twitter and Instagram. 🙂
Happy Friday from the west coast, everyone, and have a great weekend!