Ruthie – Portraits around the Alphabet District & St Johns Bridge Portland, OR

Ben and I lived in Jacksonville, NC after we returned from our road trip last Summer… almost 6 months and we knew and met absolutely no one in the town the whole time.  It was quite boring.  Luckily I managed to meet and make a new friend within the first 2 weeks of being in Portland.  Ruthie’s helped me get acquainted with the photo community here a little better, has shown me around different areas of town, recommended great places to eat, and has given me her ear at a moment’s notice when I’ve been in need of venting.  All signs of a great friend to be:)

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  We went out recently to explore an area of town that was new to me of course, but also new to Ruthie as she’d never really noticed it before.  According to some web searching, I’m pretty sure it’s called the Alphabet District:)  Why, I’m not so sure… off to do more web searching…Pin It

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I just loved the way the leaves were stuck to the screens…
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During our walk around the area I managed to find two cafes claiming to have amazing hot chocolate.  And if anyone knows me, they know my weakness for a good cup of gourmet hot chocolate.  The first cup was from Coffeehouse Northwest.  The shop was so cute and simple with a menu board above the bar that listed about 5 items… one being hot chocolate – $5.  I asked if there was anything special about it and was informed that it had been voted best hot chocolate in the state in the Oregonian.  Sold.  And yes…. absolutely delicious.  Worth all 500 pennies.  I’m gonna start picking up pennies off the ground to save up for my next cup!The second place was Moonstruck Chocolate.  I had their basic Mayan Milk Chocolate with cinnamon & such.  It was okay, but didn’t hold a flame to Northwest.  I will have to go back for their single origin drinking chocolate though…. I have a feeling it will have a chance to make a mark in my chocolate book.Pin It

After spending the entire first half of the day in the Alphabet District, we drove over to the St. Johns bridge.  I think I’m finally becoming pretty familiar with all the bridges and their names.

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