Portland Holiday Food : Menus : Gift Guides : Activities 2015

Portland Holiday Food : Menus : Gift Guides : Activities 2015

Happy Friday! I am loving the holiday season- my tree is trimmed, the twinkling lights are up, and the bar cart is filled with holiday spirits. I plan on packing in as many holiday festivities as I can before the season is over. I went searching the internet for some inspiration and I found some great ideas to share.

Portland is an endless source of cultural and culinary attractions. The cityscape is distinguished by vibrant neighborhoods with a mix of year-round recreational activities, proudly unique artisan boutiques next to distinguished established brands, a food scene unlike any other, and an enviable proximity to a beautifully wild and natural landscape. The holidays are a particularly exceptional time to visit. Armed with the advice and cheer of my fellow bloggers, here is a special curated guide to the winter holiday season in Portland.


Food is one of the best parts of living in Portland and food bloggers are notorious for taking part in the culinary culture. Here are just a few holiday menus and recipes that serve as the some of the best Portland has to offer.

While my friend, Michelle, has recently moved to San Francisco, she has been a Portland foodie for years and collected this awesome menu in preparation for Christmukkuh. Try Bite-sized Baked Bri With Honey, Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Challah Bread Pudding, and more. Michelle also created a 2015 Culinary Guide to Portland in case you prefer to go out on the town for the holidays. 














Photo via www.hummingbirdhigh.com

The ladies at Twelfth Avenue have concocted Gingerbread & Chai Latte Bars that will make any party you throw a delicious success. And for dessert, consider this STUNNING Spiced Eggnog Pound Cake from Chocolate and Marrow.















Photo via www.chocolateandmarrow.com

If you are entertaining, the lovely Rebekah at PDXFoodLove has assembled a few great tips for planning ahead with an especially great tip on decor, involving sparkling juice, beautiful glasses, and a few sprigs of rosemary.










Photo via www.pdxfoodlove.com

If you need activities for your party or holiday guests, Kelsey Malie has a thoughtful guide to DIY handmade ornaments would serve as a fun project for a small gathering.















Photo via www.kelseymalie.com

While Christiann has an incredible recipe for Paleo Dark Chocolate & Fig Tart with a Buckwheat and coconut crust, she also has a fantastic gift guide. Most of her ideas are perfect for the Portland foodie, so scroll through her beautiful food photos and then shop for the perfect gift.















photo via www.portlandfresh.com

Another gift guide is available from Eva at Adventures in Cooking. She has put together a list of original craftsman pieces to support small business.















Photo via www.adventures-in-cooking.com

As far as my own advice, I would recommend that you check out Pioneer Square to see the beautiful Christmas tree. I also will be exploring Christmas at the Oregon Gardens this year for the first time. Or bring some hot chocolate, dress warmly, and explore Peacock Lane, famous for holiday spirit and its spectacular light display. Ultimately, if you want to get out and make the rounds throughout Portland, you have more choices than you would in most towns. Here is a comprehensive 2015 Holiday Events Guide to Portland from The Oregonian. Portland traditions, light displays, not-to-be-missed theater and music entertainment, cultural celebrations, a few excursions, and even holiday volunteer opportunities are summed up for you in this calendar.


Whether you are seeking festivities, tours, or entertainment, Portland has it all. And if you are staying in or hosting the celebration, Portland’s best bloggers have advice, menus, activities, and more to help guide you through a Portland inspired winter wonderland.


Rachel xo



  1. December 11, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Great round up! Those bite sized baked bries look SO good!

  2. December 11, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Love this! So many great tips and I really need that Spcied Eggnog Pound Cake in my life.

  3. December 11, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    What a great roundup of yummies and creative ways to make some cheer as a holiday project when it's storming and flooding out there. I keep pointing out the weather has also returned lots of beautiful snow to Mt Hood to get a little wintertime adventures on!

  4. December 11, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Nice! I'm eyeing that brie, too. I might have to throw some kind of "brie and cake" open house.

  5. December 11, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Dying over the titles of every food item. Beautiful imagery.

  6. December 11, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    That dark chocolate and fig tart looks like a real winner! And Portland IS such a great foodie city. I've only been once but basically all I did while I was there was eat 🙂

  7. December 11, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    These pictures are beautiful. I hope to one day make it out to Oregon. Thanks for sharing!

  8. December 11, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    OMG! I have to share this with my siblings! We are visiting Portland next weekend and this is just in time! I love desserts! If I could visit them all I would! I'm super excited! Thanks!

  9. December 11, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Love this list, Rachel! And thanks for including the eggnog cake 🙂 🙂

    Also, I had not heard of Peacock Lane and am so excited to check it out. I feel like it's a great date night thing to do w/ hot cocoa or even w/ my mom while she's in town!

    Happy holidays, lovely lady!

  10. December 11, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    That dark chocolate and fig dish needs to get in my belly already! I'm in Portland a few times a year and you've given me fresh ideas for my next trip.

  11. December 13, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Portland is on my short list for places to travel too! After reading your post I just might move it up a few spaces!

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