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Erica Tafavoti | Bacon&Braids  📍 Portland, OR | Food and Adventure Blogger | baconandbraids@gmail.com

When you switch the style up at @pinest8biscuits and it’s still delicious. 🤤

I’m not a big fan of coffee, but I make two exceptions: when there’s alcohol in it, or when there’s ice cream in it. These cute little coffee floats from @caffeumbria were SO delicious and perfect on these hot, smoky Portland summer days.

It’s #PortlandBurgerWeek! I kicked things off with a patio dinner tonight at @swankandswine. Their $5 burger is a patty melt with bacon, Collard greens, and barbecue sauce. 🤤 Their patio is dog friendly, so I got to enjoy the company of Ms. @moneypennythedog and Maggie. 🐕 🐩

I’ve had such a weird relationship with food + Instagram lately. When I first started this account, I was living in a city I didn’t love and I had zero friends. Taking pictures of food allowed me to meet like-minded people and build relationships. But now food is starting to feel like a smaller part of my life. I love it. Like really love it. But there’s other things I love just as much - and more! And I have so many wonderful new hobbies to do with amazing people. Part of me wants to share these things on this account, and part of me feels the need to keep it all food, all the time. Is that weird?! Why do we care so much about how we present ourselves on this app that we all spend too much time on anyway? I’ve spent less time “building my brand” and engaging with strangers on here lately and more time living my life outside of an app and building deeper connections with people in real life. And it feels pretty good. Oh, and also this photo is totally unrelated to this caption. I just thought it was cute. 🤷🏻‍♀️

When you summit a mountain and @doylecaitlyn surprises you with a cold @2townscider Made Marion! Cheers to a casual Sunday morning in the Pacific Northwest.

Visited @victoria_pdx for brunch for the first time today! They have one of the cutest patios in North Portland, $7 glasses of sparkling wine, and lots of vegetarian/vegan options for brunch! I loved the chilaquiles I got, but surprisingly the side of cornbread may have been my favorite part of the meal. It was extra...corny, and moist with the right amount of sweet. Delicious.

Visited @schillingciderhousepdx last night and realized it’s been WAY too long since I stopped in. Perfect place to find your new favorite cider, eat a corn dog, and take in these cool summer evenings on their second story patio. 🍎 Tasters are $2 each! What’s your favorite place to drink in the summer?

Confession time: I disliked lemon desserts for YEARS. I nearly disowned @flavor_james86 seven years ago when I learned Lemon Meringue Pie was his favorite dessert. But this lemon meringue tart from @sparrowbakery made me say, aloud, “Maybe I actually love lemon desserts now.” 🍋 It was the perfect blend of tart lemon curd topped with this heavenly meringue that had the texture of a gooey melted marshmallow and just the right amount of sweetness. It was perfection. Next time you’re in Bend, go here for breakfast/brunch and stock up on baked goods. Everything we tried was incredible, but this tart left a lasting impression on me.

We rented a tandem kayak from @bendkayakschool yesterday. ($65 for two hours, delivered right to the shoreline of the Deschutes!) When I mentioned to the renter that @flavor_james86 and I hadn’t used a tandem kayak together before, he asked, “Well how long have you been together?” It’s a test of your teamwork for sure! After a handful of paddle clanks and a close call under a short bridge, I think we got the hang of it. The trick is just to sit in the back so your partner can’t tell if you take a break to video 😉

Vacation mode: On. 🍺 I think about a dozen people recommended @cruxfermentationproject to me when I asked for things to do in Bend, and I can see why! Cornhole, tacos, shave ice, sunshine, and sweet sweet beer. It’s the place to be in the summer.

It’s 🔥 outside in Portland right now. Cold treats (and sweet sweet AC) are a godsend in this heat wave - and @tannercreektavern has both! For lunch and happy hour this summer they have rotating popsicle and ice cream pop flavas for $5. This week is toffee, blackberry (dairy free!) and funfetti. ALL 👏 SO 👏 GOOD. Almost as good as @elizabethjayna’s photography skills and much better than my popsicle juggling skills.

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