Portland Traditions

My sister came out to visit with me about a week ago, and we made sure we visited some of the Portland establishments. We attended Tuba Christmas in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Imagine 225 tubas of all sizes (they do come in different shapes and sizes) all playing Christmas carols with about 1000 Portlanders singing along. It’s a tradition that’s fun to experience at least once. It’s usually held around Dec. 7th, always on a Saturday, and it’s free. This year it didn’t rain on us.

We hung out there for a little while and then headed down the street for one of our favorite Portland traditions – Spanish coffees at Huber’s Cafe.

Spanish coffee
Spanish coffee at Huber's Cafe

Huber’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Portland. They’re known for their delicious turkey dishes, but nothing beats the Spanish coffee and the show that goes along with making one. According to their web site, a Spanish Coffee at Huber’s consists of Bacardi 151 rum, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg on top. There’s fire involved and lots of whirling arms and glasses.

We were just down the street from another Portland icon, so we walked down to Voodoo Doughnuts. If you watch the Food Network or the Travel Channel, I’m sure you’ve seen Voodoo Doughnuts. They make some pretty weird doughnuts. You can even get married there!

Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnuts

We had a bacon maple bar, a Butterfinger, a Voodoo doughnut complete with pretzel pin and raspberry filling, and a boring chocolate one that I picked out.

If you ever find yourself in Portland with a hankering for good food and drink, you’ll have to stop by these places.