Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sauvie Island

Matt and I took advantage of a comp-day he earned by working really late hours the week before, and headed to Sauvie Island on Friday. It was our first trip to the 26,000 acre island, even though it's just north of Portland.

Before leaving the city, we stopped to pick up breakfast goodies at Sweetpea Bakery. Just look at the size of that chocolate chip scone! I was really digging the lemon danish- flaky and moist in all the right places. Mmmm....danish.
Then we picked up falafel wraps from Wolf and Bear's, deciding to eat them at a nice spot on our island walk. I really recommend their wraps, which are all vegetarian, and can be made vegan. Their falafel is great, and with accoutrements like grilled eggplant, kalamata olive tapenade, and full-of-fresh-herb-flavor hot sauce, you really can't be disappointed!
Upon reaching Sauvie Island, we visited Oak Island, a park with grassy fields and, as the name suggests, many oak trees in all stages of life, surrounded by water on three sides.
We did the 2.5 mile loop and then some, picking blackberries all the way. Want to know a secret? The berries in the shade are sweeter than those in the sun! Lucky for us, we had drink containers left over from our lunch to collect the berries in.
It was a lovely walk, but also quite hot...which is why we were thrilled to find a "gourmet" snow cone and Italian soda stand outside a produce market on our way off the island. I decided on a strawberry lemon Italian soda, while Matt went for the blackberry peach.


  1. Oh mannn that scone looks amaaazing. I've only gone to Sweetpea once, and had a DELICIOUS bagel with hummus -- there's nothing quite like their hummus, I swear it.

  2. Hi Ximena,

    The scone and danish were tasty! Actually, it was my second danish from there this week!

  3. Matt why did you get the blackberry peach? You just picked a bunch of blackberries... Although I will probably never end up there, the scones are HUGE and look YUMMY!

  4. Fun weekend! I've only been out to island once, for a drive, but would love to do some more exploring. I also drive by Bear & Wolf often and really should stop one of these days for the falafel. Fresh picked blackberries, still warm from the sun, one of my favorite things about summer in Oregon.

  5. That looks like such a fun day; you are making me miss Portland more than I already was. I think we definitely need to go to Sauvie island on our next trip.

  6. What a lovely day! I'm intrigued by the falafel.