Of course, I couldn't do a Portlandia tour without mentioning Voodoo Doughnuts, could I? They are world famous, and we've had visitors from the UK and Japan who are desperate to go there. (We've learned that the Voodoo outpost on the east side has shorter lines.) Read the interesting story about how Voodoo Doughnuts got started here.
Voodoo is known for its outlandish creations, funky decor, long lines, and the fact that you can get married there!
Voodoo makes a lot of top doughnut cities lists...America's Best Doughnuts, Food & Wine's America's Best Doughnuts, Travel & Leisure's America's Best Donuts, USA Today's America's 12 Best Donut Shops, and Bon Appetit's Top 10 Best Places for Donuts.
Voodoo has two shops in Portland, one in Eugene, and one in Denver, Colorado now. I actually didn't go to Voodoo until last year. I think they are a little overrated considering the effort one must go through to buy them. I would never wait in a line for more than half an hour or so to buy doughnuts! :)
|My personal favorite--maple/bacon bar!|
|Voodoo Doughnuts' Cock and Balls|
(filled with cream, of course!)
I've already written about Mount St. Helens (which is not in Portland but we have a view of it), but Portland also has a volcano within its city limits: Mount Tabor, named after the mountain in Israel. Portland is one of only four cities in the United States to have an extinct volcano. It's a city park, and the neighborhood around the park is also called Mount Tabor. In fact, the volcano was not discovered until 1912, years after reservoirs and the park were developed on it.
|View from Mt. Tabor Park|
According to Slate magazine, some Twitter folks calculated that said teenager would have had to pee in the water 166,666 times (for 3,500,000 seconds or 40 days) to produce a urine concentration that approaches EPA's limit for nitrates in drinking water.
Not that I want to think about pee in my drinking water, but California is in the midst of a drought. Climate change is causing a huge problem with fresh water scarcity around the world. Why on earth would we waste this fresh, treated water by dumping it because of a little pee? Yes, this is my ridiculous city.
|Mt. Tabor Reservoir (before draining)|
Read my other A to Z posts here, and stay tuned for tomorrow: Washington and Watefront Parks.