Port of Newport
The sea lions were incredibly entertaining to watch! We happened upon them after hearing their dog-like barks from down the street. We had walked to the Bay Front for morning for lunch and a little mid-afternoon pick-me-up of iced lattes and caramel. I literally bought a fist full of soft caramel that was wrapped in plastic because everything else was cross-contaminated with tree nuts. Chewing on the caramel along with my latte made for a good combination!
This salmon salad with barbecue-blackberry reduction from the hotel restaurant, yes it was room service :), was out of this world!! I have really been trying to choose wisely while eating out, and having all sorts of seafood on the menu makes it extra difficult for me! This was so flavorful, and I LOVED the way the blackberries paired with the barbecue. I could taste both flavors equally, and the blackberries gave the sauce a nice viscous consistency. I liked the honey-dijon dressing as well, and thought that it tasted good with the rest of the salad that was mixed with berries and tropical fruits. The pineapple tasted the best with the reduction and salmon. I raved over this for the rest of the night!!
Oregon Coast Aquarium
Lunch at the Chowder Bowl--and they actually live up to the standards of their name! The chowder was so rich and creamy, and even had potatoes in it! A side of chowder came with my gigantic Shrimp Louie salad (trying to choose healthily in prep for food in Portland), hehe but I had to try it! The Chowder Bowl has been nationally recognized on the Today Show and featured in Coastal Living Magazine. I really liked the atmosphere of this local coastal cafe. It felt so cozy and what I would picture fall in New England like.