Greetings from Portland, Oregon

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Fitbloggin’ hasn’t even started yet, but I’m already having a fabulous time in Portland!

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Once my flight landed in Portland this morning, I hopped on a shuttle to my hotel for the next few nights. The Nines is a gorgeous hotel in the heart of downtown, and it’s the location for the Fitbloggin’ conference.


I love its modern, elegant décor. Check out my room!



So pretty!






Once I got settled in my room, I met Anne, Gina, Ericka, Bobbi, and Heather for lunch at Luc Lac, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant, which came highly recommended.

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I ordered the chicken salad, which was served with cabbage, fried shallots, and the most amazing lime-ginger dressing. It was an awesome salad with fresh, flavorful ingredients and a TON of chicken on it. It was definitely a satisfying meal, especially as my second lunch of the day.


Ladies who lunch!

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After lunch, we did a little shopping in Portland. Our first stop was Nordstrom Rack where I bought a new dress, which I totally didn’t need, but it was too cute to leave behind.

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Our second stop was at Sephora where I bought the best mascara ever. (I ran out the other day and needed to restock.)


Then, we walked to Voodoo Doughnut, which also came highly recommended. It was actually a must-see, and, of course, it did not disappoint!

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There were so many ridiculously delicious-looking doughnuts in all sorts of crazy and unusual flavors.

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After getting donuts, we headed back to the hotel to quickly change before going to dinner at the Portland City Grill, which had some amazing views!

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Dinner dates: Julie, Anne, Ericka, and Heather.

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Gina, Kasey, me, and Bobbi!

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The Portland City Grill ended up being a lot fancier than we expected, so I ended up ordering a mixed green salad with chicken on top. It wasn’t the most exciting meal, but I wasn’t about to drop $40 on an entrée. Oh, well, the views of the city definitely made up for it!

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Questions of the Day

Have you ever been to Portland? Any recommendations?

What’s your favorite type of mascara?



  1. All that food looks amazing! I LOVE that mascara, its the only kind I wear since I found it last year! Although seeing some of the other comments about other good mascaras, it makes me want to branch out and try a little something different next time… Looks like you’ll be having a fabulous time 🙂

  2. I try and hit up the Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl District whenever I’m in Portland (I’m actually heading to Portland tomorrow to meet with some of the vendors for our wedding). They always have cool experimental beers on tap, and they do pub food incredibly well. Have fun in Portland!

  3. Yay!! I love when my fave fitness bloggers hang out together. I’ve never been to Portland but it looks like so much fun. Have a great time at Fitbloggin’!

  4. Voodoo Doughnuts – Maple Bacon Bar – Ah-MAZ-ing!
    Powell’s Books – its about a whole city block.
    Kenny and Zuke’s – great deli type lunch spot
    Beaker and Flask – Very cool bar with retro style cocktails

    Le Pigeon – only if you want to break the bank and have a truly adventurous and out of this world dining experience.

    and ANY FOOD TRUCK. I love Portland, its my ‘weekend getaway’ from Seattle. 🙂

  5. I live in Portland and saw some fit bloggers on the am news this am doing their workout at Pioneer Square, so cool!

  6. If you have time you should eat at Pok Pok (amazing and authentic Thai place) or Screen Door for brunch!

  7. Tina, while you’re in Portland make sure you ride the streetcar, and hopefully one of first 3 “Made in the USA” streetcars! The new ones are super bright colors and will say United Streetcar on the front. They are the first ones made here in the US in over 60-years!

    Also try: Barre3 in NW Portland, it’s is a fun (and super challenging) workout, then head over to the East side (via streetcar) and try Clark Lewis, Ambonnay (Champagne Bar), or Olympic Provisions and then possibly explore OMSI. NW/SW Portland have a lot to offer, but so does the East Side and people tend to forget it about. 🙂

  8. I love that hotel room! That little chandelier is adorable.

    I’m pretty sure that Voodoo Doughnut place has been on Man vs. Food. The owner is also allowed to marry people, so he’s married people in the doughnut shop.

    I like CoverGirl’s exact eyelights for brown eyes. I don’t need any type of volumizing mascara because my lashes are kind of thick & long, so this one gives it just a little bit of a darker color.

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Portland! 🙂

  9. This post was deja vu for me. Last time I was in portland we went to the Nines and Luc Lack and yesterday I tried that exact same dress on at Nordstroms and bought that same mascara. I am from Seattle as well and 2nd Powells books, Sumpton under the Ace Hotel, any food truck, my favorite brewery is Rogue in the NW/Pearl District and then also be sure to try the rooftop happy hour in your hotel.

  10. I use to eat at Luc Lac all the time when I worked in the Federal Courthouse. But the only time I go to the grill is for drinks or is someone else is buying, but I agree the views are awesome and on a clear day you can see all of the mountains which I love.

    If you have a chance walk up to the farmers market tomorrow morning. Its always tons of fun and in my opinion WAY better than the saturday market. The front desk at the Nines can give you direction to the park blocks. I also really like the rooftop bar in the Nines for a drink on a pretty evening. If I wasn’t meeting yoga friends today would be a great day to go.

    Enjoy Stumptown!

  11. I NEED to visit Portland and check out their beer scene. I know you’re there for a healthy-themed conference, but you MUST hit up a beer spot while there! I need to live vicariously through someone, lol. 😉 Lookin’ good, lady!

  12. PCG is a great place for out of town guests. I always take them there, at least for Happy Hour, so they can see the views.

  13. Voodoo is ok, but I heard Pip’s Original is even better!! Haven’t been myself…yet. The best way to do Portland City Grill is for happy hour. Cheap, delicious food with the amazing view! Urban farmer and departure in the nines are both good as well. I just loveeee the Nines. I had a work convention there a couple months ago and it’s just amazing! I want my future bathroom to look like that one day. 🙂

  14. For breakfast, BIJOU CAFE or MOTHER’S BISTRO! 🙂 You cannot pass up the SATURDAY ART MARKET by the river! I think it’s Saturday and Sunday’s 🙂 The Pearl District is awesome, too! Thai Peacock is a super yummy Thai restaurant in that area! The Portland Japanese Garden is a MUST see! Wish I could remember more things off the top of my head! Have a blast!

    1. @Liana@RunToMunch: Yep, it’s really like Portlandia. As crazy as it seems Portlandia is pretty true to what Portland is like. Sure, it’s a little played up but there is much truth to the show.

  15. I’m not sure if you’ll have time, but Mother’s Bistro and Bar is amazing for brunch (really delicious drinks), I’d rank it top 5 in all my travels. The hotel looks fantastic, Portland is such a fun city, have a great time there!

  16. Ohhh I LOVE the nines. You guys should go to departure for dinner/drinks (the rooftop restaurant at the nines). Get the kale salad with the bacon vinaigrette, it was my favorite part of one of the best meals of my life.

    Drink coffee at Stumptown, and get ice cream at Salt and Straw on NW 23rd st.

    I hope you enjoy your time in Portland :):)

  17. I love seeing you out and about, enjoying my city! Since you’re staying in downtown SW, try checking out Tasty and Alder (on SW Alder) for dinner. One of my favorites and all tapas style! And Kask is a good place to go for drinks, which is one block over. There are lots of great food carts, but I highly recommend Cultured Caveman. The chicken tenders are to die for and everything is completely gluten-free (it’s all paleo, in fact). I’m not sure how much time you have, but it’s fun to check out the different neighborhoods, like NW 23rd, Alberta, Mississippi, Hawthorne, etc. Additionally, renting a bike is a nice and fun way to see the city. A walk along the waterfront is always nice too…and free. Other favorite restaurants of mine include Cafe Nell, Dick’s Kitchen, Fireside, Tasty and Sons, and Besaws.

  18. Powells book store. The best book store ever!! I am a reader of several years and love your blog!! I was wondering if you have any experience with eating disorders or any good resources? I struggle with bulimia and haven’t found a good source that I would like to follow. Thanks

    1. @Erin: Hi Erin! I am so sorry to hear you are struggling with bulimia. I recommend you see your doctor about this who can put you in contact with a nutritionist and therapist who can help you get back on the right eating path. Help is out there for you and you don’t need to do it on your own.

    2. I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with that. What about talking to your doctor or a therapist to point you in the right direction with some resources?

  19. Loreal Paris Double Extend is my fave. It’s very thick and only requires one coat. And it washes off which I love.

    I lived in Portland for 2 years. I did not like living there there but love visiting for a weekend.

    My fave restuarant was Poc poc and also loved Voodoo donuts. Andina’s in the Pearl district has Peruvian food and is wonderful and Pambiche has great Cuban food.

  20. If you get a chance check out the Paleo food cart Cultured Caveman. Dick’s Kitchen is also pretty good and paleo friendly. The Saucebox makes tasty cocktails and Teardrop Cocktail Lounge is supposed to be really good. Slappy cakes is also fun! Have fun in PDX.

  21. You must try Salt n Straw and Bollywood Theater in Pdx. I lived in Portland for 5 years and I really miss the beautiful city.

  22. I live in Portland, Oregon 🙂

    Papa Haydn’s on 23rd- VERY delicious desserts! Grab dessert and a coffee 🙂

    The Waffle Window on Hawthorne- Build your own waffle, so tasty!

    Hot Lips Pizza- for some delicious pizza

    Portland City Grill and Jake’s Grill- only for their Happy Hours 🙂

    Pittock Mansion- Historic site, beautiful mansion and scenery!

    Saturday Market- on Saturdays and Sundays: great place to look at stuff for sale, maybe even end up buying something

    Pioneer Square Mall- Beautiful mall

    Even venture out of the city to Beaverton about 10-20 minutes away depending on traffic. There’s a Mexican Restaurant that is out of this world called La Fogata Mexican Restaurant on Canyon Road in Beaverton! Try their Tequila Tasting and burrito (biggest burritos I’ve ever seen) OR Duh Kuh Bee Korean Restaurant! They made hand-made noodles! Both places are delicious and not super spendy!! OR Nonna Emilia’s Italian Restaurant!

    Montage in Portland- Eat some frog legs or crocodile (if you’re into that)

    I haven’t been to this place but I have heard that it has a good happy hour but it’s called Bartini.

    Salty’s on the Columbia River – is pretty spendy but they have amazing brunch on Sundays!

    Multnomah Falls! – beautiful water falls, scenery, nature

    That is all I can think of at the top of my head 🙂

  23. Even though I couldn’t make it to Fitbloggin’ this year, I am so glad it’s in Portland. Seeing everyone’s pictures reminds me of mu trip there last summer! 🙂
    VooDoo is the best! I also like that mascara, but during the summer Tarte has a waterproof one that I use for days like today when it’s going to be 107!!

  24. Is the mascara you mentioned good for workouts as well?? I’m on a perpetual search for a mascara that won’t leave me with raccoon eyes after a WOD. I would love to be able to go from work straight to crossfit without having to take off my mascara before my sweat puts it all over my face. Any recommendations from you all would be great 🙂

      1. If you’re on the eastside, stop by The Meadow on N Mississippi. 100+ kinds of artisan salt (lemon flake, black truffle, Murray darling, fleur de sel il de re) and an outrageous selection of single origin chocolates and bitters! The owner, Mark Bitterman, was just on the Portland episode of Bizzare foods. A definite place to stop into if you’re in that area and you appreciate artisan goods!

  25. Oh, Voodoo…! I ran several miles of the Portland marathon just thinking about those donuts. They were pretty amazing post-race! So many to choose- I remember eating one with cocoa pebbles, and one with Rice Krispies and peanut butter! So delicious. Which one did you choose? 🙂

  26. I loved when I visited Portland a few years ago! They had a beer festival that weekend, which was fun. And of course VooDoo is a must!


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