Last weekend I had the chance to visit Portland, Oregon for a fun day in the city. Oregon is famous for a couple things — lush green trees, delicious Pinot Noir and the University of Oregon football team. However, the most famous and also infamous aspect of Oregon is its rain. During the months of October to May, the downpour of rain in Oregon is constant and unbearable. Wearing a rain jacket and rain boots underneath your umbrella does not guarantee you getting to class dry. There were many occasions where I contemplated curling up in my blanket and not go to class because the weather was disastrous outside. But in the summertime, Oregon is hot, sunny and absolutely gorgeous. The sun radiates its heat across the state and daytime temperatures get up to 95°F. To bask in the warm sunshine, my boyfriend and his brothers and I decided to walk around the Nob Hill district in Portland and we came across a charming ice cream shop named Salt & Straw.
Salt & Straw is not your typical ice cream shop. Their ice cream is handmade, made out of local ingredients and made in small batches to ensure freshness. Their ice cream is also one-of-a-kind with flavors like honey balsamic strawberry with cracked pepper and chèvre with marionberry habanero jam. Salt & Straw initially caught my eye because of the long line wrapped around the block but upon looking further, I really enjoyed looking at their logo. The rustic and whimsical typography instantly drew me into trying their ice cream.
After 20 minutes of waiting, we were finally able to get inside the store. I grabbed their menu and was enthralled by the range of ice cream flavors they offered on a beautifully printed menu. I thought to myself, “This store has great flavors and great typography!” As a future creative-ist, a company with an eye for design fills me with joy.
We waited for another 20 minutes until we got to the front of the line. I couldn’t decide whether if I should go with the sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbon, honey lavender, or pear with blue cheese. After a couple minutes contemplating (a pretty tough decision I would say), I sampled the three flavors and decided to go with the sea salt ice cream. I’ve had salted caramels and dark chocolate with salt bits but this ice cream blew my palette away. It had the perfect amount of sweet caramel ribbon gooey-ness enveloping the salty vanilla-based caramel ice cream. I enjoyed the sweet and salty combination and this sugary treat was the perfect accessory for a hot summer day in Portland.