This past June I celebrated my ten year anniversary with my husband. We celebrated at Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. In order to find the perfect party drinks we tested many of Andina’s cocktails to find the best ones!
When I landed on Andina as an option for hosting the event I instantly knew from previous experiences that it would give the fun vibe we wanted. In order to be completely sure it was the place to go we had to visit again with friends to taste as much of the food and drinks as we could! Between our visits and the party I finally have a list of my favorite cocktails from Portland’s Andina Restaurant.
Photos are by the amazing Mary Boyden Photography unless otherwise noted. Disclaimer note: This is not a sponsored post. I am a consumer of Andina and am sharing because I feel that it is awesome. I always share when I have a sponsored post and only share what I love. See my policies on sponsored posts for more information.
Andina is a Peruvian restaurant that as founded in Portland, Oregon in 2003. My first visit was sometime in 2013. It was one of the nicest dates I had ever been on. We ate an amazing meal complete with cocktails and glasses of wine… but, I would be hard pressed to remember what we had that evening beyond the words delicious and engaging. The whole meal was an experience! It absolutely made a special place in my heart for Peruvian food which I believe lives up to the Andina mission.
“As a cultural ambassador, Andina’s mission is to prepare both a table and a feast around which all guests can gather and find the warmth and richness of the Peruvian spirit in its truest forms. The dishes and flavors carry stories of their own; as do the music and art. Above all, the staff at large convey what is most essential about Peru: its profound hospitality, a delight in sharing its stories, and pride in presenting food born out of love.” — from www.AndinaRestaurant.com
The restaurant has beautiful spaces that can be rented for parties and events. Their Tupai room was perfect for our anniversary party! A catering menu was provided with ample choices and great selections… but, it had been so long since we had visited that we had no clue what we wanted to order!
We did a double date with a couple of our most adventurous friends with the plan to try as much on the menu— that also appeared on the catering menu— as we could. That night we tried multiple cocktails (in total, not each) to nail down a couple of signature drinks we wanted to offer at our party.
Andina’s head bartender, Eddie Johnson, actually tended bar at our party. During the party he was mixing up another cocktail that he was testing and I got to have one of the first ones. It was FANTASTIC— like, gin and watermelon fantastic. While I don’t know if that drink ever ended up on their menu I do know from trying that and trying a different Bartender’s Choice that you won’t go wronger ordering that option if you are dining in the restaurant.
We had several favorite cocktails that we tried. However, the ones we decided to offer along with beers and wines ended up being:
We had chosen to do a his and hers option really just to streamline the bar process at the party. However, in finding the right drinks we tried several others. Here are some more favorites that were HIGH contenders:
If you are taking a trip out to Andina I hope this list helps you find a new favorite cocktail! Still can’t decide? Bartender’s Choice is a great place to start! Looking for dinner while in Portland? Please let me suggest this fun experience with great drinks.
When looking for fun, kid-friendly activities to do in Oregon, Evergreen Aviation Museum and Wings and Waves Waterpark offered complimentary tickets to explore their attractions. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Today I’m sharing all about the Evergreen Aviation Museum. But, you’ve got to hop on over to read about my experience at the Wings and Waves Waterpark! To learn more about sponsored content on this blog please ready my policies page. Thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog happen!
The Evergreen Aviation Museum is HUGE. I mean, you have a ton of planes all over the place so the venue has to be huge. I’d highly recommend planning to peruse the museum for the entire day. It is important to plan a day at the museum to get your money’s worth as well. The price of admission is a tad more than what I would normally spend on an outing with my kids at $19 per child and $29 per adult. However, admission includes entry to Aviation Museum, Space Museum, & one movie. There are a lot of attractions and we absolutely enjoyed the stay enough to go again.
My son is really into both cars and planes right now. His age made this a prime attraction. Our favorite parts of the Aviation Museum included:
To the left of the admission stand as you enter the museum is an exhibit filled with plane related educational and interactive attractions. My son couldn’t wait to get into this section of the museum! We honestly spent a large portion of our visit here as it was fun going through each of the exhibits, playing and learning. You also get the opportunity to sit in a cockpit… everyone had to take a turn!
This plane is a sight to be seen for sure! We loved the Spruce Goose exhibit as it included a miniature replica of the building of the plane as well as a great informational video. It as the perfect place to sit for a rest after walking around the museum a bit and enjoy learning more about this amazing plane.
It is incredibly inspiring to see how far we’ve come in flying over the years. Getting to see those first airplane styles and read about the way they worked and the people that flew them was incredible.
My favorite of the two museums was hands down the Space Museum, perhaps because space exploration has been so prevalent in my youth. I remember watching as a we launched rocket ships into space. Getting to learn more about the different missions and the tools that are used in space exploration was the most fun I’ve ever had at a museum.
My son’s absolute favorite part of the museum was the large playground right outside of the Space Museum. He liked pretending he was an astronaut in the spaceship play structure.
Walking down the missile silo of the Titan II Missile exhibit is humbling to say the least. This thing was massive. At the bottom of the silo was a launch room with a automated sequence you could experience what the controllers must have experienced at launch.
Timing: I don’t think that I can stress this enough. Plan and prepare for a whole day of fun at these museums. There was so much to see and do throughout the two museums. We tried doing the museum visits and the waterpark all in one day and ended up not being able to make it to the theater or really spend quite as much time as we would have liked at any one of the exhibits.
Lunch: If you are going to spend all day at the museums you are going to want to eat. There are cafes in each of the museums and you can certainly get a full lunch at either. We enjoyed the food at the cafe in the Aviation museum, however, we also spent quite a bunch of money! If you plan ahead and don’t want to buy a full lunch at the cafes then I’d recommend bringing a picnic lunch to have on the grounds of the museum. There are plenty of outdoor picnic areas!
Babies: Bring a stroller! We both wore our carrier and brought our stroller. I was so glad that we had the stroller. The museum is gigantic and we wanted to see it all. The stroller was handy for our bags and for the kiddo to get in a good nap.
When looking for fun, kid-friendly activities to do in Oregon, Evergreen Aviation Museum and Wings and Waves Waterpark offered complimentary tickets to explore their attractions. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Today I’m sharing all about the Waterpark, but check back next week for my experience at the Evergreen Aviation Museum! To learn more about sponsored content on this blog please ready my policies page. Thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog happen!
This picture is basically how we all felt about getting to visit the Wings and Waves Waterpark on a rainy Portland day. We had driven past the waterpark and museum a million times as we drove through McMinnville on the way to the coast. The big airplane sitting on top of the waterpark has always been a huge attraction on those drives for my son. We had always said, “we should go…” but never made the time to go. I’m glad that we planned an entire day for the museum and water park visit and sort of wished we had planned to visit in two days rather than squishing it all into one. There was a LOT to do and see. I had two VERY tired little boys by the end of the day.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum and Wings and Waves Waterpark website has a LOT going on as there are so many different attractions going on at one time. Using the FAQ page I tried to be as prepared as possible for what the day may bring and what might be needed. You have to be prepared with kids. There just isn’t an option! Read on for the answers to the questions I had before visiting the first time.
I was pleasantly surprised about the amount of people the park could comfortably accommodate. We went on what the team member I talked to called a normal Saturday. It was busy, but not so crowded that I felt uncomfortable or had a long wait anywhere we went.
There are a LOT of tables and chairs throughout the park for putting down beach bags and the like. I had brought my DSLR with me and my purse (gotta pay for stuff somehow!) and didn’t feel comfortable just setting those on a table while I ran off into the waves, so I purchased two Medium-sized lockers to put my stuff. The large lockers sell out pretty quickly, but at $7/medium locker I felt like I could afford to put away my more valuable items for the many hours we were splashing around. The ‘keys’ to the lockers were actually just wristbands that we wore so I didn’t have to keep up with anything extra. That was nice.
Okay, so this was my biggest concern about the waterpark aspect of it all. My oldest son LOVES the water, but isn’t a strong swimmer at all yet. My youngest is 7 months and takes a lot of attention. While I knew we were going where each adult would be able to wrangle a child, I was worried that we wouldn’t enjoy the day as we’d be stressed about older kids in pools, etc. I had nothing to worry about. First, there are life jackets and many trained life guards. The lifeguards are young, but you can see their training in place the entire time you are there as they are actively watching and making signs to the other lifeguards in the area. Second, there are attractions for many levels of swimmers and non-swimmers including a splash pad area for the young ones.
Swimming all day makes my clan hungry. There is a cafe at the waterpark that serves the basic fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, salads, and such. The prices are not inexpensive, but they are not unreasonable either. They really felt like they were accurate with a sit down casual dining restaurant. However, if you have a big crew to feed and you don’t want to pay for meals at the cafe, you can bring a picnic lunch to have on the grounds (not in the waterpark) of the museum and park. There are picnic tables near the parking area.
Bathing suits are the main attire at the Wings and Waves Waterpark. It is good to note though that suits with metal snaps are not allowed on the water slides.