Frugal Finds, West Coast Roadtrip – Roseburg and Eugene, OR

Sorry readers for the delay in entries! It’s been a busy week and I am playing catch up, but hopefully you’re excited to read and see my adventures in Oregon!

At this point in the trip we were ready to head straight to Eugene, OR but circumstances arose and I needed to have internet access at a specific time – DETOUR!

Upon looking at the map Roseburg was a good mid-sized town with cafes so naturally I did some research and found 1) a coffee shop with complimentary wi-fi and 2) this amazing bagel shop – both of them opened early enough in the morning for my impromptu appointment.

img_6072The Bagel Tree Cafe: A local favorite and for good reason. This hidden gem has a huge selection of bagels. I heard so many people rave around the cashew chicken salad bagel sandwich so I ordered that on a swiss bagel (which I believe was deep fried). However, if you wanted to go for a more traditional route and have a bagel with cream cheese they price their bagels based on categories – premium ($1.20), fancy ($1.45), and gourmet ($1.70). Everything is made fresh so you won’t be disappointed.

I’m a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it’ll provide you the fuel to function for the day ahead.    

img_6074Jackson Street Coffee: Located in the historic Jackson street in downtown Roseburg, this cute little cafe that was open bright and early in the morning. They offered free super high speed internet as well as The Wandering Goat coffee beans, which is a locally roasted company in Eugene, OR that’s produced in a sustainable way. They also have donuts and various pastries, but I was too full from my bagel sandwich to take a bite.

After the appointment finished we left for Eugene, OR – home of the University of Oregon and the Mighty Ducks, but before heading towards the university we made a pit stop at Voodoo Donut – a quirky donut shop with known for their iconic pink boxes and sassy donut names. This shop has been featured on a number of food shows including: Man v Food and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation, so naturally we had to  check them out on our 8 Day West Coast Roadtrip.

However, even though we came bright and early in the morning (the college kids shouldn’t be awake at this hour) there was still a substantial line out the door. About 30 minutes later it was our turn. With the Voodoo Doll  as the poster child it seemed obvious which donut we’d take home, although some of the speciality donuts did tempt us. Mmm….

img_6091A couple of interesting tid bits

  1. You can married by an ordained minister there
  2.  They’re opening up a location at Universal CityWalk in California
  3. On December 24, 2008, Voodoo’s the “Portland Creme” was designated as Portland’s “Official City Doughnut” by a resolution introduced by Portland Mayor Tom Potter and passed by city commissioners the same night. (crazy right?)
  4. Cash only 😦

Taste-wise it’s very comparable to what you’d eat at any donut shop; however, with the designs and unique shapes do make the creations very memorable. Worth a visit as it’s been deemed a national tourist attraction according to the Los Angeles Times.

Next we hit up for something a bit more savory and Guy Fieri approved…

You know you’re in duck territory when there are duck feet that lead customers to the little jon. Haha… Anyways, Fisherman’s Market is a popular seafood counter serving up fresh and cooked fish, clams, and more. I ordered their clam chowder and it was excellent. Not too thick, but creamy with abundant clams. Yum!

The city of Eugene is a college town that bleeds Duck Pride and if you’re in the area be sure that you’re not caught dead wearing purple and white. Their biggest rival are the Huskies from The University of Washington.I took a peak in their student store and was amazed at the vast selection. Just an FYI if you’re looking for a college sweatshirt now is the perfect time to buy. The student store sold them for half off so they could move their inventory. Sounds like a sweet deal to me!

How would you start your day? Something sweet or savory? Comment below!

XOXO,

Rockstar

 

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