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Weekend Recap: Portland 2014

As you might remember, I went up to one of my favorite cities earlier this month. If you need a refresher, here you go! Well, I’m back from Portland and seriously missing it already. Side note: while in the Pacific Northwest, my darling friend Kortni and I began working on something really exciting for ye olde blogge, so be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin or my  musings on Twitter to ensure you won’t miss any announcements! Also, check out my travel, DIY, and recipe inspiration boards on Pinterest to see what I might be making/doing next!

But back to my (now annual) jaunt up to Portland. Guys, it was better than I could have imagined: friends, food, booze, and music.

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Getting Ready for Portland (2014 Edition)

Man, oh, man. With the NapaQuake turning the Wine Country upside down for a short while (click here to read my story), I’ve been itching to get out of California.  My trip this past weekend to Chico was heaps of fun and filled with food, friends, and beer! But I have somewhere a little farther away I’d like to get to.. PORTLAND! We all know Portland is one of my favorite cities and I’m excited to say that this weekend, I’ll be jetting up to that fabulous city for a quick weekend getaway.

My darling friend Kortni and I have been scheming together to see one another, but our schedules are jampacked. Sometimes being an adult sucks. But we finally discovered not one, but TWO weekends where we’ll get to see each other. A few weeks after my visit up to Portland, she’ll make her way down to Napa. That should definitely keep my wanderlust at bay until my Mexico trip in November, but more on that later.


This picture captures us perfectly.

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Mint Fierce

It’s Tuesday, and I need a drink. Since it was like a million degrees in Napa this weekend, I’ve been non-stop drooling daydreaming about this fabulous concoction the fabulous Kortni fabulously created. The name is a combination of an inside joke of ours, and the delicious and unobtrusive mint flavor. I suppose tonight’s the perfect night to bring my dreams to life. After work, that is.


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Weekend Recap: Portland

Oh Portland. How I had missed you. It’s been almost three weeks to the day that I jetted off on my extra-long-weekend escape to Portland. And while I had planned to do at least seven awesome things in the lovely state of Oregon, I was quickly reminded that while traveling, things don’t always go according […]

Weekend Escape: Portland

Guys, it’s been way too long since I’ve been to one of my absolute fave cities: Portland. And this afternoon, I’ll be on a flight heading up there. As an added bonus, I just found out it’s supposed to be, like, gorgeous in Portland this weekend. So. Much. Excitement.

So, let’s narrow down my list of reasons I cannot wait to get my booty back to the land of hella beer, not pumping your own gas, and hipsters to my top 7 reasons why I will not be able to calm down about this trip:

1. This girl.


Accurately portrays how we felt that night…

2. Ms. Kortni and I are going to the food trucks. Yes, the food trucks of Portland.

3. Watching the 49ers play the Broncos at Spirit of 77Totes packed my Frank Gore jersey.

4. We’re going to hike this trail with mega gorgeous views.

5. This fabulous cocktail at Andina.


Absolutely no cilantro, thanks.

6. I get to use my fabulous new suitcase I received for my birthday. It’s similar to the one I fell in love with when I was perusing Lauren’s How to Pack for 2 Weeks in a Carry On: Cold Weather Edition post on her blog, Seventeenth & Irving (if you haven’t checked it out yet, do.). I obvi needed one for Paris and this will be my first time using it!

7. I get to check out Whispering Woods Resort in Welches, OR. Pool time in 80+ degree weather? Count me in.

Yep, those reasons are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to why I’m so jubilant about this trip. I’m always on the lookout for new fabulous things to do in Portland, so let me know what else I should be doing in the comments below or tweet them to me on Twitter!

PDX Eats: Veritable Quandary

As I mentioned in another post, I love, love, love Portland, OR. Recently, I was visiting Emily, a girl who has been like my sister for all intents and purposes since I was four and she was two. Emily was graduating from Lewis & Clark College, and I flew up to Portland to surprise her. This post is a continuation of my food journey on that trip, and I’d left off at going to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, Veritable Quandary.

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Welcome to the World’s Smallest Park

Also while in Portland, we found the world’s smallest park. No, I’m not exaggerating. According to Wikipedia:

“(Mill Ends Park) is a tiny urban park located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway, approaching esplanade along the Willamette River near SW Taylor Street in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. The park is a circle 2 ft (0.61 m) across, with a total area of 452 sq in (0.292 m2). It is the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records, which first granted it this recognition in 1971.”

Cool, right?! I quickly stole a picture as we drove by.


Yep, that’s it. You couldn’t even have a picnic! Well, maybe if you sat on the curb 🙂

PDX Eats: Andina

Portland, OR –or PDX as I lovingly refer to it– is one of my favorite cities in the US. I’ve had the fabulous fortune of visiting PDX many times to visit friends and have been greeted by decent, if not sunshiney, weather the majority of each visit. Recently, I went up to surprise Emily, my close family friend/”sister”, for her graduation from Lewis & Clark College. After her ceremony, she, her parents, and I were trying to figure out where to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some celebratory drinks before our dinner at Veritable Quandary (a post on VQ will follow soon!) that night. Andina had received a lot of hype from Em’s mom because of their Pisco Sour– a drink no restaurant could replicate for her. We decided to venture into the Pearl District to enjoy some Peruvian cuisine and a Pisco Sour or two at Andina.

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