Foodie Friday: A Weekend in Portland

The fiance and I took a little weekend getaway to Portland and because I couldn’t really take some time off of work, we were really only there for about a day and half. So we flew in late Friday night and left early Sunday afternoon. With such little time there, we tried our best to maximize our eating experience by coming up with a strategy for our meals! We agreed to choose a dish that both of us want and then getting a smaller dish of some sort with it. That way, we don’t get too stuffed, get to try what we want, and be ready to eat more shortly after!

Check out what we had!

SCREEN DOOR

We went here for brunch through recommendations from our friends. They serve a cajun inspired brunch menu that is drool worthy! We got the shrimp and grits and their bacon praline waffle. Although we kept seeing everyone order the chicken and waffles, we didn’t feel the need to have it there and really just wanted to get the shrimp and grits. I stand by our decision because we were the perfect level of fullness and both dishes were absolutely tasty! I highly recommend coming here but be prepared to wait if you come on the weekend. It was just the two of us and we waited about 45 minutes to get seated.

 

LARDO

We discovered this spot from the Food Network and have been wanting to try it ever since! After hearing constant ravings about porchetta from our friend and finding out that Lardo has an amazing porchetta sandwich, we knew that we had to come here. They specialize in pork and meaty sandwiches. Porchetta is almost like a thick slice of pork belly so it’s mouthwatering juicy goodness. We got a side of crispy pig ears to go with it and loved every bite of our food. We need to come back and try some of their other sandwiches!

 

PINE STATE

This was also a huge recommendation from our friends. We came here for breakfast before we had to catch a flight back to LA, so we made sure to arrive early in case there was a long wait. Plus, I also wanted to get a little dessert after so we really needed to try to fit everything in before we left. 😛

We got there bright and early and maybe waited about 10 minutes to order. Once we ordered, we grabbed a number and sat at the counter where we could see them make the dishes and where all the magic happens. Once again, we went with our fail proof strategy by ordering a biscuit to share and a side dish of some sort. We got the biscuit that included fried chicken, honey mustard, pickles, with a side of sausage gravy. And our second dish was their corn dog. I know, corn dog? I have a weakness for corn dogs so anytime I see it on a menu, I have to get it!

Both was really really good. Especially for breakfast. It also didn’t feel incredibly heavy so we had plenty of room for dessert! Stop by here if you’re like me and LOVE biscuits and gravy. You can’t go wrong!

 

PIP’S ORIGINAL DOUGHNUTS

Pip’s was our last stop for the weekend. I knew we had to get donuts, but since Voodoo moved down to LA and Blue Star wasn’t very convenient for us to get to, we decided on Pip’s. Well, it was mostly the chai tea flight that won me over. I’ve never seen this anywhere and because I am a huge chai lover, this was a must! For the two us, we ordered half of dozen, which was 1 of every flavor they offered. The donuts are small/ mini sized and are almost like cake donuts. Slightly crispy outside and soft inside. Love that they are made to order!

The chai flight, oh the chai flight. I fell in love with the lavender flavor and it was so fun to be able to try out all the other flavors too. The fiance liked the coconut milk one! So much better than an alcoholic flight! 🙂

 

The Neon Museum

During our little weekend in Vegas, we decided to do and see things that we normally don’t. At the top of my list was the Neon Museum, which features old neon lights from the strip. It was such a cool experience to hear the stories of Old Vegas, the science behind neon lights, and the people associated with it. I really learned a lot of cool facts during the hour tour that we took.

The guide really encouraged us to take as many pictures as we could and helped us with the best picture angles with the signs. I loved it so much and highly recommend visiting this spot! Just remember to make reservations ahead of time because they tend to sell out!

 

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Little Striped Dress

During our trip in New Zealand, we stayed at a small beach cottage in Tauranga and after researching things that we could see or do around the area, I found that everyone mentioned the Mt Maunganui Summit hike. For some reason, I got the impression that the hike was leisurely, so I wore my Converse sneakers and a comfy dress for it. Big mistake.

It was a very difficult hike for me, which may be slightly more leisurely for others due to my asthma. Nonetheless, we kept at it and finally made it to the top after a while. It was so worth it. The views were spectacular and pictures really don’t do it justice. Probably because I had a huge sense of accomplishment after completing the hike, but either way, it’s a must see!

 

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Striped Dress (Similar HERE and HERE)| Sneakers

Foodie Friday: Sydney, AUS

The second half of our trip was spent with my family in Sydney, AUS. We ate past our stomachs’ capacity while we were here. My family spared no expense to make sure that we were full at every single moment we were there which I would have to say, they succeeded. I was never hungry and we ate tons and tons of food. My fiancé gained about 10 pounds by the end of our trip. Fiancé, still weird saying that! 🙂

Here’s ALMOST everything we ate during our time here! Enjoy!

Cured meat platter at Meat District Co.
Bone marrow at Meat District Co.
Party Platter at Meat District Co. Includes pork ribs, beef ribs, burger, salad, fries, steak, and sauces.

Gazpacho at Cafe Sydney
Shrimp at Cafe Sydney
Clams and Shrimp at Cafe Sydney

Dessert Platter at Cafe Sydney
Sausage Sandwiches
Pastries at Brewtown Newtown
Salmon Benedict on Brioche Buns
Cronuts at Brewtown Newtown
Giant platter of seafood

Plaid, Fringe, and Green Grassy Hills

I wore my Madewell fringe cardigan yet again! It was definitely a lifesaver for me during the trip since it was the heaviest sweater/outerwear piece I brought on the trip with me and some nights got kind of chilly! Anyways, New Zealand was not short on tons of green grassy hills, sheep, and cows. Everything was so picturesque that even getting a picture on the side of the road looks amazing!

This was when we were on our way to visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I wish I could have gotten pictures of those caves for you guys but we weren’t allowed to take any photos so that the caves and wildlife are preserved. I do highly recommend those tours if you ever decide to go, they are very well worth the experience and perfect to add onto any bucket list!

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Fringed cardigan| Grid button up blouse (Similar HERE)| Sneakers

Foodie Friday: Things We Ate in New Zealand

We ate tons of food on our trip and I didn’t fail to take pictures of almost everything! All in all, I would say the most popular things to eat that we saw were meat pies, green lipped mussels, and fish and chips! Those were definitely on almost every menu we saw. I really enjoyed the seafood there. Everything was so fresh and great quality. Check out all of our yummy eats below!

Battered fish, a fish cake, and a side spinach salad.

Gelato
Hazelnut gelato from Island Gelato Company
Our dinner from Oyster Inn
Smoked eel with bread
Roasted potatoes with parmesan and chives
Raw Oysters
Yogurt and granola and an oyster omelette
Brunch at Cafe 88
Toast with cottage cheese, hummus, pesto, spinach, tomato, avocado, and a poached egg. Side of mushrooms.
Fish cakes with smoked salmon, tomato, avocado, and hollandaise.
Smoked salmon platter with blinis
Our entire lunch at Federal
Poutine
Fennel salad
Reuben sandwich
Bone Marrow at Depot
Pork hock with an apple slaw and a side of asparagus
Amazing pork hock
Panna cotta

Weekend in Palm Springs

I grew up in a really big family with about 10 aunts and uncles on both my mom’s and my dad’s side and dozens of cousins (didn’t intend to rhyme there). My dad is the oldest sibling in his family so that makes me the oldest cousin on my dad’s side. So I grew up with a lot of younger cousins and we were always causing tons of trouble together! Don’t even know how my grandma was able to babysit all of us at once so lots of kudos to her! Now that we’re all grown up, we don’t get to spend that much time together anymore so it was about time for us to plan a weekend trip together!

We decided to get an Airbnb in Palm Springs for 9 of us and had the best time! The house was breathtakingly gorgeous with such cool and fun retro decor and details. Apparently, the house was built for FDR’s son, which was a really neat piece of history about it!

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My favorite part of the house were these fun, colorful old telephones that were hanging on the wall in the hallway. They didn’t work, but they looked great! 🙂

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This was the master bathroom and I was just in awe every time I used it! The shower was really open which is something I’m not used to but it was beautiful nonetheless! Just made sure that I closed the doors to the bedroom and locked it so that I could shower without feeling scared someone was going to walk in.

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We spent the weekend just lounging at the pool, watching movies, drinking (everyone else, not me), and eating tons of home cooked food! Didn’t even have to leave the house, but who would if you were staying in this one! It was such a great time for us to bond and really spend time with each other. The youngest cousin (13 years old) went home after the weekend and told his mom that he had a blast and didn’t want to go home! Isn’t that the sweetest?! I just wanted to make sure they had a fun time!

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Also, I just recently got this Iphone case from Caseapp which is a website where you can design your own cases from cellphones to laptops. It was such a simple process and I got exactly what I wanted! The case itself is very sleek and pretty durable! I’ve dropped my phone a few times and haven’t had any problems. I really wanted a geometric pattern mixed with a marble print so I designed this colorblock look for my phone. Isn’t she pretty?! I highly recommend checking out Caseapp’s website and products.

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OUTFITS

Floral Off Shoulder Dress| Striped Off Shoulder Bikini| White Crinkle Curve Top| Phone Case|

See below for more pieces similar to the ones I’m wearing during my weekend getaway!

*Thanks, Caseapp for this really cool new phone case! I’ve been in need of a new one! Now, my phone is shiny and new again! 🙂

Off Shoulder Blouse

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The boyfriend and I went to Chicago last weekend to visit a friend and get out of town for a bit. The day we arrived was incredibly hot and humid, so maybe wearing black jeans wasn’t the best idea but I was glad that I wore this breezy white off shoulder blouse. It was oversized with tassel details on the front and bell sleeves. It gave my outfit a relaxed boho feel to it which was perfect for a hot summer day!

We went exploring around Millenium Park and to Wrigley Field for a quick photo op, as well as dinner around the area! It was a great day and we had such a great time catching up with our friends in Chicago! FullSizeRender (1)

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Off Shoulder Blouse (Similar HERE)| Cross Body Purse| Jeans (Similar HERE)

Travel: Sedona and Antelope Canyon

Went for a short weekend trip and met in Arizona with some of our close friends from Chicago, Denver, and Glendale (AZ). We all needed to get out of town for a little bit and agreed on meeting in Arizona for a fun-filled weekend!

We all flew into Phoenix and drove from there to Sedona for some leisurely hiking. We hiked to a point called Devil’s Bridge, which was stone formation that looked like a bridge (makes sense, right?). It’s not for the faint of heart since it’s pretty high up and can make you feel a little uneasy. It had some amazing views though! I was not as daring as other people that were sitting at the edge but I like to be on the safe side.

After the hike and some lunch in Sedona, we made our way to Page (with a pit stop at the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon for the sunset). We spent the night in Page and planned to get up super early so that we could visit Horseshoe Bend and see the sunrise. It was very ambitious but we successfully did it and then onto Antelope Canyon we went! It was the main thing I wanted to experience from this trip!

We booked a tour to see the Upper Canyon. The tour provided a ride and tour guide(which was required). We walked through the canyon and soaked up the beauty of it. There were a lot of people there, given the popularity, but it was still great to see it! The vibrant red of the walls and rays of sunlight through the crevices above were definitely at sight! It’s a must see and a magnificent experience! Overall, it was such a fun weekend and tons of beautiful sights!

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