Portlandia.

Two of my good friends moved to Portland in the last two years, so I’ve visited about six times. I had never been to Portland before Summer 2015, but I did watch the show on IFC. Things I love about the city include the easy access to the outdoors – beautiful hikes, waterfalls (Multnomah Falls!), and just clean air. I also enjoy the many many mom and pop restaurants, some that are even worth the 1-3 hours waits.  Here are some photos I took during my visit (when it wasn’t pouring rain!)

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From Top to Bottom:

Sauvie Island Bridge

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch

Green Tea Service at Behind The Museum Cafe

Cacio e Pepe at Grassa

Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel

I had a lovely brunch at the beautiful Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel for my mother’s birthday.

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous from the striped ceiling to the champagne glasses. The service was top notch as well. While the food didn’t wow me as much as dinner usually does at the Polo Lounge, I still think the tortilla soup and lobster rolls really shined.

They have a jazz band on the patio for brunch, but I think the best room to sit in is the large room with booths.

From top to bottom: tortilla soup, scallops, smoked salmon hash, and summer sorbet dessert.

The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Sandwich of the year

Once upon a time I was really hungover in Vegas and my friends has already left to White Castle. I took matters into my own hands and had brunch by myself at Giada. The Lemon Pesto Grilled Cheese is insane. The side of arugula salad is a nice fresh touch to the heaviness of the sandwich.

Giada is not overrated. Giada is not overrated. Giada is not overrated. You just ordered the wrong thing. 😉
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Clinton Street Baking Company – NYC

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I took a weekend trip to NYC last week to visit family. Our first stop was Clinton Street Bakery on the LES, which I chose because I live on Clinton Street in LA! Love it.

The wait was an hour (!) which I would never ever do in LA but thought what the heck. The restaurant couldn’t seat more than 30 people tops. We went across the street and grabbed coffee then ran a couple errands and finally almost 2 hours later were seated.

I ordered the Farmer’s Plate (soft scrambled eggs, house Rosemary sausage, farmhouse Bobolink cheddar, herb roasted tomatoes, and sourdough toast.) It was exactly what I needed after the initial shock of the freezing cold < 30 degree temperature. Not 100% sure any meal is ever worth a 2 hour wait but this was pretty good.

I also ordered a size of house made pickles – yum! Nothing like fresh pickles on a Saturday morning.

Clinton Street Baking Company
4 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com