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

A Weekend Getaway to Joshua Tree

One of my favorite road trips is to Joshua Tree. It’s about 2.5 hours outside of Los Angeles and feels like it’s a world away. I rented a gorgeous AirBNB with huge outdoor area including a BBQ, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and a firepit.

We watched the Perseid Meteor Shower which was completely visible from the backyard. The most beautiful meteors and stars were visible by the naked eye!

A trip to Pioneertown was a given (meal at Pappy & Harriet’s pictured below!) – which included Baby Back Ribs and Cheese Fries. It’s nice to walk around Pioneertown while it’s still light out and to check out the little shops they have in town. I can’t wait to go back, especially when it’s not 100 degrees out!


Melbourne, Australia!

What a month I had.

I was in Australia for two weeks working as a road manager for a musician. My favorite cities were Melbourne and Sydney, but those were honestly the only cities I saw more than the inside of a hotel room or venue!

I went to see the Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei exhibit at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. It was a HUGE exhibit that was very interactive. The city of Melbourne is very lively and I had a delicious meal at Cumulus Inc.

More deets on food in Oz to come, but also check my IG: trolleywords for my most up to date foodie adventures! 🙂


Hog Island Oyster Company – Ferry Building, San Francisco

I took a quick (less than 24 hour) trip to the Bay for work last weekend and ended up at the Ferry Building for lunch. One of my favorite things to do is peruse the Ferry Building for interesting food like mushroom jerky and stinky cheeses. An always necessary stop is the Hog Island Oyster Company which has thankfully increased exponentially in size since the last time I went there. The oyster sampler is always delicious and if you sit at the Oyster Bar or outside you get a lovely view of the Bay Bridge.

The Oyster Po Boy did not disappoint. I recommend sharing and ordering a ton of stuff off the menu. Not pictured – the Fried Oysters and Waffles are another must-order.


Ace Hotel NYC            

I adore all the Ace Hotels I’ve been to. Their attention to detail is just so refreshing and they truly serve their clientele.

A few of my favorites pictured below:

  • FRED Water (refillable bottles that fit in your pocket)
  • Rudy’s Barbershop Toiletries
  • The best room service (Charcuterie and Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce)


Ringside Portland

I am not a huge steak person, mostly because I think it’s constantly over cooked everywhere. I was treated to a delicious steak dinner at Ringside in Portland and it did not disappoint. 

Onion Rings are a must-order and come with ketchup and some sort of sauce that has a nice little kick. 

I ordered the Filet Mignon with a baked potato.  Medium rare is the way to go. It was perfectly cooked and the 6 oz was just enough to fill me up. Mmmmm!


Tasty ‘N Sons – PDX

I spent last weekend in Portland, where two of my good friends recently moved. The air is so clean, the people are incredibly nice and everything is CHEAP! By my standards of course. $7 cocktails? What?

We had brunch at Tasty ‘N Sons and it did not disappoint. Their Shakshuka was phenomenal, as were the pork cutlets. Service was wonderful, and I highly recommend one of their many bloody marys. I always get mine with whiskey since I’m not much of a vodka person. Can’t wait to eat this meal again.