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It’s that time of the year in the Pacific Northwest where there are Friendsgiving’s galore, our December calendar is filling up FAST with holiday parties, and everything it getting delightfully dark, rainy, and gloomy in Portland. This holiday season is leaving me to reflect on this past year in Portland. We moved to Portland in […]


Photo Credit via Feast Portland I recently wrote on our favorite places to dine in Portland, but I know Tony and I have only scratched the surface of the food scene here. And this became even more paramount after indulging (a little too much) at the four-day Feast Portland extravaganza. At Feast, culinary giants from all over […]


Ahhh Portland, OR… The land of beards, flannel, rain, and FOOD. Photo Credit: Feast Portland Immediately upon moving to Portland a little over a year ago, I knew this little city in the Northwest was pretty special. Everyone we met was eager to tell us about their favorite restaurants and places to grab a casual […]


As I explore more of Oregon, I’m left compelled to write about my favorite destinations in this beautiful state. One place in particular is Astoria Oregon. Tony and I quickly learned that Astoria is famous here in Oregon – Fun fact: Astoria was home to the bevolved film, The Goonies! I’ll admit that I haven’t […]


“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.” -Mark Kurlansky It’s no surprise that Tony and I base our travel (and life) decisions primarily on food. If a city or country isn’t known for it’s vibrant food scene, it’s probably not my scene, period.  These are […]


Yellowstone in 2009. The Poconos in 2011. These were our only experiences camping as a couple and both were great, but they were car camping trips and we obviously didn’t do them very often. But ever since we moved to Portland, OR last year, one of the main goals has been to explore more of the […]


Since Tony and I finally put away our long-term travel packs and set up roots in Portland, OR, I had a weird sense of apprehension to post travel stories when we are no longer traveling internationally (yet). Pushing this apprehension aside, I decided to think outside the box and maybe, for once, talk about our […]


Just imagine yourself checking out of your hostel in Barcelona and dashing a 1/2 a mile in a mad rush to catch your train to Paris. Exhausting right? Now imagine doing this with 75 lbs on your back… Yes, I have witnessed this self-inflicted torture in action. The solution: Pack lighter! Trust me, your shoulders & back […]