Portland, Oregon: A Foodie Paradise in the Pacific Northwest

I continue on my rampage of “I could move to Portland” comments, while ignoring the eye-rolling response it elicits from Andrew. But seriously, I could move to Portland…if only there were jobs for us. And while the natural scenery there is beautiful, that’s not why I would move there. I’d go for the food. Always …

The Great Outdoors in Portland, Oregon

For our two year anniversary, which is conveniently around the same time as a 3-day weekend (Memorial Day), we went to Portland, Oregon. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and have no recollection of it, but after watching Portlandia and sometimes acting out the episode about Colin the chicken in our San …

Kyoto, Japan

I always enjoy visiting Kyoto and I’m always a little surprised that I enjoy it as much as I do. It’s more religious, more spiritual, more traditional than Tokyo…all adjectives that in my day-to-day life I’m not looking for. But somehow, on vacation, churches, temples and shrines are so much more interesting. Some of these …

Hakone, Japan

With a planned itinerary of Tokyo – Hakone – Kyoto, the only destination that would be new to me was the countryside of Hakone. We went in search of the traditional onsen experience, bathing in the hot springs created by Japan’s active volcanoes. A Japanese coworker helped me research and book our ryokan Gourakansuirou, an …

Impressions of Tokyo

Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I feel like such a traitor for saying this, but it is my absolute favorite city in Asia (sorry, Hong Kong). I love the blending of the old and the new, the traditional and modern, but most of all, I love how clean, orderly, …

Sushi Ten Omakase: A heavenly experience in Tokyo

Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting a similar experience – a full sushi omakase where the sushi chef meticulously creates each dish and presents it to you. And while you can find great sushi in San Francisco, it’s still better in Tokyo. Unfortunately, most of the fine sushi dining is limited …

Spring Flowers

April showers bring May flowers, and my, what beautiful flowers they bring. One of the best parts of moving to a house in the suburbs is having a garden that surprises you with different flowers every week. And of course, having a gardener who knows what they’re doing because I certainly don’t. Now I constantly …

Japan: Ashikaga Flower Park

When Andrew and I first started discussing where to go for a week-long vacation, we had originally thought we’d be heading to Italy. But given that Andrew would already be in Asia for work and that it would be spring with all its blossoming beauty, it was an opportune time to visit Japan together. We …

Oberon, an Alaskan Klee Kai pup

The samoyeds have their spitzes, the akitas have their shiba inus, the collies have their shelties, and now huskies have their Alaskan klee kais. No matter what look you like in your doggy companion, there is a size out there that fits your need. For me, I like the larger dog breeds, as evidenced by …