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 …

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, …

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 …

Verana Hotel in Yelapa, Mexico

We spent MLK weekend in Yelapa, Mexico, a place I had never even heard of prior to receiving Jeremy & Margarita’s save-the-date for their wedding. In the words of the bride and groom, “Bring a big appetite, a thirst for beach cocktails, and a positive attitude and as one web site put it: ┬áTurn your …