Portland Weekend Trip

A few weekends back, I took a trip down to Portland with my boyfriend and some of my dancer friends. We attended some Brazilian Lamba Zouk classes and late night dance socials, but during the day, I had a fabulous time exploring the city on foot by myself. I had meals with Robert at a ton of amazing places around town, too. As per usual, I try to eat dairy and gluten free (90% of the time) 😉

Featured, in order:

+ Appethaizing (homey Thai spot)

+ Ebb & Bean (frozen yogurt with vegan options)

+ Tasty & Sons (amazing brunch. We had the shakshuka & also the steak and grits skillet but I forgot to take a photo because I was starving)

+ Powell's Books (so busy but fun)

+ Tanner Spring Park (gorgeous garden with water lily pond, fish, and a cute brook)

+ Tea Bar (amazing natural bubble tea spot, I had the vanilla rose bubble tea. SO DELICIOUS! I adore the interior, we need something like this in Seattle!)

+ Revelry (Seattle is home to their sister restaurant, Revel. I actually preferred Revelry more! Korean fusion at it's finest. Loved the live DJ)

+ Teote (gluten free Latin food featuring arepas (gluten free corn cakes))

+ Dapper & Wise (great coffee spot with gorgeous interior)

Also found this cool outdoor food truck rally. Not sure of the official name but it had about 20 different food trucks. Loved the concept and outdoor seating. Another idea we need in Seattle!

Las Vegas Vacation

My boyfriend Robert & I took a weekend trip to Las Vegas for my 27th (AHHH WHAT) birthday 2 weeks ago! It was filled with ups and downs (mostly due to travel issues) but we had a damn good time enjoying some delicious and decadent food, going to XS nightclub and dancing and drinking and just taking in all the lights, sights and people.

We stayed at the SLS which was super hip and fun, my first time staying in a non-chain hotel if you can believe it! The steak and mushrooms and seared ahi tataki with yuzu salsa at Katsuya were AMAZING. Melt in your mouth steak, so good. Also enjoyed plenty of cocktails, dairy free GF macaron ice cream sandwiches at Perfect Scoop, El Buen pastor Mexican food, french style steak frites at Mon Ami Gabi and a view of the Bellagio fountain (and a lady from the midwest singing sad 90s karaoke), loved the drinks and amazing decor and whimsy of Park on Fremont. Also ran into my good friend Trenton and his girlfriend who were on vacay too!

The best part of our trip was definitely the Neon Museum / Neon Boneyard tour. It was sold out last year so we made it a point to go this time. I had SUCH a good time learning about the retired neon signs and the history of Vegas. Manny our guide was such a sweetheart, really enjoyed his anecdotes and fun personality.

Definitely going back next year and seeing the Magic Mike show! LOL