An Epic Long Weekend in Portland, Oregon


Not too long ago, Derek and I hopped on a plane for a short hour-or-so flight to spend a long weekend in Portland. And man oh man, what an epic adventure this mini getaway turned out to be. From the delicious farm-to-table cuisine (read: food trucks everywhere) to the delightful balance of vibrant-city-life-meets-incredible-and-accessible-nature, I now […]

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Mini Film: 71 Days in Europe


Last Thursday evening, I was in the kitchen flipping pancake batter when Derek waltzed in with an extra big smile on his face. At first, I thought this oddly large grin was due to the fact that I was making breakfast for dinner. That, or because the sweet aroma of the weekend was starting to […]

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The Boardwalk Along the Beach in Santa Cruz


Roller coasters. Ferris wheels. Funnel cakes. And in this case, a candy-colored chairlift. Is it just me or does a boardwalk along the beach scream “summer”? Let’s see, you’ve got a thriving amusement park on one side, and then a lively beach scene on the other. Yeah, it’s a good time. And not too long […]

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That Time We Picked Strawberries on the Coast of California


A few Saturdays ago, Derek and I booked a rental car and headed down the coast. While the day turned out to be a bit foggier than we anticipated, it was still quite a refreshing city escape. Our end destination was the coastal town of Santa Cruz, yet we did carve out time for one […]

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Across the Bay at Angel Island


If you look out our kitchen window, you’ll see it. A monstrous island rising out of the water of the San Francisco Bay.  So big in fact, you won’t be able to miss it. While it appears to be secluded, after one click on Google you’ll quickly realize this island has quite a lot to offer. Abundant […]

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An Early Morning in Chinatown


Packed to the brim with color, culture, and so much charm, Chinatown is hands down the most iconic neighborhood here in San Francisco. And, with good reason. Not only is it the second largest Chinatown in all of the US — the largest being in New York City —  but it’s also the oldest in the […]

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