Pacific Northwest {Part 2: Seattle}

From Portland, we ventured to Seattle, WA. The place known for its Puget sounds and McDreamy (RIP Derek Shephard).

Although Seattle is where one of the greatest tv dramas takes places, it also houses amazing cuisine. I believe that throughout this trip, I gained about 10 lbs from just eating the local food and I have no regrets.

One of the main attractions of the city is Pike Place Market. This market is a food lover’s dream. There are many small shops and restaurants where you have the opportunity to try the local delicacy.

My favorite place at Pike Place was Piroshky Piroshky. A Piroshky is a Russian flaky pastry that is filled with either meat, cheese, fruit, or a combination of those. We followed our noses to the small bakery and had a Piroshky that was filled with mushroom and cheese. I definitely still dream of it to  this day. And you know it’s a go to place when the line gets longer and longer throughout the day.

We then trekked over to the first Starbucks that ever opened. I’m not much of a coffee drinker. *gasp!* Yeah…I just never got into coffee. Anyways, the Starbucks was pretty small but they had a very efficient way of moving customers in and out of the establishment. 

The Gum Wall is definitely an attraction that everyone should see and take a selfie at least once. As gross as this sounds, it smelled like mint more than saliva. Well that’s what I thought. And ironically, I got gum stuck on the bottom of my shoe. Guess you can call that a souvenir. Pike Place Market definitely has a lot to see. 

Another attraction of Seattle is the EMP museum. If you’re a music lover, gamer, or a movie buff, this place is for you. My favorite part of the museum was the indie video games section, specifically the game Tenya Wanya Teens. This is considered a traveling video game as it is only exhibited in various museums. 

The museum was conveniently located next to the Space Needle. 

It was only right to try out the local seafood. We checked out the Westward. This restaurant was designed after Wes Anderson’s movie “The Life Aquatic.” It definitely lived up to the nautical theme. The food was so fresh and delicious. So delicious that I forgot to photograph it.

All in all, Seattle lived up to be everything that I had imagined and more. 

Here’s a picture of an ice cream cone I got during my trip!


The Pacific Northwest {Part I: Portland}

This was a hard post to write and a bit overdue. It’s about to get real… Although this trip was an incredible one, I shared it with someone who was a definitely different person from the person I fell in love with. Life definitely introduces you to people who change your way of thinking and life. Anyways, enough about this stuff…onto writing about the PNW!

If there is one place that has impressed me, that is both Portland and Seattle. I’ll talk more about Seattle in another post. The PNW has a reputation for being the capital of hipsters. In essence, there are many types of people that make up this great part of the United States.

On my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I ventured out to Portland, Oregon, home of the most microbreweries per capita. This place is a beer buff’s and foodies’ dreams, and it definitely was a great trip.

If you’re ever in Portland, you have to at least go to one microbrewery. Over the years, I have learned to appreciate beer as a craft rather than just drinking it to get a buzz (i.e. college). Anyways, this brewery is well known for their innovative craft beers and spirits.

Aside from the beers and spirits, Rogue brewery has one of the best poutine. This poutine is made with french fries, cheese curds, and a gravy made with short ribs and and Shakespeare Stout. When you eat this dish, it is literally heaven in your mouth and is paired well will any of their beers on tap.

Moving on from Rogue Brewery is Widmer Brothers Brewery and Deschutes Brewery. These two breweries are known to have Oregon roots and great beer. The atmosphere of these two breweries are welcoming with a hint of the Oregonian nature feel. Each brewery is known for their owns beers, such as Widmer Brothers is known for their heffewiezen beer.IMG_0246

Enough about food and beer, let’s talk about the nature that surrounds the great Pacific Northwest. As much as there are microbreweries per capita, there are many natural destinations that you can explore. I decided to venture out to Cannon Beach. This beach is known for being part of the set of The Goonies. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Portland, but it is totally worth it. The drive to the coast is filled with rows and rows of lush green trees and shrubs. It was breathtaking.


Being from a city that lacks a waterfront, I was kind of a kid around this area. It was gorgeous. There are no words to really describe this place. It was magical yet serene. We spent the day walking by the coast and exploring the city of Cannon Beach.


The town of Cannon Beach is quaint and has a small town beach feel. The roads are lined with beach houses, small hotels, restaurants and gift shops. There’s plenty to see and do around the town.


I couldn’t leave Portland without having some ice cream. The most popular ice cream shop in town is Salt & Straw. They had some eclectic flavors but knowing me, I kept it simple and went with the vanilla. Although it is a plain flavor, it was done right. Definitely recommend going to Salt & Straw if you’re in Portland.

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All in all, Portland has stolen my heart and I would not hesitate to go back. From here we trekked to Seattle.

P.S. Here’s a pic of me at Eastburn Restuarant with their swing seating. #YAASSS