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Jimmy and I went on a weekend getaway to Portland a few months ago, one of our favorite cities to visit. It's about 3 hours ride on an Amtrak. We like taking the train instead of driving so we can sit back and relax. Amtrak tickets are inexpensive and cost about $25/person for a round trip. It costs about the same as driving when you add up fuel and hotel parking fee. The Amtrak station in Portland is walking distance from the heart of downtown which makes it super convenient. We like walking around the city, trying out restaurants and doing some shopping.

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We finally had a chance to dine at Mother's Bistro. It was always too busy everytime we stopped by and we were always too hungry to wait.  This time we got there before their lunch rush and only waited a few minutes before we were seated. It has great reviews on Yelp. The interior is decorated in a beautiful country-chic style. They serve delicious home style food at a reasonable price. I had wild salmon hash. Jimmy had pulled pork sandwich. Both our dishes were excellent. We shared their crunchy french toast. I was in food coma afterwards. 

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We dined at Red Star Tavern for dinner one of the nights. Their food is excellent and service is outstanding. I had the Fisherman's stew with shrimp, mussels, rock fish, potatoes, cabbage, chorizo, and green chile broth. Boy!, it was delicious. Jimmy had their Tavern Burger and he loved it. We were both starving when we got there and didn't get to get a photo of his burger.

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Kure Juice Bar is a great spot for acai bowls, fresh juice, and smoothies. Everything on their menu is amazing.  I had Lush Life smoothie and it was so good and refreshing.  

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I'm a coffee addict and love trying to out different coffee shops. This is our first time at Stumptown Coffee and had their mocha. It has the right amount of sweetness and caffeine. So good!

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Portland City is our favorite place to go to for Happy Hour. It has a great view of the city at the 30th floor. We order our all time favorite Kung Pao Calamari and Spicy Chili-Ginger Pork Riblets. Portions are big considering it's a Happy Hour. This was indeed a very happy belly trip.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

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Hawaii Vacation Part II: Favorite Things to Do

 

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One of my favorite things to do is to visit fruit stands for fresh coconut and papaya. They tasted sweet and fresh like nothing I ever had. It also brings back memories from my childhood in Myanmar. In the evenings, my mom used to take my sister and I to buy our favorite fruits from fruit stands.

We also had so much fun riding the Waikiki Trolley around the city. It goes from Waikiki beach to Ala Moana Center. It takes about 30 minutes. It was fun to sit back, relax, and tour around the city.

The beaches in Oahu are beautiful. Every day, we headed to the beach after breakfast and stayed until dinner time. We brought lunch and took a short break from swimming to eat. Lanikai is my all time favorite beach for its beautiful, calm water. 

Thank you so much for visiting!

 

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Hawaii Vacation Part I: My Favorite Places in Oahu

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Earlier this month, Jimmy and I went to Oahu to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We had an amazing time there. Hawaii is definitely one of our favorite places for vacationing. The weather was gorgeous - mid 80s and breezy.

Some of our favorite places in Oahu are the Dole Plantation, Lanikai Beach, and Makapu'u Lookout. Dole Plantation has a cool landscape layout, delicious Dole Whip soft serve ice cream, a fun maze and a train ride tour. It’s a great place to visit with family. Lanikai Beach is a beautiful hidden beach. It has powdery sand and clear calm water. It’s great for snorkeling and people who can’t swim. Makapu’u Lookout offers a breathtaking view of Makapu'u Beach Park, the sea cliffs, as well as Rabbit Island (also known as Manana Island) and Kaohikaipu Island. All of these places are amazing spots for photos.  You should definitely visit them when you're in Oahu.

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