Bike Rides and Anniversaries

This past July my husband and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe it’s already been two years. It’s come and gone so quickly. My brother-in-law was doing the Seattle to Portland bike ride and we had already agreed to pick him up on Sunday. But we didn’t see any problems with that because we had all Saturday to ourselves.

Whenever my husband announces that we’re going to Portland, I get giddy. The food culture there is so outrageously good. It’s always a foodie dream-come-true. When we first got together I was obsessed with grilled cheese. I almost had one every single day (no joke). During our dating years, Sam took me on a road trip to Portland to experience a grilled cheese food truck (MIND BLOWN) and for our anniversary we revisited the same food truck!
 
THE GRILLED CHEESE GRILL
 
WHAT WE ORDERED: their special pesto grilled cheese with added bacon
RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would give this a four star if the wait wasn’t so long. That being said it’s still worth the wait (I would estimate we waited 30 mins or so)! The food truck shares a lot with a big picnic area and a school bus for indoor eating. Very creative way to enjoy your grilled cheese.
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Next, we visited a place called the Grotto. It’s a place of solitude for Catholics. It has a monastery, beautiful gardens and a massive outdoor grotto. Even though I’m Protestant, this place was one of the highlights of our trip. We got married in a small grotto and I loved seeing one of this magnitude. Just one word of advice- if you would like to explore the gardens they are an additional cost, but so worth it!
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On this particular trip, we used Priceline express deals to book a last-minute hotel. I would highly recommend using this feature because you save a lot of money and stay in new places! For example, we booked a three star hotel room along the river for $209 a night.
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to food, but Sam found a nice restaurant on the river where we enjoyed a great happy hour feast.
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WHAT WE ORDERED: nearly every single happy hour appetizer. The fish and chips were my fave.
RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Sunday morning while waiting for my brother-in-law to finish the Seattle to Portland bike ride, we walked to Voodoo Donuts. I’m not a donut person, but I just had to try the voodoo doll donut! My husband and I got her own when really we could’ve shared. It was gigantic!

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I’m now 26 years old and I met Samuel when I was 21. It’s mind-blowing to think we’ve been together that long already. And as corny as it sounds, it’s not long enough. I will be forever grateful to the Lord for bringing my best friend into my life.
Cheers to many more years of adventure!

Island Hopping: Friday Harbor

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A couple weekends after we went to Orcas Island, we took a trip to Friday Harbor with our good friends. Accommodations can be a little tricky at Friday Harbor especially during wedding season, so we booked an Airbnb. The Airbnb itself was very woodsy and very spacious. It even had a loft where you could peek at the living room through an opening.

Friday night our friends were shooting a wedding and that was fine with us since we arrived pretty late, however we did get to see opening night of Jurassic World at the local island theater. What an experience! You could tell everyone knew each other so the whole “no talking during the movie” rule was not applicable there.

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The next day we had lunch with our friends at a restaurant near the ferry called CASK AND SCHOONER. Unfortunately this time around I did not get pictures of my food! Sad day. Therefore I don’t remember exactly what I ordered, but my overall impression was that I loved my experience there. So much so that we went to breakfast there the morning of our departure.

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We spent the day perusing the many little stores throughout the main downtown area. In a coffee shop we saw an advertisement for a camel on the island and that’s what prompted our next adventure. We found Mona and she was disinterested in us, but we still got a good picture with her. She wasn’t the only wildlife we saw- on our drive we saw a swarm of about 30 bald eagles.

Around dinner time we headed back to our place and got ready for dinner (and I have pictures of this one):

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The Duck Soup Inn

WHAT WE ORDERED: it was a feast of champions to say the least. We got a little bit of everything. We ordered Brussels sprouts, A steak dish, a fish dish and I ordered a salmonberry mojito. This restaurant is pretty upscale and intimate. Be sure to make reservations if you would like to dine here.

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

And that concludes my visits to the islands this summer! I hope you all are enjoying your week! Stay tuned because my next post will be about our road trip in July down the Pacific Highway.

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Pike Place Eateries

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One morning I woke up and found myself craving another foodie adventure. We haven’t had a good one since Valentine’s Day  weekend in Vancouver BC and like always Mr. Crissinger was game (how I love him). My idea was to have one item at various eateries to get a wide experience. We tried some places we’ve never been to before while others were favorite repeats. This is the Pike Place edition, so we remained in the market area.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: raspberry croissant

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The place was packed, so I was happy to get my croissant and get out of there! They had a display of tempting treats, but I was determined not to get my fill at the first spot. The croissant itself was crunchy on outside but soft and chewy in the middle & the raspberry filling was a wonderful addition.

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Beecher’s

WHAT WE ORDERED: mariachi mac & cheese

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took everything in me not to order another helping! The chiles, veggies and Flagship cheese really complimented each other in this dish.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

WHAT WE ORDERED: blood orange ginger beer

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Enough said, right? Who doesn’t love blood orange.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: caramel soy latte with two salted caramels

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a awesome coffee spot right in the market. They have a very simple menu and their syrups are homemade (caramel and vanilla). If you have time to savor your coffee check this place out!

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WHAT WE ORDERED: salmon burger

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s no surprise I rated this four stars because I LOVE salmon. We ate outside and was lucky enough to sit with a food tour group- I need to get signed up for one of those asap!

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Sunshine is Good for the Soul

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I went to Laguna about a month ago to visit my sister. Coming from rainy Seattle, Washington, the sunshine rays felt amazing on my skin. I definitely left my Vitamin D supplements on the shelf at home! It was quite the fast-paced weekend getaway because I was only there for two full days (friday & saturday) and had a 8am return flight home. However, it was great spending good quality time together.

I caught a red eye coming in, but the next morning we ready ready for breakfast. My friends and family who know me well know that breakfast is my favorite part of the day with a myriad of delectable choices, such as scrambles, french toast, eggs benedict, country potatoes, loads of coffee and sweets and savories galore. I love it all. My sister planned well and chose a cliffside restaurant on Laguna beach (hence the name).

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The Cliff

We both ordered the crab eggs benedict and the first thing I thought was, “Wow this is fresh!”. The rich, creamy hollaindaise was well-balanced with the freshness of the crab meat. I would give this restuarant 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the amazing food and incredible view of Laguna beach. Who doesn’t like a pretty view of the beach while they’re chowing down?

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The remainder of the weekend consisted of catching up with my Southern Cali family, exploring the tide pools and hiking top of the world hike. We hiked nearly all day Saturday and discovered a secret cave off the trail path. The way was a bit treacherous and I had a close call with a cactus bush, but it was an overall memorable experience.

I miss my little sis, but I’m glad she’s only a short plane ride away and I look forward to many more little weekend adventures.

Where do you like to go for quick weekend getaways?

Tschüss~
Alyssa