TRAVEL | Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Earlier this month, I ventured out to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. It’s held the first Sunday of every month with scaffolded pricing. The earlier you go, the more expensive. I didn’t get that at first, so I went for the $5 admission, which was after 9am.

Once I got there, I realized why. EVERYONE is bustling and grabbing the great deals early in the morning!!! It was way busier and packed than I expected. I’ve been to the San Jose Flea Market before and it’s dwindled since I remember going as a kid. I thought it’d be like that, but NOPE. I guess Alameda’s Flea market is the place to go!

I wasn’t searching for anything in particular, but it was fun looking at all the stuff that was there. There were tons of vendors with a lot of useful stuff. I was looking for some cool lettering things or antique art supplies, but didn’t find much. I was also looking for  Le Crueset  dutch oven to add to my kitchen!

My favorite as you’ll see were the record players, suitcases, and vintage signage! I like the idea of having those suitcases stacked in my living room because it doubles as STORAGE, but looks presentable! What do you look for when you’re thrifting?

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Travel | Last of Portland!

You can’t leave Portland without checking out the food carts! It’s so common now with all the Off the Grid events, but Portland was one of those places that was big on the food cart scene early on. I had to walk around a few times before deciding on a gyro. I love Mediterranean food. Nothing is quite as delicious as the first gyro I had in Athens! Portland Food Carts Gyros

I went back to Stumptown Coffee, but not the one in the Ace Hotel… the other one by Voodoo Doughnuts (which had an insane line and I was SICK of doughnuts by now– I don’t exactly like doughnuts, you see). What I loved about this Stumptown was that it was bigger and had far more seating. They also had an industrial interior with black and white art prints hanging. Triple win in terms of design style for me! Stumptown Coffee Portland Oregon

With my coffee in hand, I set out back to California.

Stumptown Coffee Portland Oregon

Heading Home Shasta

Can’t wait to visit again! Next time, I want to hit up Crater Lake and some waterfalls! 🙂

Travel | Portland, Oregon Part II

The next day, I went back to Pearl District and adventured a few streets down to the Alphabet District. It wasn’t as hip as Pearl, but had its share of good food and little boutiques.

Will Leather Goods welcomed me in, so I took their invitation. Once I was in their store, I was offered a iced latte on the house– so hospitable! I wandered to the back of the store, there was an area for lounging where I found some chalkboards and bowls of chalk! I’m a hand letterer– how could I resist???
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Will Leather Alphabet District Portland Oregon Chalk Hand Lettering

After finishing that piece for Will Leather, I sauntered down the street to the infamous Salt & Straw for some ice cream. I enjoyed the balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper and the chocolate chip chocolate. I always love the tartness of the balsamic strawberry paired with richness of dark chocolate.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream Portland Oregon

Salt & Straw Ice Cream Portland Oregon

Lastly, I found myself a Blue Star Doughnut shop across the street! I’ve read a lot about this doughnut shop and although I donut normally eat doughnuts, I got THREE! Creme Brulee, Key Lime Filled Powdered, and Cocoa Nib Cream Filled. My favorite was the Cocoa Nib! 🙂

Blue Star Doughnuts Portland Oregon

Travel | Portland, Oregon!

From Seattle, I drove south to Beaverton, Oregon. I rented a room in a house through Airbnb. Usually, I rent my own apartment, but this time I wanted to save some money, so I rented a room instead. The place in Oregon was lovely, only 10 minutes away from downtown Portland’s hip Pearl District, where I spent most of my time!

The first night, I was tired as ever from driving, so I went out for some ramen and chicken karaage. Kukai must be a chain because I saw one around the corner from Trove in Seattle as well. Both Seattle and Portland were COLD in the early morning and once the sun set, so hot ramen fit the bill perfectly.

After dinner, I drove to Washington Square Mall to walk off my dinner. Then I went back home, showered, and PASSED OUT. Kukai Ramen & Izakaya Beaverton OregonKukai Ramen & Izakaya Beaverton Oregon

Day 2 | Exploring Pearl District |
I spent my first full day in Portland in the Pearl District area after sleeping in. (That was so glorious!!!) I had an amazing burger at Tilt and lemme tell you this: I do not even like burgers. This is the burger that has changed my mind about burgers! There is a fried egg in the burger. The beer battered fries were something else.. heavenly. HEAVENLY.Tilt Burger Pearl District Portland OregonTilt Burger Pearl District Portland Oregon

After that burger, I took a very long walk and explored the Pearl District by combing every street. One of my favorite things about the Pearl District is their little boutiques filled with indie wares and items. They take time to decorate their stores and the interiors are so adorable and reflective of their brand and companies. It’s AMAZING and I wish all stores did this!

This store was Chasing the Moon, which was right across from the food carts! Of course, I saw some white chalk pencils and had to leave a little lettering…Chasing the Moon typography lettering

Do you see my little finished lettering project in the next picture? Hehehe. 🙂 Chasing the Moon Portland Oregon Pearl District

I am OBSESSED with this display. The triangle is my favorite shape, so I was immediately drawn to this grand structure in the middle of the store.Chasing the Moon Portland Oregon Pearl District

Another noteworthy store I found was Canoe. It wasn’t until AFTER I took pictures in the store that I saw signs stating no photography allowed. WHOOPS. Everything about CANOE was sexy, no lie. It’s functional items that are well made and designed well. CANOE Portland Oregon Pearl District

Wishing this is what my future living room looks like, though 10x smaller… because I hate dusting.CANOE Portland Oregon Pearl District

After a whole day of walking (and buying nothing…), I stopped by Stumptown Coffee for an afternoon pick me up.Stumptown Portland Oregon Ace HotelLatte Stumptown Portland Oregon Ace Hotel

Taking a breaking and doing 2 of my favorite things to slow down: sip coffee and people watch! Latte Stumptown Portland Oregon Ace Hotel

The lettering and design on Stumptown’s latte cups are perfection. The way everything fits and the script is SO DAMN SEXY. Stumptown Portland Oregon Ace Hotel

More of Portland tomorrow!

Travel | Last of Seattle, Washington

On the last morning in Seattle, I went up to another location for a view of the Space Needle and Seattle skyline. The weather that day wasn’t as great as the previous days and reflected what I always think when I think of Seattle: gloomy and cold.

If you drive up to Volunteer Park, there is an observatory in the middle of the park. Climb up and you are rewarded with this view from the top. The Asian Art Museum is also in this park, so if you wanted to stop and enjoy a museum day, this is an excellent place to stop! There’s something for everyone!

Volunteer Park Observatory Seattle

After I went to Trove, a restaurant with Korean flavors, but the BEST part is it also has a walk up parfait truck! I got the strawberry mochi parfait. Trove Korean Parfaits SeattleTrove Korean Parfaits SeattleTrove Korean Parfaits Seattle 3Trove Korean Parfaits Seattle 4

Next post? PORTLAND!