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So we finally took a little time off this week… five days in Vegas to be exact. Vegas! Oh, what a week. Just me and the husband. A little gambling, a lot of sun, so much great food and a much needed couple days of down time.

The day we landed I asked our friends for suggestions and we got so many great ones!
Favorites: Fremont Street and $5 Black Jack tables at 4 Queens Casino, Parasol Down Bar at the Wynn and the crazy, strange, wonderful water show outside, Carnevino & Craftsteak at MGM for fancy dinners, Peppermill for the best cheesy, over-the-top Vegas-esque lounge. Love! Thanks all!

This was our second weekend in a row in Portland, last weekend for a birthday and this one for a wedding. I always think of Seattle as such an amazing city for food, but Portland has really blown my mind these past few days. Peruvian tapas, the best biscuits & gravy in the country, maple bars with bacon and the most fantastic selection of food carts I’ve ever seen. And stellar service at every single place. I don’t know what they put in the water in Portland, but every person we encountered seemed to love their craft and love sharing it. Even at the hotel and shops. We’re putting it on our list of possible retirement locations – so much happy.


top: broccoli rabe scramble with fresh chevre at irving st kitchen
and a killer selection from voodoo doughnuts
bottom: breakfast nachos and the famous biscuits & gravy from mother’s bistro


top: our friends’ fabulous wedding at the Portland World Trade Center
bottom: Andina aftermath and the hilarious confetti on my reception plate


top: the library and bubbly at the urban farmer, drinks at the the top of the nines: departure
bottom: the best hangover cures at the original, more rooftop fun at departure

Two perfect weekends. We’ll be back, soon.