Hello friends! Darren and I spent an extended weekend in Destin, Florida- otherwise known as the Emerald Coast and/or The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. We had perfect weather for one day out of our 36 hour trip, followed by two days of rain, rain, and more rain. Yesterday, our U.S. Airways return flight was cancelled *glares*, leading to a last-minute chaotic frenzy of airline phone calls. Nonetheless, we had a relaxing trip and would return to Destin again in a heartbeat! I’ll follow up with some tips for if you plan on visiting the area, along with a few beach-bound shopping picks. We’ve got quite a backlog of travel posts to share from Portland (and a few stragglers from our Philly trip), along with some new recipes and DIY, so check back often or follow us on Bloglovin for updates.
We spent a fair amount of our recent four-day trip in Portland hanging out with family, which made for a bit of an erratic schedule. In lieu of a complete itinerary, we’ve boiled down the City of Roses into a checklist of 10 must-see/do activities if you visit. Without further ado…
1. Run/walk/bike the Governor Tom McCall waterfront.
You’ll find fantastic views of the city’s many bridges. The backdrop also makes a great setting for a picnic.
2. Visit the Portland Saturday Market.
Located by the Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza, the Saturday Market is a bit of a misnomer, because it’s open on both Saturday AND Sunday. A wide variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors can be found. The Skidmore Market is also located adjacent to the Saturday Market, so plan on spending a few hours perusing all of the goodies!
3. Grab a doughnut at Voodoo.
As they say, “The magic is in the hole.” The line extends across the block on weekends, but a bite of the Maple Bacon doughnut and Butterfingering (shown above) will make the wait worthwhile.
4. Wash it down at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Quality roasts, great people watching, fair prices. They’ve expanded to NYC and Seattle in recent years, but this is where it all began. The cold brew comes in cool bottles, too.
5. Visit the International Rose Test Garden.
It’s free and picturesque for all you budding photographers out there. The garden serves as a testing ground for new rose varieties, so expect a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and sizes. If you have extra time, the Japanese Garden is right next door and spans 5.5 acres of tranquility. Admission to the Japanese garden costs $9.50 ($7.75 with College ID).
For a special Father’s Day gift idea, I thought I’d introduce you to the manliest thing possible: shaving in style.
Being a fairly hairless Asian male, let’s just say shaving isn’t something that bothers me on a consistent basis. Don’t get me wrong, I still do an electric trim each morning to get rid of some unwanted stubble, but considering my hair pretty much only grows in a few places, I’m usually okay with the bare minimum.
Enter Harry’s. Started by the co-founder of Warby Parker, Harry’s places itself squarely in the market for those who are looking for a quality shave, but who aren’t looking to break the bank with one of these or one of these. Sure, you can get the same job done with a cheap BIC (or even if you splurge on a Mach 3 or Fusion, which will run you about $10 at the convenience store), but if you want something permanent to class it up a bit (I’m talking weight balanced and contoured handle, with German-engineered steel blades), Harry’s makes sure you won’t pay for it.
At $15 (shipped) for the Truman Set (handle, three 5 blade cartridges, and a tube of shaving cream made with extracts of licorice, cucumber, and milk thistle, with Vitamins E and B5 and loaded with marula and coconut oils for moisturizing), a start is not much more expensive than a disposable razor at your local CVS or Duane Reade. The kicker is that while the drugstore brands like Gillette give you the razor for $10, they mark up the blades, often selling an 8-pack for about $20-25. Harry’s sells replacement steel blade cartridges for $2 or less ($8 for four, $15 for 8, $20 for 12, and $25 for 16), plus free shipping for the 8-, 12-, or 16-blade sets.
On my test run, the shaving cream lathered thick and spread smooth on my face (must be the thistle!), and the oils really helped avoid any sort of razor burn. The Truman handle was well balanced in weight, and holding it felt effortless. The blades hugged my skin thanks to a rubber pivot that allows the blades to match the appropriate angle of my face. While I won’t say the shave will knock your socks off (especially if you are particularly adept at the task already), something about the feel of quality in the handle, and sincerity in the blade, made me feel satisfied, if even for a brief moment. At $15 bucks and less than $2 a blade, you could hardly do better.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think! Happy Father’s Day!
Happy Memorial Day, friends! Darren and I are still in Portland, so here are a few Instagram shots from the past few days:
Woke up at 5 AM to visit Multnomah Falls. Despite the rain, it was well worth the trip since we had the waterfall to ourselves for over an hour // Voodoo Donuts- Maple Bacon Donut…a gluttonous delight
Alcohol and seafood. Is there a better combination? Last summer when we were in Cancun, the resort we stayed at served seafood martinis as a late night bar snack. Sounds intriguing, right? Unfortunately, the ‘martini’ I received had zero alcohol and lots of brine. Consider me unimpressed.
Flash forward. We hosted a few friends for dinner recently, and the request was simple: seafood. Lots of it. The failed martini immediately came to mind, and I poked around the Internet searching for something similar (but better). The closest I came were these Seafood Dean martinis by Rachel Ray, but I wasn’t sold. So I went into the kitchen, added a few things here and there, and came up with this. If a Bloody Mary and ceviche engaged in some hardcore baby-making by the ocean, this is their love child. It’s super easy, super tasty, and looks cool. Enjoy! Read More