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bend!

Hubs and I went on a road trip to Portland, Oregon for our one year wedding anniversary. 1500 miles round trip! On the drive north we stopped in Bend, Oregon for an overnight stay at the Mill Inn. We had a little room issue upon arrival, but once things got sorted out we ended up in the San Francisco themed room – we felt right at home. The next morning we woke up to the smell of bacon and coffee… I want to throw breakfast parties like this! And have a tea station! His and Hers anniversary breakfast: frittatas, BACON, sausage, potatoes, greens, fruits, juice… Oh, and then we had waffles! You guys!!! The Mill Inn has the best waffles I’ve ever had – a light crispy, crunchy outside with a fluffy, moist middle. I might want to go back to Bend just for waffles. They make them to order and you can order one whole, one half, or one fourth! I don’t even like cherry things (love cherries, dislike cherry things) but the sauce …

sEATtle.

There were many a yummy dish to be had in Seattle, but what really stood out was their iced chai with almond milk. I think I have a new addiction now. They have their blends spot on, the almond milk makes the drink a little lighter, and even in the cool weather, the ice is refreshing. But I know you want to see food, so here we go! Thursday: Korean Bamboo We arrived into Seattle just in time for dinner. I had tofu soup like no other. It was a little on the sweeter side and it was the first time I was ok with just eating the soup (sans rice). It was spicy and robust in flavors. Also, their potato banchan (gamja jorim) was on point! Get here on time though, when they say they close at nine; they close at nine. Friday: Top Pot Doughnuts, The Bean Cafe, Wasabi, plus PB Sammies from home On Friday we woke up early for a whale watching excursion. We grabbed a quick AM snack – donuts! – and …

Seattleite.

And when I vacation, I like to be touristy like a local! Check out all these local finds I explored in Seattle. My God-sister and her hubby took us to Kerry Park. It’s perfect for panoramic views of the city and sunset if it’s clear enough. They brought us to Lake Union to check out the boat houses… And they took us to the Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show. You can bet I visited all the crafty shops I could throughout our trip, too. We stumbled upon Dry Goods Design on a rainy evening walk through Pioneer Square. Twas the cutest fabric shop. And I visited not one, but two letterpress studios. That’s just how I roll. Paper Hammer Press (above) and Pike St. Press (below). I wanted all the things. I loved exploring the best of the northwest. A big shout out to my God-sister and her hubby for driving us around town, showing us where the cool kids hang and for teaching us not to carry an umbrella around (so touristy!).