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Zupan's

It sounds strange but I enjoy visiting supermarkets whenever I travel! Target and Costco are the default and sometimes, smaller chains like Zupan's.

Great organic selection though prices are higher. Landed up with just a few packets of organic nuts.

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One Bowerman

Team bonding




The last trip was great. Not everyone was present but we made the best out of it. We did manage to check out at least two new restaurants and in fact I probably checked out at least 4? And though the trip was more hectic than usual, we managed to find some time to chill out.

I missed spending time with some of the boys on the slope at Mt Hood as I was feeling too tired to head up for boarding. But we all managed to find a time and space to do some chit chats and bonding over warm home-cooked food.

I'll say this over and over again, but I do love the people that I work with. And I feel very blessed indeed.

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Christmas dinner at Serratto




It feels kinda strange writing about Christmas and NYE's affairs when it's long over but I've been all over the place from Jakarta to Bangkok to Portland to Hong Kong and have been lazily blogging from my iPhone. But I'll start writing about them soon - I hope!

Before I left Portland, I had an early Christmas dinner celebration with TS, D and some other new folks. It was over at Serratto which is nestled in the cozy corner of my favorite neighbourhoods in Portland. I mean, if I ever shifted to Portland, that'll definitely be one of the hoods that I'll consider getting a place in :) Mediterranean food is served here but it felt more like French fused with Italian!

The restaurant was utterly warm and cozy and was packed with diners by the time we strolled in. I love how restaurants here don't feel exactly like a restaurant but more homely and friendly served with smiles and good food. The french onion soup that I had didn't disappoint and it thankfully wasn't too salty and as I've been in a ravioli mood of late, I ordered my 2nd or 3rd ravioli (during this trip) and it was stuffed with butternut squash, arugula and pine nuts and sitting in a puddle of maple sage cream. I was too stuffed by the end of it all that I actually skipped dessert!

It was a great night. Met some new faces, exchanged some contacts and I hung out with one of my favorite girlfriend, that was easily the highlight of the trip! So the pre-Christmas celebrations in Portland went well and actual Christmas dinner in Hong Kong went fab as well - coming up shortly. :)

P.S I'll get down to writing about my 2010 reflections this weekend, hopefully!

Serratto
2112 NW Kearney St
Portland
OR 97210
+1 (503) 221 1195


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Annie's burgers


Mushroom swiss homestyled burger


The guys are creatures of habit and contented to settle for Five Guys all the time. It is a good substitute for In and Out but I wouldn't skip a chance to try out something new. According to my Oregon colleague, Annie's is this gem of a burger shack that he randomly found one day and they serve a good home-styled burger.

The owner is a tiny Vietnamese woman who used to run a Vietnamese store. However, her burgers sold more than her other food offering so she decided to just focus on it and hell does she make one good burger. The buns are like homebaked almost, and the hand-formed beef patties non-processed. It isn't as greasy as the typical burgers, still unhealthy but not processed like those from Mac's (which I hate by the way) and the other commercial offerings.

I went for a simple mushroom swiss burger whilst the rest went for the little John's which consists of bacon, ham, egg, ketchup, mayo, lettuce, pickle and goodness knows what. The Farmer's John is the king-sized version of it and it's as big as my head -_- I think that must be something like 2,000 calories or so!

The fries weren't as good as the ones from Five Guys but the milkshakes were thick and sinful. I had a malt vanilla milkshake and took just a few sips and was done. It was really rich and that plus a burger was too much for me!

Great burger meal, another place to re-visit when I return.


Annie's
18805 SW Tualatin Valley Highway
Beaverton
OR 97006


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Cafe Allora




Portland seems to have quite a few Italian restaurants. Good Italian restaurants. Italian food is mostly about pizzas and pastas but it's not just that. Good pastas are done just right, al dante where required and sauces with the perfect amount of cream or tomato chunks. Cafe Allora was recommended to us and though the rest didn't quite fancy this cafe, I was the outlier that did.

Sometimes, it's not just about good food - this place wasn't bad in my opinion, it's also about the ambience and service which Cafe Allora had both, thumbs up. The food wouldn't be rated five star perhaps but more towards home-styled cooking with fresh ingredients. It's comfort food. It warms the heart, may not give you that absolute 'wow' factor but it fills the tummy nonetheless and isn't all that bad. And I'd dare say, that this kind of food, will be best on a rainy day :)

P.S I apologize for the poorly taken food photos. I should start using my external flash! It's just a bit of a hassle to screw it on.

Cafe Allora
504 Northwest 9th Avenue
Portland
OR 97209
+1 (503) 445 4612


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The Nines




While most people enjoy staying in the typical 5 star hotels and the well-known brands like the Hilton, Regent, Ritz etc, I prefer staying in boutique hotels like The Metropolitan in Bangkok. I am glad that our company's corporate deals are mostly with boutique hotels which are cozier and more unique in style.

We usually rotate around a few favorite boutique hotels in Portland. It's always in downtown as it's more convenient. We have been trying to make reservations at the newly opened luxury hotel - The Nines and managed to do so successfully after 6 months! Now this hotel looks tiny from the outside but it's massive with quite a number of rooms. Yet, it doesn't feel like the usual corporate hotel chains and the decor is nice and cozy and in my favorite Tiffany's color! We were delighted when our reservations were successful and looked forward with much anticipation.

The Nines is popular for it's bar - The Departure, which offers a splendid view of Portland at night. I visited the bar on my previous trip and forgot to take pictures but you can check it out on the site. With our corporate rate, we got a pretty sweet deal and apparently, this same hotel chain in NYC costs a whopping USD$600+ per night so we are very lucky to pay a mere fraction in Portland. Also, it's Portland where everything is a lot cheaper.

The hotel rooms are roomy - double rooms have double queen-sized bed and the color theme is of course gorgeous. Service is pretty good but not in the restaurant - Farmers' Market. The huge downside of The Nines is the food quality. Be it room service, breakfast or dinner, the food isn't good at all so if you stay here, don't bother trying it. Other than that, it's is luxuriously comfortable and totally convenient as it's just across from Pioneer Place (where I do all my shopping at), Nordstrom's, next door to Macy's, near a Rite-Aid and more.

For more pictures, check out the hotel site or The Pioneer Woman's own review of The Nines.

P.S I have been getting a number of 'follow' requests on Twitter. Please don't take it personally if I don't add you onto the list. My twitter account is locked and only for personal friends as I do share information that I don't wish to do so publicly and information that I may not even share on Facebook. Hope you don't mind! Also, to friends, please don't make public comments about where I stay in Singapore or where I currently am, as I am just more paranoid about this as there are too many crazy people around -_- All entries posted here are post entries i.e. never in real-time.

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Laurelwood




There are many home-styled breakfast places in Portland. Most of the breakfast cafes here are in quaint little cottages. With wooden flooring, tables and chairs and a fireplace, it feels very much like home. They all serve eggs benny, toast, pancakes, sausages and bacon. Some do it good, others average but mostly good. Although most are pretty similar, it's nice to check out other options. We did so after I touched down. No eggs benny for me on this trip and I opted for something less heavy - veggie panini that was toasted to perfection but so huge that I could barely finish all of it.

Another place to check out - Laurelwood.

Laurelwood
2327 NW Kearney Street
Portland
OR 97210
+1 (503) 228 5553


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TS

Spending time in Pottyland




I travel to Portland an average of 4 times yearly and never got quite sick of it. The long haul flight kills me each time but I'm slowly getting used to it. The highlight of the trip for me is spending time with my good friend TS and I usually fly in a few days earlier or extend for a few days to spend some time hanging out with her. We go for a run, grab my obligatory cupcakes and just catch up proper. It's great how we have gotten even closer since she left some 3 years ago. We whatsapp and email on a regular basis so she's almost always updated on whatever I am up to.

This trip was nice and relaxed. I changed my mind about snowboarding at the last minute so we didn't drive up to Mt Hood. We lounged around her lovely house most of the time and I helped a little in the Christmas decorations. Great times and catchups - I'm looking forward to seeing her again :)

Oh. And we discovered a nice pizza place - Hot lips pizza.

Hot lips pizza
Pearl District
At NW 10th and Irving
Portland
Oregon
+1 (503) 595 2342




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