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Wow! Food in San Jose, CA… Who Knew?

Wow! Food in San Jose, CA… Who Knew?

IT’s been some time since my last visit to San Jose, but I still think about the meals I had at two restaurants in the downtown area. Back a Yard and SuperGood Kitchen. So, let’s start with SuperGood Kitchen. My coworker and I had a craving for ramen and also for food that wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

Escape to the Coast as Often as You Can

Escape to the Coast as Often as You Can

Today, I want to share with you my favorite beach weekend escapes on the Oregon Coast. The coast is home to 363 miles of beach, unparalleled rolling mountain ranges, enormous sand dunes, thundering waves, brilliant lighthouses, towering forests, and my favorite activities: hiking, eating, and road tripping. The fact that these can all be wrapped into one … Continue reading

Austin, Texas: Weird, Eclectic, and Yummy

Austin, Texas: Weird, Eclectic, and Yummy

Is Portland Oregon’s sister city of Austin really more weird than us? That’s the question I tried to answer for myself on my recent trip to Austin, Texas. I traveled to Austin on business, but I managed to get out of the conference headquarters a few times during the week. My mission was to see Austin alive with … Continue reading

Baja: Carnival Cruising

Baja: Carnival Cruising

Once in L.A., we were picked up by the cruise line’s own coach bus and taken directly to the ship. It was exciting to see a large vessel like this for the first time and the check-in process was great. This would be the biggest boat I’d ever been on, for sure. The ship held over 2,000 passengers, 900 crew, and weighed 70,367 tons. OK, so it’s not the largest ship in the Carnival fleet, but it’s big enough. Continue reading

Hollywood’s Celluloid Heroes

Hollywood’s Celluloid Heroes

Even with a quick trip to Hollywood, California, you have to stop to see Hollywood Blvd., right? Well, that’s just what I did. From my hotel I could see the Hollywood sign, although that is as close as I got to it. I still got a sense of its glory and symbolism rising from the … Continue reading

San Francisco on my Mind

San Francisco on my Mind

One of the reasons San Francisco has been on my mind is because of this crazy freezing weather we have been having across the country. Even San Francisco, where it generally stays around 55 degrees this time of year, is freezing cold. It is this climate that had me thinking over the summer. I actually … Continue reading