Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls, located twenty to thirty minutes East of Portland, is definitely something worth seeing if you’re ever in the Portland area. Not only is it a great place for a photo-op but also just a cool place to start your exploration of the Columbia River Gorge.

When I went a few weeks ago, there was still some snow on the ground from the previous snowstorm and it just made it look even more majestic. Unfortunately, though, the snow and ice made it to where we couldn’t really explore on foot as much as I wanted to.

Happy Friday y’all!

-C

Coyotes

Modest Mouse has always had a connection with Portland in their lyrical writing. This song in particular truly shows the love that the band has for the town as it follows one of the main talking points of Portland–metropolitan coyotes.

There have been many sightings (and there still are) of coyotes in the metropolitan area of Portland. Most notably is the citing of a coyote riding the light rail, which Sleater Kinney refers to in their song “Light Rail Coyote”.

As “Coyotes” is the second song to be released off their upcoming album, I’m happy to say that Modest Mouse is still remaining true to their roots–and not just those musically related.

-C

Portlandia: Part I Don’t Know

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I honestly have become infatuated with Portland and all of its various districts. By far, my favorites so far would have to be the Pearl District, Pioneer District, Alphabet District, and Hawthorne District.

I just love the vibe I get every time I visit and the people are generally so nice and chill. Honestly, though, what else would you expect from the town that food carts and Modest Mouse hail from?

Happy Friday! 

-C

 

(Photos of the University District around Portland State University and of the lower part of Pioneer District)

Project Pabst

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IMG_0214Tears For Fears 

 

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IMG_0223The Thermals

 

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Project Pabst this past weekend was so good!

Tears For Fears sounded as good as they did on their 80s albums. Plus, they also did a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” and Arcade Fire’s “Ready To Start”.

The second day consisted of Speedy Ortiz, The Thermals, and Modest Mouse for me. After seeing them perform, Speedy Ortiz has definitely become one of my favorite garage bands. Modest Mouse also played an amazing 16 song set, including favorites like “Dashboard” and “Float On” and “The World At Large”.

Bits and Pieces of Life Lately

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Finally got some chelsea style Dr. Martens boots

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Late night Voodoo Doughnuts run in downtown Portland

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Breakfast run at B Street Coffee House in downtown Portland

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Yummy Coupe D’etat at The Barn Light in dowtown Eugene

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Whilamut Trail along the Willamette River 

Playlist: Oregonian Travels

 

This upcoming month is going to be filled with quite a few trips all over Oregon, especially from Portland to Eugene and back. I’ll be overnighting with the other half in Portland two weeks from today and then the next weekend we will be joining some mutual friends for Pabst Fest back up in the Portland area.

I’m so excited for Pabst Fest as Tears For Fears, Modest Mouse, and the Violent Femmes are headlining the event. I’ve been aching to see Modest Mouse since I was in junior high so needless to say, I’m counting down the days.

 

What shows are y’all itching to go to this year?

-C

 

P.S. Over the next two or so weeks, I’ll definitely be updating this playlist which will more than likely end up playing on repeat in the car (of course that’s if, on that day, I have control of the music).

Portlandia (Part Deux)

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 Margaritas and tacos at ¿por que no?

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 Exploring the main neighborhoods of Portland

This past week I was lucky to be able to visit a friend in Tigard, a suburb of Portland, for a few days and do some more exploring of Portland. For linner my first night, we went to ¿por que no? on Mississippi Avenue, which was already one of my favorite neighborhoods from my previous trip. ¿Por que no? tends to have a long line but I’m telling you, the wait is worth it as their food is the best Mexican I’ve had outside of the places back home in TX and NM. On my last day we ventured over to NW 23rd Avenue for some boutique shopping, people watching, and some amazing Chai Tea Lattes at Tea Chai Te. What I also loved most about the neighborhood were the older (bottom-most picture above) Victorian and Craftsman homes.

Have a good one! 

-C

Portlandia

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the other half and I travelled up to Portland not only to see Pearl Jam but to also celebrate the birthday of a good friend of ours. Going to the Portland Art Museum was a must–plus, the Samurai Exhibit that’s showing there right now is too cool to pass up. Our friend also indulged in the fact that I was a newbie to the city as we also ventured off to Pioneer Square and the iconic Mississippi Avenue neighborhood.

Also, for those who love restaurants that put local farms to good use make sure to check out Sweedeedee on Albina Ave. It’s a very quaint cafe and there generally is a wait to get a table, but the atmosphere and fresh food makes up for the wait and then some. Sweedeedee has also recently been named among the Top 10 restaurants in Portland by Portland Monthly magazine.

Hope y’all had just as great of a weekend! 

-C

(Sweater: O’Hanlon Mills; Pearl studded jeans: BDG; Boots: Doc Martens; Chevron infinity scarf: JCrew; On the lips: NARS Scarlet Empress) 

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

The Pearl Jam concert this past Friday the other half and I went to was amazing. Not only did we get to see them perform our favorite songs but also covers of Pink Floyd and Lou Reed. Oh, and for the last song Carrie Brownstein’s (of the show Portlandia) band Sleater-Kinney reunited onstage to perform Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” with Pearl Jam and R.E.M’s Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck.

Needless to say, that was by far one of the best concerts in my life.

Happy Monday y’all and be sure to stay warm!

-C