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5 of the Best Things About Portland

There are many things to love about Portland. I recently started getting excited about my upcoming visit to Portland. Besides Law and Order marathons by the fire with my mom, Portland itself is so exciting! I can’t even describe the way Portland feels but it’s beautiful and fun and unique. Here’s just 5 of my favorite parts of visiting Portland.

Food Trucks

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d already heard of the Portland food carts. Any given day there are tons of food cart options. Like most things PDX, it goes beyond the simple hot dog stand – there are vegan carts, dessert-only carts, grilled cheese carts, interesting cuisine fusion carts, and more. There are lots of places where there are more than a dozen open all day. The hard part is choosing just one!

For cart lists, updates, news, apps, and more check out Food Carts Portland.

Food trucks in Portland

Green, Green, Trees

More than 10,000 acres of parks and natural areas are spread throughout the green city of Portland. There are even urban forests with vegetation and streams in the city too. With the wet weather, it’s not surprise that nature is thriving. I don’t just love trees for their beauty but also their importance. Benefits of trees are ten times the cost of maintenance for trees. Think about all the long term environmental benefits too! Win, win, win.

portland camping river


Beer is one of my favorite things and that makes trips to Portland especially fun. Every time I’m in Portland I eat out, especially because of the food (see above food truck section). When I eat and drink out I make sure to always order a PDX beer, preferably one I haven’t had before – a Rainier is always good though! It’s also fun to go to the store with a large selection and take some home for a night in with the family. Always be on the look out for new beer spots to try! Even beer festivals and events. You’ll be amazed at the number of microbreweries in the area so don’t miss out. (Check out org.)

Watch out for those weird liquor laws though! Stop selling early? Grocery stores don’t carry liquor? Weird. I always forget too.

Deschutes brewery sampler

My favorites beer spots so far…

  • Deschutes – I’ve been to the brewery in Bend for a tour, the pub/restaurant in Bend, and the pub/restaurant in Portland. The Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House is by far the coolest. I’ve heard it gets crowded but when I went it felt open, big doors and good lighting, cool decor, and an awesome beer sampler. Don’t get me wrong though, if you’re in Bend, the Deschutes locations there are worth a stop. I am a fan of several of their beers, there’s something perfect for every mood – Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, a good solid winter seasonal beer, and even a white IPA (try it!). Deschutes is from Oregon but luckily the Black Butte and Mirror Pond are somewhat common in bars in California too.
  • Rogue – Rogue isn’t exclusive to Portland either but there are some wonderful and unique things about Rogue in Portland. For example, last time I was in Portland in October, I visited my sister where she goes to school in the middle of nowhere. The best part about the middle of nowhere – the Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard in Independence on the Willamette River. Tasting room with some food too, even a veggie burger. Farm animals roam the land where hops and other crops grow. There is even a small bed and breakfast called the Hop n Bed. Beautiful area! I actually haven’t made it to the Rogue bar/restaurant in Portland though – I haven’t even been to the one in SF! I hear they’re both cool though. Rogue is definitely easier to find on tap in Portland but Dead Guy Ale is common here in the Bay Area too. Tons of cool beers to try, even a VooDoo bacon donuts beer in pink bottle! All of the beers have characters though, like Mom Hef or the Mocha Porter.
  • Street Art

    The first time I appreciated the street art of Portland I was walking down Alberta street with nothing but camera and it was all I needed. It’s no secret that Portland is filled with artists so the awesome street art and murals shouldn’t come as a surprise either. I am always delighted by the vibrant colors and inspiring paintings.

    Bikes and Bike Friendliness

    I love to ride by bike. There are many reasons for it, which I think are obvious (health, money, environment, fresh air, happiness). For all of the same reasons I also believe that a more bike-friendly community leads to wonderful things. Though I have not actually biked in Portland, I hope to do so when I move there one day. I just know I would love living in such a bike-friendly, green city. Check out Bike Portland too!

    But that’s not all…

    With so many things to love, I had to split it up into a few posts, stay tuned for more wonderful PDX things! What would you put on the list?

Video Mix: Music, Activism, Travel, and a TV proposal


Heavy Cream – Watusi
This band on Infinity Cat Recordings from Nashville has some awesome lady vocals with strong beats and lyrics too. Playing in SF on Friday 11/9 at the Rickshaw Stop with Those Darlins and Pangea.


This Is Personal – Your Reproductive Health is No Joke
Famous people reading and reacting to the most ridiculous quotes from politicians on rape. “Here’s the bottom line: these issues are personal, and women need to know just how extreme the opponents to reproductive health care are.”

Pick Me Up

Parks and Rec SPOILER! …but if you don’t already know it’s kind of your fault, you need to watch it.
Parks and Rec proposal, just makes me so happy…


Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Receipient Interview
Interview I did with Tai Jaranson, who recently won a scholarship from Go Overseas to help fun her upcoming trip to Tanzania. Even though I wish I had more time as well as better equipment and software it’s fun to see her enthusiasm and hear about what she’s going through. Watch Tai talk about her motivations for her trip to volunteer in Tanzania.

Time flies!

Wow, has it really been a whole month since my last post?! Whoops! I have been working hard at Go Overseas on some big projects and also working on moving this site over to my own domain. I decided to switch from WordPress to Drupal to get some new site building experience. Stay tuned for the new site soon!

In the meantime, it’s been ONE YEAR since I was in Oaxaca, Mexico. Check out some of my posts from last year ūüôā

The International Ecotourism Society

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) published one of my Go Overseas articles onto their blog! Check it out: Volunteering Abroad for Women’s Rights.

You should also look into their upcoming conference in Monterey, CA in September. Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2012 #ESTC2012

Women’s News Internet Roundup

So many things have been happening online. Here’s a quick overview of somethings that stood out to me in July.

Boy Scouts: Have you heard about the anti-gay discrimination in the Boy Scouts? Read this article about what Boy Scouts can learn from Girl Scouts.

Tosh.0, Louis CK, and Rape Jokes: This Bitch article explains it well: Louis C.K. thinks “feminists can’t take a joke,” but his Daily Show interview wasn’t ALL bad.¬†Rape jokes are never funny and Daniel Tosh got in trouble for his recently. I do like Louis CK but it’s no secret that he has some anti-woman jokes and sentiments. He has redeemed himself in some ways but I don’t agree with some things he says of course.¬†Sarah Silverman¬†does a good bit on rape jokes, check out the video from Feministing.

Men and the Media: A 3-part video series from an awesome blogger at Miss Representation. Great way to show how sexism and patriarchy negatively effect men as well, definitely something we don’t hear about enough. Topics cover body image, media, sex, pornography, stereotypes, and more.

Upworthy: Great site, recommended to follow them. Presenting important and relevant social issues in a compelling and visual way. They also have a Tumblr now.

Pussy Riot: A Russian feminist punk band was arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct or whatever ridiculous charge it was. They played a protest song in a church and have since apologized for their actions. In jail for months and hunger striking, their trial has finally started. Support Pussy Riot! Check out the¬†Know-Nothing’s Guide to Pussy Riot, the Realest Punks Alive.

17 year old girl’s¬†Photoshop petition: Thousands signed the petition asking major magazines like Seventeen to include one unaltered/un-Photoshopped photo per issue. It also called for more diversity. Unfortunately, it’s likely that many of these changes won’t be made but there is definitely a long-term effect on young people who see these images every day.

Niki Minaj¬†– “Whether you love or hate Nicki Minaj’s music, this video is freakin’ fantastic ‚ÄĒ though I hate that she says she sounds stupid at the end. Expressing frustration with the sexism of your industry is never, ever stupid, especially when it’s done as eloquently as this. Plus, she’s totally right. Jump ahead to 1:28 for the best part.” – Upworthy

Amy Poehler’s new project Smart Girls at the Party: I’ve only actually watched one episode but plan on doing more. Cute interviews with young girls and Amy. Love the empowerment aspect. Amy Poehler is sooooo cool! “Smart girls are changing the world by being themselves.”

Jon Hamm ask a grown man video¬†– This ask a grown man series is cute, not always worth the 5 minutes but this one is a great way to get¬†acquainted¬†with the series if you aren’t already.

Marissa Mayer is not a feminist: New Yahoo! CEO says she’s not a feminist, which angers those who want her to credit feminism for getting her to where she is. What do you think? Why does she say she isn’t a feminist? I assume it’s because she doesn’t know what that means like most people.

What other news stories have you been following lately? This is fun – more feminist round ups to come!


Sykes Hot Springs, Big Sur

backpacking in big sur, june 2012


campsite at the big sur river, sykes hot springs

campsite at the big sur river, sykes hot springs

campfire, big sur, sykes hot springs


Sykes hot springs, Big Sur

Hot springs

Go Overseas First Annual Summer Party

I got to put my party planning skills to the test last week for Go Overseas First Annual Summer Party. I’ve planned several events in my career (from Red Cross fundraisers to art shows and concerts) but this was definitely the biggest (people and budget-wise). I hope to plan more fun events in the future!

From the Go Overseas blog:
Last week Go Overseas threw its most ambitious (and successful) summer party to date! Last Thursday, more than 150 travel industry professionals met at the beautiful Go Overseas offices in downtown Berkeley. We got to spend some time getting to know university study abroad professionals from around the country, Global Internship Conference attendees, travel-tech companies like Tripping, Jetpac and Couchsurfing, Bay Area travel writers, program providers, and more. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make it happen – special thanks to co-hosts CRCC Asia and Berkeley Skydeck. It was a very special night and we hope to continue to bring people together to encourage cultural exchange and overseas travel all year!

cal jazz band

Cal Berkeley Jazz band really brought the whole night together

go overseas sunglasses party

Go Overseas Party Sunglasses

party go overseas

Travel Industry Professionals Networking

me at go overseas party map

There I am!

More photos can be found on Go Overseas Facebook page!

90z boys mix

Download: 90z Boys Mix

Track list:
2 Pac – California Love
Notorious BIG (feat. Puff Daddy) – Mo Money Mo Problems
Biz Markie – Just a Friend
Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You
Coolio – Gangsters Paradise
Dr. Dre – Ain’t Nuthin But a G Thang
Jay Z – Big Pimpin
Marky Mark – Good Vibrations
MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This
R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
Sir Mix A Lot – Baby Got Back
Space Jam Theme song
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Will Smith – Getting Jiggy With it

Cool blog: Cabin Porn

Awesome blog I found the other day! I want to go live in a cabin in the words.

Can anyone else recommend new blogs you’ve been into lately? Check out my links/blogroll section for more cool sites!

Hello Goodbye, The Beatles