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AST: Custard King

Coastal cities are meant for tourists. Look at the usual food offerings, it makes no sense to serve crab meat, clam chowder and lobster rolls when fishing boats have not docked nearby for decades. These ingredients are probably airlifted from Louisville and Memphis. Both cities are major Fedex/UPS hubs, thus theoretically have some of the […]

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PDX: Baby Doll Pizza

We were spoil while living in Newark, often getting excellent pizza from the aptly name Wood Fired Pizza just a few blocks away. As we lived in a small college town in an even smaller state, it was assumed that Wood Fired Pizza is the norm rather than the exception for pizza all across the […]

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PDX: Basilisk

It seems like the food trend has stayed frozen for the whole year due to the pandemic. There have been many restaurants that are closing all across Portland (and around the country), but it has not created a void in the food scene. Many restaurants continued to operate to their best capabilities, and some optimistic […]

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Portland, OR: Abiqua Falls

Fundamentally, I’m against private ownership of natural landmarks. That philosophy goes against my more “normal” notion that capitalism/private ownership is necessary, and reinforce my irked on how does any society dictate what is a landmark that is worthy to be preserved? For example, should deserts be indiscriminate sold by the state? Will a nation be […]

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Portland, OR: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

One of the gems in the Pacific Northwest are the rainforest. Yes, rainforest. No, not the tropical rainforest with orangutan and various type of fruits. That in itself is so weird to me, because I thought that tropics and rainforest always go hand in hand. Who would have thought there are non-tropical rainforest! The kind […]

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PDX: Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw is the ice cream representative for Portland. And with Portland being weird and all, S&S is slightly different compare to other cities’ representatives. The ice cream culture in Portland seems to emphasize on the tasting experience – everyone is encouraged to taste all the flavors before narrowing down their choices. The ice […]

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Portland, OR: Tryon Creek State Natural Area

I was surprised that Oregon only has one national park. This state is such a wonderland for hikers, campers and landscape photographers. After some researching, I learned that many wonderful places are administrated by the national forest and the state parks. That would make Oregon’s state parks pretty insane. The one state park I have […]

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Portland, OR – Tualatin Hills Nature Park

There are many who thinks that god (Gaia/Jesus/someone) actually showed off their real talents when designing the Pacific Northwest. Many hikers and nature photographers have listed this region on the top of their bucket list.  I myself was very keen to move to Portland for this exact reason. It still blows my mind that on […]