While I do not celebrate Christmas, I still find myself engaging in seasonal, ~festive activities such as this one. Last year, a good friend of mine wanted to do something festive for the holidays but our schedules didn't work out. This year, I knew I had to make her a priority this season, and oblige her holiday-themed craving. We settled on visiting the LA Zoo Lights, an after-hours event that skips out on the animals but brings plenty of sparkling lights and holiday cheer.
If you read my Epcot blog, you know I was pleasantly overwhelmed with everything Epcot has to offer, from its futuristic rides and emphasis on progress, to its spectacular 11-country World Showcase. However, in this post, I will be addressing the other significant aspect of Epcot: the food. In every other Disney World park, I made a point to make one reservation per day for a sit-down meal, ensuring that we'd have at least one big meal. After all, it's hard to find time to si
Sometimes it's nice to be a tourist without going too far! My girlboss friend Cathrine (who I have mentioned in several posts before) spent the day exploring Venice Beach, CA, with no particular plans. We meandered through alleyways, drooled over the canal homes, and ate some pretty yummy food. Blue smoothie bowls at Great White Exploring the canals "Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmospher
I ate so many amazing things in Portland that it only made sense not to try to cram everything into one blog. I will pick up here where I left off in Part 1. Sunday, June 3, 2018 Before attending a church meeting in the morning, we were in need of a local, fairly quick breakfast. This one was a gamble for me - I opened Google maps a couple days before our trip and saw a restaurant within a couple minutes from our Airbnb, called Toast. To me, neighborhood spots can be hit or m
If you read my Portland travel blog, you already know I became completely enamored with the quirky city of Portland and its Pacific Northwest charm. What I didn't include in that blog was my absolute surprise when encountering the incredible culinary scene Portland has to offer. By no means did we extensively experience the majority of what is available, but our experience was still unbelievable nonetheless. Please note: This blog is going to be long and filled with photos! W
Note: All food and drink will be reviewed in my "Jolene Eats in Portland" blogs, Part 1 and Part 2! A number of years ago, I started my love affair with the city of Seattle (Yes, I swear this blog is about my trip to Portland): drinking obscene amounts of coffee, enjoying the waterfront and breathing in that wonderful Pacific Northwest air. There's something about the landscape, the trees, the lifestyle, that has always captured me. Maybe I'm drawn to the the sheer contrast t