Crail & Anstruther, Scotland

On our trip to St. Andrews last year, we took a day trip to the seaside towns of Crail and Anstruther.  So accessible and rich in history, I would absolutely recommend hopping on the bus in St. Andrews and taking the short journey.

In Anstruther, you must stop at the Anstruther Fish Bar.  SO good.  Pro tip – get your fish and chips to go and eat on the benches near the harbor.

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In putting this post together, I was so bummed to find out that the Dreel Tavern closed.  It was such a great little spot to enjoy a beer in their garden.

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Such a beautiful place…

Can’t get enough of all the fab doors! And I LOVE that green and blue are so prominent.

xo, MJ

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Amsterdam

 

IMG_0764Amsterdam is literally my favorite place on the planet.  If I could go between Palm Springs and Amsterdam for the rest of my life, I would be one happy girl.  Some of our favorite Amsterdam spots…

Begijnhof – started in 1150, by a group of women who came together to live in a religious community and care for the sick.  This hidden courtyard and church are absolutely beautiful.  Step inside the courtyard and you feel a bit like stepping back in time.  The area is so peaceful and beautiful.

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FOAM – a top at FOAM is always in inspiration.  The photography museum of Amsterdam offers a rotating cast of exhibits and the canal house setting can’t be beat.FOAM

Foodhallen – I am obsessed with food halls and food markets.  The Ferry Building in SF, Pine Street Market in Portland, Granville Market in Vancouver, Reading Terminal in Philly – I love them all.  Foodhallen combines my love of all things food with all things Amsterdam.  Please spend some time here on your trip!foodhallen

Hutspot – They call Hutspot a concept store, it’s a really beautiful space that houses curated clothing, home goods, a cafe and even a barbershop.  There’s a bar next door that I really wanted to check out, but unfortunately it wasn’t open yet when we stopped by.  I think my favorite part of the experience was the Photo Booth – I really love a good Photo Booth.

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Art Zuid – the Art Zuid festival happened to be going on while we were in Amsterdam.  If you’re planning to be in Amsterdam between May and September, this sculpture exhibition is absolutely worth seeing.  An added bonus is that the Zuid (South) district in Amsterdam is beautiful!

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CT Coffee & Coconuts – this cafe was built in a former theater and is one of the most interesting spaces I’ve ever been to.  AND, the food is delish!

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Stach – You can now find outposts of Stach all over the city.  Such a great place to pop into for a sandwich, snack or bottle of wine.  The Stadionplein location just opened and looks super cute!

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Stedlijk – The Stedlijk Museum is a must for any design lover.  Check the website for current exhibitions, and put this on your must do list!

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Enjoy!

xo, MJ

PDX FOOOOOD: Hop & Vine

Sticking with the summer theme this week – the patio at Hop & Vine is summer staple! Plenty of seating, great beer & wine selection, and a REALLY good burger.  It’s a little weird that you have to order both food and drinks at the bar, but the patio and the burger are totally worth it!  If you’re in the mood for a bar crawl, Old Gold is right down the street and is another good go to.

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xoxo,

MJ

Bring on Summer!

The crazy nice weather last week has me so excited for summer!  Living in Portland, there are endless things to experience come summer time.  Below are a few of my favorite Portland summer activities:

Brew Barge – if you’ve done Brew Cycle then this is the natural next step.  Grab 10 friends, a cooler of beer (or rose in a can) and head to Waterfront Park.  On a beautiful day, this is an amazing way to see the city and not a bad workout either!

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Oneonta Gorge – The Gorge is full of great hikes, one of the most popular in the summer is Oneonta Gorge.  Make sure to go on a hot day, and go early.  You’ll be completely submerged in water and it will be super packed in the afternoon.

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Burgers & Brew – Portland has no shortage of food related events, and summer typically brings even more.  One of our favorites last summer was Burgers and Brew in Fields Park.  Be on the lookout in Portland Monthly and on Eater for upcoming events!

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Barre 3 at Stoller Vineyard – This is Barre 3 in the Park taken to a whole new level.  An outdoor Barre 3 class in the vineyard followed by an amazing lunch and wine tasting.  I definitely hope they do this again!

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Can’t wait for June!

xoxo,

MJ

FOOOOOD: La Moule

If you’re looking for a little slice of Europe in PDX, look no further than La Moule.  Located in a charming section of SE Clinton St. this is a gem that’s not to be missed.  Now that the rain is here to stay in Portland, steaming bowls of mussels are perfect for a rain-soaked fall evening!

Hood River

Last weekend we headed east to spend a couple of days in Hood River.  Only a little over an hour from Portland, it truly felt like a getaway.

We stayed in the haunted Hood River Hotel

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Stopped at Multnomah Falls on the way up…

Drank lots of good beer…

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Everybody’s Brewing

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Stopped in a couple great boutiques – honestly better than I’ve found in Portland…

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And most importantly, spent a lot of quality time with good friends…

If you’re looking for a quick getaway that will feel like your 100s of miles away, Hood River is the spot.

xoxo

MJ

PS, a few more recos:

Ground

Egg River Cafe

Full Sail Brewing

Sixth Street Bistro

Bette’s Place

A lot of these are from the NY Times article, “36 Hours in Hood River,” that was published last year.  I didn’t find out about the article until about halfway through our trip but according to this list it looks like we chose well!

FOOOOOD: Basement Pub

This isn’t a food recommendation – but rather a drink recommendation.  If you are looking for a dark, kinda dingy, European style pub in Portland – go to Basement Pub.  ASAP.

With happy hour everyday, PBR on draft and board games – what’s not to love.

Sidenote: they have branded matchbooks to add to my collection.  Tough to find these days.

xoxo

MJ