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Las Vegas Food Scene by Midori Ng

While you may not be heading to Las Vegas for the food, there are plenty of good eats on and off the strip. I’ve narrowed down my top five places to eat anytime I go to Vegas ($-$$ range):

Best Kept Secret: Japanese Curry Zen

A short Uber ride off the strip and you get to Japanese Curry Zen! This is a typical Japanese Curry restaurant, but they have a wide variety of curry flavors and different meats you can choose. I opted for a standard Japanese curry - prices for all dishes are extremely reasonable and portions are huge.

Best Happy Hour: Sushi Roku

Every time I go to Vegas I have to stop at Sushi Roku in Ceaser’s Palace! They have a great drink and food happy hour including different sushi rolls and appetizers. Personal favorite is the A2 Fusion roll and it’s only $4.

Best in Old Las Vegas/Fremont: The Park on Fremont

Old Las Vegas has a great food scene for happy hour and late night drinks. One of my favorites was The Park on Fremont because of the experimental food style. The restaurant is literally in a parking lot and has lots of seating on the back patio and front outdoor space. Highly recommend the mac and cheese balls!

Best Off the Strip: Lotus of Siam

This place has been rated one of the best Thai restaurants in North America and I have to say it lived up to the hype. The food was fresh, tasty, spicy, and authentic. A good start is the Pork Khao Soi - people also recommend the Crispy Duck Curry. Definitely finish it off with some coconut ice cream over sticky rice. Mmmmm.

Best Dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles is my favorite cupcake shop and since we don’t have one in Washington, I had to go to this location. Their shop has cupcakes AND ice cream. The coffee is also great to pair with your cupcake of choice (can’t go wrong with Red Velvet!).

NYC Favorites by Midori Ng

Took a much-needed and long overdue trip to New York last weekend! I was born in NY but hadn’t been back since I was five years old. My boyfriend and I jam-packed as much food, art, and culture we could into four days. Read on for my favorites during our time in the big city. We’ll be back soon! 

FAVORITE PIZZA // NEW YORK PIZZA SUPREMA

This shop is by Penn Station which is generally a touristy area. However, New York Pizza Suprema is only marked by a generic sign with their restaurant phone number. You can order by the slice or whole pie and it seemed like a good amount of locals stopped by. Worth checking out if you’re walking around Time Square and want a more authentic New York style pizza.

FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY // BROOKLYN BRIDGE

After getting brunch with a friend, we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn Heights and into the city. While it can get pretty crowded with tourists, if you can catch the walk on a sunny day it is truly beautiful from every angle. Plus - it’s free!

FAVORITE DESSERT // DOUGHNUTTERY

I actually went three times while in New York for four days so you do the math. We typically got a half-dozen to share (they are mini doughnuts!). You can pick two sugar flavors which they will coat your doughnut with straight from the fryer. Personal favorites was the glazed with sprinkles or cinnamon sugar. 

FAVORITE ATTRACTION // CHELSEA MARKET

A super cute indoor market with cookie shops, bratwurst, tahini cake, lobster sandwiches, and more! Once you pass through all the food options there is a flea market with lots of jewelry options for men and women. Loved this place - highly suggest just eating your way through and sample the different foods.

FAVORITE MUSEUM // THE MET

If it’s your first time to New York I recommend buying a New York Pass for a couple days! This was my boyfriend’s suggestion and we ended up spending about $180 on a pass that let you go into basically all the tourist attractions (you break even at around five attractions). Absolute favorite was the Met. You can get lost for hours in all the different historical exhibits. It’s also right next to Central Park which makes for a beautiful walk.

FAVORITE MEAL // XI'AN FAMOUS FOODS

There are a few locations but we went to the one right across the street from the MoMa (not as crowded because it’s newly opened). Oh man - if you like Chinese noodles definitely check out this place. Prices are relatively cheap around $9 for a plate of noodles. It’s a quicker sit-down restaurant but the flavors were so good and perfect for a cold day. Wish we had one of these in Seattle! 

24 Hours in Portland by Midori Ng

Reason for my last-minute trip to Portland? The food! Since every Portland visit is constant Yelp check-ins, multiple happy hours, and food-truck galore, I’m sharing my favorite destinations for every meal if you only have one day to spend in the city.


Breakfast // The Waffle Window

Order the Triple B (Bacon, Brie, Basil) with an egg on top. It comes paired with homemade peach jam which is the perfect amount of sweetness to this eclectic combination.

Order the Triple B (Bacon, Brie, Basil) with an egg on top. It comes paired with homemade peach jam which is the perfect amount of sweetness to this eclectic combination.

Morning Coffee // Black Rock Coffee Bar

Last time I was here I got the Fuel Coffee. It has 6 shots of espresso which is probably too much for any one person...

Last time I was here I got the Fuel Coffee. It has 6 shots of espresso which is probably too much for any one person...

This exotic cuisine is Mauritian food, inspired by African, French, Indian, Chinese, and Creole cuisines. Regulars recommend the Shyamosas and I also highly suggest trying the Chicken Mine Frire.

This exotic cuisine is Mauritian food, inspired by African, French, Indian, Chinese, and Creole cuisines. Regulars recommend the Shyamosas and I also highly suggest trying the Chicken Mine Frire.

Afternoon Snack // Blue Star Donuts

I used to be a fan of Voodoo Doughnuts until I tried Blue Star’s Blueberry Basil donut. Another favorite of mine is the Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk!

I used to be a fan of Voodoo Doughnuts until I tried Blue Star’s Blueberry Basil donut. Another favorite of mine is the Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk!

Happy Hour // Bollywood Theater 

They don't have a designated happy hour, but all their food is a fresh take on Indian street food. Grab a few small plates (like the Kati Roll - yum!) to share before heading over to dinner.

They don't have a designated happy hour, but all their food is a fresh take on Indian street food. Grab a few small plates (like the Kati Roll - yum!) to share before heading over to dinner.

Dinner // Pok Pok

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Portland. If you can go in the summer, get an order of the coconut milk-infused corn with the famous fish sauce wings. Anything you order on the menu will taste super authentic to Chiang Mai, Thailand - including the water!

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Portland. If you can go in the summer, get an order of the coconut milk-infused corn with the famous fish sauce wings. Anything you order on the menu will taste super authentic to Chiang Mai, Thailand - including the water!

Dessert // Salt & Straw

A must-try in Portland because of their variety of weird flavors. Can’t go wrong with their waffle cones too.

A must-try in Portland because of their variety of weird flavors. Can’t go wrong with their waffle cones too.

This spot can have up to a two hour wait! Even if you’re not a big whiskey drinker (I’m certainly not!), the ambiance is unreal. The host/hostess will lead you upstairs to the “library” where hundreds of whiskey bottles line the walls.

This spot can have up to a two hour wait! Even if you’re not a big whiskey drinker (I’m certainly not!), the ambiance is unreal. The host/hostess will lead you upstairs to the “library” where hundreds of whiskey bottles line the walls.


I'm always eager to find more hidden gems of Portland. Please feel free to send me any recommendations!