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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! 

Paris in 3 Days by Midori Ng

I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in Paris this past April before heading out to Amsterdam. While three days is definitely not enough time to explore this city (I’ll be back soon Paris!), I have a list of my favorite places me and my friends visited - all on a college budget. Enjoy! 

PARIS BOAT CRUISE // $17

This boat tour is totally worth getting a different view of the city! If you can catch the tour during sunset the views are phenomenal. We bought tickets for the boat that departed at 8 pm and sunset was around that time in April. They tend to sell out so my suggestion is to head towards the ticket office earlier in the day to purchase tickets for the evening when the views and whether is better (its close to the Eiffel Tower so you can’t miss it). This is one of the better boat tours I’ve been on and the price is reasonable.

EIFFEL TOWER // $8 - $18

Okay, this is an obvious choice to visit while in Paris. I did spend the extra money to go to the top but was not a huge fan of the lines that accompanied. My favorite part was actually hanging out in the lawn outside of the Eiffel Tower and just people watching - which is totally free. This is the perfect place to grab coffee or cheese and wine to chill before the evening. 

THE LOUVRE // $13

Most notably known for where the Mona Lisa is - but this was my favorite room in the Louvre. Entrance fee is surprisingly cheap for this large and famous of a museum. While I didn’t try it, a friend of mine told me museum food in Europe is the best bang-for-your-buck. Since it would probably take an entire day or more to explore the Louvre, try going in the morning and spending a lunch break in the museum cafe.

SACRE-COUER // FREE

A little out of the way, but such a beautiful view - probably my favorite in Paris. It's free if you don't go inside which is probably the way to go because the line is so long anyways. Great place to grab breakfast or lunch and people watch! We bought cheese-filled baguettes and sat on the steps of Sacre-Couer. This also puts you right by a touristy neighborhood for some great souvenir shopping.

ARC DE TRIOMPHE // FREE

Pretty sure this is located in the middle of the most dangerous roundabout in the world… but it's the start of the main shopping district in Paris! We didn’t pay to go to the top or anything, but visiting the arc itself (fun fact: where a Victoria's Secret commercial was filed) was more than enough.

LATIN QUARTER // FREE

This become one of our favorite places to walk around because of the shear variety of restaurants, shops, cafes etc. It’s close to Notre-Dame so if you’re in the area checking that out, allocate sometime to spend in this neighborhood. 

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!