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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!

11 Moments from Hong Kong + Thailand by Midori Ng

Over the summer, I spent eight days in Southeast Asia. My boyfriend Akaash and I decided in this short time span to hit two countries and three cities: Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok. Our trip was filled with great company, fantastic food, and a mix of tourist vs. local destinations. Here’s 11 photos of some of our favorite moments. 

DAY 1-3: HONG KONG, HONG KONG

In front of the bustling tourist destination Ladies Market (where you can practice your haggling skills).

In front of the bustling tourist destination Ladies Market (where you can practice your haggling skills).

A snapshot of the city from the Peak.

A snapshot of the city from the Peak.

Photographed while taking a walk through Repulse Bay.

Photographed while taking a walk through Repulse Bay.

360 view of the island from the top of Dragon's Back trail.

360 view of the island from the top of Dragon's Back trail.

 

DAY 3-6: CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

The courtyard of Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa. 

The courtyard of Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa. 

As seen on Anthony Bourdain, we had to try the pork leg from the Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak stand.

As seen on Anthony Bourdain, we had to try the pork leg from the Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak stand.

Wat Buppharam. The first temple we visited! I recommend seeing Wat Chedi Luang and Doi Suthep while you’re in Chiang Mai too.

Wat Buppharam. The first temple we visited! I recommend seeing Wat Chedi Luang and Doi Suthep while you’re in Chiang Mai too.

Our go-to snack while in Thailand: Fresh grilled pork cutlets at the Sunday Night Market Walking Street outside of the Tha Pae Gate. 

Our go-to snack while in Thailand: Fresh grilled pork cutlets at the Sunday Night Market Walking Street outside of the Tha Pae Gate. 

 

DAY 6-8: BANGKOK, THAILAND

The surreal and beautiful Grand Eastin infinity pool overlooking the city of Bangkok.

The surreal and beautiful Grand Eastin infinity pool overlooking the city of Bangkok.

Taling Chan Floating Market was less traveled than most floating markets in Bangkok - which is exactly what we loved about it! 

Taling Chan Floating Market was less traveled than most floating markets in Bangkok - which is exactly what we loved about it! 

Wat Pho temples making us feel so small.

Wat Pho temples making us feel so small.

Thank you Hong Kong + Thailand for making our summer adventure one for the books. We’ll see you soon!