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I am obsessed with movies that somehow involve snow or Christmas,
I drink hot chocolate at least twice a week,
and when my inbox is flooded with Friends and Family deals. :)

Not that you can tell that it's winter by the weather, the sun manages to break out almost every single day.  Winter in Los Angeles looks kind of like fall.




I love the colors and messes that leaves make around our neighborhood.  It's such a sharp contrast to Irvine's immaculately manicured, green lawns.  I'm sure my neighbors would probably disagree with me on that one though.


My Thanksgiving week kicked off with a drive down to San Diego.  I got to see Diana and her colorful crew (Naruwan Taiko) during one of the weekly Taiko class she teaches at the local Taiwanese center.  I sneaked a few shots while working, and walked out of the class slightly deafer but with a great deal of respect for what it takes to learn Taiko. 




Don't try this at home!


I also had some yummy grub at Tea N More, a.k.a. Diana's second home.  I also tried their mapo tofu but it was so spicy I walked out of the place crying (all the while trying to hide it). :P 


This was a constant sight at Jana and Chris' house, Buster underfoot.  He looks up at you and wags his tail and makes it impossible not to pet him, as he very well knows.


I also had partial college roommate reunion at Eagle Rock at Cacao Mexicatessen, for more nontraditional Thanksgiving week fare.  One of my old roommates Kris wanted fideo soup (pictured below), which vaguely reminds me of Chef Boyardee.  I really liked their hot cacao.


The rest of my week passed by in a blur of meals, friends, desserts, and more meals.  The result of which is clearly evidenced by our sideways "growth."


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The final leg of our trip was to Portland, Oregon.  The ride was quick and scenic, a slight detour takes you to the Mt. St. Helen's visitor center, but the volcano was shrouded in heavy fog during our visit.



Our first stop was at the lively Saturday market, one of the largest open-air crafts market in the US.  "Elephant ears" are massive, flat pieces of fried dough, ours was slathered with apple butter and cinnamon.


Yes, the weather would alternate between heavy wind, sunshine, and rain.  Hardy Portland natives just rolled with it, whereas I was constantly adding and removing layers of clothing.


That night we ate at Jake's Crawfish, which had the fattest, tastiest mussels I had ever eaten.  So often we eagerly pry open those black shells only to find tiny, wizened mussels clinging to the inside.  But it was certainly not the case this time.  I'm getting a little hungry just thinking about it.


My morning wakeup call in the form of an almond croissant and a mocha from Stumptown coffee. 


A few shots of Pittock Mansion, a chateau built by the Oregonian mogul Henry Pittock on the west hills of Portland.  Not a huge place, but richly detailed with lovely views downtown.  I saw an engagement session and a bridal shoot during the brief time I was there.  Popular. :)



I'm not quite sure if the toiletries are in keeping with the era, but I would greatly appreciate having some "fairy soap" that is "daintily scented."





Afterward, we entertained ourselves at Finnegans for some time.  Don't we look cool?



I was very tempted to buy this.


We really liked Portland City Grill for two reasons: (1) happy hour and (2) amazing views of the city.  We had the papaya, avocado, and cucumber stack, the dungeness crab & bay shrimp bruschetta, and the calamari (devoured too quickly and thus not pictured).


And for a snack?  As if we hadn't eaten enough, we stopped by a quirky little landmark, Voodoo doughnut, frequented by tourists and locals alike.  Previously I thought sweet and salty should be separate flavors, and never the twain shall meet.  But their bacon and maple doughnut cured me of that notion.



Three excellent reasons why I like OSHU (from left to right): (1) wonderful facilities, (2) amazing views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, and (3) they have their very own farmer's market.


In case you wanted to go to the Great Wall of China, this helpful post will point you the right way.  Or perhaps you'd like to go to Timbuktu?  Only 6,726 miles away...


Heading back home


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Our drive started out as serenely as it could possibly be from Seattle.  It was my first time driving a car in the ferry as we took it across Pudget Sound to Bainbridge Island, a mere half hour away.



We watched Seattle disappear into the horizon.



I can't for the life of me remember the name of this bakery (a local Seattle bakery), but it was at the ferry cafeteria and it was surprisingly good.  Or perhaps I was just ravenous, I'm not quite sure.  This is a picture of my morning almond poppy seed muffin.


Nothing can quite capture the sheer breadth and vastness of the Olympic National Park.  Certainly not our short forays in nor my camera.  We took advantage of the excellent weather and drove up to hurricane ridge, which affords gorgeous views of the Olympic mountains, including the Carrie glacier.



We also did a short hike to Marymere falls.



Tony demonstrated his literal definition of the word "tree hugger" in this picture.


Our pitstop was at Forks, Washington.  If the name rings a bell then that means you've read (or watched) Twilight (you know who you are).  The town is crawling with Twilight paraphernalia, even shops are named after the book.  There are two camps to this, the ones who have embraced the teenie bopper phenomena and the ones who wish that they could rename their town.  Regardless, it's the only decent town at the halfway point between our hikes, so in Forks we stayed.


We made a brief pit stop at Rialto beach for "sunset," or what we could sort of see through the ever-changing layer of clouds.  The beach is littered with the bones of old trees, swept white and bare by the ocean.





I actually really liked our bed-and-breakfast, Miller Tree Inn.  When they have a little library with sections that say "innkeeper favorites" and "to trade or borrow," you know that it's a homey place.  And by constantly having a plate of fresh-baked goodies by the nook, they easily won over Tony.




Tony "posing" with the bear found in our room, pretending to read the copy of Twilight they left in our room.


People put pins on a gigantic world map, detailing where they are from.  The United States map looks like a pincushion.


Our entry into Hoh rainforest was slightly foreboding.  Pardon the drops of rain on the windshield.  The first bouts of rain came our way to the rainforest, which was oddly fitting. 

Hiking seven miles with chilly, periodic showers is a muddy affair.  However, the views were definitely worth it. 


Everything was either covered in moss or fungi.





Ruby beach


On our last night in the Olympic Peninsula we stopped by Billy's, which had some really good dinner selections.


That is a yak burger, with yak meat in lieu of beef.  Surprisingly delicate in flavor.

Our last night was spent in Aberdeen.


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I'm talking about Seattle. :)

About a week ago we drove almost 400 miles, stayed in a private apartment, a bed and breakfast, and two hotels around the northwest.  The first leg of our trip was Seattle.  Navigating by car in Seattle was hectic, expensive, and highly not recommended. 


When we weren't hampered by parking time limits and (sometimes) lack of parking, Seattle was a really nice place to walk around.  The weather was lovely.



Here are a few Seattle highlights:

*  Pike's place market


We've been here before, but I love the festive bustle of markets.  The "original" Starbucks is located here.  We went to Starbucks and ordered... tea.  I appreciate the smell of coffee as much as the next person, but when it comes to drinking it, I douse mine with so much cream and sugar that I might as well be drinking, well, milk and sugar.  Enough admitted.



We tried the cheese, onion, and garlic roll at Piroshky Piroshky, a very tasty Russian Bakery at Pike's Place.


*  Crab pot with Sean


From this picture it looks like Tony is planning on tackling the mess on our table with his bare hands, while Sean takes a slightly more civilized route with his mallet. :)  I'm ashamed to say that we couldn't finish it, I blame the baked rolls we had right before this.

*  We explored our Queen Anne neighborhood and found Kerry Park, which offers a lovely view of downtown Seattle.  Along the way we ran into a brightly lit house surrounded by several trucks.  A neighbor whispered to me that it was a new Toby Maguire film.  We were a little too tired to linger too long though.


*  Tea at the historic Panama Hotel
It was built by a Japanese American architect and is perfectly preserved in its original state from the 1950s.  Supposedly it also contains some unclaimed furniture that previously belonged to some Japanese families that went into internment camps during WWII.


*  Underground tour

This quirky, humorous tour takes you through the dark subterranean passages of what was once the storefronts and streets of old Seattle.





I totally should've thought of a headlamp!  Now if only my husband would be willing to walk around with me wearing it...

*  Tasty sandwiches at Salumi's roughly breaks even with the painfully long line it takes to get to that cramped counter to gasp out your order.  It certainly does make you appreciate it more though.  This is a picture of the Porchetta, we also ordered a platter of assorted meats and cheeses.  Don't get me wrong, it was really, really good.. but it was also a really, really long line.  Catch it at an off hour or order ahead and pick it up.


*  The duck tour was definitely a highlight, albeit I was originally very resistant to it.  But how often do you get to ride an amphibious vehicle that drives you along the freeway one minute then dives headlong into the Lake Union in another minute...?


Our driver, self-named "Cueball," donned many hats... and my favorite is the very last one, which he wore right before he drove us off the ramp straight into the water.


I kid you not when I said that we went into Lake Union, for at least 20 minutes.  We could see the house that Tom Hanks paced around in in the film Sleepless in Seattle.



Some locals thought to entertain the camera-laden tourists (the other folks, certainly not me) by waving at us then jumping straight into water.

*  Free museum Thursdays at the Frank Gehry designed museum, the Experience Music Project, is a concert and a sci-fi-fest all in one.  A local band was blasting music and I got to ogle my favorite section, the Science Fiction Museum.



Bathroom, anyone?


*  Visiting the Chens was a definite highlight.  Their kids are adorable, especially Noelle.  In this picture she is demonstrating her multi-tasking skills, how to drink water and wash your hands.  Impressive.  Her parents understandably did not think so.


Peek-a-boo with my camera.


And when she was instructed to bid me good night said, "G'nite camera."  Sigh.  I'm more than just a pretty black box, people!

All in all a good (packed) few days in Seattle.  Just a teeny, tiny drop of all the things that this beautiful city has to offer.

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katie :

phoebe! i love your pictures :)

Dave Terrano:

Great pictures. You're a pro.

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We just got back from Chicago. Tired, but oh so happy. I got a travelin' bug in me that just can't be cured. Chicago is a beautiful city. It is the lovely, unpretentious cousin to big city glitz. We enjoyed our trip a lot, despite the chilly weather. Yes, I know, we are weak, spoiled Californians... our friend met up with us in flip flops while we were shivering in gloves and boots. Very sad.
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Even a less observant person than I would not be able to miss all the propaganda in Chicago's bid for the Olympics.
We ended up staying at an apartment complex on Lake Street, which was lovely. A lot of people there are actual residents, so our apartment felt more like a home-away-from-home than a hotel.

The awesome view from our apartment:
Granted you can't rival the shot from the lounge at the John Hancock building. What you don't see pictures was the toothsome tiramisu, which vanished very quickly thanks to my husband. :P
Our token tourist shot from the bean.
The inside is what I always thought a black hole would look like.
A definite trip highlight was the food. There's no skirting around the issue, we just ate a lot. Some friends showed us around, so we ate two dinners that first night. He insisted that we haven't tasted a real Polish dog until this place.
I admit, it puts Costco's to shame. :P We were also strangely addicted to Garrett's popcorn, the Mix, which is composed of cheddar and caramel. It's a bizarre combination that actually keeps you eating far longer than you otherwise would with one flavor alone. A highlight of the trip was a walking food tour. We walked through the Gold Coast, Old Town, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods sampling food from small, local stores. Who knew Germans were so serious about their tea? Our second stop was at Tea Gschwendner (try saying that!) for some Bossa Nova Oolong.
We also crowded inside the kitchen at the Fudge Pot and devoured some pretty good butter toffee. I just don't want to know what goes in it! This is a shot of third generation Fudge Pot owner Dave stirring some, you guessed it, fudge.

This is our tour guide Nikki explaining about the different spices from the back of the Spice House.


We saw the original Playboy mansion during our walk.
And finally, the king of Chicago's tasty but unhealthy specialties? The deep dish pizza.


We actually got it.. twice. My favorite place was on our last night at Quartino's, a very lively scene with lots of tasty tapas. This was Tony's best attempt to ignore me, he's gotten rather desensitized to my constant need to photograph what I eat.
The veal meatball sliders, caprese, and risotto were extremely tasty.


Ok, I think I ranted enough about food for one day. =)
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Alyce Heidt:

Phoebe...I am AMAZED at your photographic work!! WOW!! I wish I could take pictures like you! Where did you get your training? I love all your travels! Thanks for sharing a lot of your life and fun with us!! Many Blessings!!
Alyce Heidt
Virginia Beach, Va.

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