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Trumbull & Porter Hotel Detroit

June 29, 2017
Trumbull & Porter hotel

Trumbull & Porter

Trumbull & Porter

Trumbull & Porter

Trumbull & Porter detroit

Trumbull & Porter

TRUMBULL & PORTER HOTEL DETROIT

Let me start the blog by saying you must visit or stay at this hotel when in Detroit. Even though Detroit is where most of my family lives, I like to stay in hotels because it gives me a fresh perspective on how the city has grown. If you walk through the hallways Trumbull and Porter hotel, you can feel the positive youthful energy that’s happening in Detroit. The craftsmanship it took to produce such an aesthetically pleasing hotel is very evident when you notice their comfortable beds, color theme and common areas. One favorite of my things about this hotel is nearly all the work and supplies for the $9 million dollar project was sourced in Detroit.

This hotel is located in Corktown, which is in walking distance to restaurants and coffee shops. This hotel has been open since 2016 but they have made some of the final touches this year by completing a brand new outdoor stage for performers and opening the restaurant Red Dunn Kitchen. As an adding bonus Trumbull and Porter features a bike package where you can rent bikes from Detroit Bike to see the city. I plan on trying this the next time I visit.

Blog, Entertainment, Food, Life, Travel

Baseball in Japan with Ambassadors Japan

May 25, 2017
Ambassadors japan

Baseball in Japan

Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
Ambassadors Japan

Cultural differences: Japanese baseball versus American baseball

(Yakult Swallows vs Hanshin Tigers )

Ah! Ambassadors Japan took me to see my first Japanese Baseball League game. I’ve been waiting to witness a professional Japanese Baseball League game since I collected baseball cards. Not only was I absolutely overwhelmed to enjoy Japan’s #1 sport but also I was excited about doing something somewhat rare for foreigners. In some ways, my pictures don’t give the match much justice but I’ll try to describe the game the best I can.

Let’s talk some cultural differences you might find during a Japanese baseball game versus an American baseball game. Most stadiums in the U.S. offer food staples like hot dogs, popcorn, fries or wings. At Japanese games you’ll find foods like takoyaki, udon soup, hot dogs or delicious katsu curry. Oh, did I mention there is a professional cheering section keeping the energy up during the game? The enthusiasm of this section is off the charts. If I had to compare it to anything I’d say the energy is something close to a U.S. college football or an English premier soccer match. Each cheer squad is constantly blowing trumpets, clapping cheer bats and banging on drums to support their team. Not only does each team have its own song, but also each player has his own chant. Woo, that’s a lot of singing! In the end, the Tigers won 7-1.

If you’d like more information about Japanese culture please visit Ambassadors Japan

Food, Travel

Quick stop for pancakes in Harajuku

May 3, 2017

Quick Stop For Pancakes in Harajuku 

Today I made a quick stop at Sunny Store & Cafe in harajuku for some of their fluffy pancakes. Pancakes have been really trendy over recently years in Tokyo. Culturally in Japan pancakes are consumed more like a dessert than breakfast. Sunny store & cafe’s menu is pretty simple; pancakes with strawberries, French toast with ice cream, Marshmallow lattes and bubble shakes. All choices will satisfy your sweet tooth.  

Blog, Fashion, Food, Life, Travel

Goldfinch Tavern’s Weekend Brunch

October 29, 2016
Goldfinch Tavern


Goldfinch Tavern’s Weekend Brunch

Some of Seattle’s best style enthusiasts were invited to experience Goldfinch Tavern’s weekend brunch at the luxury Four Season Hotel Seattle and oh man, what a meal!. The brunch buffet is packed full of sweet and savory delights that will give you life. I would highly recommend this brunch because of it’s beautiful waterfront backdrop, unlimited mimosas and central location of downtown Seattle. Search for the hashtag #SeattleGents on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for more details.

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Travel

Inside Seattle’s first Skyscraper: The Smith Tower

August 29, 2016

 The Smith Tower
Smith Tower
Smith tower
Inside smith tower
Smith Tower Seattle

Inside Seattle’s first Skyscraper: The Smith Tower

Seattle’s first skyscraper has reopened to the public with a new visitor experience.  If you’re visiting Seattle for the first time, or just want a to see a cool view of Seattle, I would encourage you to visit the 35th floor. The 35th floor (Also know as the Chinese Room) features a 360 degree view of Seattle. While admiring the core of downtown Seattle, enjoy small bites and drinks at cafe Temperance. You will be transportated back in time, by it’s roaring 1920’s charm. Here’s a link to purchase tickets – Smith Tower

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Random photos of Stockholm

August 1, 2016

 

Random pictures of Stockholm

I’m really falling for this city! I can’t remember the last time travel to a city abroad and the people made me feel so at comfortable. I especially enjoy how the city is made small islands. These small walk-able islands, are home to city Parks, museums, old towns and other historic sights. I hope you enjoy my random pictures of Stockholm. My plan is to go back some day.

Blog, Travel

5 Stockholm travel tips

July 20, 2016
5 Stockholm tips

5 Stockholm travel tips

1. Purchase a Stockholm Pass

Stockholm passes will give you free entry into some of Stockholm’s fantastic attractions. It also allows you to ride free boat and bus tours that take you all around the city. The Stockholm Pass can be purchased before you arrive, at Arlanda airport or Åhlens department store in the city.

2. Walk around the city

I’ve found Stockholm streets to be very walkable, clean and safe. The weather in Stockholm is very mild so it’s perfect for a Summer evening stroll.

3. Be prepared to spend money.

Stockholm is kinda pricey. You’ll pay for convince, so I would stay away from tourist areas. Newbies can be some what overwhelmed by the end of the trip and they realize they’ve spent more money than expected. Meals can cost close to $20 without beverages.

4. Be prepared to search for Swedish food in Stockholm.

I’ve found Swedish food is not the most popular cuisine in Stockholm. You’ll be more likely to see other European restaurants during your time in city. If you want to find traditional Swedish foods you’ll have to specifically look for them.

5. learn simple Swedish

Even though most Swedes know english, I feel like words like “Hej”/hey (hello) or ‘Tak’/tack (thanks) will get you a long way.

Blog, Food, Travel

What is Fika?

July 18, 2016

fika , sweden


What is Fika?

When you travel to Stockholm you’re going to see the word ‘Fika’ pasted on coffee shops and cafes all around the city, but what does it mean? Fika, is slang for coffee break. The act of Fika generally includes a cup of coffee, possibly conversation and a snack; which includes sandwiches or pastries. You may might not believe this, but Sweden is ranked 3rd in coffee consumption per capita. Coffee choices can be found virtually anywhere around the city, so after a bit of research, I settled on Fabrique Stenugnsbageri, as my first place to have Fika. This place has excellent pastries. I would recommend ordering the cinnamon bun and latte for your first go. 

Blog, Travel

Traveling to the capital of Sweden

July 12, 2016

Traveling to the capital of Sweden

I’m finally going to Stockholm, Sweden! I’ve heard so many good things about the city and I can’t wait to actually experience it in real life. If you’re interested in what life is like in Stockholm, make sure you over the next few days. I plan on sharing plenty of Stockholm through my social media channels.

Blog, Travel

Discovering Portland

June 7, 2016
Portland, Old town

Discovering Portland

Every time I’m in Portland, I discover new things the city has to offer. I stumbled into Machus, which sells men’s designer clothing and accessories from around the world and tried on a few items. You can’t beat the zero tax on designer items. 

 I also participated in the Bridgetown Comedy Fest, which is a 5 day comedy festival, featuring comics from around the states. The fest has been around for six years and has been called “the fastest-growing comedy extravaganza in America.” My friend Quincy Jones was premiering his HBO special during the festivies, so it was an event I couldn’t miss. 

International Doughnut Day just so happened to be going on while I was there, so I celebrated with a box of Voodoo Doughnut treats. My trip in total was short but I know I’ll be back again soon to discover more great things.