Browsing Category

Travel

Blog, Food, Travel

Eating in Corktown, Detroit

April 6, 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with t2 preset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

corktown detroit

West of Downtown Detroit you’ll find the up and coming area of Corktown. The good people at Visit Detroit guided me through this historic area and helped me discovered some delicious hot spots.

Before I get into the hot spots, let me tell you a bit of Corktown history. Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood and has been established since 1834. The area received its name from the Irish settlers which were primarily from County Cork, Ireland. Although the neighborhood contains tons of newer developments, it still retains some of its original Irish flare.

You can find notable restaurants like Ottava Via, Slows BBQ and Astro Coffee by driving along Michigan Avenue, but some eateries are located in more secluded areas. Green Dot Stables is not on Michigan Avenue but is worth the drive to locate. Green Dot is known for it’s delicious $2 — $3 dollar sliders and horse racing aesthetic. Every week the restaurant chooses a special mystery meat slider. This week’s special slider was alligator. I wasn’t bold enough to try it but I’ve heard it was pretty good. I would suggest ordering their Fried Chicken slider with maple syrup and the Poutine. It kind of tastes like a chicken and waffles combination.

Blog, Photography, Travel

Vancouver Randoms Photos

March 18, 2015
The words don't fit the picture

IMG_2685.JPG

vancouver Fashion Week 2015

IMG_2687.JPG

IMG_2694.JPG

IMG_2690.JPG

Vancouver Randoms Photos

I love Vancouver,BC. I feel like it’s the perfect balance of city verses nature atmosphere. For now it’s back to Seattle until Detroit later this month.

Blog, Photography, Travel

Moment Lens Review (60mm)

March 3, 2015
moment lens

Moment Lens Review (60mm)

As travel blogger I always tussle back and forth over image quality versus convenience. Sometime carrying around a DSLR or even a Mirco 4/3 camera just isn’t conducive for those quick snaps. For this review I decided to try the 60 mm Telephoto attachable lens from Moment.  The 60mm is used to pull subjects closer and provides excellent image quality.

After testing, I found the lens to be worthwhile.  I do have some thoughts on how Moment it can improve it. Below I have broken down some pros and cons of this well crafted lens. The code “firstmoment” will give you 15% discount on all purchases.

Without lens
IMG_2447.JPG

With lens
Moment lens 60mm

Pros:

  • Stylish presentation
  • Clear image quality 
  • Well built 
  • Lens comes with soft lens bag. 
  • Cons:

  • 60mm lens Price $99 + $9.99 mounting plate
  • Lens blocks flash
  • Weight ( slightly unbalanced for light iPhone )
  • Blog, Travel, Vlog

    Portland is Happening Now

    February 6, 2015

    #PDXNOW BEER

    Portland is Happening Now

    Around this time last year I went on an a epic adventure through Portland, Oregon courtesy of Travel Portland and the “Portland is Happening Now” campaign. The “Portland is Happening Now” campaign highlights tourism to Portland during the winter months.

    This year Travel Portland is not only highlighting great deals around the Portland area, they’re also partnering with the Base Camp Brewing company. 10 Portland breweries have paired up to create 10 different #PDXNOW brews. Kind of a random fact but did you know Portland currently has the most breweries of any city in the world? It surprised me when I found out. Travel Portland sent me one of their beers (Bridge Builder) to try. I’m interested to see what it taste like. Bottoms up!

    Travel

    Quick trip to SF

    January 15, 2015

    I really like going to San Francisco. In many ways the city really reminds Seattle but in other ways it’s very different. One of my favorite things about SF is that it’s so multicultural. So many many people packed into a small area. Perfect place for a quick trip!

    Blog, Food, Travel

    EATING ABROAD: TIRANA, ALBANIA

    January 11, 2015

    EATING ABROAD:TIRANA, ALBANIA

    Eating in Albania was interesting. The cuisine is a mixture of different cultures including Italian and Turkish foods. Here’s a video of one experience while eating in Tirana, Albania. For images of my experience check here.

    Blog, Fashion, Travel

    Winter Style Inspiration

    December 30, 2014

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

    Winter Style Inspiration

    Wool Top Coat/ Banana Republic Wool Sweater/ H&M Jean Shirt/ H&M
    I’m glad I got a chance to be out in the snow. For some reason it doesn’t feel like winter has truly started until I experience heavy snow fall. Seeing all this snow reminds me of fun times growing up in Detroit. Great times!

    Blog, Photography, Travel

    Snow Day

    December 29, 2014

    vscocam-photo-1

    vscocam-photo-2

    vscocam-photo-3

    Snow Day

    After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I decided it was time for me to get some peace a quite. Driving through the Cascade Mountains during winter time can be so tranquil. In most areas no one is around and you have plenty of time to enjoy nature and get away from all the crowds.

    Blog, Food, Travel

    Tasting: The Spud Shack

    December 1, 2014

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 preset

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

    The Spud Shack

    Yesterday I received a private tasting at The Spud Shack in New Westminster, BC. The Spud Shack is known for it‘s Vanfoodster award winning Poutine, but they also sell local craft beer, a variety of burgers and delicious desserts.

    I was really excited about tasting the veggie burger option. The veggie burger had tons of flavor and when paired with the vegan-based gravy in the poutine, The Spud Shack menu is a vegetarians delight. The only thing I didn’t taste were the desserts but maybe I’ll save that for next time.

    Other highlights include: “Eff’ing Good Burger” and the assortment of sauces.