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Unicycling Darth Vadar goes Scottish with flaming bagpipes

Yes, you read that right! It could only happen in Portland! *Sigh* I ♥ Portland!

Portland’s Shakespeare Garden

On our trip to Portland this month, we visited the International Rose Test Garden, the oldest public garden of its kind in the U.S. Inside, I was surprised (and delighted) to find a Shakespeare Garden.

Shakespeare Garden

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Portland’s Frying Scotsman

Last weekend, we spent three days in Portland, Oregon. It was a wonderful little mini break! Have you been to Portland? Isn’t it charming?

We missed trying the food carts last year when we were in Portland – this time, it was on my list! We went to the one on SW 10th and Alder Street and scoped out the scene!


I had heard great things about the Frying Scotsman, which is a fish-and-chips spot run by a Scotsman! The menu includes mushy peas and Irn-Bru!


We got the haddock and chips. He adds a touch of turmeric to the batter, which gives it a hint of curry flavor. Just a hint. The fries were double fried and delectable. It was certainly the best fish and chips we’ve had on the west coast!

Fish and chips

On another note, I also tried the famed chicken and rice from Nong’s Khao Man Gai, which was great comfort food, as well as a pork taco from Korean Twist. All in all, it was a stellar first Portland food cart experience!

Breakfast of champions

Ever wonder what Michael Phelps eats for breakfast? Read on!

You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Well, BBC Breakfast recently asked the important question – what does Michael Phelps eat for breakfast? The answer was pretty fascinating.

  • Three fried egg sandwiches, with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, fried onions and mayonnaise
  • Three chocolate chip pancakes
  • A five-egg omelette
  • Three sugar-coated slices of French toast
  • A bowl of grits
  • Two cups of coffee

There you go, folks. The makings of an Olympian may be hidden somewhere in that combination (along with a lot of swimming, of course!).  If you’re curious, you can read what he eats for lunch and dinner, too.

On weekdays, I generally go with two cups of coffee, and that’s it until a mid-morning snack of trail mix. (Yes, there is a reason I’m not an Olympian). But on weekends, I enjoy making pancakes, scones or cinnamon rolls for the family. In fact, a couple weekends ago, we indulged in this amazing biscuits and gravy recipe from Portland’s Mother’s Bistro & Bar, which is easily the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had.

So what do you eat for breakfast? The full English? Something more continental? Cereal? A cup of joe?