One of the things Portland, Oregon is famous for, is its abundance of beautiful nature – rivers, hiking trails, tall trees, and waterfalls! During our last day in the city, we joined a half day tour taking us on the Historic Columbia River Highway to The Gorge Waterfalls in Portland, OR. We headed out on a Saturday afternoon, picked up in Portland city by our super friendly guide in a mini bus and headed on our way! After some driving along the highway, we entered into the small town of Troutdale and onto the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. All the way through, our tour guide was giving us all kinds of fun little tidbits of information about things we passed on the way. Heading along the Sandy River we first stopped at Crown Point or a quick visit to Vista House,…

Activewear has become a popular thing to wear whether you’re a regular at the gym or not. With the abundance of trendy and fun fitness clothing available, not to mention how comfortable it is, I don’t blame you. A big portion of my wardrobe is dedicated to activewear. Not surprisingly considering I’m a regular at the gym, but I’m also crazy about the cool styles available now. There’s a ton of brands that design activewear I’d love to wear both in and out of the gym. I’ve compiled some of my favorite brands in this list of 8 activewear brands you’ll love. I don’t know about you, but I feel more excited about working out if I have an outfit I feel good in. That said, of course you can workout in whatever you want – as long as it’s comfortable and doesn’t prevent you from moving freely. I’m most…

Portland, Oregon has a tremendous amount of beautiful nature to explore. On our first day in the city, we took a walk through Portland Japanese Garden. Wandering up the hills and through the tall trees of Washington Park, we made our way to the Japanese Garden. On our way we passed through the Rose Garden, which happens to be one of the things Portland is known for – their roses. You may have heard Portland referred to as “Rose City”. Imagine roses as far as the eye can see, and in every color imaginable. That’s the Portland International Rose Test Garden for you. It’s well worth a stroll through on your way to the Japanese Garden or the Oregon Zoo, both also located in Washington Park. We’d just spent five busy days in New York City and decided to spend out first day in Portland wandering around and exploring. We…

Sometimes, by sheer coincidence, you come across a good restaurant. Such was the case recently when I found good vegan eats at The Organic Grill in New York City. One of my favorite things about traveling is eating! I always scope out good vegetarian and vegan restaurants I want to visit and add them to my map. I pin options close to where I’m staying as well as exiting eateries and bakeries that sound like they’re worth the effort of a slightly longer trip to get to. But, no matter the amount of research and recommendations, there’s always going to be those unexpected spots you just happen to come across while wandering around. Especially in a city like New York where the restaurants and food options are absolutely endless. That was the case with The Organic Grill in New York City. I spotted it as we walked to a different…

Unless you happen to be passing through the subway at the 59th St-Columbus Circle subway station in New York City, you’d probably miss Turnstyle Underground Market. And that would be a shame. Turnstyle Underground Market is a hidden gem located beneath 8th avenue, between 57th and 58th street in New York City. Unless you’re clued in, or happen to be passing through the subway at that particular station, you’ll miss it. Even knowing it was there, we struggled to find it! As the name suggests, it’s an underground market in a refurbished tunnel leading down to the 59th St-Columbus Circle subway station. It’s relatively new, not very big, and judging by how empty it was when we visited, it doesn’t appear to have been discovered by many yet. But it’s a cool concept and well worth a visit for lunch or a snack. You’ll find a mix of little shops,…

There’s an abundance of cute and cosy cafes and bakeries in Portland and I’m lucky I had the chance to try a couple of them. A must visit while in Portland – if you like sweets and are looking for an all vegan bakery – is Petunia’s Pies & Pastries. Located on 610 SW 12th Avenue in Portland, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries is a gold mine of vegan goodies. As you enter the bakery you’re met with rows and rows of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other goodies. You’ll find ice cream on the menu too, as well as coffee drinks and even cocktails to go with your sweet treat. Having wandered around the city of Portland for a couple of hours I’d worked up a craving for something sweet. We made our way to Petunia’s and stepped right into vegan candy land. Perusing the display of cakes and cupcakes, I was…

New York City has any kind of breakfast you could desire. The only issue is finding the time – and stomach space – to try them all. We made it though a variety of places during our stay, among others we had breakfast at Two Hands in NYC. Two Hands is a hip and cosy little cafe with two locations in New York City, one in Tribeca and one in Nolita. It’s a great spot for breakfast as their menu features a ton of tasty morning goodies like banana bread, açai bowls, croissants and other breakfast sandwiches. I opted for an açai bowl topped with granola, berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and shredded coconut. I also had to give their banana bread a try. Their banana bread is served with espresso mascarpone, toasted buckwheat, walnuts and honey, but I asked for it plain, wanting to try the bread on its own…

Matcha has become an increasingly popular alternative to coffee and cafes are catching on, offering creamy matcha lattes in addition to their regular coffee drinks. While in New York City, I tried several. Here’s where to get a good Matcha Latte in New York City. Out of the places I had a chance to try during my stay in New York City, I found two favorites for Matcha Lattes. The first one I scored on already on our first day in NY when we went to Broken Coconut for breakfast and I had their delicious toast with almond butter and banana, and a matha latte. Broken Coconuts matcha latte was just right in terms creaminess and had just the right amount of sweet to counter the bitterness of the green tea flavour. I had it with almond milk but they also offer coconut milk matcha lattes. If you’re a huge…

Portland has a lot to offer in terms of vegan dining, especially of the sweet variety. One place that became an instant favorite of mine is Sweetpea Baking Co. Sweetpea Baking Co. is a super ute little café and bakery. Their main offer is a variety of mouthwatering sweets like cookies, danishes and cinnamon rolls the size of your face. We met my sister at Sweetpeas for breakfast. Their menu includes bagels, oatmeal, granola bowls, biscuits and gravy, waffles, and a variety of quiches. And everything is vegan! I started with a matcha latte, while exploring the menu (and sweets), trying to decide what I wanted to get for breakfast. I quickly narrowed it down to the bagels and began contemplating what toppings to choose for my vegan everything bagel. There’s all kinds of toppings available for your bagels, and you can build your own bagel sandwich as well. I…