I was born and raised in Inverness, CA, but spent much of my twenties playing in a band and working in bars and restaurants in NYC. I moved to Portland for the laid back pace and affordability and am having a great time exploring and learning all that Portland has to offer. I have lived in Kaneohe, HI and Taos, NM and spent two summers working in Alaska. . I look forward to meeting people from around the world, so please stop by and say “Hi.”
What was your first major travel experience? Why did you choose that place?
I had traveled with my family when I was younger, but my first solo backpacking trip was to Guatemala and Honduras. I went with the idea of staying for a month and learning Spanish in an immersion program. I ended up staying for four months, but unfortunately, did not learn as much Spanish as I wanted to.
What countries have you traveled to? Where do you want to travel next?
I have been to Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ireland and Thailand, as well as Greece and a few stops in Europe as a teenager. As a new father, my rugged backpacking days are probably behind me (or quite awhile ahead of me) but I would love to return to Europe as an adult.
What are the best ways to embrace a rainy day in Portland?
There is no better place to spend a rainy day then Powell’s books, but iff you get bored of the full city block of new and used books, head across the street to Living Room Theaters for a movie. They show first run indy movies in intimate theaters with food and drink available.
Where can you get the best beer in Portland?
There is too much great beer in Portland to choose, but I love the front porch of Laurelwood in the summer (Free Range Red please!) and the fireplace at Blue Moon in the winter. (Ask for the Ruby-Nator. Not on the menu!)
What’s your favorite coffee shop in Portland?
There is no place to sit, or even stand really, but my favorite cappuccino is from Sterling Coffee Roasters, a micro roasting stand outside of Trader Joe’s.
What is your favorite food cart?
I currently can’t get enough of the Korean tacos from Korea Twist, but the great thing about the food carts is that you can have a new favorite every week, or even everyday if you are just passing through. There are so many to choose from. (disclaimer: I will eat almost anything if it is in taco form.)