– We are headed to Portland, Oregon, the place Johnny and I both call home, and one of my favoritecities in the world.
I'm so excited to show you it.
As I was planning this trip, I was like, “What the? We do the same thing inalmost every city we go to.
” It's like a formula ora recipe if you will.
I hope you will, cause we'rejust going to go with it.
And I just want to share that with you, that formula for travel.
But first, we have to pack, and then head to San Franciscofor a little stop-over to meet my new baby niece.
I can't even, I am so excited! And then we're going toPortland for some family time, some exploring, some food of course, because duh, food.
And to tell you all aboutour formula for travel.
See you there.
(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Careful! I love you! – [Child] I love you! (mumbling) – That's enough because I'm here too and I need you to know thatshe won't let me hold you.
– Who's your favorite aunt? – First and foremost, most importantly, we find, what food does that city do best? And then we go eat it.
Not just it, but we find the best place that serves that specific food.
We've done this in many cities.
In Scotland, we did afternoontea and English breakfast.
In Hong Kong, oddly enoughwe did french toast, which is something that they do best, and we experienced dimsum, which was a treat! In Austin, we did tacos.
Like tacos, just all day.
And in New York City, we did pizza.
And obviously theseplaces have so many things that they also do amazingly, but I don't usually don't try to find my favorite food in a city.
I try to find exactlywhat it is that they do that they're famous for, and then I usually ask around to find out where the best place is for that.
In Portland, this is acombination of things.
First and foremost, the food carts.
There's a myriad ofexperiences you can have with food carts.
Some are themed, so there'sLatino food carts and pods, and some are just a randomassortment of delicious food like this one that we went to.
In one stop we were ableto get tempura vegetables, some tempura fusion versionof jalapeno poppers, quesadillas, rice and beans, Teriyaki chicken, and Thai tea with boba, because my love for boba knows no end.
Isn't that the winner? Salmon inside cream cheese, deep-fried.
There's such an experience to be had, and if you're in Portland, you just have to do it.
The second thing that we doin every single city we visit is go on a hike.
This last trip we went out to the gorge and we went to Multnomah Falls, which is somewhere we've beenvisiting since we got married, and probably since we were kids.
And we went to a hike called- what's it called? – [Man] What? – What's the hike called in Portland? – [Man] Which one? – The one in the gorge that we went to.
– [Man] Angel's Landing.
– That's not real.
That's one in Zion.
– [Man] Angel's Rest.
– Angel's Rest.
It was a gorgeous hike, andsuch a fun hike with the kids.
It was perfect to gowith Oliver and Henry.
They're such troopers.
Honestly we got halfway andHenry asked to go hiking more because he said he's the king of hiking.
So we honored that while Ollieand I, cause we're smart, headed back down.
We've done this in mostevery city we've been to.
In Edinburgh, we wentand hiked Arthur's Seat.
It was so freaking beautifuland such a different look into the city and the culture there.
In Hong Kong, we did onecalled Red Burner's Incense? Red Incense Burner Summit.
And I wasn't super happy about it- What is the short cut? But it ended up being really beautiful.
Portland has so many good hikes to offer.
There really is just no shortage when it comes to optionsof different hikes to do.
The third thing that wedo in every single city is find the coziest coffee shop.
I love a good coffee shop.
I think that it's areally strong reflection of a culture in a place.
And it doesn't have to be just coffee.
If the place that you'revisiting does something else especially well, somedrink especially well, it can be that.
So in Hong Kong, we did milk tea, and oh my gosh I was drinkingthat stuff by the gallon it was so phenomenal.
In New York City we found this coffee shop called Irving Farm whichwe just fell in love with.
And in Japan, we foundthis place called Onibus, which was heavenly.
In Portland there are endlessoptions for coffee shops, but a staple is Stumptown.
And it is so darling.
The one in Ace Hotel has themost adorable little lounge where you can take a familyphoto in a photo booth, and it was an experience.
– [Man] Look at all these people.
– Should we keep it closedor should we let dad in? – [Man] Did I hear something? (gasp) Oh my goodness! – There's also a staple that we've been visiting fora long time called Townshends, it has recently rebranded which I'm not happy about in the least.
But, it serves kombucha, which is like a Portland staple, and it serves it on tap.
So, if you're looking to really experience the Portland vibe, goget yourself a growler or a cup of kombucha, slurp it down.
You'll love it! Or you won't! But I do.
That's all that matters, causeit was me there, not you.
The fourth thing that wedo in every single city is we find a view.
This is like essential.
Because you want to see the city itself.
You want to see all of the surroundings and see the city kind of in a more like (mumbles) perspective.
I don't know.
You just want to be able to see it, and not be so up close in it.
Obviously, in New York City, a really good option forthis was going to either the Brooklyn Bridge orthe Rockefeller Center.
We love just getting afull view of the city from both of these places.
In Hong Kong, we did theVictoria's Secret (laughs) Victoria Peak.
– [Man] Yeah.
– Which you can take the tram up or hike and the view is just stunning of the city.
It's so so so beautiful.
In Montreal, that was oneof the most memorable views that we've experienced up on Mount Royal.
It is just like so beautifuland cozy and freezing.
It's also freezing, but it's so beautiful.
We happen to be there in winter.
So if you're there in the summer, it likely won't be freezing.
But, I can't get that cold out of my head.
One of my favorite views thatwe've ever seen was in Cuba.
We went to this likefort outside of the city.
The views were so beautiful.
And the kids could run around.
Getting a view is somethingthat we love to do not just to escape kind ofthe craziness of the city, but also to really seeit in all its glory.
So, get a view.
In Portland, we did thisin kind of a new way.
From the waterfront of Portland, we took the (mumbles) OHSU Aerial Tram.
Did I get it? – [Man] OSHU Aerial Tram.
– Look at this face.
Never messes up.
– [Man] Never messed up ever.
– Never says Victoria's Secret when she means Victoria Peak (laughs) It was such a fun family activity.
Kids under six werefree, the boys loved it, and it was such a stunning view.
Check it out.
A crazy big spaceship! – It's a train! It drives a little bit, and it flies! – The final thing from our travel formula that we do in every singlecity is we visit a bookstore.
Yes, even if we don't speak the language of that specific place.
I think it's such a beautifullook into the values and the vibe of the citythat you're visiting so we always try to finda local juicy bookstore.
The best bookstore in theworld happens to be in Portland and it is Powell's.
It is truly like the Costco of books except it has more soulbecause it's a local bookstore.
It's not like a massive chain but like Costco gives you samples and Powell's doesn't do that so.
Powell's is magical.
We go there every single time, and we try to find a book for ourselves, and for our kids, and it'sjust as dreamy as can be! So, watch us do that! What books do you want? – The find a skeleton book.
– [Narrator] A what book? – A skeleton book.
– [Narrator] A skeleton book? – Yeah.
– [Narrator] Here it is.
Do you see the skeletons? – [Child] Yeah.
– Obviously there are so many more things that we do in each place, and that's usually tailoredto the specific place, but I love the idea of having a formula for each place that you visit.
And I always make sure thatI do these top five things.
And, when I do that, even ifit's just a weekend in a place, I feel like I've gotten to see a really well-roundedperspective of that place which is the goal when you travel.
So, use this travel formulanext time you go somewhere, let me know what you think.
This trip to Portlandwas a visit back home to see family for the holidays.
As I'm sure you know, thiscan be a crazy time of year, and the travel makes it no less crazy.
Don't get me wrong, seeingfamily is more than worth it, but it can be a little wild at times.
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Henry might be the king of hiking, but I, my friends, am the king of packing.
– [Man] Queen.
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