Follow Us On A Mother-Daughter Road Trip Through The Pacific Northwest

Well, that was fun! I just got back from my mother-daughter road trip that was paid for via American Express Membership Rewards points (I'll be detailing just how we spent the 250,000 points given to us in a future post!).
With mother-daughter road trips (as with so many other family events), the journey can be a battle of opposites: 5:30 a.m. wake up calls or 11:00 a.m. ones, eating brunch by the bay windows or downing cocktails by the bar, taking the scenic routes to dinner or opting for the highway....
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But, just like life, road trips are about compromise, and we ended up winding through our five days with full tummies, awesome memories, and sore abs from all the belly laughs (and, okay, 6:00 a.m. gym sessions) to last us a week. Click through to check out the photo diary of our Portland --> Seattle --> Vancouver vacay!
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There are a couple of ways to cross into Portland. Guess which one of those bridges we were supposed to be on (hint: It was definitely not the road we were actually driving on).

Photographed by Connie Wang
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When we arrived at the hotel, Mama Wang immediately unpacked... and I realized a sort of theme amongst the clothes she brought for the trip.

The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway (between Southwest Oak and Southwest Stark streets); 503-228-2000.

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Breakfast of baked eggs and a Stumptown coffee at Tasty & Sons. Get the bacon-wrapped dates — they're insane.

Tasty & Sons, 3808 North Williams Avenue (between N Failing and N Beech streets); 503-621-1400

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...Followed by dessert at Salt & Straw. What is it about Portland that just makes you want to eat?

Salt & Straw, 2035 Northeast Alberta (between Northeast 20th and Northeast 21st avenues); 503-208-3867.



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Since the sun was shining, we made a quick trip to the International Portland Rose Garden. It had, hands down, the most gorgeous, fragrant, beautiful collection of blooms around.

International Rose Test Garden, 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue (near Southwest Park Road); 503-823-3636.

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See? Stunning. And this is just a camera pic!

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We couldn't do Portland without a little bit of vintage shopping, and the buses-turned-vintage-shops that littered the city were so fun to browse.

Lodekka Bus, North Williams Avenue (at North Falling Street); 503-703-3605.

Photographed by Connie Wang
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Some embroidery on a carpet vest i picked up.

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We made our way to the Pendleton Mills, where we found not only the largest selection of (affordable!) Pendleton blankets I've ever seen – but also some hot sauce. Who knew?!

Pendleton Woolen Mills, 2 Pendleton Way (at A Street); 360-835-1118.

Photographed by Connie Wang
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The bus stops in Portland are all decorated with awesome squiggles. Sure makes waiting around a whole lot prettier.

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Some fish-sauce Thai wings for dinner.

Pok Pok, 3226 Southeast Division Street (between Southeast 33rd and Southeast 32nd avenues); 503-232-1387.

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The next morning, we headed to — finally! — Voodoo doughnuts to try out their famed bacon maple bar.

Voodoo Donuts, 22 Southwest 3rd Avenue (at Southwest Ankeny Street); 503-241-4704.

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The bricks outside of Voodoo are painted with gold sparkles.

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Then... it was off to Seattle! If you look closely, you might be able to see Edward Cullen.

Photographed by Connie Wang
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We arrived, and immediately headed to Oddfellows for a drink...

Oddfellow's, 1525 10th Avenue (between East Pine and East Pike streets); 206-325-0807.

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...and some meatballs, of course.

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Who knew the hills would be so steep in Seattle? Mama Wang poses for the cover of her first emo LP.

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Mama Wang's an early riser, and I was still stuck on East Coast time. So, we both got up at 5:30am to make our way to the fish market... which was apparently too early, even for the fishmongerers.

Pike's Market, 1531 Western; 206-774-5242.

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A little message from the lunch bar inside the fish market... we know, we know.

Photographed by Connie Wang

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After the snafu, we made our way to Cafe Presse for a little Parisian breakfast.

Cafe Presse, 117 12th Avenue (between East Madison and East Spring streets); 206-709-7674.

Photographed by Connie Wang
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And then it was off to Seattle staple, Totokaelo, where I was greeted with some of the sweetest words (and balloons!) I've ever seen.

Totokaelo, 1523 10th Avenue (between East Pine and East Pike streets);206-623-3582.

Photographed by Connie Wang
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The rows of shoes weren't bad, either.

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Nor were their fun home knick-knacks (that you can't find on their e-commerce site).

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We checked out the Space Needle from inside our car. It's like the Jetsons of the '60s built it — retro and futuristic at the same time!

Photographed by Connie Wang
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Three guesses who wanted to buy this for whom.

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We stopped by the Theo Chocolate factory in Seattle — check out this other type of refinery!

Theo Chocolate Inc., 3400 Phinney Avenue North (between North 35th and North 34th streets); 206-632-5100.

Photographed by Connie Wang

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And then it was off to Vancouver!

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We only had a couple of hours (and a dying phone battery). So, the only photos of this leg of the trip were taken at the Lido restaurant, where Mama Wang and I indulged in an amazing Hong Kong breakfast.

Lido, 7320 King George Boulevard #107 (at 73a Avenue); 604-584-7557.

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Snow peas, porridge, you tiao, pineapple buns... yum!

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All done!

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