Two, Just Want to be With You

It’s that time for another sappy anniversary posssssttt.

Okay, not sappy at all for me, but perhaps it is for you :p

So here goes!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I married this incredible¬†young man. We are both blessed beyond belief.

The morning of our anniversary, I made him these cute little guys from an idea I found on Pinterest (Ohhh, Pinterest <3)

fullsizeoutput_1a2bAt night we enjoyed a fantastically delicious dinner¬†at Shojin at Little Toko in DTLA. Incredible. Worth it. And did I mention entirely vegan!?¬†I could have easily eaten another order of the potstickers. And I was pleasantly surprised they had several non-alcoholic and caffeine-free drink/tea options. There was a no cell phone policy, so I didn’t take any photos of the food. Guess you’ll have to try it yourself ūüėČfullsizeoutput_1a27

Just as in times prior, we waited for winter break in December to take off and spend a few days together up in Oregon.

Just look at this snow!
So snowy and beautiful.

We flew from LAX to PDX and indulged in the pho and b√°nh m√¨ at Bambuza ( it’s in the airport, and we’ve been longing for that vegan pho since last year hehe.)

From Portland we drove to Sisters, which took longer than anticipated because there was so much snow and we SoCal folk had never driven in snow before ( kuddos to my husband for killing it out there.)

We made it just in time to check in at Five Pine, and then drive a half hour to Bend to catch a Journey to Bethlehem production at a local church. It was such a crisp, clear, and beautiful evening. One day I’ll invest in a camera that can actually capture the essence of the moon that was out that night.

After the production we went to grab a bite at Laughing Planet. Plantains in a burrito!? Sounded odd to me, but it was delicious.

We went snowboarding the first year and snow shoeing last year, so we wanted to plan another snow activity this time around. ¬†He started feeling a little sick and we didn’t want to push it, so we were fine driving to and from Bend, shopping at Natural Grocers (¬†I could live there),¬†and spending a snowed-in night eating pizza ( one of the few places open that night because of the snow!), playing board games ( I won), and watching¬†Shark Tank (¬†it’s hard to just watch one episode…). We even got to see carol singers at Old Mill District. Magical.

Another wonderful time spent in Sisters, OR. I thank God we are able to take trips like this. Everything was a highlight those few days,¬†and I wasn’t ready to come home. I can go on about the time we spent there, but I’ll leave you all with this clip of our trip instead!




Oh, Winter Comes

So I’m in bed right now, typing away at this little blog post before I catch some zzz ( does anyone know where “catch some z’s “originated? lol), trying to be comfy and cozy though incidentally today was quite warm for being January. But it’s SoCal, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

For some reason, we sweet southern Californians like to forget about winter as soon as the holidays are over…

Uhhh, no, not me. Need I remind folks that winter started less than a month ago??

All this beach-y, bikini-ready,”nicer weather” talk can wait. I’m in NO RUSH to get to spring, and even less so, summer. Bleh.

So I was MORE than happy to spend some vacation time in central Oregon with my honey. The snow and mountain air is totally my thing, totally¬†our thing. We went last year for our honeymoon, and this year we went to celebrate our one year. I think we’ll be making this a yearly occurance ūüėČ

Highlights of the trip?


Deer Selfie!

Just chillin’ with some deer. No big.

I’m one to get¬†really cutesy¬†when I see animals, usually spewing out: “Awwww look at that cute little [blank].” Possum? Cute. Snake? Cute. Everything is cute.


Everyone we met in OR was extremely nice, so it was no surprise to find a sticker on a tip jar that read: Be Nice, You’re in Oregon.

I love that! Why can’t Angelenos been known for their niceness??¬†As soon as we landed back in LAX, we instantly felt the change in vibe ūüė•

Upon arrival, our taste buds ruled our decision making. We’ve been aching for Next Level Burger since last year, so naturally, that’s the first place we wanted to go.

Vegan deliciousness everywhereeee
Vegan deliciousness everywhereeee

And then a few hours later, sweet little Angeline’s in Sisters, OR. I mean, just LOOK at this food.

Cozy little Angeline’s. Incredibly fresh.

Actually, our taste buds ruled pretty much the entire trip. Pizza run at 9 p.m.? Suuuureeee. A huge bag of popcorn to accompany our walk back to the cabin? Suuuureee.

Northern Thai food at this rad little restaurant downtown that our tour guide recommended? Suuuuure.

Downtown Bend, OR

I really fell in love with Downtown Bend. The ambiance was unbeatable. I seriously cannot wait to go back.¬†Last year we went snowboarding on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, but husband and I decided we wanted to do something a little less extreme, yet still have some fun in the snow.¬†I refuse to ski, so we looked into snow shoeing. What is that, you may ask? It’s basically snow hiking, with special, odd-looking shoes that enable you to trek through all that powder.¬†The sun was shining so perfectly against the snow, everything around us glittered. It was so beautiful.Being immersed in the snow and mountains like that is amazing. Perfect quiet, perfect air, perfect weather.¬†We walked knee-deep in snow, so the walk was still quite vigorous, but it was so worth it. I even lost a glove in all the excitement. My hope is that a little high desert¬†critter is using it for warmth >.<

Whoville anyone?

And I haven’t even mentioned the tax-free shopping( I made a pit stop at Natural Grocers for some local organic lip balm) and the totally awesome-yet-kind-of-awkward-to-get-used-to gas pump attendants.

I love Oregon.