The morning of the 26th, we woke up at 430AM and set out for Vancouver. Arriving around 10, the four of us (N, B, Boyfriend and I) passed out and woke up around 2PM for some Boiling Point for some yummy hot pot. While the service at Boiling Point really sucks, their lunch menu is wonderfully good bang for your buck!
After a long, long, day full of errands and whatnot, we got ready for the long roadtrip ahead of us and got dressed and ready for our first Deadmau5 concert at the “new” BC Place.
😛 We arent the most photogenic couple but, we make do. 😉
In my opinion, Deadmau5 played a great set but a lot of people thought he a boring compared to Nero. But, I mean, it’s Deadmau5 — the dude is playing a live set. He’s remixing beats upon beats live! You have no clue how difficult that is and the sheer mastery of genius that is behind that work.. blows my mind. But, also, you have to understand. Most of BC Place was stoned beyond the comprehension of Deadmau5’s set by the time Alesso finished. I really do prefer the California EDM culture to BC’s. In California people are so upbeat and kind. People are full of love and good vibes. In BC everyone is a thug or stoned. No one is dancing or much less shuffling the way Californians are.
Makes a little sad thinking about it. I really wish there were some way for me to transplant that energy. Maybe I should start planning EDM events in Vancouver a la Pasquelle Rotella (the founder of Insomniac Events which in turn runs EDC, the largest EDM event in the Western Hemisphere).
(At Deadmau5, there was this dude with awesome glowstick Mau5 ears!)
So, the next morning, bright and early at 8AM, the Boyfriend and I packed up
all my most of my worldly possessions for a long roadtrip to Portland.
From Vancouver to Portland, it was a looooong drive. It wouldnt have been so bad if it weren’t for the hassle at custom’s due to my being an international student who needed to be questioned and fill out and I-84. Note to any other Canadian students looking to study in the US and wanting to drive down rather than fly, keep all of your receipts and forms together in one file. Your CBA officer will appreciate it! We assumed after foraging on forums for advice that our car would be torn apart and all of my belongings very throughly searched but we were wrong! After standing for three hours in line B, we filled out a couple of forms and were asked a few questions before being sent on our way! So, all in all, not that bad 😀
BTW, this is Stitch! While we were doing the long distance thing, Stitch was the thing that kept us sane. He spends his time split between LA and Vancity in both of our beds. We have yet to decide how to split Stitch’s time between Santa Monica and Arcadia but, that is a head ache for later!
We ended up spending the night at the Crowne Plaza in Portland. For the price and proximity to Downtown Portland, not bad. Although, the area did seem a little shady..
We wandered around DT until we stumbled upon Deschutes Brewery. Thank God I was wearing my new TOMS from D.. they were soooooo comfy and I think we may have walked over 12 blocks while in search of a place to eat.
Deschutes was amazeeeeballs. The beer was fantastic and fresh brewed.. some of it fresh brewed at the restaurant! As an appetizer, we ordered this pork belly dish. And, let me tell you, I looooove my pork belly.
Anything pork really. Scratch that, anything meat, really. Hehe.
For dinner, R ordered a plate of Mac and Cheese. It tastes like it looks 😛 Fattening and creamy but delicious when hot.
Me, being the carnivore that I am, ordered a rack of ribs in BBQ and fries. Yum! 😛
I thought that this was super neat. A beer bottle Christmas Tree.. talk about the perfect touch in an alchoholic’s home!
The next morning we were such fatties. We hit up Voodoo Doughnut for some of their legendary Maple Bacon doughnuts.
Let me tell ya, it was every bit as amazing as everyone tells you it is!
Later on, we hit Brodor for some Sweedish style breakfast. R and I both love breakfast. I think it maybe my favorite meal of the day. For every birthday, D and I have a tradition of having breakfast together on our birthdays.
(These are fritters with lemon butter and apple sauce on the sides.)
(R enjoys one.)
R ordered this dish for breakfast. I forget what it is.. smoked trout something with lots of potatoes. It seems like the Swedish love their potatoes… or maybe just Brodor.
After lunch, we hit the road again for Eureka!
(BTW, this is Sumo Chan, a gift from my stepmom.)
Eureka was kind of boring so, I will skip that. I think the only event that happened at Eureka was the big crick in my neck that I got sleeping on that shitty motel bed. It looked like I had a golf ball sticking out of my neck!
Anyway, this is a picture of the Berkeley marina in front of the Doubletree Hilton that we stayed at. Pretty place, it was like a semi-fancy hotel for cheap young adults.
Heh heh, we caught up on TopChef and they had a quickfire involving Oysters. Hence, the oysters for dinner. We ordered two of these platters hehe. 12 oysters for each of us. I think I could have had four of these plates and still eaten more!
That night, we caught a cable car back to Union Station. I was so confused about what to do that I just ran to the nearest open spot on the car! Ended up hanging out of the car while R chilled inside the car. It was super cool and kind of scary. I thought I was going to drop my phone!
The next morning we had an entire day to blow in SF. The first stop was breakfast (as per usual) at some cafe in Berkeley. I ordered Cinnamon French Toast stuffed with Marscapone. C’était délicieux!
R’s favorite breakfast food is Eggs Benedict. He ordered it with crab cakes. I liked it but he thought it was mediocre. Meh.
Later on in the day we drove into DT SF to check out the Fisherman’s Wharf.
There are these super cool sea lions that just chill here perennially. I was wondering, why are the called sea lions? They dont look anything like lions and they arent kings of the sea.. hmm..
We also went to Boudin for some sourdough. Sooo good. I like my sourdough really sour and fresh out of the oven.
Next, R made us bike from the Fisherman’s Wharf to Saulsilito which is the city across from SF on the Golden Gate bridge. I was not a happy camper. First of all, R only learned how to bike last year in Danshui, Taiwan while we were on a class trip. He was going to have some serious trouble (and he did!) trying to ride up and down the hills of SF. Second, I had caught the flu and was feeling absolutely terrible. While it was super sunny in SF, it was also very chilly in the shade. Not cool, josé.
But I have to admit, the ride was cool and the experience is one that I do not regret.
RCola chillin’ on the Golden Gate. Profile picture material, no?
Heh heh, n00b.
The next morning, we got up early and headed straight for LA to try and make it in time for White Wonderland (the New Year’s Eve event that Insomniac Events (the people who put on EDC) host) but, more on that later!