Löyly, My Favorite Spa

My favorite spa in Portland, Oregon is Löyly, which is located in Northeast Portland!

What To Expect From Löyly
Making an appointment is available over the phone or online! However, keep in mind that they have certain days/hours dedicated to men only, women only, and co-ed.

When checking in, the receptionist will provide you with a small towel (useful to use when using one of their Dr. Hauschka face mask), a larger towel (for drying or wearing in the lounge area, and a pefletti (used to sit on while in the sauna). They will also provide you with sandals and a lock for the locker.

Monthly Sauna Special 
The monthly sauna special is such a great package. It includes up to two hours in the facility (sauna, showers, locker room, and lounge area), a rosemary aromatherapy foot soak, vanilla chaga or cleansing tea, and rosemary and mint body salt. This special is $23.00!

Head To Toe Package
The Head to Toe Package is my favorite package. It includes up to two hours in the facility (sauna, showers, locker room, and lounge area), an aromatherapy foot soak of your choice (lavender, rosemary, sage, lemon, or spruce), a single-use Dr. Hauschka face mask (cleansing clay, moisturizing, rejuvenating, firming, or soothing), a single-use body scrub (lemon and spruce, rosemary and mint, spruce and birch, or lavender and bergamot) and organic cleansing tea. This package is $47.00!

Overall, I love Löyly. If you want something special, you can add on a facial or massage!

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Yama Sushi and Izakaya in Portland Oregon!

My favorite Japanese restaurant is Yama Sushi and Izakaya in Portland, Oregon!

I have been going to Yama Sushi and Izakaya for so many years. And every time I eat here, I’m never disappointed! The hostess, servers, and chefs are always so nice and sweet! Honestly, it is the best customer service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant!

Since I have been going to Yama Sushi and Izakaya for so many years, the chefs gave me my own chopsticks box to customize to hang on their wall!

Sushi plate.

Oregon roll and spider roll.

Sushi plate.

Edamame and avocado/cucumber roll.

Salmon skinned salad.

Gyoza.

Restaurant decoration.

Sushi chefs.

Restaurant view from the bar.

My chopsticks box.

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Associated in Portland, Oregon!

Had a dinner date with my friend, Madison, at a restaurant called Associated, which offers amazing pizzas, tacos, and signature cocktails!

Madison ordered the pizza called the 'Sit Down. I Think I Love You,' which is vegan and $14.00 dollars! It includes a creamy cauliflower base, roasted mushroom, buffalo sauce, and celery.

I ordered the pizza called the 'American Pie', which was $14.00 dollars! It includes a tomato sauce base, mozzarella, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and basil.

I ordered the drink called 'Caught in the Rain,' which was $11.00 dollars! It included a house rum blend, pineapple, and coconut

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Never Coffee in Portland, Oregon!

Never Coffee is a cafe in Portland, Oregon! They are unique since they have their signature drink menu, which is below!

“Hug – Spicy Cacao, smoked chilies, cinnamon

It’s warm and holds you close. It makes you drop your guard. At the moment of bliss, it wakes you up with a bite, a kick, and enough fight to keep you coming back for more.

Oregon – Cascade hops, dulce de leche, jacobsen sea salt

The taste of Oregon. Familiar and inviting caramel brings you in and sea salt makes you stay. The addition of the local hops keeps it wild.

Rich Kid – Rose water, saffron, and cardamom

A rarity with attitude. Luxuriously balanced to give you the million dollar taste on our side of the tracks. Each flavor is elusive and when you find them, that’s your VIP ticket to the party.

Midnight Oil – Sweet fennel seed, star anise, and black licorice

The Scandinavian love of black licorice wrapped in a pillowy latte. It’s dark, moody, and scary delicious with a sweetness that haunts you, stalks you, and eventually devours you.

Holy Grail – Tumeric, ginger, and orange blossom water. Topped with bee local cherry wood smoked honey, jacobsen sea salt, and tellicherry pepper

Immortality is here and it tastes like gold. The feel better benefits of turmeric and ginger mixed with fresh flavors of honey and orange blossom. This is what infinity tastes like.” More information about Never Coffee: Here.

Personally, my favorite is their iced soy matcha latte with soy milk!

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Oui Presse in Portland, Oregon!

Oui Presse is a cafe, bakery, and magazine store in Portland, Oregon! They offer coffee cafe, caramel cake, chocolate chip cookies, and other delicious treats!

Personally, their homemade chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!

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Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon!

My friend, Caet, and I had the opportunity to visit the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon!

“For more than 50 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and tranquility, nestled in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon. It is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and one of the foremost Japanese cultural organizations in North America. As a top visitor destination in Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden originally served 30,000 annual visitors. The Garden now welcomes more than 350,000 guests per year, a number that continues to grow annually.” More information about the Japanese Garden: Here. 

When Caet and I first entered the Japanese Garden, we had the opportunity to be a part of a traditional tea ceremony in one of their buildings that was at the top of the stairs called Tsubo-Niwa. Really glad that we had the opportunity to be a part of a traditional tea ceremony because we learned so much about tea and tea etiquette!

After the traditional tea ceremony, Caet and I walked around the Japanese Garden which I will explain more in depth below!

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Entrance to the Flat Garden.

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The Flat Garden led to the Pavillion Gallery.

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Me standing at the Pavilion Gallery.

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The Pavillion Gallery overlooked the Flat Garden.

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The Pavillion Gallery overlooked the Flat Garden.

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Entrance to the Sand and Stone Garden.

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Natural Garden.

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Nature Garden.

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Sand and Stone Garden.

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Sand and Stone Garden.

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Waterfall in the Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Strolling Pond Garden.

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Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace.

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Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace.

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Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace.

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Ellie M. Hill Bonsai Terrace.

Overall, the Japanese Garden was so beautiful! They recently did a remodel, which had a 33.5 million dollar expansion budget. If you ever decide to visit Portland, Oregon, this is a must see!

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Brunch at The Daughter’s Butcher!

“The Butcher’s Daughter is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, juice bar and a vegetable slaughterhouse! They treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: They chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.

Their Los Angeles, California location serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. They take pride in our daily-changing menu, which is 100% vegetarian, and mostly vegan and gluten-free. Plus, they can always prepare substitutions for most dietary restrictions!”

Anthony and I had the opportunity to eat at The Butcher’s Daughter in Los Angeles, California. Anthony ordered the macro bowl and I ordered the market hummus and crudite starter.

The macro bowl had rice, roasted vegetables, avocado, black beans, hummus, arugula, and an egg.

The humus and crudite had raw vegetables, hummus, and housemate pita.

It was so delicious!

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