Little Big Burger: Cheeseburgers in Portland, Oregon

The Double Down with bacon, Little Big Burger, Portland, Oregon

It was a typical November night in downtown Portland, Oregon. Cold, rainy, and dreary. After hopping from brewery to brewery, it was getting late. And, I was getting hungry after one too many beers. Due to restrictions, I had limited late night food options in the downtown Portland area. The Pearl District was empty with deserted streets and dark windows. After passing by Deschutes Brewery, I aimlessly turned down 10th Avenue. This is where I noticed a storefront that was …

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Pine State Biscuits: Biscuits and brunch in Portland, Oregon

The decadent Reggie Deluxe with an egg, Pine State Biscuits, Portland, Oregon

In 2006, a group of three friends, who were transplants from North Carolina, founded Pine State Biscuits in Portland, Oregon. Their goal was to share their love of Southeast cuisine with the Pacific Northwest. And, the one food they craved and grew up eating, and wanted to share with Portland, was the ubiquitous southern biscuit. After months of trial and error, the group perfected their recipe of a buttery, flakey scratch-made biscuit. In May 2006, they started selling their homemade …

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Screen Door: Southern Brunch in Portland's Pearl District

A southern classic, the Chicken & Waffles, Screen Door, Portland, Oregon

Screen Door, with two locations in Portland, Oregon, is a southern and soul food restaurant popular for its decadent menu. In 2006, Louisiana transplants Nicole and David Mouton opened the first Screen Door location on Burnside Street in eastern Portland. In 2021, a second location opened on Couch Street in the Pearl District. You will find all your favorite southern comfort foods on the brunch and dinner menus at Screen Door. This includes fried chicken, catfish, chicken & waffles, shrimp …

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17 of the best late night eats on the Las Vegas Strip

The Signature Short Rib Benedict, The Henry, Las Vegas, Nevada

If you have traveled to Las Vegas before, then you know that it is a city that never sleeps. At all hours of the day, and night, there are people walking around with endless things going on. Many resorts, casinos, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants stay open late or never close. I can tell you from personal experience that after a night out on the strip, sometimes you get a craving for a midnight meal. Whether it’s tacos, burgers, pizza, breakfast, …

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Café Santiago: Best francesinha in Porto, Portugal

Layer after layer of meat, Café Santiago, Porto, Portugal

If you come to Porto, you can’t leave the city without trying francesinha. This decadent, over-the-top meat-filled sandwich is a must eat in Porto. The carb-heavy, beer-friendly dish of meat, bread, cheese, and gravy can be enjoyed any hour of the day. Francesinha, which means “little Frenchie” in French, was the creation of Portuguese citizen Daniel Silva. Silva, who lived in France, wanted to create his own version of the popular croque monsieur. So, he invented the francesinha, which today …

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Zenith Brunch & Cocktails in Lisbon, Portugal

The colorful Eggs Zenith, Zenith Brunch & Cocktails, Lisbon, Portugal

Zenith Brunch & Cocktails, located off Avenida da Liberdade, is one of the best places in Lisbon for brunch. Its menu features classics such as french toast, eggs benedict, pancakes, and bagels. Other than its food, the all-day brunch spot is popular for its handmade cocktails and hip, modern interior. In 2017, the first Zenith location opened in the heart of Porto. It soon became a must-visit brunch spot for both locals and tourists. After their success in Porto, a …

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A Sandeira do Porto: Best sandwiches in Porto

Clérigos Sandwich

A Sandeira do Porto, located steps away from touristy Rua das Flores, is where to go for the best sandwich in Porto. This cavernous, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, missed by many, serves both affordable and fresh food. This includes sandwiches, salads, soups, and snacks, all for under €10,00. There are a few things you should know before coming to A Sandeira do Porto. First, the dining room is tiny with only a few tables. If you are dining with a large group, …

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The Seven Wonders of Portugal

The exotic and colorful Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) located in Sintra

Portugal is a small country with a rich history that dates back over 1,000 years. Throughout its history, Portugal has been colonized by multiple civilizations, leaving a profound mark on the country. Scatted across the country are hundreds of important historical sights dating back to pre-historic times. Many of these sights have been declared national monuments of Portugal for their historical significance. In 2006, with the help of the Ministry of Culture, the people of Portugal decided to come up …

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9 of the best viewpoints in Lisbon, Portugal

Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal

If you have visited Lisbon, Portugal, then you know that Lisbon is a city of hills located on the Tagus River (Rio Tejo). Lisbon is a city of seven hills to be exact, known in Portuguese as “cidade das sete colinas.” The Romans called Lisbon Olissipo, due to its resemblance to Rome which also has seven hills. Located at the top of these hills, which are the highest points in the city, are miradouros or viewpoints. These unique viewpoints are …

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The 5 Point Cafe: Breakfast at Seattle's best dive bar

Salmon Benedict, The 5 Point Cafe, Seattle

The 5 Point Cafe, located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, is a historic cafe and dive bar which opened in 1929. For almost a century, the no-frills diner has survived prohibition, war, and politics. Today, the cafe is one of the oldest family operated eateries in Seattle and the oldest bar in Belltown. It is also known for being one of the best dive bars in the city. As the menu states, everyone is welcome no matter your political, social, or …

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