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Our Norwegian Culinary Adventure

Our Norwegian Culinary Adventure

There is a lot we love about traveling: people, scenery, and of course food. Eating is one of our favorite ways to experience new places, including our recent trip to Norway. We enjoyed the culinary journey so much that Tove even wrote an article for America’s only Norwegian newspaper, The Norwegian American. Tove taking a break from fancy meals to enjoy pølse in Olso In the article, Tove shares our in-depth dining experiences from the beginning of our trip in Bergen to the end of our vacation in Oslo. And there’s even a shoutout to our favorite beer bar included. In other words, she has all the bases covered from food to drink. Click here to read Tove’s article Eating My Way Through Bergen and Oslo. The clear takeaway: Norway sets itself apart from other European countries for fresh seafood and vegetables. And Norwegians have great respect for the goods they catch, grow, forage, etc. It was a true pleasure to experience that first-hand and it left us only...

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Snoqualmie Pass Snowshoeing Adventure | Gold Creek Pond

Snoqualmie Pass Snowshoeing Adventure | Gold Creek Pond

We don’t always get snow in Seattle. But that’s okay, because the white stuff is just a short drive away. So, get out the door and check out this Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing adventure at Gold Creek Pond. My dad and I recently hit Gold Creek Pond (map) on our snowshoes, like we’ve done so many times before. It never gets old out there because the conditions are always different, and it’s typically exceptionally beautiful (especially after fresh snowfall). Gold Creek Pond is a great starting point for Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing rookies and/or kids. It’s a mostly flat mile-long loop trail. If the road is closed to the trailhead, the trek is a little longer because you need to park on the road and then snowshoe up. Once you get some experience, there are plenty of other Snoqualmie Pass snowshoeing adventures, including Keechelus Lake, Franklin Falls, and more. Just be sure to check avalanche conditions before you head out, and pack extra food and layers. Conditions can quickly change at...

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Lisbon, Portugal | Best Things to See, Eat & Experience

Lisbon, Portugal | Best Things to See, Eat & Experience

We have traveled all over the world. But despite our dream to get there, Portugal somehow eluded us until recently. Tove and I spent our delayed honeymoon in Porto, and then continued our Portuguese adventure in Lisbon. In this post I am going to share the best things we saw, ate, did and even some we didn’t do in Lisbon. But they are all ideas we suggest to you. In brief summary, it’s a beautiful city with tons of character. We can’t wait to go back! Much like Porto, Lisbon is best enjoyed on foot. Be warned, though. There are quite a few hills. It’s actually easy to compare Lisbon to San Francisco in terms of topography (hills), character (trams), and even aesthetics (they have a bridge that looks similar to Golden Gate Bridge). The view from Eduardo VII Park One of the nicest strolls in Lisbon is along the tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade. Enjoy the view at the end from Eduardo VII Park (map). There are shops and...

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Say Yes to the Seattle City Pass

Say Yes to the Seattle City Pass

Seattle is loaded with must-see attractions. Luckily for you, all the top spots are packaged into the Seattle City Pass. You get to experience the best our city has to offer, and you save 50% on five of Seattle’s most popular attractions. * We receive a small commission on sales of the Seattle City Pass. With that said, we have used the City Pass and truly believe it’s a perfect fit for visitors to our amazing city! The best part: the Seattle City Pass is easy to use. Simply buy your pass online, visit the attractions at your own pace, and save time and money. Seattle City Pass gives you access to the Space Needle (two trips in a single day), Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, and the Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center. Click here to learn more! Believe it or not, Seattle City Pass gets you into all these attractions for just $89 for adults...

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South Town Pie | Delicious Seattle Pizza

South Town Pie | Delicious Seattle Pizza

When your favorite Seattle chef opens a pizza joint, you immediately rush out to try it. That’s exactly why we quickly found our way into South Town Pie. It’s the new venture by former LloydMartin chef Sam Crannell and restauranteurs Rob Coburn and Paige Crandall of El Camino. South Town Pie is located in the upstart neighborhood of South Park (map), and it serves awesome pizza by the slice or the whole 18-inch pie. We actually discussed the pizza crust with Crannell a few months ago, and he explained the science behind it. Think of mad scientists in a lab. They spent months perfecting their pies, and they seriously hit a home run. Before you judge us, I’ll say it upfront: Tove and I ordered way too much food. But it was hard to choose with so many great options on the menu. We ordered the fresh mozzarella to start, followed by a slice of the sausage pizza (the sausage is made in-house and it’s incredible) and Kauai pizza,...

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Neve Camp | North Cascades Backpacking

Neve Camp | North Cascades Backpacking

Over the river and through the woods to Neve Camp we go! Located just 2.5 miles down Thunder Creek trail in North Cascades National Park, Neve Camp (pronounced nev-AY) is a backcountry backpacking adventure that doesn’t require much effort. Sure, it’s not for everyone – being such a short hike and all. But it was perfect for Tove and me over Memorial Day weekend. We’re beginners when it comes to backpacking, so Neve Camp was a great place to get our feet wet. Although it’s less than three miles from Colonial Creek Campground (where you park for this backpacking adventure – map), you still feel like you’re out in the wilderness. The path down to Neve Camp is well off the main trail and it sits right along Thunder Creek (the video above shows that it runs more like a river than a creek). There is only room for five tents at Neve Camp, and the designated camping spots are spaced out so it doesn’t feel crowded at all....

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