Seattle/Portland Trip Day 5 + 6

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 5 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Me A Sandwich by Seibei and Bombs Away by Dale Edwin Murray (Tilteed)

This marked the start of our road trip to neighboring state, Oregon. We began the morning by having breakfast at a little cafe en route to Tacoma, were would switch off with our friends cousin whose car we were borrowing for the trip to Portland. The Shipwreck Cafe is this small stop off of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington. I got the breakfast special, which consisted of chickenfried steak, eggs, hashbrowns and toast. It was better than I expected! Tons of gravy lathered over the chicken steak. Don’t pay attention to the calories because the gravy really makes this dish special.

Oregon

After breakfast we headed straight for our first stop in Portland, the Full Sail Brewery, which is right next to Hood River. Full Sail Brewery is known for their award winning Session brew. The brewery tour lasted about 30 minutes and was quite interesting and informative. They walk you through the entire beer making process and even let you taste the ingrediants that go into brewing beer. At the end of the tour you score a free Full Sail glass!

Full Sail Brewery

The food at Full Sail Brewery was OK but the beer was exceptional. I especially loved the Full Sail Session Lager, that is definitely my type of beer and well worth the 2.5 hour drive from Tacoma. We ended up buying a case to bring back to the hotel.

After Full Sail we headed to Portland to check into our hotel, the third Marriot stop of our Seattle/Portland journey. We got lost. But that was a good thing because we ended up at a Traders Joe’s and bought tons of snacks! I wish Hawaii had a Trader Joe’s.

Lo and behold our hotel was only 5 minutes away from Trader Joes. We made it to our hotel, quickly unpacked and headed out to yet another beer destination – Rogue Distillery & Public House, to meet up with Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing and Patrick Treadway of Tilteed! We had a great time chatting about tees, Portland life, tees, and tees! It was great meeting up with those two excellent dudes. And my friends were happy because they scored some free tees from Patrick and one of you lucky readers will score a free tee(s) from Travis (I need to first figure out how to give them away)!

Travis Greenwood of Found Item Clothing

That’s Travis Greenwood from Found Item Clothing. Amazing guy who knows a ton about shirts and has crazy ideas! Follow him on Twitter @founditemclothing.

Parick Treadway of Tilteed.com

Hey, it’s Patrick from Tilteed.com! He markets, prints, and ships out all Tilteed orders by himself! Talk about dedication and being passionate about what you do! Follow Tilteed on Twitter @Tilteed. Use the code “TiltCoty” for an additional $2 off your Tilteed order!

After Rogue, Patrick was kind enough to drive us to VooDoo Doughnuts to get a taste of the weirdness that is Portland! VooDoo Doughnoughts was great experiece filled with an eclectic set of people! I’ve never quite experienced anything like VooDoo Doughnuts. It was a trip to say the least. And Patrick was right, VooDoo Doughnuts is best experienced at night because when we stopped by the following morning, the crowd was a bore compared to the night munchers.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Yes, that’s bacon on top of maple syrup drenched doughnut. Only at VooDoo Doughnuts!

Day 6 T-Shirt of Choice: Make Wellness Not War by I Am Wellness

Portland here we come! The morning was spent exploring the Pearl District of Portland. Our first stop was the famous Powell’s Books on Burnside. To say that this bookstore is huge is a big understatement. It’s ginormous. It’s probably larger than most public libraries you’ve been to. The store is split up into 8 different sections based on genre and occupies three full floors. You could spend countless hours exploring Powell’s, unfortunately our time was limited so our visit was brief (I still left with two new books).

Keep Portland Weird

As I was walking through Portland someone walked right pass me and said “I Love Your Shirt”. You can get it from I Am Wellness. Use the code “SUMMER09″ for 15% off (hopefully the code still works).

By the time we were through with Powell’s we headed out to lunch at Old Town Pizza which is an iconic Portland eatery with a haunted reputation. “Don’t be surprised if an unexpected guest joins you for a slice today. A constant presence at Old Town Pizza is Nina (pronounced “Nigh-na”), our resident ghost. If you feel a presence behind you, or smell a faint waft of perfume, you may have just received a visit. Nina is often seen in a black dress observing diners and wandering the basement below.” We settled on the House Pizza topped with salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, black olives and bell peppers. The pizza was good but unfortunately there was no sighting of Nina, the resident ghost. I will say, though, that the restroom was freaky as hell. It is very dimly lit in there and I had a weird feeling (while I was peeing no less) that someone was watching me. Freaky!

Ground Kontrol is a neat little vintage arcade that Travis of Found Item Clothing suggested we hit up and I’m glad that we did! We spent about an hour in there playing some very old school arcade games like Centipede, Punch-Out, Simpsons and Space Invaders. This is not your typical arcade because at Ground Kontrol there is a fully functional bar. Awesome.

Ground Kontrol

I’m a huge fan of Punch-Out so I was stoked to find this classic arcade game at Ground Kontrol!

After Ground Kontrol my buddies decided to grab a box of VooDoo doughnuts for the drive back home. While they stood in line (in the hot sun no less and yet another reason to go during the night time) I ventured down the street and stumbled across a neat little coffee/art shop called Stumptown Coffee Roasters. It had a a nice open space as opposed to the typical cramped coffee shop. I had the Queens Iced Tea and it was the cool refreshment that I needed! While the guys stood in that line for VooDoo doughnuts I sipped on my iced tea in air conditioning!

Good bye Portland, I knew you for just a day but I had a great time! Now en route to Tacoma (to return the car), we decided to stop by the Outlet Mall near Chehalis and in Centralia, Washington. The outlet stores of importance included Quicksilver, Billabong, and Nike. We hit those three shops up pretty hard.

From there we caught a shuttle to the 4th and final hotel of our stay – the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, which is just a few steps from Pike’s Place. We didn’t stay in the hotel for long as we decided grab some Clam Chowder from the original Ivar’s Seafood, right on the Seattle Waterfront. When you go to Ivar’s there just one thing you need to get – The Clam Chowder! We ordered one of each of the three different varieties: white, red and salmon. I urge you to do the same.

Ivar's

They encourage you to feed the Seagulls.

Ivar's

Small cup of Salmon Clam Chowder from Iver’s before heading to Del Rays for even more food and drinks!

Next we hit up Del-Rey’s for appetizers and drinks (or should I say beers and margaritas) and then finished the night off by closing down the bar at, appropriately, Ohana’s in Belltown, a Hawaiian themed bar. This was the third night that we stayed at a bar till closing (2am in Seattle).

But the night did not end there. We ventured off into the alley ways of the Seattle Waterfront and eventually ending up at Pier 67. The streets were empty and all that was left were four guys from Hawaii, laughing, talking and enjoying the camaraderie that you get from being with your closest friends.

Ohana Bar

Strangely enough, we ended our last together at Ohana’s in Belltown.

Vintage Action Tees at Shelf Life Clothing

Into vintage Kung Fu flicks or old school westerns? Well then you must checkout Shelf Life Clothing. They produce high-end, limited run, 100% ring-spun soft cotton or organic cotton shirts with a humorous underground vibe. Their designs fuses past styles with both old and new pop culture imagery. The shirts are regularly priced at $20 a piece and are printed on Anvil Knitwear and American Apparel blanks.

And for you deal seekers, they’ve got 5 shirts in their sale section priced as low as $8!

Wong Fei Hung

Shaolin vs. Mafia

I Want Some Action

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 3 + 4

And my Seattle/Portland daily recaps continue!

Day 3 T-Shirt of Choice: And Then I Woke Up by Ugmonk

We had a late start on Day 3 mainly due to the amount of alcohol consumption the day before. That’s okay because we kicked the day off by eating a late breakfast/early lunch at Schultzy’s Sausage on “The Ave” near the University of Washington. When I visited Seattle 5 years ago this place was a small hole in the wall and I loved eating there. They’ve renovated since then but the sausage burgers are still amazing! The original Shultzy is my weapon of choice.

Shultzy's Sausage

We then headed back to the Seattle Waterfront to checkout the Seattle Aquarium, which I thought I had visited before but it turned out that I had mistaken it for the New England Aquarium. The New England Aquarium was awesome. The Seattle Aquarium, not so much. A harbor boat cruise tour  followed (via Argosy Cruises) and we got to see the different Seattle landmarks from a different perspective.

After the cruise we walked through Downtown/Pioneer Square and towards Safeco Field to watch the Mariners play the Yankees. I love going to pro sporting events whenever I’m on the mainland since we have zilch pro sports in Hawaii. I found it interesting that they allowed vendors to sell food right next to the stadium. You could even bring goods inside the stadium except for liquids. Awesome!

Safeco Field

We had time to kill before the game so we hopped on over to the Pyramid Brewing Company. Pyramid makes my favorite beer, the Pyramid Hefeweizen (renamed the Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen). It was a 40 minute wait to get into the restaurant but we hung out in the Beer Garaden and drank a few while we waited to get in- how convenient! Once inside we ordered up some garlic fries (which were amazing) and had, you guessed it, more beer!

Pyramid Hefeweitzen

After the impromptu beer session we headed to the ball park, just a couple of feet away. We had pretty good seats overlooking left field. The Mariners got off to a good start and then the Yankees kicked it up a notch around the 6th inning. Needless to say, the Mariners lost and the Yankee fans were heckling away like mad men.

After the game we decided to checkout the late night vew from atop the Space Needle. I’ve never been up there  in the evening and have to say:

1. Much less people around. During the day it’s super crowded. If you hate crowds then go at night.
2. The view at night is stunning! It gets chilly up there so bring a jacket.

We chose to eat at the top of the Needle before heading back to our hotel. Another incredible day in the books.

At the Top of the Space Needle

Day 4 T-Shirt of Choice: The Gaming Revolution by Sean Mort (Threadless)

Baseball + Beer = Waking up late the following day. That’s exactly what happened. We ended up eating a late breakfast in the hotel. Not ideal but it did the trick.

The Gaming Revolution

So the whole reason why we made Seattle our destination for the now 4th Annual Guys Trip was because the good friend of one of my buddies was getting married. Today was the wedding ceremony and reception! The ceremony was held at the Sylvan Grove on the grounds of the University of Washington. It was a rather beautiful ceremony that incorporated both American and Cambodian customs.

University of Washington

Bopha & Lang

Co-Tee TV Seattle Edition: Ugmonk

Welcome to this special edition of Co-Tee TV in Seattle!

In this video I review Jeff Sheldon’s very popular And Then I Woke Up. This is the Royal Blue variation. Some of you may recall that the original colorway is printed on an American Apparel Tri-Blend tee and that one became a hit in InternetLAND. In fact, you can find the Tri-Blend variation of And Then I Woke Up in Urban Outfitter’s throughout the United States. In fact, I spotted it in both Las Vegas and Seattle. The Royal Blue colorway, on the other hand, is only available in the Ugmonk online store (as far as I know). Price: $21 but you can save 10% by using the coupon code “COTY09″ at checkout.

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That’s me acting a fool at the Seattle Aquarium.

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to Seattle/Portland. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date as to what I’m up to and what tee I am wearing! If you want to checkout the tee that I wore just click on the orange links.

Arrival/Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: It’s A Plaid Nation/Super Soaker by ReThink Clothing

Things got off to interesting start with one of my friends missing their flight from Honolulu to Washington but that’s okay because he arrived earlier than I did! This was because he was able to get a direct flight when his original flight was delayed. Our third friend, who was coming from Boston and flying Delta Airlines found out that his luggage never made it to Seattle. Poor guy, he would not receive until two days later.

Our first full day in Seattle was spent driving up to Mount St. Helens, a good 3 hour drive from Tacoma, Washington. But it turned out to be a let down since it was very, very cloudy and rainy up at the top Johnston Ridge Observatory. We got to learn a ton about the history of the 1980 eruption but unfortunately we weren’t able to see the crater. Lame!

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Later that night we met up with our friends from Seattle, whom were getting married that weekend. We checked out The Parlor Billiards & Spirits at the Bellevue Entertainment Center, an upscale billiards parlor frequented by many Microsoft employees (booo!). And in case you were wondering, Microsoft owns a ton of buildings in the Seattle area – I saw Microsoft plastered everywhere. My worst nightmare.

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: American Apparel Poly-Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Shirt

Day 2 we planned to hit up the typical Seattle tourist spots. This meant visits to the Seattle Space Needle and Pike Place Public Market. I’ve been to both before so I knew what to expect. What I really looked forward to was eating at The Crab Pot located at the Seattle Waterfront. If you plan to be in the Seattle area then The Crab Pot is a must visit destination. They serve up amazing seafood that’s dumped directly on to your table, including, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Steamed Clams, Pacific Mussels, Ouille Sausage, Corn on the Cob and Red Potatoes. We ordered four buckets full of seafood goodness!

The Gum Wall

This is The Seattle Gum Wall! I love this alley way in the back of Pike’s in Downtown Seattle. A wall filled with chewed gum – so ewww but so cool!

The Crab Pot

The Crab Pot

Later that evening we decided to do the Seattle Underworld Tour, which is a variation of the family friendly Seattle Underground Tour. Seattle is a city built on top of the original city. The great fire of 1889 burnt the original city of Seattle down and a new city was erected on top of the original. Because of this, the original city still exists one story below ground level. This certianly made for an interested tour that consisted of tales of sex, whores, opium and debauchery. Great stuff! Oh, and did I mention that you get to drink during this tour, well, at the end of it anyway, a free cocktail on the house!

Seattle Underworld Tour

We wrapped up the evening by consuming even more beer, but at a different location, The Ram, which is located in the University district. We had good beers and talked up a storm. Basically caught with what had been going on in each others lives for the past year. Good times.Beer at The Ram

Friends Don’t Let Friends Tweet and Drive

This shirt makes me wonder, have there been any reported accidents directly due to someone sending out a tweet? In any case, you should not be sending out tweets while you’re behind the wheel. Neither should you be eating, drinking, doing your nails, brushing your teeth or releasing sexual tension.

You can pick up this shirt from Rizzo Tees for just $15. Buy this shirt and save a life.

Friends Don't Let Friends Tweet & Drive

Heading South For The Winter

Heading South For The Winter is the newest tee from Uneetee.com and the most recent $1500 contest winner. The artist, againstbound, recently mentioned that he submitted this design to Uneetee last October, yeah, as in october 2008! What an awesome surprise it must have been to have won so many months later. You can pick up Heading South For Winter from Uneetee.com for just $12.

Heading South For The Winter

Design A Pirate Tee and Win £200!

How does £200 sound to you? It sounds great to me! If you want that £200 in your wallet then enter the Pirate Contest over at Fair & Bare T-Shirts and you could be the lucky winner.

The contest is in celebration of the popular Internet meme, Talk Like A Pirate Day. And if you’re not familiar with this special day then here’s the lowdown: On September 19th of each year everyone across the world is encouraged to speak like pirates! How awesome is that. And this year, while you’re speaking liking a pirate you can be wearing the best pirate inspired tee from Fair & Bare T-Shirts!

Pirate

Do The Carlton!

This highlarious shirt comes to us courtesy of The Printed Mind and was designed by illustrator and artist, Gaunty. I grew up watching The Fresh Prince of Bell-Air and so when I spotted this tee over at Emptees images of Carlton doing his patented dances started to flow through my mind. Carlton was infectious and his moves, well, they were corny yet classic.

You can pick up Do The Carlton from The Printed Mind for $19.99. Relieve the 90’s with some Carlton swingin’ goodness!

Do The Carlton

Do The Carlton