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

San Diego/Las Vegas Trip Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to San Diego/Las Vegas. 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 T-Shirt of Choice: The Caduceus Tee by Found Item Clothing

So we landed in San Diego from Honolulu late Wednesday night and decided to grab a bite to eat after checking into our hotel. Luckily, The Sophia Hotel is a cute little boutique hotel located in Downtown San Diego and just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter. Despite the large number of eateries in the area, most of the kitchens were closed. Who needs food when beer is plentiful? We did, however, happen to find a nice little Thai restaurant on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter called Royal Thai Cuisine. The staff there were friendly, the ambience was nice and the food was good! I’m just glad they were open late!

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Me and Michelle at the airport headed to San Diego. You can see just a piece of the Caduceus tee from Found Item Clothing.

While we were walking around 5th Avenue someone mentioned, as they walked passed me, “Nice Shirt! I love Ferris Buller!” You can pick up The Caduceus Tee from Found Item Clothing for just $21.95.

Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: Otter-Tude by ReThink Clothing

Our first full day in San Diego – I knew my feet would take a beating but I was game! The first stop of the day was the Embarcadero and a ferry ride to Coronado Island. Coronado Island is a small beach community with an island feel and is located just across of the San Diego skyline. After some photo taking we had lunch at Peohe’s on Coronado Island. Peohe’s is a Hawaiian themed seafood restaurant but the only thing Hawaiian about the restaurant is the name (which many of the employees had a difficult time pronouncing). The food was just ok for me, nothing great despite having a fairly high yelp ranking I would definitely suggest you check out either Alan Wong’s or one of the many Roy’s restaurants for far superior Hawaii/pacific rim fusion food fare. The one thing that was great about the restaurant was the awesome view of the city.

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Here’s me doing a jumping around on Coronado Island. You can see San Diego in the background. I promise that I’ve got Otter-Tude under that button up shirt.

After lunch we took the ferry back and walked to Seaport Village which is basically a bunch of touristy type shops. When I say touristy I mean very touristy. If I ever make it back to San Diego I’d probably pass on visiting this place.

One place that I definitely would visit over and over again is the Gaslamp Quarter, which was our next stop. Lot’s of cool shops and a ton of restaurants. This area of downtown seems to always be lively no matter the hour. We walked up 4th and 5th Avenue and then checked out Horton Plaza, a huge mall in the middle of downtown San Diego. Later that afternoon we caught Angels & Demons, which for me, was a huge disappointment. The book was definitely better and I wish they didn’t remove as many things as they did. After the movie I had to rush down to an AT&T to pick up a charger for my iPhone because I had left mine in Honolulu!

We decided to, again, hit up the Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and decided to dine at Sloppy Joey’s. The Margherita Pizza was amazingly good! By the time we finished up at Sloppy Joey’s it was about 11ish and since the girlfriend is not a drinker we didn’t do the bar hopping thing (which I don’t mind because I was pooped anyway) and instead of heading back to the hotel I convinced her into watching Terminator Salvation. I’m a huge fan of the Terminator series and have been anticipating this McG directed flick for some time now. I was not dissapointed – I loved it!

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Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: Wingtips by Manos Lakoutsis

Amazingly this was the first time I’ve worn Wingtips (other than the time I reviewed it on Episode 19 of Co-Tee TV).

The first half of Day 2 was all about shopping. We picked up a rental car and then drove to just about the Tijuana border to the Las Americas Outlet Mall. After a quick breakfast at IHOP (not original, yes, but right next to the mall). The outlet mall was amazingly huge and easily the largest outlet mall I’ve been too, and I’ve been to a couple in multiple cities. We spent about 6 hours at Las Americas and bought a LOT of stuff, ’nuff said!

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There’s Wingtips from Threadless! How do those white wayfarers look on me?

The second half of the day was spent at the ballpark! We checked out the San Diego Padres as they faced off against the Chicago Cubs at PETCO Park. We always make it a point to check out at least one sporting event whenever we travel which has been fun, especially since I’m a huge sports fan! We had great seats, 7th row, adjacent to first base. I must say that the fans here are very mild compared to ones I’ve experienced in both Boston and New York. The hotdogs were great as usual and enhanced, of course, by the setting and the firework show at the end of the game was a nice surprise. Oh yeah, and the Padres won 4-0.

Tomorrow: Sea World.

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At PETCO Park after the Padres and Cubs game.