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  • - We are headed to Portland, Oregon,

  • the place Johnny and I both call home,

  • and one of my favorite cities in the world.

  • I'm so excited to show you it.

  • As I was planning this trip, I was like,

  • "What the?

  • We do the same thing in almost every city we go to."

  • It's like a formula or a recipe if you will.

  • I hope you will, cause we're just going to go with it.

  • And I just want to share that with you,

  • that formula for travel.

  • But first, we have to pack,

  • and then head to San Francisco for a little stop-over

  • to meet my new baby niece.

  • I can't even, I am so excited!

  • And then we're going to Portland for some family time,

  • some exploring, some food of course,

  • because duh, food.

  • And to tell you all about our formula for travel.

  • See you there.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - [Narrator] Careful!

  • I love you!

  • - [Child] I love you!

  • (mumbling)

  • - That's enough because I'm here too

  • and I need you to know that she won't let me hold you.

  • - Who's your favorite aunt?

  • - First and foremost, most importantly, we find,

  • what food does that city do best?

  • And then we go eat it.

  • Not just it, but we find the best place

  • that serves that specific food.

  • We've done this in many cities.

  • In Scotland, we did afternoon tea and English breakfast.

  • In Hong Kong, oddly enough we did french toast,

  • which is something that they do best,

  • and we experienced dim sum, which was a treat!

  • In Austin, we did tacos.

  • Like tacos, just all day.

  • And in New York City, we did pizza.

  • And obviously these places have so many things

  • that they also do amazingly,

  • but I don't usually don't try to find

  • my favorite food in a city.

  • I try to find exactly what it is that they do

  • that they're famous for,

  • and then I usually ask around to find out

  • where the best place is for that.

  • In Portland, this is a combination of things.

  • First and foremost, the food carts.

  • There's a myriad of experiences you can have

  • with food carts.

  • Some are themed, so there's Latino food carts and pods,

  • and some are just a random assortment of delicious food

  • like this one that we went to.

  • In one stop we were able to get tempura vegetables,

  • some tempura fusion version of jalapeno poppers,

  • quesadillas, rice and beans,

  • Teriyaki chicken,

  • and Thai tea with boba,

  • because my love for boba knows no end.

  • Isn't that the winner?

  • Salmon inside cream cheese, deep-fried.

  • There's such an experience to be had,

  • and if you're in Portland, you just have to do it.

  • The second thing that we do in every single city we visit

  • is go on a hike.

  • This last trip we went out to the gorge

  • and we went to Multnomah Falls,

  • which is somewhere we've been visiting since we got married,

  • and probably since we were kids.

  • And we went to a hike called-

  • what's it called?

  • - [Man] What?

  • - What's the hike called in Portland?

  • - [Man] Which one?

  • - The one in the gorge that we went to.

  • - [Man] Angel's Landing.

  • - That's not real.

  • That's one in Zion.

  • - [Man] Angel's Rest.

  • - Angel's Rest.

  • It was a gorgeous hike, and such a fun hike with the kids.

  • It was perfect to go with Oliver and Henry.

  • They're such troopers.

  • Honestly we got halfway and Henry asked to go hiking more

  • because he said he's the king of hiking.

  • So we honored that while Ollie and I, cause we're smart,

  • headed back down.

  • We've done this in most every city we've been to.

  • In Edinburgh, we went and hiked Arthur's Seat.

  • It was so freaking beautiful and such a different look

  • into the city and the culture there.

  • In Hong Kong, we did one called Red Burner's Incense?

  • Red Incense Burner Summit.

  • And I wasn't super happy about it-

  • What is the short cut?

  • But it ended up being really beautiful.

  • Portland has so many good hikes to offer.

  • There really is just no shortage

  • when it comes to options of different hikes to do.

  • The third thing that we do in every single city

  • is find the coziest coffee shop.

  • I love a good coffee shop.

  • I think that it's a really strong reflection

  • of a culture in a place.

  • And it doesn't have to be just coffee.

  • If the place that you're visiting does something else

  • especially well, some drink especially well,

  • it can be that.

  • So in Hong Kong, we did milk tea,

  • and oh my gosh I was drinking that stuff by the gallon

  • it was so phenomenal.

  • In New York City we found this coffee shop

  • called Irving Farm which we just fell in love with.

  • And in Japan, we found this place called Onibus,

  • which was heavenly.

  • In Portland there are endless options for coffee shops,

  • but a staple is Stumptown.

  • And it is so darling.

  • The one in Ace Hotel has the most adorable little lounge

  • where you can take a family photo in a photo booth,

  • and it was an experience.

  • - [Man] Look at all these people.

  • - Should we keep it closed or should we let dad in?

  • - [Man] Did I hear something? (gasp)

  • Oh my goodness!

  • - There's also a staple

  • that we've been visiting for a long time called Townshends,

  • it has recently rebranded

  • which I'm not happy about in the least.

  • But, it serves kombucha,

  • which is like a Portland staple,

  • and it serves it on tap.

  • So, if you're looking to really experience

  • the Portland vibe, go get yourself a growler

  • or a cup of kombucha, slurp it down.

  • You'll love it!

  • Or you won't!

  • But I do.

  • That's all that matters, cause it was me there, not you.

  • The fourth thing that we do in every single city

  • is we find a view.

  • This is like essential.

  • Because you want to see the city itself.

  • You want to see all of the surroundings

  • and see the city kind of in a more like

  • (mumbles) perspective.

  • I don't know.

  • You just want to be able to see it,

  • and not be so up close in it.

  • Obviously, in New York City,

  • a really good option for this was going to either

  • the Brooklyn Bridge or the Rockefeller Center.

  • We love just getting a full view of the city

  • from both of these places.

  • In Hong Kong, we did the Victoria's Secret (laughs)

  • Victoria Peak.

  • - [Man] Yeah.

  • - Which you can take the tram up or hike

  • and the view is just stunning of the city.

  • It's so so so beautiful.

  • In Montreal, that was one of the most memorable views

  • that we've experienced up on Mount Royal.

  • It is just like so beautiful and cozy and freezing.

  • It's also freezing, but it's so beautiful.

  • We happen to be there in winter.

  • So if you're there in the summer,

  • it likely won't be freezing.

  • But, I can't get that cold out of my head.

  • One of my favorite views that we've ever seen was in Cuba.

  • We went to this like fort outside of the city.

  • The views were so beautiful.

  • And the kids could run around.

  • Getting a view is something that we love to do

  • not just to escape kind of the craziness of the city,

  • but also to really see it in all its glory.

  • So, get a view.

  • In Portland, we did this in kind of a new way.

  • From the waterfront of Portland,

  • we took the (mumbles)

  • OHSU Aerial Tram.

  • Did I get it?

  • - [Man] OSHU Aerial Tram.

  • - Look at this face.

  • Never messes up.

  • - [Man] Never messed up ever.

  • - Never says Victoria's Secret

  • when she means Victoria Peak (laughs)

  • It was such a fun family activity.

  • Kids under six were free, the boys loved it,

  • and it was such a stunning view.

  • Check it out.

  • A crazy big spaceship!

  • - It's a train!

  • It drives a little bit, and it flies!

  • - The final thing from our travel formula

  • that we do in every single city is we visit a bookstore.

  • Yes, even if we don't speak the language

  • of that specific place.

  • I think it's such a beautiful look into the values

  • and the vibe of the city that you're visiting

  • so we always try to find a local juicy bookstore.

  • The best bookstore in the world happens to be in Portland

  • and it is Powell's.

  • It is truly like

  • the Costco of books

  • except it has more soul because it's a local bookstore.

  • It's not like a massive chain

  • but like Costco gives you samples

  • and Powell's doesn't do that so.

  • Powell's is magical.

  • We go there every single time,

  • and we try to find a book for ourselves,

  • and for our kids, and it's just as dreamy as can be!

  • So, watch us do that!

  • What books do you want?

  • - The find a skeleton book.

  • - [Narrator] A what book?

  • - A skeleton book.

  • - [Narrator] A skeleton book?

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Narrator] Here it is.

  • Do you see the skeletons?

  • - [Child] Yeah.

  • - Obviously there are so many more things

  • that we do in each place,

  • and that's usually tailored to the specific place,

  • but I love the idea of having a formula

  • for each place that you visit.

  • And I always make sure that I do these top five things.

  • Always.

  • And, when I do that, even if it's just a weekend in a place,

  • I feel like I've gotten to see

  • a really well-rounded perspective of that place

  • which is the goal when you travel.

  • So, use this travel formula next time you go somewhere,

  • let me know what you think.

  • This trip to Portland was a visit back home

  • to see family for the holidays.

  • As I'm sure you know, this can be a crazy time of year,

  • and the travel makes it no less crazy.

  • Don't get me wrong, seeing family is more than worth it,

  • but it can be a little wild at times.

  • This video is sponsored by Away,

  • and it's no exaggeration when I say,

  • their bags made this trip so much more seamless.

  • Traveling for the winter can be especially daunting

  • because of all the coats and sweaters

  • and like million things that you have to pack.

  • You know I'm an advocate for light packing,

  • but for winter, that can be really really difficult.

  • So their carry-ons have this compression pad

  • that just allows you to just get it all in there.

  • Your big coats, your big sweaters, everything.

  • I was genuinely shocked

  • at how much I was able to fit in there.

  • And very pleased with myself.

  • Henry might be the king of hiking,

  • but I, my friends, am the king of packing.

  • - [Man] Queen.

  • - King.