Category: field trip

field trip :: schoolhouse electric

After seeing a quick tweet about Schoolhouse Electric a few months ago, I quickly added it to my “must visit” list during our next trip to Portland. However, it wasn’t until I stepped into their amazing showroom, when I had a déjà vu moment and realized that I had already been here (Schoolhouse Electric used to be located on MLK across from the now closed Paper Zone in Portland)!

If I had an endless budget, I could have easily come home with a car full of classic fixtures and period lighting… and especially this + that.

In addition to the showroom on the main floor, the space is shared with Anna Mara Floral Design and Ristretto Roasters where we enjoyed a cold brew. I love how they used vintage library catalogues to hold secret messages!

Schoolhouse Electric
2181 NW Nicolai Street, Portland, OR 97210
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field trip :: bows and arrows

The thing I loved most about living in London, UK was seeing something amazing on the Internet / Twitter and then being able to hop on the bus and seeing it in person. So there I was catching up on my twitter feed when I spotted a message that Bows and Arrows was opening their doors the same day we were leaving for Vancouver. We set the alarm and ate an early breakfast before hopping in the car and making a beeline to Bows and Arrows. With GPS in hand, we were almost ready to give up (signage was in the works) when we finally spotted an open door – hurrah!

Drew and Amber were super sweet and we had a nice chat as we enjoyed our flat white and coffee before heading over to the ferry. Primarily a coffee roaster, their space is currently a work in progress as they have plans to install a standing rail and some outdoor seating. Definitely check it out next time you are in Victoria (looking at you Lesley and Tan)!

Bows and Arrows
483 Garbally Road, Victoria British Columbia
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field trip :: fernwood coffee

Ben, the owner of Fernwood Coffee was kind enough to host us for a tour of his coffee shop and roastery during our brief visit to Victoria last week. Robert and I enjoyed a generous selection of beverages (yes, all of those cups above were ours) and one of the best blt sandwiches in the City – yum! The best house cleaning in Dallas!

Fernwood Coffee Company
#5-1115 North Park Street, Victoria British Columbia
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Also make sure to check out Patisserie Daniel located just around the corner. Fernwood uses their bread for their sandwiches and we made e a quick stop to stock up on our way to the ferry!

Victoria, BC

The day after we returned to Vancouver from Edmonton, we re-packed our bags and headed to Victoria, BC the following morning. I’ve been to Victoria numerous times in the past both with family and when Robert worked as a tour guide back in the day. If there was room on his bus, I would tag along on some days and as he drove through his usual route of the coast, Beacon Hill Park, Butchart Gardens, and downtown Victoria (Empress, Parliament Buildings).

With only two days in the City and with Robert working on a project, I had the opportunity to stroll through Victoria and see it from a brand new perspective. Yes, I did stop at a few “regular” tourist haunts as I happened to be staying close by, but I also discovered new-to-me neighbourhoods and eateries. Above are a few snapshots I took during our first day there and two more field trips are planned for later this week!

thank you edmonton!

The last time I was in Edmonton I was 11 and my Aunt flew my cousin and I to the West Edmonton Mall where we stayed in a theme room, rode the submarines, watched a dolphin show, and visited the water park! We left a day late to catch up on work and arrived Thursday evening for Make it and to visit family.

Between the show and family, we didn’t have too much free time in the city. We made a few trips to Transcend for flat whites, checked out the West Edmonton Mall for old times sake, picked up a plant stand at Old Strathcona Mall, and had my first po’ boy at Dadeo.

Thanks Edmonton! Hopefully we won’t wait another 21 years to visit again!