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I am LeLa Becker. I am a published travel author and I write viral articles. I have been reviewing restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and resorts for over 10 years. Before I started to write I was in the service industry forever. So I am very familiar with the ins and outs of the industry.

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Generally, I don't approve of walking in a door of an establishment and immediately running into the counter. It's bad feng shui. It stops the flow of energy into a space. But there is always an exception to the rule. At Jim and Patty's Coffee Shop on Fremont in Portland. Pushing open the lime green front door and immediately running into a counter full of energetic, smiling, informative and eager employees is a delight, to say the least. This quaint, family-owned coffee shop's cup flows over with friendly chatter, bubbling in from all corners. Fill your senses with warm smells of freshly baked goods and intensely creative coffee concoctions.

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Good cheap food and happy customers. Cha Cha Cha has taken this same simple concept and turned it into a hip, friendly place to enjoy a fresh, cheap meal. The minute I walked in the door I was greeted by a smiling counter worker. He allowed me time to look over the menu. I scanned over a list of true Mexican tacos and burrito specialties.

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Sweet Basil Review

On the busy street of Broadway, tucked into a tree-lined cul-de-sac, sits Sweet Basil. My favorite Thai restaurant in all of Portland. Walk into the pink house by the way of the white wooden steps and they will lead you into a sunny dining room. There you will be greeted by Golden Fat Buddhas sitting high on their shelves, green plants, crisp white linens and a smiling Thai wait staff. To those of you that like to be surrounded in loveliness, sit outside. Be prepared to be transported into a fairy's land. Modestly they will seat you on a red wooden deck, overgrown with thick green grape vines; that shade you from the sun while providing a sweet amuse bouche. The wet smell of tart grapes mixed with a sweet Thai iced tea is enough to send your senses into a tailspin.