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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Samples of my work
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.
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.
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.