Seemoore’s Polar Parlor in Pahrump, NV

It’s the second week of July and things are heating up here in California! It has me dreaming of air conditioning and frozen treats. I’ve been thinking of this fun ice cream spot I visited earlier this year and wanted to share it with you.

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Seemoore’s Polar Parlor is an ice cream stand is located in Pahrump, Nevada, about a hour-drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Pahrump is known for year-round fireworks sales and has a couple of casinos as well. This stand is off the main drag, but worth the stop for a sweet treat.

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We visited one afternoon in April. Some guests had just walked out when I took this shot and then a few more cars had pulled up by the time I had ordered. It looked fairly popular with a steady stream of customers, even though there was construction on the road in front of the stand.

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They have many different offerings– I had an Oreo Storm, which was very tasty and while I don’t have a pup, I love that they had a doggie sundae option! There is plenty of parking for a quick pickup or they have outdoor seating if you want to hang out and enjoy your ice cream.

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Even the side of the building has ice cream cone-like detail! They also note that they are the world’s tallest ice cream stand, pretty cool! If you are in or Pahrump I definitely recommend stopping by for fun tourist pics and some ice cream.

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The Buffet at Wynn Casino

I’ve been seeing plenty of “Christmas in July” events on tv so I browsed my trip photos from Las Vegas last December to see if I had anything I could post. We had dinner at The Buffet, located in the Wynn Casino, and it was very beautiful and tasty. While we went at Christmas-time, the buffet had a brightly colored, Alice in Wonderland-like atmosphere. Here are some photos:

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While it was December, the hotel had gorgeous holiday decor all around, including these bright, sparkling trees. The restaurant itself was not holiday themed and has its own bright and fun look.

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After walking through the line passed the cashier, the room opens up to this fantastical display of mixed flowers and fruit.

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There was a great mix of food, with soups, salads, carving stations, etc.

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Their seafood section was very popular.

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My favorite area was the dessert room– the decorations were so pretty! They had tall fountains and cones decorated with brightly colored faux desserts.

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Their desserts were small “two-biters” as my Dad says, a nice size to sample multiple goodies.

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While I didn’t have any ice cream/sorbet/gelato, I loved this feature– a spinning wheel of frozen desserts! It sat on an angle and the worker would spin the wheel when people ordered a flavor. It was a big hit with the crowd and the most popular area in the dessert room.

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The Buffet has multiple rooms and can accommodate large parties; I would just call ahead for a big group. Each room has beautiful and bright details and I think this would be a beautiful place for birthdays or even bridal events.

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The Wynn casino is definitely a higher end casino in Las Vegas, so the prices and ambiance reflect that. It’s not a place I will visit every time I go to the Strip as it was a bit pricey, but I enjoyed the meal and really enjoyed walking around and taking in the atmosphere. For the budget conscious, I would consider trying to go mid-week or consider trying the breakfast or lunch. It’s a beautiful spot for a delicious meal.

Vintage Sign Post: Arne’s Royal Hawaiian

I’ve been a longtime fan of old signs. I think they’re so much more interesting than today’s common backlit box signs. They’re more expensive, but are a great detail for any business.

Driving around Southern California there are still a lot of cool old signs, although they are being torn down on the regular. I lost all my old pictures on my last computer (an expensive and sad lesson learned about the values of external hard drives) so I often bring my camera with me to recapture old faves and stop whenever I come across new-to-me vintage gems.

If you’ve ever driven from SoCal to Las Vegas, you may have noticed the giant thermometer out in the desert counting the crazy-high Summer temps. That is in the city of Baker, which is also home to a few gas stations, quick serve food spots, and an intergalactic jerky station with an empty lot nearby that claims to soon be an UFO-theme hotel (another post on that later, promise!).

As you cruise through Baker’s main drag, you will also see the remains of Arne’s Royal Hawaiian Motel, including the beautifully decrepit signs.

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To be clear, Baker is on the way to Vegas or the turn off towards Death Valley, so it’s not exactly a lush paradise.

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It has obviously been closed for a few years, and even though the sun was out and I wasn’t alone, I didn’t want to venture too far into this Polynesian hideaway– I was a little creeped out! I do wish I had seen it in it’s heyday, probably before the mega resorts of Vegas became commonplace.

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I did like the turquoise color way with diamond detail. Part of me would love to see someone swoop in and refurb this whole place into an Instagram worthy hotspot straight out of an old Mad Men episode, but Baker is just too close to Vegas.

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So next time you pass by the thermometer, stop and pay the Royal Hawaiian a quick visit (from the safety of your car).

Back to It!

Hello, friends! It has been a few months since my last post, but all for good reason: I had a travel opportunity! Isn’t that the goal when working on a travel blog? A friend of mine was discussing an upcoming trip to Japan, a place I’ve long wished to visit, and I half-jokingly asked if I could tag along. My friend, being one of the coolest, most relaxed travelers I’ve met said, “Sure!” That was in February and the trip was in June. That is a pretty quick time frame for someone like me on a student budget to save up for an international trip, so I focused my free time on earning and saving money. That meant I had to give the blog a break for a bit. Now I’m back and excited to get back into blogging, including some vintage-inspired posts straight from Tokyo! Here are a couple of photos from my stay:

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Gachapons (or “Gachas”) are these fantastic coin machines similar to what we’d call a “quarter machine” in the USA. While we have some pretty lame prizes, the gachas are a couple dollars and much more interesting. I mean, bunny ears for your cat? I could have spent hundreds of dollars on all the fun, unique, and super cute prizes in these machines found all over Tokyo.

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While in Tokyo I had some delicious ramen at Ichiran. It’s a chain of ramen shops that are also known for being introvert-friendly: you order through a machine and sit in a little cubby-like station by yourself. It was taking me back in time to the school test days where teachers put dividers up so you couldn’t look at anyone’s paper. It was absolutely delicious and budget friendly.

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We also had an opportunity to venture out of Tokyo and see the Giant Buddha (“Daibutsu”) in Kamakura. I had seen photos of the statue before we left, but it was incredible to walk up the steps and see it in person. The patina on the bronze was rich and marbling in a way my camera couldn’t quite capture and it boggled my mind to think that it has been there since the 1200’s.

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Lastly, I also was able to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea! If you’ve browsed this blog you can tell I’m a big Disney fan so I was beyond excited to visit the parks. While I visited in June, the parks were still in full Easter celebration with lots of cute decor and souvenir items.

I am very happy that I had the opportunity to get to take a trip like this with a group of fun and easy going travelers, but it definitely felt too short and I hope to visit again someday. Have you ever been to Japan? What was your favorite place to visit?

Vintage Shopping at Beyond the Ranch in Redmond, Oregon

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I am so happy to show you pictures from one of my favorite shops in Oregon, Beyond the Ranch! In my previous thrift post and #VEF post I showed some matchbooks I picked up at this store. I stopped here with my family while spending some time in Redmond over the summer. It has a mix of vintage and newer items with added-on rooms and an outdoor space. If you have time to visit, make sure you give yourself time to browse.

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There’s a lot of great western theme items, which I don’t see too much in California.

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You can see a mix of antique, vintage, and newer items. I *totally* meant to grab this rhythm tray but it was the first thing I saw when I walked in and I didn’t want to carry it around. Then I forgot to pick it up, bummer! I love the colors on it.

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I really liked the vignettes set up throughout the store– the displays looked good and similar items were grouped together.

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They even had some cute clothing.

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You walk around the store and there are a bunch of small rooms stuffed with treasures.

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The boot collection was pretty good.

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My mom and I loved seeing all the cowboy and skiing gear as it’s not too common in SoCal. Also, is that portrait by the skis Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain?

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So you walk out of the main part of the shop and there is a barn-like structure with MORE little rooms. They had SO. MUCH. GOOD. STUFF!

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One of the mini rooms in the “barn” was military themed.

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They also have signage in the back.

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More western treasures!

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Once you pass through the barn area there was a whole outdoor space with rusty gold.

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They have this gem out back. My mom asked the price out of curiosity and the owner said that this was probably the only thing that isn’t for sale!

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I highly, highly recommend checking out this shop if you’re in the Redmond area. If you’re into thrifting and antiquing, Redmond would be a good stop– they also had a Goodwill and an antique mall called Farmers Co-Op (which was very close to this shop).

Have you visited any good thrift/antique stores in Oregon? Let me know where to go in the comments!

The Pie Hole in Orange, CA

Did you know that January 23rd is National Pie Day? I thought I’d celebrate with a post on the Pie Hole, a tasty pie joint in the city of Orange, CA.

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The Pie Hole is located at the corner of Glassell and Maple in Orange. If you’ve visited Orange, you probably know about all the great antique shops and have maybe visited Chapman University. They are both in walking distance from the restaurant.

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The shop is on the smaller side, which was fine for a mid-week visit, but I bet it gets busy on the weekends! It is a quick-serve spot where you order and find a seat and they bring your items to you.

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I tried to get a pic of the partial menu, but it was a bright and sunny day so there’s a little reflection! This does not include the specialty drinks and be mindful of ordering– when they’re out of something it’s done for the day! So I recommend visiting early if you have something special or popular in mind. On this trip the BLT salads were already sold out.

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Many of their pies, both sweet and savory, are on display.

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They also have some merch and coffee available for sale.

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Of course when I got there I decided I’d make a blog post and take photos, but when my Chicken & Cornbread pie arrived at the table all blog thoughts left my brain and I dug in! It wasn’t until I was about halfway through did I remember I wanted to take pictures of my meal. It was very tasty; nice and hot with great flavor! I also had some Mexican Chocolate pie for dessert, which was delicious and rich.

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My trip to the Pie Hole made for an excellent lunch. I will say that I am on a student budget, so it’s not a place I could visit all the time, but I do enjoy it for a sweet treat. If you’re walking around Orange Circle and enjoying shops I recommend stopping in and enjoying a slice or a hand pie to go! The dirty chai is also excellent and I look forward to getting another one soon.
The Pie Hole has a few locations in the LA/OC area (and apparently one in Japan?!), so check out their site here for more info and see if one is near you!

Vintage Ephemera Friday #009

Ephemera is defined as something that is not meant to last long– often paper goods. I find myself picking up matchbook covers, postcards, and old magazines at estate sales, flea markets, etc. I know that there are plenty others who dig this stuff too so I’ve decided to post a new piece every Friday as a series, “Vintage Ephemera Friday,” or #VEF on IG.

I encourage anyone else who reads this to also post cool old ephemeral goods (old papers, pins, magnets, pretty much all advertisement goods, whatever you like!) and post it with both “#VintageEphemeraFriday” and “#VEF” tags so in the future others can search through the collective finds.

For my 9th VEF post I’m showing a small vintage photo I purchased at a flea market. I remember the seller had bins and bins full of photos for $1 each and I liked this little photo. The woman, “Luella,” is yelling something (I’m guessing at the photographer?) through the screen door.

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I often find on older photos there is writing on the front, but older ones have it on the back– I’m guessing that changed when photos weren’t printed with a border? I wonder what she was saying…

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I also love her stripe top– still fashionable over 70 years later!

Please feel free to join in and post your vintage ephemera finds here or on IG on Fridays! #vintageephemerafriday #vef