YAKIMA, Wash. -- Michelle Paine, 44, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the U.S. at 9 months when she was adopted by a Wenatchee family. When she was 3, her family moved to Yakima and her parents started Paine Dental Lab. She’s an Eisenhower High School graduate who later took classes at Yakima Valley College.
Michelle lives in Naches with her sons, Zachary, 16, and Brandon, 14. In addition to insurance billing at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital, Michelle works special events with AntoLin Tasting Room. She’s a wine enthusiast who loves the experience of wine tasting and fine dining as much as she loves to travel, ski and work out at the gym. These are a few of her favorite things.
“I can’t live without it,” Michelle said, following the admission with laughter.
The Vietnamese noodle soup is one she really enjoys during the cold winter months to combat the lower temperatures and to help when she’s feeling poorly.
“When I’m sick, it’s what makes me feel best,” she said. “I like it better than chicken soup — it’s so warm and aromatic. It’s just a nice, warm feeling in your tummy.”
Pho King Crab at 1601 E. Washington Ave. in Union Gap is her favorite spot to satisfy her craving.
“I cannot live without Netflix — I’m, like, addicted,” she admitted.
The self-proclaimed movie buff said she loves the selection of movies and series available — especially the steaming app’s original content.
“I like to binge watch,” she said. “They’ve got so much binge-watch-worthy stuff.”
Among her favorite series are “Stranger Things” and “Atypical.”
For movies, she mentioned the recently released — and widely discussed — “Bird Box” and the goosebump-inducing “You.”
“It was awesome,” she said. “But it was so creepy because the guy is one you want to like so much because he’s so handsome. And the main character, the girl, I could relate to her because she’s a lot like me — especially with her boy problems.”
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3. Her heels
“High heels are a must — I’ve actually been known for them,” she said. “I wear them all the time and people are, like, ‘How do you walk in those things?’ I mean, I wear them everywhere.”
More than 150 pairs all over the house doesn’t stop her from acquiring more. And when it comes to adding to the collection, there’s one local spot that instantly comes to mind.
“I do buy a lot of my heels from WILDJAY because they have an edge,” she said. “They’ve got really awesome shoes and they’re for a good price.”
And as anyone with an affinity for great footwear knows, there’s always that one pair that everybody seems to notice.
“I call them my hooker heels because they look like something a hooker would wear — or maybe a dancer,” she said. “They’re like black Mary Janes. They’re super high and I bought them for a costume — they were part of an Asian schoolgirl costume.”
And though she wasn’t able to wear the costume as she’d intended, she’s still gotten plenty of use from the heels.
“I get a lot of compliments on them.”
You’ve been to WILDJAY, right? The ultra chic spot in the heart of downtown Yakima is open Tuesdays through Saturdays at 25 N. Front St., right over by Carousel Restaurant and Bistro.
“I can’t live without my wine,” she said. “I tend to like white wines — I can’t do the red ones because they give me a really bad headache.”
When it comes to reaching for a glass, Michelle said it’s usually a pinot grigio, a moscato or riesling.
“And then, I really love AntoLin’s viognier — that’s my go-to,” she said. “I had never had one before I started working there, and then when I got one I was like ‘oh, my God.’ It’s not as sweet as a riesling and not as dry as chardonnay — it’s kind of in-between.”
For some of the viognier Michelle raves about, AntoLin’s tasting room is at 14 N. Front St. — right across the street and a few steps to the left from WILDJAY. You could make a day of it.
5. Two T-shirts
“It’s a toss-up between these two shirts,” she said. “One is an Adventure Time T-shirt, and I’ve got a monster one. It says ‘Rawr’ because that is how I get when I’m hungry. I’m a monster.”
And they’re not just the shirts she puts on to go to sleep.
“As soon as I get home from work, the work clothes come off and I put on a T-shirt and a pair of leggings or something comfy,” she said. “Those are my two favorite T-shirts and I would die if something happened to them.”