feast style

TestSunnies: Sunday Somewhere. Clutch: A.P.C. Shirt: J.Crew. Denim: Acne Studios. Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors.

What’s a food festival without a little personal style? Inspired by NYFW street style, I plan to keep it casually chic at Feast Portland this weekend with a slouchy button down, chunky heels and a clutch with pop.

What event are you headed to? Feast Portland has so much to offer with main events, classes, tasting panels and dinner series. It’s almost overwhelming the amount of breweries, chefs, distilleries and artisans in attendance. Tickets still for sale include, Thursday’s Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational, Friday’s Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Chardonnay is for Lovers Tasting Panel, A Walk on the Sour Side Tasting Panel and Negroni O’Clock Tasting Panel. More main events, tasting panels and a dinner series on Saturday with Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Beans and Booze Tasting Panel and Chris Cosentino and Kyo Koo at Bluehour.

Hope to see you there!

image via Refinery29

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love notes

Wine Country Half l TWELFTH AVENUE{Wine Country Half finishing in Carlton, Oregon}

Coalition Brewing l TWELFTH AVENUE{Getting a private tour at Coalition Brewing}

Tasty n Alder l TWELFTH AVENUE{Food window at one of my favorites, Tasty n Alder}

Beer l TWELFTH AVENUE{Yes, please}

Blooper l TWELFTH AVENUE{I always love a good outtake}

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reading list

Reading-List

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A charming story about a professor of genetics looking to find a wife. He designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner, a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers and the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities, and is quickly disqualified as a candidate. However, an unlikely relationship develops―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. “Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY).” 

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I wasn’t immediately intrigued by the story line of this book, but once I saw it was written by the same author as The Virgin Suicides, it was instantly added to my book list. A story about a baby who was first born as a girl, and then again as a teenage boy.

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten. I have mentioned other Barefoot Contessa favorites in the past, but I especially like the looks of her latest book Make It Ahead. I love to entertain, so will find her clear instruction and do-ahead recipes very helpful in preparing for my next dinner party.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. All I really needed to know to make me want to read more, Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times This story of two misfits falling in love helps you remember your first, and how hard it pulled you under.

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chocolate chip zucchini muffins

chocolate chip zucchini muffins

After the chocolate chip sweet bomb I delivered a few weeks ago, I figured I owed you guys something a bit less artery-clogging, but nonetheless baked and chocolatey. Behold: The softest, most delicious “healthy” muffins you will ever bake.

P.S. No, I am not hosting a children’s birthday party – these rainbow cupcake liners were all I had.

chocolate chip zucchini muffins

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
(recipe via Ambitious Kitchen)
makes 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 small to medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and generously spray inside of liners with nonstick cooking spray.

Squeeze shredded zucchini of excess water with a paper towel. (This is an important step!)

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add mashed banana, oil, honey, vanilla and eggs; mix until smooth. Add in zucchini, applesauce, and yogurt and beat again until well combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix the batter. Gently fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Evenly divide batter into muffin cups. The batter will probably reach the top of each muffin liner, but that’s okay. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Because this is a “healthy” recipe…

Calories: 153, Fat: 4.4g, Carbs: 27.2g, Sugar: 12.6g, Fiber: 3.0g, Protein: 4.3g

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return from scotland

Lake District l TWELFTH AVENUE
Lake District2 l TWELFTH AVENUE
Glasgow Allen l TWELFTH AVENUE
Glasgow l TWELFTH AVENUE
Glasgow2 l TWELFTH AVENUE
Glenfiddich l TWELFTH AVENUE
Golf Place l TWELFTH AVENUE
Tails End l TWELFTH AVENUE
St. Andrews2 l TWELFTH AVENUE
St. Andrews l TWELFTH AVENUE
Stirling l TWELFTH AVENUE
Stirling Castle l TWELFTH AVENUE
Whiskey l TWELFTH AVENUE
Edinburgh l TWELFTH AVENUE
Tattoo l TWELFTH AVENUE

From London to the Lake District to Glasgow to Inverness to Aberdeen to Stirling and finally to Edinburgh, it was a great trip. Scotland is beautiful.

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