October 7, 2015


Four days of eating, drinking and hobnobbing with some of the country’s best chefs – we could only be talking about Feast Portland, Oregon’s premier food festival. Peep some of our favorite moments below.

feastpdx{The finishing touches on Fifty Licks‘ buttermilk fudge ice cream? Lime zest, peanuts, candied ginger, and shaved bottarga, a delicacy of salted, cured fish roe. Sounds crazy, tastes amazing. Trust.}

feastpdx{Under the tents at day one of the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting. I know one pregnant lady who was very sad to miss out on the many, many wineries representing this year.}

feastpdx{Who can resist grilled cheese? Simpatica paired their truffled version with beet soup at OBGT.}feastpdx{Festival-goers enjoyed the gorgeous sunset views under the Tilikum Crossing bridge at USA Pears Night Market.}

feastpdx{By far the most popular dish at Night Market – the lamb dumplings with adjika butter and pickled pears from Kachka. I won’t name names, but some of my friends went back for seconds, thirds…even fifths.}

Thanks Bon Appétit and the Feast Portland team for hosting another year of this spectacular food festival. Looking forward to celebrating 5 years (!!!) of Feast next fall!


September 24, 2015

breakfast club


I love to brunch. Who doesn’t in Portland, really? And I love having plans throughout the week to look forward to, which is why a breakfast club makes perfect sense. I tossed the idea out to a couple friends, and they loved it as well, so this week marks our official start to monthly breakfast get-togethers.

Every month, we pick a day of the week to meet at a local breakfast spot. A chance to enjoy some fresh brewed coffee and warm pastries over morning chit chat. For our first breakfast meeting, I chose Nuvrei Cafe in the Pearl. A cool, upbeat neighborhood joint that puts out fresh French pastries each morning.

What do you think about the idea? Something you might try with your pals? I’d love to know.

image via ZsaZsa Bellagio



September 12, 2015

wedding bells: photography

They say choosing your wedding photographer is as important, if not more important, than choosing your venue and entertainment. So we put a lot of thought and consideration into who was going to snap our big day. I think people are drawn to different aesthetics and styles, so maybe your decision is very easy, but here are a couple helpful tips I found useful when making our selection.

1. Settle on a style.

2. Do your homework, set-up interviews and review full wedding albums.

3. Make sure your personalities mesh. It’s important that the photographer is excited about your vision.

Allen and I spent a fun afternoon with Jason Wasinger shooting some engagement photos in the Columbia Gorge. If you are interested, I’d love to share some from our session a couple months ago. Jason was really easy to work with, friendly and made it effortless for us. I think it’s important to feel like yourself when getting your picture taken.



September 10, 2015

feast style

feast-styleSweater: J.Crew. Jeans: Anthropologie. Sandals: Shopbop. Bag: Nordstrom.

Feast Portland is only one week away, so the obvious question is, what do I wear? For a day of small bite sampling at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, I’m feeling inspired by the comfort of light knits, slingback sandals and distressed jeans. This sweater in the season’s hottest olive hue is roomy enough to hide a day of culinary indiscretions and pairs perfectly with the relaxed fit of these ultra-distressed jeans for a downtown-cool vibe. Perforated leather sandals prevent the look from feeling too heavy while keeping me light on my feet as I bound from tent to tent. Last but not least, a basic black bag is a must to stash away any wrapped samples for inevitable late-night snacking.

You can find the full listing of Feast events here. Tickets are still available for the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational and the Drink Tank series. Hope to see you there!

(image via Who What Wear)


September 9, 2015

reading list

reading-listThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book has been getting major hype all over the blogosphere. It’s about time I saw what all the fuss is about.

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss. Sorry, I couldn’t resist – I have babies on the brain! This never-before-seen book by everyone’s favorite doctor is sure to delight. That being said, my favorite is, and always will be, Scrambled Eggs Super.

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Have you ever taken a StrengthsFinder assessment? The results are eye-opening, to say the least. This book expands on the original StrengthsFinder assessment with strategies for applying your strengths to do your best work every day.

Make it Ahead by Ina Garten. When time is of the essence, there is nothing better than having a meal prepared in advance. This latest cookbook from the Barefoot Contessa, aka my kitchen goddess, features make-ahead recipes like French chicken pot pie, wild mushroom and farro soup and chocolate cake. My mouth is watering…