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31 Oct
2011

10 Things Loved in October

October – our last month living in Oregon together. Much of the month involved getting the house ready to sell, but we made time for some great trips, Portland experiences and meals out with good friends.

Here are 10 things I loved about October:

  1. Walks at Powell Butte Nature Park – our neighborhood spot for the last seven years
  2. Nuestra Cocina – best fish ever, and a pretty good pumpkin soup
  3. Kayaks – we bought ourselves presents for our new life in Hawaii
  4. A walk at the lake – a great weekend with the parents
  5. Lark Press – great little shop with “designy” gifts and letterpress cards
  6. Beautiful autumn drives – one last road trip
  7. Laughing Planet – Cuban bowl and PB&J smoothie
  8. Scootering with my best friend – Comma Mr. finally bought a scooter
  9. The Oregon coast – I love my chilly beaches
  10. Screen Door – always a favorite

10 Things Loved in September

September was a wild month. Last month’s interview trip turned into a job offer … aaaaaaaand my husband and I decided to move to Hawaii!

Here are 10 things that made me happy in September.

1. The EMP – shows are so much cooler when they are at the Experience Music Project

2. Fashionable people who march to their own beat. Purple man-pris? Why, yes!

3. The Space Needle – my first trip up since toddlerhood

4. Free Starbucks at the “insider lounge” during Bumbershoot

5. A wonderful kitty who forgives his parents for making him go through surgery

6. Subtle reminders that you’ve made the right choice

7. Outdoor concerts with best friends – Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival

8. Cooking things that I grew

9. Painting and picking the perfect shade of white

10. La Isla Puerto Rican restaurant – nom!

10 Things Loved in August

It was a life-changing month. It also involved a few trips. Things were bittersweet. Did I mention life might be changing? Here are 10 things I loved about August.

1. Foggy mornings at the Oregon coast

2. Tomatoes from my garden

3. Road trip to Crater Lake

4. Camp food – grilled corn on the cob

5. Hiking down to Crater Lake and wading in the icy, clear blue water

6. Pancakes at the Crater Lake Lodge restaurant

7. Celebrating my sweetheart getting old (turning 31)

8. Portland Bridge Pedal – the 10-bridge ride

9. Last-minute trip to Hawaii for husband’s job interview

10. Throwing our plans out the window

10 Things Loved in July

Summer in Oregon – it’s where it’s at. Here are 10 things that made my month.

1. Bocce ball with friends

2. Fireworks over Oaks Park

3. Busting out the “stars and stripes” Converse All Stars for Independence Day

4. My garden finally growing!

5. Macarons (I know they were on my June favorites list too, but these are from Elephant’s Deli so not exactly the same thing)

6. Multnomah Falls

7. Farmers market season

8. Getting crafty with vintage buttons

9. Sailing on the Columbia River

10. Enjoying Waialua soda at a slightly cooler (and my favorite) beach – Oswald West

22 Jul
2011

50 new restaurants in 2011

Every year my husband and I try to visit at least 50 new restaurants. Thanks to check-ins via Foursquare and Facebook, it’s now super easy to track these new locations. We hit 50 new places by May this year! This post inspired me to make a list of my own. Here goes:

  1. Pizzicato – The Puttanesca with artichoke hearts, feta and kalamata olives is yum.
  2. Timberline Lodge – We had three meals here. Best hot chocolate in America, I guarantee it.
  3. Pambiche – You had me at plantains. Desserts are fanciful.
  4. Meat Cheese Bread – Green bean sandwich is delish.
  5. Sweatpea Baking Company – Good vegan cookies, hold the attitude.
  6. Jam – Ty’s Big Breakfast, please! My favorite breakfast place of 2011.
  7. Oasis Café – Meh. But husband liked the calzone though.
  8. McMenamins on Broadway – Pass, I think we had a Groupon.
  9. Rimsky-Korsakoffeehouse – Not my style. At all!
  10. Kettleman Bagel – Mmm, mmm lox.
  11. Veritable Quandary – Great, under-the-radar brunch spot.
  12. Savoy – We hit the happy hour. Deep fried cheese curds were darn good.
  13. Bumblekiss – Take it or leave it. Maybe it’s because I have a ping pong table at home? 😉
  14. Fuego de Lotus – Venezuelan food cart. Yummy but pricey.
  15. Pix Patisserie – One of those places I should have been to but hadn’t. Favorites are Shazam and Queen of Sheba.
  16. Nicholas Restaurant – Another Portland classic I’ve passed up. Great food, but I’ll take Ya Hala over Nicholas any day.
  17. Hollywood Burger Bar – Building and atmosphere = +5 hipster points. Food = greasy.
  18. Fenouil – Oh why did you close? I was just getting to know you…
  19. Byways Cafe – Acceptable but not remarkable breakie. Awesome wait staff though.
  20. Pastrygirl – Hands down, best cookies in Portland!!!
  21. Thai Chef (Maui, HI) – Do not go here!
  22. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Maui, HI) – Go for the butterfish sushi, stay for the karaoke.
  23. Kihei Caffe (Maui, HI) – Best breakfast on Maui. Can’t go wrong with sweets or savories.
  24. Hula Cookies (Maui, HI) – Huuuge ice cream sandwiches.
  25. Star Noodle (Maui, HI) – The best restaurant on the planet. Seriously, my favorite. Everything is great, the share plates, Vietnamese crepe, malasadas…
  26. Honolua Store (Maui, HI) – Great sandwiches, and it might be the cheapest lunch you have in Maui.
  27. Julia’s Banana Bread (Maui, HI) – The little green banana bread house. Good bread and coconut candy.
  28. Fish Market Maui (Maui, HI) – Get fresh fish and a rub or marinade to go.
  29. Aloha Mixed Plate (Maui, HI) – Pass, just go to Star Noodle again.
  30. Maui Tacos (Maui, HI) – Go elsewhere, save yourselves!
  31. Flatbread Pizza Company (Maui, HI) – Just OK, but it seemed very popular so maybe worth another try.
  32. Aunty Sandy’s (Maui, HI) – Good banana bread, but not as good as Julia’s. 🙂
  33. Food trucks on the road to Hana (Maui, HI) –  Not sure the name, but there is a parking lot of five or six food trucks halfway to Hana. A great find after hiking!
  34. Makawao Sushi & Deli (Maui, HI) – Average sushi, but you’re in upcountry.
  35. Charley’s Paia (Maui, HI) – Surfing cowboys and Willie Nelson love it, but I’ll pass.
  36. Oaks Bottom Public House – A mistake.
  37. Juan Colorado – Tualatin – Another mistake.
  38. Bunk Bar – I heard good things but was disappointed in my small, spendy sandwich and drink.
  39. Toast – Biked here and really liked it. Go Woodstock!
  40. Dove Vivi – Good cornmeal crust pizza.
  41. Gather (Berkeley, CA) – What a treat! We had a very special dinner here.
  42. farm:table (San Francisco, CA) – Great coffee, good breakfast. Only two food choices.
  43. Ghirardelli Original Chocolate Shop (San Francisco, CA) – You know you have to do it, but it’s not great. 😉
  44. Boudin Bakery & Cafe (San Francisco, CA) – Meh.
  45. Melt! (San Francisco, CA) – Cool North Beach location. Very chill.
  46. Murray Circle Restaurant at Cavallo Point Lodge (Sausalito, CA) – Dreamy, dreamy brunch. Oh happy day.
  47. Fish. (Sausalito, CA) – Favorite San Francisco dining experience. I had the fish special and it was amazing!
  48. Papalote Mexican Grill (San Francisco, CA) – Good burritos in the Panhandle area.
  49. Restaurant St Jack – I am disappoint. I so wanted to like it, but didn’t. The building is adorable though.
  50. Artemis Foods Cafe – Cute little Division coffee shop with friendly baristas.

Well, that wraps up my first 50 new restaurants of 2011. Happy noshing!