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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!

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!

5 Apr
2011

10 Things Loved in March

Are we having fun yet? Yes!  Here are ten things that made me happy in March.

1. Staccato Gelato with my besty. Gelato in crazy-fun flavors and some pretty cool paintings on the walls.

2. Mt. Tabor Park … and brisk spring walks.

3.  My first sailing trip. I loved it.

4. Council Crest Park with my mister. It’s fun to think about the amusement park that stood on these grounds until the 1930s.

5. Crashing the Foodportunity event at the Heathman.

6. Evenings at Pix Patisserie.

7. Montavilla neighborhood shops, especially Branch and Birdie.

8. Minibreaks at McMenamins. I just die over cajun tots.

9. Seeing the Dandy Warhols play in a church thanks to the Google Places/Hotpot concert series.

10. Shopping for my first road bike.

19 Mar
2011

10 Things Loved in February

The depths of winter weren’t so bad since I spent it eating comfort food, rocking out on roller skates and exploring on foot and snowshoe. Here are my top ten from February.

1. Green bean sandwich from Meat Cheese Bread. They also sell the amazing Boylan ginger ale. Southeast Portland is such a foodie haven.

2. Walking Powell Butte and finding this little critter. He told me it was a little too cold to be out crawling around.

3. Soup Spoon in Welches. Best soup ever. I visited a few years ago and have been dying to go back. Problem is they aren’t open on Sunday and they close early on Saturday. It is imperative that you snowshoe early in the day so you can make it here before 3 p.m. The baked potato soup was amazing, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their soups, salads, breads or desserts. Nom.

4. Snowshoeing Mt. Hood. Sometimes it’s fun to park in Government Camp and just wander up the trails. This time we hiked around Enid Lake.

5. Google’s roller skating concert. Google Hotpot/Places hosted a series of concerts in Portland called the “Best Ever” series. They gave out free passes/wristbands to the secret shows by tweeting the location you could pick them up. Pretty cool concept, but kind of a fail because of the disconnect to their actual Hotpot/Places product. But I still pledge allegiance to Google and I’m sure they got the local/WOM buzz they were looking for. But back to the rollerskating at Oaks Amusement Park. This place is awesome – even has a classic Wurlitzer. I rollerskated for three full hours and The Thermals were great. Even though it was my first time on skates in 10 years, it came back fairly quickly. It truly was a best ever concert!

6. This kitteh of mine. He never ceases to amuse me.

7. Jam on Hawthorne.  don’t mind waiting in line for Ty’s big breakfast.

8. Snow in Portland. Yes!

9. Deviled eggs are so delicious. And so is my farmers egg crate from Anthropologie.

10. The movies. One day I will see all of the “Best Picture” nominees before the Oscars. This year I only saw two: “True Grit” and “The Kings Speech.” They both reminded me of how much I love going to the movies.

10 Things Loved in July

I’m a little late in posting this one; August is nearly over! Regardless, here are 10 things that made me happy in July.

  1. The Waffle Window: I’ve been hearing about this place for-like-ever, thinking “yeah, yeah, good waffles, I’ll get there.” But, seriously, go soon – it’s delish. Seriously! Waffles so good, you’ll be OMG-ing like teen girl squad.
  2. Free TriMet pass: My work gives out free annual TriMet passes. While I’ve only used it to get to work a few times, it comes in handy on the weekends. I heart TriMet, unless it’s late at night or I’m riding past 82nd.
  3. Cannon Beach: Only in Oregon can you capture scenes like this on a “busy” weekend.
  4. World Cup fever: Great fun, despite my allegiance to Les Bleus, who had more drama than an episode of Glee. In fact, by the time my t-shirt came in the mail, France was OUT! Watching the World Cup Final in Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown Portland made up for my disappointment.
  5. My kitteh: …and his patience over the last month as I have accosted him on a daily basis with my oh so lovely new iPhone. I can haz photo shoot?
  6. del Inti: I love a restaurant that changes the menu on a daily or weekly basis. I also love watching the chef chop leaves from a plant to use as a garnish. They call themselves Peruvian-northwest. I call them yummy. I had the gnocchi.
  7. Mini designer chairs: I got my first blind-box design interior collection miniature chair in Tokyo a couple of years ago. Each collection has nine pieces, so you never know what you’re going to get… an Eames lounger? A Mezzadro stool?
  8. Café Yumm!: My favorite is the smoky yumm bowl. It’s about time Portland got a Café Yumm! I do have a slight beef with their inclusion of an exclamation point in their restaurant name, and their double-m version of yum, but their darn yumm!iness makes it tolerable.
  9. Paper crafts: As I slowly adjust to leaving my work-life as a designer, I’m feeling the need for more creativity in my home-life. I busted out the craft supplies and turned some old paper samples into a fun birthday card for Comma Mister.
  10. Zinnias: These made me smile all month.