As I said in my last post, I had big news! We're ENGAGED! I can't believe I am writing this post, but YES we are engaged. I'm SO excited. About Us: D and I met at an office of a previous job. I worked with his older brother. According to D the story goes: " I walked into your office to see my brother and you were drinking a beer at your desk and I thought- that's the one." While my memory doesn't quite remember it that way, its a good insight into our fun, happy, little adventure. We have been dating for almost 3.5 years and now- will be together forever. Proposal Story: Every year I like going to the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Due to its … Read Post
Today we are talking about the Highline & Chelsea Market. This was one of my favorite days in NYC. I had a recommendation from my friend Lew who lived in NYC. He knows me well, and didn’t lead me astray. Being from the Pacific NW, I am drawn to the outdoors, nature and fresh air. It’s hard to find those things in New York City. The Highline used to be an old railway, early 2002 the community rallied together to use this space as an outdoor public use area. They covered the old railroads with a beautiful path lined with trees, flowers, and benches. It’s now a perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city below as you stroll high above the streets along the Highline. Our visit happened in the dead of Winter, so the landscape was pretty bleak, but I can imagine the blooms come springtime in the city.
Once we were starting to get a bit chilly we descended from the Highline and walked into Chelsea Market. Yet another perfect recommendation from Lew & friends. If you’ve ever been to Pike’s Place in Seattle, Chelsea Market is a similar concept, but all indoors. You stroll the long corridors of the market which is teeming with people, vendor stalls, and restaurants. I loved the upscale feel of this market. It was an elevated “market” with boutique jewelry, wine bars, yet still had flower shops and coffee stands. We peeked in almost all the shops in the market. I actually went BACK to Chelsea Market on my last day in NYC because I wanted to walk through one last time. That tells you something!
I’ve loved sharing my NYC trip with you! Thank you for following along. I have a couple more NYC posts I will be saving for future, but this will be the last one for now. I’ve got some BIG news coming to the blog soon. Stay Tuned.
Hello friends. I’m back with another NYC post. If you missed my first post from my New York trip, you can find it here. We are switching gears from food to some of my favorite sights. New York is packed to the brim with things to see, it’s hard to pick which things are the most important. But this one is a no brainer. If you are in New York, go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
There is a funny thing, most people might not know about me (yes a tangent is coming!). I was raised in a Catholic home, attended Catholic schools from 2nd-9th grade and have participated in all the sacraments through Confirmation. While my church going days have mostly been limited to Easter and Christmas, I still find solitude in my faith. As a child, you are mostly going through the motions during religion classes or mass. As an adult, I may not go to Church every Sunday or not eat meat on the Fridays of Lent, but I am still VERY much a faithful person. In high school, I took a religion class called “Problems with Faith.” The class was about questions and doubts you may have in your Catholic faith. I remember my teacher saying, “You don’t need to be in a Church to be closest to God.” If nothing else in all of my religious journeys, I’ve held SO tight to that notion. Whether I am on a hike with my best friend overlooking the ocean, or I am crying my eyes out in my car feeling broken- I feel connected to God. In the moments I need Him the most, or the moments I need Him the least- I reach out and find peace.
Along my life travels, I’ve sought out cathedrals. St. Patrick’s in Dublin, St. Paul’s in London, St. Mary’s in Edinburgh. I step inside and a feeling of tranquility rushes over me. Here we were, in New York City, one of the busiest places on earth, yet inside St. Patrick’s it’s calm, quiet, collected. You forget about the rush of life outside the walls and can sit and pray, think, reflect.
I can’t suggest it enough, even if you aren’t religious, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Take in the history, the architecture, and feel the solitude it creates. Life is a scary thing- seek out places to find peace.
These NYC posts are long overdue, but if you didn’t see on my Instagram, I spent a week in NYC in February. I hadn’t been to NYC since I was a wee 6th grader. One cold January day, I realized D would be out of town for work on Valentine’s Day, so I did what any sad girl would do- start online shopping! I found a direct flight from PDX to NYC for $218. SOLD!
When I began planning my trip to NYC, there was one stop I wouldn’t compromise. Momofuku Noodle Bar. Momofuku is the restaurant group who has shot to fame from their restaurants that originated in NYC. They now have locations and concept restaurants all over the globe. The Momofuku Noodle Bar was the first restaurant the group opened. Today it is still the heart and soul of all the locations. The speciality here: RAMEN.
It was my first night in NYC, and my mom and I arrived at Momofuku Noodle Bar as soon as the doors opened. We sat right at the counter overlooking the kitchen. It was a fantastic seat! We got to watch the food prep, plating, and service. We previewed all the dishes on the small, seasonal menu. The kitchen was quite the orchestra and we loved watching the staff beautifully execute dishes. We decided to start with the famous steamed buns, which originated at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Then I decided to go with the traditional, Momofuku Ramen. Of course, dessert: Milk Bar Pretzel Soft Serve.
I’ve had my fair share of ramens, this one was different from the rest. Creamy, rich, complex, and comforting. I loved my bowl. I also think the steamed buns deserve some spotlight. They were some of the best bites of food I’ve had in A LONG time. Overall, my experience at Momofuku surpassed my expectations. It was the best way I could think to start my NYC adventure.
Stay tuned for my next NYC post coming soon!
Portland is a city teeming with local craftsmen, artisans, and vendors. I truly believe you can get just about any product locally. I also love giving local gifts to guests, friends and family. I am so proud of the abundance of amazing things coming from this city. When I heard news Providore Fine Foods was opening I thought it sounded neat, and attended the opening party. The minute I walked in I was impressed with the place. First, it’s beautiful. Vibrant colors in every direction. As you stroll the aisles you find unique, smile provoking and hard to find ingredients at every glance. As you make your way to the outside edges, you find glass cases filled with some incredible local foods. They have a wine bar, oyster bar, chicken window and more to come. It’s really quite impressive. I’ve been back a couple times now, and each time I discover a new treasure. The most recent time, I brought my friend Brooke, who is a Louisiana native. I heard her squeal with excitement from the next aisle. “Real Grits!!” she exclaimed. I must have had a confused look on my face, “DO you know how hard it is to find REAL GRITS?”
Q&A Providore Fine Foods:
I had a chance to chat with Kaie Wellman, the Co-Owner of Providore Fine Foods to get some insider info on what makes Providore Fine Foods a Portland staple, and one stop shop for locals. Kaie is is an author, explorer, curator, designer and fifth-generation Portland native. She created the popular eat.shop guides series. Kaie oversees marketing, design and is a co-owner of Pastaworks and Providore Fine Foods and is also a buyer.
Q. What makes Providore Fine Foods special? (or different from other fine food retailers)
Kaie: There are so many things that make Providore Fine Foods unique, but the top of the list is the stellar group of local purveyors that make up our European-style marketplace. We believe that the best shopping experience is one where you can interact with deeply passionate, knowledgable owners. At Providore, each business has an owner, or in Pastaworks’ case, owners, on site interacting with the customers.
Q. What is the history of the space?
Kaie: The building was built in 1919, and was for many years the home of Alexander, Chrysler, DeSoto Dodge. Alexander family members recently visited and were delighted to see their family’s building reimagined.
Q. What are three items from Providore Fine Foods you can’t get enough of right now?
Kaie: The Pasticchio de Garmo at Pastaworks is a hearty, delicious pasta dish that the customers are l-o-v-i-n-g. Josh at Rubinette Produce sells locally-grown (yes, you read that right) kiwi fruit from Raindance Garden. And everybody in Portland seems to be in love with the Flying Fish Oyster Bar where you can find fishmonger Paul shucking Nevor’s Netarts Bay and Torkes Oysters every afternoon.
Q. Are there any special events, or future additions people should know about?
Kaie: Arrosto will be opening the second week of April, and we can’t wait to start selling our Mediterranean-style roast chickens. We’ll be selling whole or half chickens, individually or family-style with our chicken-fat crunch potatoes and Arrosto salad. Arrosto is a window on the West side of the building, where you can take the chicken to go or we’ll have a couple of tables out back for good weather. You can also bring your food inside the store and eat.
Q. Why the name Providore Fine Foods?
Kaie: Many of the small, independent, family-run specialty stores in Australia are called “providores” pronounced pro-vi-door. It basically means a provider, which fits exactly what we do and who we are: we are providers of delicious, thoughtfully-grown and made foods.
Q. Are there any items you know about exclusive to Providore Fine Foods?
Kaie: Providore Fine Foods is the essence of a specialty market: each of the businesses source items that are not readily found. All of our businesses take great pride in working directly with small farmers, fisheries, and food purveyors. All of the businesses specialize in local and regional relationships, and Pastaworks also scours the US and Europe for incredible products that are not available anywhere else in town.
Huge thank you to Providore Fine Foods and Kaie Wellman, for all the information and hospitality! I highly suggest you head over to Providore ASAP. My tip: Have an Oyster 🙂
Providore is on Facebook and located at 2340 NE Sandy Blvd.