Happy Thursday and welcome back for another Coffee Conversations. As most of you know Feast Portland is just around the corner. This year Feast added several new events. One of the new events (which I'm attending!) is the: HANDS-ON CLASS: Inside the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. The event is all about how recipes are made in the BA Test Kitchen, and how they make their way to the magazine. Bon Appétit’s food editors will … Read Post
Feast Portland 2016 Round-up
Celebrating five years and more delicious than ever. Feast Portland is delivering big flavor this September. The flagship food and drink festival of the Pacific Northwest is at it again. The four day long affair is a food and wine playground, bringing together, foodies, gourmands, top chefs, restaurateurs, and exquisite expertly executed artisan delights.
Last year it brought an impressive 13,000 culinary creatives and glutenous gurus to Portland. It’s so much more than a food and drink festival. Feast Portland is focused on ending childhood hunger in Oregon and across the nation. Since it’s inception in 2012, they have raised and donated more than $230,000 dollars for charity. Their charitable partner for 2016 is Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.
I’ll be contributing to a hunger-free Oregon myself, by attending this fabulous food event as one of Portland’s contributing voices on Feast, fun, and soul-nourishing fare. One of the best ways to prepare is to dive into this 2015 round-up review. Enjoy the look back and you’ll find that Feast is not necessarily all about food. And if you’re thinking of going, get your tickets here! (better act fast- they are almost gone!)
Vibrant, energetic, and insanity are just a few words used to describe Feast Portland at UrbanBlissLife. Daunting as that may sound, blogger Marlynn brings out the essence of Feast by dishing on food culture and connecting with people, not just the food.
Portland has two holiday seasons according to Pechluck at Pechluck’s Food Adventures. There’s the holiday season we expect to see at the end of the year and there’s the food holiday season brought on by Feast Portland. Enjoy Pechluck’s best tips for navigating the best of the Feasting season.
Need more than words to whet your whistle? Irvin at Eat The Love supplies a photo essay, perfect for those who live vicariously. And even though this festival is about food, clearly it’s also about the people because friendly faces make up nearly just as many amazing photos as the visual play-by-play.
The best of America’s food revolution is a beautiful conversation to blogger, Kelly Curran. She explains that the culinary experience, and it is an experience, is about the collaborations. The surprising, experimental, and meant-to-be partnerships that led so some outstanding brews are highlighted as the best of this food festival conversation.
My dear friend, Erin, at Bakery Bingo gives a great gourmand run-down as she describes separating herself from the addiction that is Feast Portland. She relives the baking, the breakfasts, the beauty of braising, and more, as she extricates herself from breathing the best of Portland for four days.
“It’s like your normal everyday brunch, except a billion times better.” Nomnerd describes Feast Portland as so much more than your average brunch. It’s the complete experience with food, drinks, sights and sounds. And the resulting culinary coma is worth the adventure.
All photos courtesy of FeastPortland.
If you are located in the Pacific Northwest, you know about the heat wave we’ve been having. Our current living situation (more details coming soon!) has AC (thank GOD) so we’ve been able to cope with this heat. Many of you may not have AC- When it’s hot it’s a good idea to get outside and find water. There are a lot of amazing water hikes in Oregon but, I do have a favorite when you need to escape the heat: Cape Lookout.
I love everything about the Cape Lookout hike (especially in the heat). It’s a very easy hike. Easy hikes are good in extreme heat because you won’t overextend yourself. It has some of the best views I’ve ever seen. You will find dramatic coastline views. I’ve even seen sea lions, coastal birds, and WHALES! You can’t beat a hike with whales can you? The hike is also (obviously) on the coast which usually is cooler than the Willamette valley. Next time you are trying to beat the heat or just want a stunning coastal hike. Try Cape Lookout. I promise you will love it.
My Tips to Enjoy Cape Lookout:
- Bring a Camera!
- Bring a snack/lunch and enjoy on the beach once the hike is over.
- Do some research to see what types of wildlife may be in the area during your hike (late March- June is prime whale spotting time. Estimated 18,000 gray whales pass the Oregon coast during their migration in that period). Bring binoculars if you have them!
- Stop by the Tillamook Cheese Factory for a post hike ice cream.
- Be prepared. It takes about 1.5 hours from Portland to reach the trailhead
- Wear SPF- many portions of the trail are exposed to direct sun all times of the year.
- Bring friends, family or pets. This is a very easy and pet friendly hike. Perfect for out of towners- first time hikers, etc.
They are finally here! Our engagement photos are in! I’m so excited to share them with you.
We (I’m saying we to be in solidarity with D, but honestly, haha I did most of the choosing!) decided our photography style would be soft, light and bright and film. Those features are important factors for me. Then we researched (my friend Kelsey and I). Kelsey is in the wedding industry and recently married. She gave a lot of excellent advice when reaching out to potential photographers. A huge thank you to Kelsey for helping me in this process and all the other wedding processes. Your advice has been a godsend. I’d be lost without you.
We finally settled on our favorites: O’Malley Photography.
I am over the moon happy with my choice. They were so fun to work. They made D and I feel so comfortable doing something that seemed very awkward to me. The engagement photos are beautiful. These pictures are in some of our favorite places in the Pacific Northwest- which I love. We’ve shared with them family and friends and now it’s your turn. Take a peak and let me know what you think!
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Chinese Proverbs
Portland is such an interesting city. Once you’ve lived in a place long enough the tourist attractions seem to fade into the background and your favorite local haunts move to the forefront. Every now and again I love to play tourist and spend some time remembering why these places are so popular. This particular day I visited Lan Su Chinese Gardens. It’s one of my favorite places to escape in the city. But this wasn’t just any old visit. It was a special occasion.
It was my best friend’s birthday. The forecast looked dreary and wet, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We packed up our biggest umbrellas and headed out for the gardens. If you’ve never been to the gardens, they are quite amazing. You might miss them if you didn’t know they were there. Deep into Chinatown there is one city block with a discreet wall around it. You enter through a beautiful gate and are quickly welcomed to a hidden oasis in the city. The garden has flowers, plants, waterfalls and ponds. As you stroll through the gardens you are transported to China. It’s calming, tranquil and a great place to clear your mind. I find myself at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens when I need a good reset in life. A quick cleanse of the old and in with the new. I figured it would be the perfect spot to take a friend for a birthday.
Once we finished strolling the garden we entered the tea room. We scrolled through the many options and decided on a formal tea ceremony- I mean it’s a special day. I loved the ancient ritual and sitting in the cozy tea room catching up on life. It was the perfect end to our day in the Lan Su Chinese Gardens.
Can you tell what treats we brought into the tea room? Ha it was a birthday after all. I highly suggest stopping by the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. Get your little dose of paradise in the city.
For more information, hours and admission prices check the website: Lan Su Chinese Gardens