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 … Read Post
1. a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch.
Let’s start this post off by saying, brunch or breakfast is far and away my favorite meal to eat out. I love all breakfast foods. I’m equally in love with a good scramble AND french toast. Sweet. Savory. I love it all.
What I don’t love is brunch lines. It seems I’m not the only one who loves a good flapjack in this town. So, when I heard that Verdigris was now serving brunch not only on weekends but weekdays… I wanted to check it out. I had heard of Verdigris from my friend Chloe. Her opinions on food rank highly in my book, so I had a hunch this place would be great.
Verdigris is a cute, quaint, little spot on Fremont in NE Portland. I love the huge windows, natural light, and crisp decor. It makes you feel right at home. The chef and staff were kind and hospitable. I enjoyed the insights they had on dishes, wine parings and thought behind the menu items. I highly suggest giving this little gem a try. The best part is, go on the weekdays for brunch.. no lines! I tried a little bit of everything on the menu and my recommendations are:
1. Duck Fat Fried Hash Browns Brown Butter Hollandaise
2. House Brioche Croque Madame Smithfield Ham, Gruyere, Sauce Mornay, Fried Egg, Pommes Frites
3. 60 Minute Eggs & Smithfield Ham Duck Fat Fried Hash Browns, Brown Butter Hollandaise
Verdigris menu changes with the season- so there are always new items to try, but you won’t go wrong with the ones above. Similar to Portland Dining Month, they also serve a 3-Course menu all summer. Check out their website for more information.
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.
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.
Every year I like going to the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Due to its popularity, we try to go on a weekday vs. a weekend. This year we happened to pick Friday, April 1 (yes April Fools Day). It was a beautiful spring day so I was weary it was going to be packed. Once we got to Woodburn, we parked and noticed most of the people were gathered around 1-2 fields of tulips. We trekked out to a farther field, away from all the hustle and bustle. I started snapping pictures (which I love to do) and all of a sudden, D became very chatty, which is uncharacteristic for him. I kept thinking “Why are you so talkative? This is a peaceful place. SSSHHHH.” Finally I noticed a little bench right in the middle of the tulips. I said “Hey should we go sit on that bench?” “YES”, D replied. We headed over to the bench and I sat down. D remained standing and started give his speech. Yet all I was thinking was, “Why are you standing over me?” Ha! Then he got down on one knee and I thought “OH THIS!” It was perfect.
I’m so happy with how he asked, it was so “us.” No one else was around, we were outside in a beautiful place and it was a gorgeous Pacific NW day. I couldn’t ask for more. We took a couple pictures I wanted to share with you.
I have already jumped feet first into planning and will be sharing tidbits of the process with you here. I’m still over the moon and can’t wait to start this journey together. We are so excited to be engaged and enjoy this time in our lives. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported both D and I in some way- we’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family. You mean the world to us both.
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.