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//berry delicious

21 Jun

 

so i came home to a nice little surprise last night. just after i talked myself out of skipping that oh so delicious bipartisan caramel coffee milkshake (which i’ve been sneaking off with at least once a week), i wandered in on something that would satisfy my sweet tooth. and i have to say, the grapes are perfectly crisp bites and the blueberries are perfectly ripe, but in all honesty, these are the most delicious strawberries i’ve ever had. EVER. thanks mom!

today i wondered… how will i make these into a meal. and lucky for me, my whole foods app, which all i have to do is type in my ingredients on hand, gave me this sweet little number:

 

i will use grapes instead of raspberries or blackberries, with spinach and i might only have gorgonzola & blue, not goat. but i can’t wait til lunch time!

//hump day

1 Jun

as they call it. (according to my friend nicole; i’ve never actually heard anyone else i know use this expression..but that could just because it’s awkward)

however, i do feel like i am getting over the hump (if that’s what this expression means). the past couple of weeks has been crazy with internships, work and classes among other things and feel like i am finally starting to breath. the main thing consuming my time as of now, are invitations! which i am excited about. and thankful for my dear friend rachel and her amazing mind and hands. they will be finished, i’m willing to guess in the next 24 hours. YAY.

other enjoyments… yesterday i spent the day in the dalles/hoodriver with my mom doing wedding things and taking a break at double mountain brewery ¬†in the beautiful sunshine. i was considering not coming back, but fortunately for you portland, you decided to put an 85er in the forcast for saturday.

among my purchases on our adventure were a straw tote i’ve been longing for but holding out until the price was right, and $20 seemed much more reasonable than the offer i received from j.crew (though i do love you j.crew). and two books. TWO BOOKS I DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ. but two books worth my lust.

first, i saw on rachael ray a while back (to be clear, i don’t really watch day time tv unless it is regis & kelly or the last few episodes of oprah, so this happened to be the 1 time a year i deviate and caught this), a cook book by gwyneth paltrow called my father’s daughter. a tribute to the time spent with her father and their celebrations of life with food.

on first glance, i’m excited to try these recipes:

for kyle

for maria

for me

for everyone

secondly, i saw a trailer for the help. most likely on the 1 episode of rachael ray i saw ūüėČ i’m making it sound like i watch so much tv, or perhaps i’m in denial and this is my wake up call.

 

i was intrigued with the combination of my heart’s passion for social justice and recently finishing a class on diversity and race. AND since we all know the books are better than the movies i decided to read before (if) i watch.

so whenever the window opens in my schedule, so shall this book.

//burgerville

6 May

i just want to give a shout-out to the folks at burgerville.

why?

here’s the story: kyle and i went to take our engagement photos yesterday, which ps i am really excited about. but i’ll brag more about it when i can show you something. afterward we went to visit a great friend who was in the hospital for appendicitis. on an all liquid diet. an all liquid diet?! we both thought that sucked and decided a smoothie was the best ‘liquid.’ so anyway, we go to get in the car from our shoot and within 2 minutes of sitting down i felt really sick. i thought it could be from not eating, or being dehydrated but was not sure. so en route to burgerville for a seasonal smoothie i told kyle i just wanted a water and 1 fry, 1 fry! was that too much to ask. but that was impossible, so we ordered the smoothie, the water and drove to window numero 2. my wonderful future husband then asked for 1 fry, and what did the lovely burgerville girl do? with a smile on her face…

thank you.

i was pleasantly surprised and am thankful for the courteous whimsy of generosity.

//in tandem

3 May

more for your sake than mine, i’ve been avoiding anything wedding to post about. it all becomes so consuming (in the most pleasant of ways) but i am sure gets old real fast to onlookers..

however, i cannot get over this. i periodically check back to make sure it still exists.

and is nothing like my own future wedding, so i feel at peace with sharing this amazing event.

i mean AMAZING.

“rebecca & derek” (that is no attempt to preserve confidence, those are their real names, i just feel too estranged to be on a first name basis with either of them, so i used quotes) surprised their guests after the ceremony with BIKES to a picnic! something you can only plan with confidence in sunny california. they planned lots of fun details for the whole day, check it out and feel free to read more. this is just a small glimpse:

incredible pictures by rachel thurston featured on green wedding shoes

ps: i feel like i’m inviting animosity, but this excites me much more than any royal wedding.

//it was the freakin’-weekend

2 May

“…and i had me some fun.” -r.kelly

sidenote: [2 weeks?! that’s how long it’s been. as my friends recognized my absence (2 of them) i didn’t realize until this moment how long it had really been. but my term is over, i have a couple weeks ’til summer session starts, and hopefully i’ll be back on the wagon- as they say.]

back to the post…

looking back, i had the best weekend i’ve had in a long time. friday, kyle & i finished registering… sort of. we had a delish bite to eat at kenny & zukes. and ended with a wonderful night of friends to celebrate our dear friend kev leaving for norway. because we can’t stand it any longer, kyle and i were planning to move up the wedding, but now we can’t since we must wait for kevin’s return ūüėČ

photos BevAndSteve & babypicturethis

saturday most of my dreams came true. i don’t mean most as in quantity of dreams, but most like percentage of my dreaming bank. ballet takes up 85 percent of that lot and i finally started ballet. i have always appreciated (which means getting emotional, on the verge of tears/or letting them fly, while i watch) the art of ballet. not only is it beautifully graceful-i realize that sounds redundant-but it is also incredibly difficult, taking a lifetime to perfect, and the amount of discipline and energy that goes into a relev√©, let alone¬†the final product, is overwhelming whenever i get to watch a performance. so there i was, in my 3rd ballet experience wide-eyed and full of hope. everyone in the class was incredibly nice. my teacher had to correct me about every ten minutes (hands, high neck, pointed toes, hips forward, elbows up, thumbs down, shoulders back, taller, taller, taller) it was the hardest thing i’ve ever done, but loved every second of it.

photos flickr & pinterest

followed by the beginning process of invitation making!!! one of my favorite people in the world, rachel k. silva, designed an amazing invitation that will be screen printed almost 200 times. after boycotting walmart for the past 23 years raquel said we needed to go there to get some supplies. i will spare you the details of our trip and just say this: you know you’re at walmart when… you ask for help, they don’t know and walk away; get a top shelf bottle of wine for $8.47; get scorned and ridiculed for not wanting a bag at checkout. after almost flooding the basement, building a workshop, vulnerably singing with rach and alyssa, and all the work was done we could do we went to celebrate the birthday of my wonderful trainer: emily johnson. at floyd’s coffee shop in old town, super cute; great food by chef from andina’s, super delicious.

and dum, da, daa, duuumm: sunday. church-check. holy spirit-check. sunshine-check. groceries-check. picnic basket-check. blankets-check. pinhole camera-check. 35mm film camera-check. laurelhurst park-check. future husband-check. great friends-check. wonderful time-CHECK.

//st. jacks

13 Apr

i cannot bring myself to finish posting about ny. and i will finish it, just not yet. it has been far too long since i’ve done anything, i told myself today i have to do something! i have been crazy busy finishing up my term and trying to honor all my commitments. and though it is the people in my life who i love, i am mostly missing, there is only a couple more weeks of this. (a couple more weeks sounds really long) oh well.

on another note, i just finished up one of my internships for the day and need to head to class. i decided however, to stop and get an apple brie tartine from my 2011 favorite coffee shop. i respect this place because 1. it’s french, 2. like legitimately so: from music to madelines (i like it more than petit provence), 3. it’s in a fun area (i am going to swing by the farmer’s market 1 block away as soon as i hit post), 4. it’s interior is fantastic, for cafe by day and restaurant bar by night, 5. has happy hour, 6. it’s NOT crowded. i have an affinity for most cafes with good food, but i do not like thinking of meeting someone and my next thought being, will we find a table.

and oh yeah… 7. my number one guilty pleasure in life is a croissant

so drumrolllllll please, thank you st. jack’s.

photos from st. jack by kimi kolba photography

//which was a wednesday by the way

2 Apr

so i am, in fact, continuing with project phone photography. there has just been too much to do here. but we got to new york, way back (which was a wednesday by the way) and had a relaxing afternoon with some middle eastern food before a nap. a great night out with some of the best brussel sprouts i’ve ever had, and a lightly pickled golden egg-weird i know, but delicious! the night was nice and we knew rain was coming the next day, so we went to times square, since this is rach’s first time in ny we had to check it out of course.

//farewell nashville

31 Mar

tuesday was our last day in nashville. yeah, i’m a little behind. had breakfast with a heart attack. they happened to be filming, the best thing i ever ate.

one of my favorite parts to nashville is seeing the beautiful homes. and just so you know, these were on the lower end of their nice homes, they were just the ones close enough for me to catch driving by on our scenic trip with my cell phone.

stopped by jack white’s studio

we were treated to a homemade rhubarb beverage. then went to the most southern type restaurant i can think of. you sit down family style and there’s no menu, they just bring you food. delicious food. best fried chicken and corn bread pudding. and this was where tony bennett happened to be celebrating his birthday. we were at tony bennett’s birthday party! followed by a trendy-schmendy place with delicious drinks and amazing ice cubes. (their dress code? “preserve the sexy”)

//breakfast of champions

29 Mar

nashville day 3:

let’s just say we woke up at 11… rach and i joined chris, our host, and his friend for their lunch, our breakfast. it is amazing we slept that long, and more amazing our first stop was a near by burger place, where we enjoyed one of the most delicious burgers i’ve ever had… with pepperjack cheese and sweet potato fries, regular ketchup and spicy!

one of the only things rachel wanted to do this trip was to stop by some studios and hand out mini portfolios. simple, right? wellllllll let’s just say we made 3 stops to the print shop, and spent many a hours of labor. a little unexpected in terms of what we had planned for the day, but they turned out beautiful!!! success.

we also spotted this glimpse of beauty leaving the print shop (round 2) poking through an open garage. the sunset was much needed by this time in the day.

by 10, when we finished, we were starving. considering we only snacked since our “breakfast” that makes complete sense. we were borderline passing out. we went to a restaurant in a cute part of town, luckily made it in 10 minutes before their kitchen closed, and our wait for this meal was so worth it. we both started with a white bean, cabbage, carrot, onion soup, followed by a kale-arugula salad with peanuts, raisins, parmesan and some chilli gnocci to share, for dessert a chocolate bourbon cake. it was a perfect ending to the night.

//southern charm-ed

28 Mar

nashville day 2:

first of all i am going to ask for your apologies because there are too many photos to choose from for project phone photography. i’ll try my best but the day was full of aesthetically pleasing, adventure quenching photo opportunities.

yesterday, rachel and i went on a run as soon as we woke up. after we showered, we were presented with delicious coffee from nicaragua and a breakfast for champions.

our first stop of the day was the flea market. and let me tell you, i was one inch short of heaven. this flea market makes costco look like a 7-11. (i’ve been known to exaggerate, but this is not one of those times.) i wanted to furnish my whole [imaginary] house. every thing was not only adorable but cheap. from the few antique shops i’ve been to in portland, i’d guess that everything was 1/3 of the cost. southern charm is just so accessible. my purchases of the day: locket $10, boots $25, pipe $30, lantern $18 and some sugar and cinnamon roasted pecans, fresh & warm.

my favorite finds were a beautiful pair of lamps. and a cerulean blue with leather seats set of refurbished chairs. the best find was probably a chastity belt. yep! a chastity belt.

mary, our host, let us know about this marshmallow¬†joint. that was our next step of the journey. it was in a cute part of town, probably most comparable to portland. and what did we find? a coffee shop dedicated to portland. we had to try it. the coffee was acceptable, but the most convincing part was all of the macbooks sitting out. however, the guy at the counter was anti-social, unknowledgeable and we felt no loyalty to this ‘portland’ so we left.

we spotted another coffee shop about a block away. on our way to it, we stumbled upon custom jeans shop and boutique. the interior was perfectly done. see for yourself! then just outside we got our marshmallows with some hot chocolate. and finally we made it to our coffee shop. a lovely atmosphere, with a loft for the dj and beautiful photographs on the wall. they made good coffee, which i have learned is a rarity in nashville.

i’m not exactly sure how this happened, but we ended up at a smoke house. and by smoke house i mean it’s like a bar or coffee shop except with delicious tobacco. cigars and pipes and dominos and chess and sports tv and really nice workers. they cleaned out our flea market pipes and let us sample some flavors. i am normally against this sort of thing but we had a really great time and hung out there for longer than i would have ever expected.

around the time we left it became nap time. we headed home and of course woke up to a wonderful dinner. we seriously have the best hosts ever. ever. some pasta with a spicy sausage andouille and some collared greens and rosemary bread. everything from the local farmer’s market. and let’s not forget, strawberry pie for dessert.

//project phone photography

26 Mar

i took a photo the other day, on my iphone, and was inspired to take interesting photos using only that. here she is. part of the effect was the tinting on my car window (hands free?). an unforeseen consequence but wonderful. 

so here i am, on my trip and going to implement project phone photography. a perfect opportunity for success or devastating failure. no slr? we’ll see.

nashville day 1:

(jet lag for sure. but it is so great to see some of the most wonderful hosts the world has ever known. and be with friends with the city’s offerings. and we may have had breakfast with mat kearny. well, near him. the photos will show my highlights of the day, march√©: where i found my spinach cr√®pe with potatoes, bacon and a parmesan sauce, rachel’s asparagus, egg bruschetta, the holland house: which was described to me as cocktails at anthropologie and it definitely fit the bill. i did not order a drink seeing as i’ve been beverage-sugar-ed out with previous giftings from our hosts but had a tomato basil bisque, and we shared deep-fried cheesecake.) i am going running in the morning!

//somewhere over the rainbow

23 Mar

anything is better than what i am supposed to be doing. seriously, anything..

anne sage

design sponge

wood & wool stool

jordan ferney

cozy memories

bright bazaar

room for dessert

//food for thought

16 Mar

getting married is awesome. for many sappy reason. but also for lots of really fun reasons. one of them, food. last night, kyle & i got to meet with our amazing caterer. we met her when we went to look at our venue. she just happened to be there, and happens to go to the same church as us. she has been so helpful; having never planned a wedding before her ideas, questions and suggestions have given us a vision for what we want. we met her for drinks to talk about food. before we knew it 2 hours passed. the more and more we plan the more excited i get for our big day. but for now, i am stuck thinking about delicious foods. tomatoes, zucchini, lamb shanks, cheese, salmon, focaccia, peaches. yum.

all photos from kiss my spatula

ps: if you’ve never visited kiss my spatula, it is a beautiful food blog, really wonderful recipes and visually capturing pictures. recipes with pictures are always more enticing.

//mardi gras

8 Mar

happy mardi gras! last year, around this time, i went to new orleans. and it must have infiltrated my mind… for the past month, i have this nostalgic feeling that makes me feel like i need to go back. in all fairness to my weak mind, it was one of the best trips i’ve ever been on. i am missing new orleans… siiigh.

side note: we were not there over the holiday, in fact we intentionally avoided bourbon street while we were there. but accidentally we stumbled onto it and those 8 minutes turned out to be the most interesting people-watching minutes i may have ever had. and it was on a weekday afternoon… i cannot begin to imagine the chaos during an actual celebration.

we did spend a lot of time in the french quarter. there were tons of musicians and artists and performers. there were, what seemed like hundreds, of people standing frozen in character (like these next two):

tons of beautiful masks, it’s hard to believe that all the shops stay in business selling the same thing. but in our short time we must have seen at least 15 shops or vendors within 10 block radius. mask shops must be like the coffee shops of new orleans.

i had my first beignet from the famous café du monde, and it was love at first taste.

but our most favorite place was outside all the hustle and bustle. maya’s. it may actually be my favorite restaurant in all the world.

i really love basically everything about this city. it had a lot of charm, some of the buildings were to die for.

everything we ate was phenomenal. if you’re looking for some shrimp po boys, i’ve never had better bread, then at pascal’s.

my pictures from march 2010

if i were there right now, i’d probably be wearing something like this:

dresses from modcloth

//it’s what’s on the outside that counts…

7 Mar

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover you say? I say DO. Well when it comes to great packaging. There are always those things that you want to buy simply because they just look cool. Props to those with the talent to make me conform. The wonderful people of Lovely Package consider themselves to be “curating the very best packaging design.” Such an original niche for a blog, I’m sold. Some of my favorites due to their simple yet thoroughly creative design using natural colors:

Better Half by VSA Partners

wooden shoebox by Society 27

glass bottle by Gauthier

wallet envelope by bellroy

Rub√©n √Ālvarez Yogurt by Zoo

pure honey by the ballard bee company