Summer Palace Town of Sintra

This is the first of my international travel series and guides on the blog and I’m pretty excited about it. My goal has always been to be a food and travel blog, but I had a little trouble focusing my travel energy to something useful besides just a lot of babbling and excitement. So hopefully…

Kimchi Soft Tofu Soup

One of my New Years goals  of 2017 is to make 52 new dishes I’ve never tried before. I want experiment on new techniques, flavors and dishes this year and to really expand my culinary knowledge. That averages to about one new dish every week. I felt that was a good number to push myself,…

Palm Springs Travel Guide

It has been an incredibly cold and stormy winter here in Portland with record snowfalls and I’m just about done with winter! But with this cold rainy weather I’m dreaming of our trip back in November when we went to Palm Springs and I wish I could be there RIGHT NOW! If you’re lucky enough…

Sage Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan Toast

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately while I walk my dog and I’m learning a ton about people and myself listening to these TEDx talks, but I think the biggest thing I’ve taken away from the hours of radio I’ve been listening to is that fear is the biggest hindrance in anything…

Autumn Campfire

Don’t put away those campfires just yet! It may be too cold to be camping in a tent outside, but it is more than better for cabin camping with a little outdoor fired. In our case this past weekend, the lake house was FREEZING when we got there, but within minutes my husband was able…

Apple Season

This weekend marks the first “winter storm” of the year in Portland, which means it will start raining today and won’t stop until April… but also, it makes me go into emergency preparedness mode, which is 25% being prepared and about 75% being paranoid. I have about 48 Larabars and 10 bags of chips that…

Simple Orange Salad

   Olympic Provisions is the old name of this beloved Portland cured meat shop and restaurant. But apparently, the International Olympic Committee had a thing to say about it and so now it’s Olympia Provisions… Because the first thing I think of when I purchase a smoked kielbasa is of figure skating and track and…

Almond Milk

 It’s probably easier to make almond milk than to buy it at the store, and as always it tastes so much better when you make it yourself. All you need is a cup full of almonds, water and some sort of sweetener. It’s a great alternative to dairy milk and I feel that it’s a…

Summertime treats

Once I see asparagus at the farmers market , I can’t help but count down the days and weeks until all the summer produce come around. Of all the delicious produce to ripen up and overtake the markets, my favorite by far is the strawberries. Strawberry picking isn’t my fav though. The berries are not…

Lettuce is in the House.

It takes a significant amount of effort for me to not buy plants at the farmers market in the springtime. Every year I just need to purchase whatever my little porch will allow and hope for the best. In the past it’s been quite tricky trying to chase the sun around my shady apartment. At…