Title Nine Fit Fest #T9FitFest – Give Away

Confession: Until earlier this week, I have never owned a nice sports bra.  I’m not sure how I got this far without being fitted for a solid sports bra, but now that I have one I swear I’m never going back.  This week, I got to participate in an awesome event as part of Title Nine’s FitFest, where I was sized and fitted for a sports bra by a “bravangelist”.  In addition to sizing me, my bravangelist, Molly (also a... Read More

The Best Things About My Late Summer

For the past week or two, when I walk to my bus stop I have felt the chill in the air.  Despite the fact the temperature is still getting into the 90s in the afternoon, that early morning chill is a brisk reminder that Summer is ending and fall is knocking on the door.  All of our summer vacation plans have come and gone, however we are still enjoying outdoor barbeques and long weekend walks in the sun. The time between summer’s official end... Read More

East Coast Eats

What is it with the flu this year?  Does every single person have it? Ben and I went on this fantastic vacation over the holidays, I set all of these goals to get the new year off to a great start and then, bam! A week in a half into the new year, a bout of the flu completely de-rails my new years goals.  One of those goals, along with working out more and keeping plans with friends, was posting on this blog once a week. Alas, when you fall off... Read More

Time to Relax

Before the holiday madness began, Ben and I got away for a relaxing weekend in wine country.  We stayed in Carlton, Oregon and spent the night in converted grain silos at the Abbey Road Farms B&B.   We visited several places to taste wine, but our favorite vineyards from the trip were Coelho and Dukes Family Vineyard. What I love about Carlton is that the whole town is centered around celebrating good food and wine. As we were walking through... Read More

Boke Bowl

After a few days of turkey, stuffing, and all of this good stuff: I was getting sick of leftovers and yearning for something a little different than Thanksgiving food.  The problem with Portland is that there are so many wonderful  places to try. So many that an interesting place can go untried for a year or two before I find myself moseying up the the front door.  This afternoon, after a awesome trip to the gym, Ben and I finally drove down to... Read More

Summer Break, Broken Computer

Hi There, It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  I could wax on about being busy and not having time to blog.  But the main culprit of my absence was the star-crossed romance of these two lovers. It took awhile to fix my laptop, and then right when I got it back it broke again (a non-liquid related break the second time around!) But now, finally, we are back in business!  Here is a recap of what Ben and I did this summer while I was on my... Read More

Oregon Water Falls

Jamie came to visit! One of my besties, Jamie, came to visit Ben and I in Portland with her cooler than cool boyfriend, Casey.  The weekend was full of hiking, eating, wine tasting, relaxing, and laughing in the backyard by the fire. The weekend kicked off by the fire with some tasty food, wine, and catch up time. Jamie is a vegan, so when we woke up the next morning I was really excited about introducing her to one of our favorite places, Paradox... Read More

Friday Night Vietnamese

When I have a cold, all I want to eat is a big steaming bowl of Pho. I call them “magic noodles” because without fail, they always make me feel better. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen showed up during one of those cold, dreary, sniffley days. Admittedly, I was looking for PhoPDX. I had been there once before: ate the Pho, was a little underwhelmed by the food, totally disappointed by the cafeteria style ambiance, and never went back. But one day,... Read More

The Sandwich That Changed Everything

As evidenced by my general neglect to this blog, the past few weeks have been crazy.  On top of work and general life stuff, Ben and I moved to a new apartment across town, I took a trip to California, and Ben’s parents came to visit. Did you catch that?  Somewhere in that list we moved. We love our new place and neighborhood.  The southeast side of the river is full of culture.  The houses are older and full of character, a total 180 from... Read More

Mother’s Bistro and Buzzing Around Portland

Hooray for meeting new friends.  When I first moved to Portland I felt completely isolated. Now that two years have passed in the Pacific Northwest, I finally feel like I have a solid base of friends and every day it seems like I meet new ones.  On a Friday afternoon my good friend in California sent me an unexpected text: her sister was in town visiting grad schools and she wondered if I could show her around town.  How exciting! Of course I obliged. We... Read More