A Whale of a Time

Seattle is all of the wonderful things I love about Portland and reminds me of all the fun things I enjoyed in San Francisco.

I had chosen to visit The Whale Wins based on a picture that popped up in my Instagram feed (@thisvalleyblog) a handful of months ago. Naturally, I looked up the restaurant (and its sister restaurants) and obsessed over their menu*.

When I learned of the cookbook Renee Erickson had written, I immediately pre-ordered it.

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I got to relive all the dishes I gushed over at The Whale Wins and The Walrus and The Carpenter.

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Here are a few pictures of the most amazing meal I’ve ever had. Enjoy.

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  • the food (the most amazing marrow bones and the goat cheese plate that stole my heart)
  • the perfect date night ambiance (look at that kitchen, the lighting, and the patio)
  • the wonderful staff (that was so very accommodating)

If you ever get the chance to visit Seattle, go to The Whale Wins. I promise you will have the best dining experience.

*I will fight someone over marrow bones and tartare makes my heart skip a beat.

I am my father’s daughter

I LOVE carnivals. Love them. When I found out Portland’s Rose Festival involved having a carnival for like a month just a few blocks from my apartment I went nuts.

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There were animals.

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There were weirdos. I mean, it is Portland. Would you expect anything else?

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There were rides.

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I went on my first Ferris Wheel ride. And it was terrifying.

 

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I will not subject you to pictures of my terrified face. Here we are being happy hanging out at the carnival in the sun.

 

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Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was GORGEOUS here in Portland. We took advantage of the wonderful weather and spent most of the weekend outside. When we weren’t feasting, we went out on a couple Easter excursions.

We planned such a feast we had to break our Easter up into two days. On Saturday we had egg clouds and bacon asparagus strata. For dessert I made almond doughnut holes with pistachio glaze.

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After we feasted, we took Sierra for a walk down to the South Waterfront. She loves it there. I think she misses being able to play in the grass.

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On Sunday we made onion and pepper galettes with eggs on top as well as mini cupcake carrot cakes.

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Since it was the most perfectly amazing day, we took Sierra out to Mt. Tabor Park. It was our first time going and it definitely won’t be our last. We all loved it.

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All our brunch recipes came from here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/colorful-easter-brunch

 

 

 

 

BINGO!

I’d been hanging on to these for a while.

So last Thursday we got a little fancied up and headed over to the Ecotrust building (which is gorgeous).

Jacket: H&M/ Shirt,Shoes: Gap/Jeans: Old Navy/Necklace: Crafty Wonderland/Purse: Fossil

Shirt, Pants: Gap/ Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

This was the most Portlandia thing that Adam and I have done since we moved here.

It’s called Blind-Tasting Bingo. And, yes, you taste blindly. Fifteen courses of regional Mexican food cooked by the chef at Xico, Kelly Meyers. Fifteen courses of food eaten blindly and without utensils.

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Bull Run Distillery was on hand serving up delicious cocktails. That made us happy.

Obviously didn’t take pictures of the food because I couldn’t see and because about half of it ended up on my face or my lap.

If you can score any tickets for Blind-Tasting Bingo, I’d highly recommend it. It was confusing and fun and such a neat experience.

Parents in Portland

Last weekend my parents finally visited me! It only took six months!!! Craziness. We did a lot of walking and a lot of eating. So brace yourselves for a big parents weekend photo dump!

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We hung out at:

Brix Tavern

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Blue Star Doughnuts

Pine State Biscuits

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Zwickelmania 2013

This is a zwickel.

 

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 On the 16th of February all of Oregon celebrated Zwickelmania. It’s pretty much a day where all the breweries in Oregon open up their breweries for tours and/or special tastings.

We started at McMenamins Crystal Brewery. We were their first guests and they were our first stop. They brew beer in the tiniest room they have above the Crystal Ballroom. They offered us samples of a delicious IPA and some other beer that was not so delicious. I’ve never seen more colorful tanks of beer.

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Our second stop was at Deschutes. Their tour is so popular they hand out slips and have tours running every 15 minutes. With tour capacity being just 15 people, we made a mad dash to grab our tour slips. The IPA they gave us isn’t yet on the market and it was heavenly. Such a tease not being able to buy something you like. The tour was very informative and interactive (we got to play with hops).

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For our third tour, we headed over to Bridgeport Brewery. I loved their history and how enthusiastic they are about being sustainable. They are a surprisingly small operation considering they process roughly 315 bottles of beer a minute. Color me impressed. Also, I peeked out a bit when we got to go in their hop cooler.

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For our last stop, we headed to Lucky Labrador. When we got to Lucky Lab there was a sign on the door that said “We’re brewing. Come on in”. It was pretty much a beer drinking hangout with the tanks. They were boiling wort and pouring barley wine. We even got to taste beer right from the tank. It was the best way to end our day of touring. And their pizza is the best.

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