One year Portlandversary

On September 1st, 2012 Adam and I moved to Portland. You’ve seen our first six months here; now her Here’s a little look back at the past 6 months in Portland.

The sun came out in April.

So we decided to eat outdoors.

Took Sierra to Washington Park and discovered she is an adventure dog

Decided to change things up a bit.

Flew back home to cry my face off in public watch my cousin get married.

Adam and I went on a date/took in the view from Portland City Grill.

Celebrated my 27th birthday (my first birthday celebration as a Portlander).

Experienced Boke Bird Thursday.

Said goodbye to our old backyard.

And hello to our new backyard.

Made some big life changes.

Celebrated Adam’s 27th birthday (first one as a Portlander).

My favorite cousin came to visit.

We went to a few festivals on the Waterfront.

Looked like a clown on my first day of school.

Said goodbye to our old kitchen

And hello to our new kitchen

Discovered the wonders that are Portland Flea finds.

And now we’re settling into our new place and adding some personal touches.

And a big happy one year moving anniversary to my parents too! I love the way your new house is coming together!

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Another year older

Hey! I turned 27!

What did I want to do for my birthday? Go to brunch, of course! We hopped on the streetcar and went to Tasty N Alder . It was on my list of places to eat for a long time. And it was amazing.

Apparently I like getting drinks as dark as my outfits. And Adam likes getting bloody marys that are garnished with meals.

Cheers to 27!

I ordered the doughnut. I wanted to start out with something sweet on my birthday.

Adam’s steak sandwich came out first. Insta-intimiated by it.

Hello, fried chicken biscuit sandwich.

My favorite part of my birthday (besides making my cake). Sitting at home in sweats and Uggs and being out of the rain.

Sierra likes catching the champagne corks.

I made a lemon champagne cake with creme de violette frosting.

I love love

Let me tell you about how one of my favorite people in the world turned me into a blubbering idiot.

It started with Adam’s first flight on Virgin America. It’s like flying in a disco dance party.

And me teaching Adam how to iron so I could get ready.

My parents look spiffy.

My dad puts up with me taking a million pictures.

Can we talk about how gorgeous The Bridges Golf Club is?!

We clean up nicely.

We’re only a little embarrassing.

Good thing my makeup was completely waterproof.

The first time I’ve ever seen my grandpa smile.

Our table aka the cool kids club.

Stop making me cry already. Also, those socks.

The second time I’ve ever seen my grandpa smile.

Deliciousness.

My dad and his uncle give my grandma a hard time. She’s such a good sport about our family’s shenanigans.

Coolest photo booth.

Cutting the cake. My dad totally made that cupcake stand.

We’re awesome.

Me and my mums rocking our sweet wedding outfits. Her shoes rocked by the way. And probably could’ve taken someone out.

My dad wins at weddings. He and my uncle had the BEST time of everyone.

My favorite part of staying in a hotel.

Oh weddings, you take so much out of me but I love you anyway. I’m in love with love.

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.

It’s our Portlandversary- part two

And now for part two…

In January we….

…stayed up til midnight ringing in the new year.

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…we experienced some weather.

…tried to keep Sierra warm.

…we found a new place to hang out.

…let Sierra lead the way.

…ate grilled cheese sandwiches on a psychedelic school bus.

…packed up and headed west for valentine’s day

…celebrated beer.

…tried new places.

…brought some color into our lives.

…geeked out at OMSI After Dark.

…showed my parents around Portland.

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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