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.

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A fresh start

I started the new year with a clean slate. I got a new apartment in a new building. It was the fresh start I needed after ending the past year on a low note.

Now, I’ve known people who are completely against moving into new building until all the kinks have been worked out, but I find it to be quite lovely knowing you’re the first person to use the washer and dryer and sit on the toilet.

My new place is small but is just the cutest little thing and I’ll be calling it home for a while.

Happy New Year

Hello, friends! Happy new year!

What a crazy year 2013 was. Lots of ups, lots of downs. The past six months have been absolutely nutty and, because of it, I sort of went on a little blogging break.

A lot of the madness was personal and I’d like to keep it that way…although I’m sure you’ve taken note of some changes to the blog and my instagram (@thisvalleylife).

I hope this new year brings blogging and creativity back into my life. I just finished pastry school so I’m hoping I’ll have more time for myself and my friends. I’ve been horrible with hanging out and communicating in general.

I’m also dubbing this the year of the career. I think it’s about time for someone to pay me to do something I love and can do long term. There is nothing I would love more than spending my days (or super early mornings) in a bakery. I’m done with being a starving student. Not being able to afford things to bake with has gotten old. No more, my friends! This is my year.

Here’s to less negative craziness in life and more of doing what makes us happy!

It’s that time again

It’s my favorite season.

Fall.

Fall is the most beautiful season in Portland. I love wearing boots. I even went out and bought boots.

I’ve completely fallen in love with my new rain boots.

I’ve even jumped in several large puddles (to make sure they’re doing their job)

I fell in love with my new favorite coffee shop.

And I’ve completely fallen for my new favorite coffee. Ethiopian is always a good choice!

Happy Fall! Let’s all celebrate!

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!