In PDX: Teote

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Luke had sent me a link for Teote a few months back. It looked delicious so we added it to our ever growing list of Portland restaurants we want to try. A few weekends ago, after a long afternoon of house cleaning, we cleaned ourselves up and ventured over to Teote for dinner. Just walking up the street to this place you can't help but get excited at the sight of all the bright blues, yellows and oranges that decorate the outside of the restaurant. We placed our order at the front counter and then made our way upstairs to grab a table, a cute little romantic table tucked away by the upstairs corner window.

Teote features a Latin-American cuisine with an emphasis on healthy and gluten free eating, which is quite refreshing when you eat out a lot like we do! We found the food to be quite unique, fresh and full of flavor.

The arepas (Venezuelan-style corn cakes) and the fried plantains were by far my favorites (looks for them in the photos below).
^^ El Diablo. Carlton Farms pork belly in a red chili maple sauce, topped with pickled onions, verde sauce and queso. ^^
^^ Simp├ítico. Black beans, rice, cabbage salad, salad, fried plantains and queso served with a buttered arepa ^^

Like every other restaurant that I feature here, I am going to go ahead and give this one a big fat... Recommend! When Luke and I go out and try new places, we are hardly ever disappointed. It just really shows that when it comes to food, Portland most certainly does not mess around!

*In PDX is a series where I feature local Portland establishments. If you would like your business to be featured, please contact me here.

Portland Dining Month

Monday, March 10, 2014

March is Portland Dining Month! Over 100 Portland area restaurants participate and offer a special 3-course dinner for only $29/person. It's such a cool concept. Most of the restaurants that participate in Portland Dining Month offer exclusive menu options that you can't find on the regular menu, so it really makes for a special and unique dining experience. Over the weekend we dined at The Country Cat and loved every bite of our meal! We came here for brunch a few months back (and it was delicious) so we were excited to come back and try out their dinner menu. I loved the concept of the 3-course dinner so much that we're going to try another restaurant around town this month. It's Luke's birthday month, so the next place is his choice :)

^^Amazing potato bread^^
^^ The Country Cat's Whole Hog with brined and grilled loin, roasted belly and braised shoulder ^^
(what Luke ordered)

And now for the Portland Dining Month special 3-course dinner...

^^ First course: Black pepper-crusted beef carpaccio 
with truffled leeks, hard-cooked egg and celery leaf salad ^^
^^ Second Course: Cast iron skillet-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and country gravy ^^
^^ Dessert: Mom's carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and candied walnuts ^^

The 3-course dinner was nothing short of amazing! I shared a few bites with Luke because he was drooling just looking at my plates! For $29/person, it really is a good deal. I can't wait to try out another Portland restaurant (just waiting to hear what Luke's next choice is...). I'll make sure to post about our next Portland Dining Month experience again! :)

*A huge thank you to the Portland Bloggers for providing Luke & I with this opportunity.

The end of an era

Thursday, March 6, 2014

This my friends, was my car. Sigh. A few weeks ago we traded her in for a brand spankin' new SUV. I've been wanting an SUV forever and couldn't wait for the day when I could make my dreams of owning one a reality and ditch my little brown car. Well that day came last week and I was surprisingly very sad to say goodbye to my little car. She's been with me for the last 10+ years - we've been through SO MUCH together. I know, I know, it's just a car; but she was mine and I loved her. (side note: why are cars always girls? know what I mean?)

The car was an early college graduation present from my parents, I just had to make the last year of car payments and she was all mine! I paid off the car rather quickly and for the past 10 years have enjoyed zero car payments :) She was super reliable and never broke down; minus a few minor maintenance issues, but what car doesn't have those? We've been through a few accidents together and one mean lady in a parking lot with a very sharp key (sorry car!). But she always kept me safe.

We've been on countless road trips together - down to Arizona and back, down to San Francisco and back a few times, not to mention a bazillion trips between Portland and Seattle during mine and Luke's long distance days. The memories that I have with this car are countless, but she was 12 years old with 177,000 miles, so it was time to move on while I could still salvage some money from the deal.

Little brown car, we had a great run this past 10 years. You'll be missed. Kind of... I'm quickly liking the touch screens, voice command system and double sunroof in the new car :) How crazy is it that in another 10 years those features will all be ancient?! Crazy, I tell ya!

20 Questions

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday, friends! Long time no talk! You know how it is, when life gets busy, the blog takes a back seat (well that's how it is for me sometimes). Jane posted these "20 Questions" on her blog last week and I just had to play along, too :) So here it goes!

1. What brings you the greatest joy? There are A LOT of things that bring me joy. Our dog doing the silliest and cutest things is pretty high up on the list. So is getting to spend my life with Luke. Being so close with so many good friends. Having the best family. I like to see joy in many aspects in my life. I really can't narrow it down to just one thing... I try to find joy all around me.

2. What are your vices? Starbucks iced coffees, Pepridge Farm chocolate hazelnut pirouettes, watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills... And all at the same time :)

3. What is on your nightstand? A candle, an Eiffel Tower ring holder, a few bracelets, my glasses and my iPhone. Exciting stuff over here.

4. Do you have a secret talent? Heck yes I do! I'm a master parallel parker! I can fit my car in the tiniest of spots with ease. I always joke that I should put this skill on my resume, because I see SO MANY people around town doing it wrong (ah hem, pulling into a parallel parking spot head first...) and it's something that I have down.

5. What is your greatest indulgence? We just bought a brand-spankin' new car! I mean it's fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. It's a far cry from the hoopity I was cruising around in before. It's by far the nicest thing we own now.

6. What should every woman try at least once in her life? A "Me Day". A day where you do whatever you want and do it all for yourself. Take yourself out to brunch, to a movie, get a pedicure, go shopping, take a long bubble bath surrounded by candles and then watch some trashy TV in your pj's. Taking a day off to just treat yourself is something that we should all be doing!

7. What makes you laugh? What doesn't make me laugh. The dog makes me laugh like every minute. Luke makes me laugh just as much. And our friends! Every time I'm with my friends were always laughing.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I'm actually really shy and sometimes it takes me a long time to really feel comfortable around people. Getting out and meeting new people is always something that I wish came easier to me. Just give me time though :)

9. What is on your bucket list? Traveling the world, duh! A trip to Paris. A trip to Thailand. A trip anywhere in the world actually, I'd actually like to see most of it before I die.

10. What is on your feet right now? Boots. Little brown boots.

11. How did you make your first dollar? Probably from a Lisa & Frank sticker sale I had in my bedroom when I was a kid. I think I sold a sticker to my sister for a dime or two. Did anyone else set up little shops in their room to sell things to their siblings? Only me? Okay...

12. What superstition do you believe in? I don't believe in any.

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? I have this stretchy pair of black pants, haha, that are beyond amazing. They are a cross between leggings and jeans. They are hands down the most comfortable and flattering thing in my closet. I only paid $20 for them and I am seriously kicking myself in the rear end for not buying 10 pairs of them!

14. What is the best gift you've ever received? Please forgive me for my cheesiness... but one of the best gifts I've ever received is my parents providing me with a sibling. I seriously don't know what I'd do without my sister. Growing up we didn't get along (at all!) but now we're best buddies and I wouldn't have it any other way!

15. What is on your liquor shelf? What isn't on our liquor shelf? :) We have a bar cart and right now there are about 15 bottles of wine, a few bottles of beer and some gin, whiskey and tequila.

16. What is on your kitchen counter? A toaster oven, a Keurig, a marble serving board, a block of knives, a bunch of random receipts and pieces of paper that we're in the process of organizing...

17. What would you never leave home without? My iPhone. Me and that thing are attached at the hip (er, I mean hand...).

18. What movie has the greatest ending? I don't know. I could name a lot of movies that have less than great ending though... Okay, I just thought of one! Silver Linings Playbook.The ending of that movie seriously put the biggest smile on my face :)

19. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? There's no question... JT and Jimmy Fallon.

20. What is one thing you wish you had known when you were younger? Do you own thing, don't go along with what everyone else thinks is cool, go with what you think is. It's good to be different.
If you play along, too, let me know! I always love reading these things!

The Perfect Desk

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Who doesn't love a perfectly styled desk. When I'm super busy trying to meet a deadline and getting stressed out at work it's nice to have a few pretty things on my desk to look at. My desk at work is rather plain, so any of these items add some instant happiness and inspiration.

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Happy Love Day

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy LOVE DAY, friends! We have a very low-key night planned for this evening. It involves a nice dinner from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (one of my favorites) and starting season 2 of House of Cards (eeeep, so excited). Luke already outdid himself with a few very thoughtful gifts (I think I'll keep him!), so I hope my nice dinner for him turns out okay :) Hope you all have a wonderful love day!

Little bag love

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm usually a large purse kind of girl. The more you can carry around with you, the better.  Lately I've had a thing for cute little purses though. A serious thing. I really like the idea of carrying around a smaller purse on the weekends. It's perfect if you're out shopping or brunching with girlfriends. It's no fuss & low-key. I've been lusting over the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac for a few years now (included below!) & I'm really thinking about purchasing it in the next few weeks (hello Nordstrom gift card!). What do you think? Do you like these little bags?