Speaking of chocolate, we went to Stumptown Coffee, where we tried this hot chocolate, and of course, their coffee. It was as good as the small local (in SF) coffee shops such as Blue Bottle or Four Barrel.
We also went to Roscoe’s, and tried the stouts they had on tap that week. Mike got the taster pictured, and I got the double chocolate. (Yes, more chocolate. Note: this was not all in one day.)
It was Purim while we were in Portland, so eating a hamentashen was required. (Though we probably would’ve gotten one anyway.) This was from Kenny and Zuke’s Deli. We also ate their matzo ball soup and latkes; all was good.If you are following my Facebook feed, you might have seen this picture already. It is of the tea I got at breakfast at Songbird Cafe one day. I liked the way the tea bag was floating in the mug; so pretty! Other Portland places of note that we went to: (a list can be found on my Foursquare)
Reading (real) magazines. I still subscribe to both Food & Wine and Bon Appetit magazines, the print versions of each. I like the feel of real (print) magazines rather than reading articles on the Internet. Not only is the weight of the magazine and the feel of the pages nice, but so are the pictures. You definitely do not see the type of photograph or amount of detail in a photograph on a website. No matter how much the photo was edited, print pictures are always nicer. I feel like you get more of the story with the pictures close up, in your hands, rather than on a screen. I think that although you can read the same articles online or in an “e-reader” format, and still have access to the recipes, it will be a while until I switch over to digital. In fact, I think I’ll probably wait until I am forced to switch over to reading magazines on digital; I’ll still buy and read the real thing.
Doing things by hand. I have been baking a lot recently (yes, there will finally be recipes posted), and I have been mixing the dough by hand. It is easy to mix a pie or tart dough by hand, since it is just a few ingredients. It is only slightly more difficult to mix more complex recipes, such as cookie dough by hand, but it can be done. I recently made challah, and I kneaded the dough by hand. Creating dough by hand means taking more time. Really feeling and knowing the ingredients. Knowing what is going into the product. Taking the time to yourself and using that time to concentrate on the simple movement of mixing the batter or kneading the dough. Taking time to think. To think about things in your life. It is a good time to relax and enjoy living.
Accessories. I usually wear simple outfits, so I like to accessorize, but I try to keep it simple. I add a nice pair of earrings. Sunglasses. A scarf. Gold polish on my toe nails. Recently, I’ve gotten back into wearing headbands. In Portland, I bought a great peacock feather adorned headband. (Maybe there will be a picture soon.) A small bag with just the essentials (phone/money/keys) in it. Keeping it simple with accessories is important. Sometimes I see people with too much on and it looks gaudy. Keep it simple and it’ll go far.
Speaking of keeping it simple, I’m going to keep this post short. I’m sure I’ll have more to say next week. You’ll just have to wait and see.
We’re going to Portland tomorrow for a long weekend (’til Monday) so I am throwing this post together as a tribute/inspiration to what it’s all about a la Portlandia. (Okay, so this is really just a post about my favorite clips from the show/what we’ve been obsessing thinking about for the past couple of weeks or so.)
My obsession started when I first saw this:
and of course, I just HAD to go to Portland after watching this:
more recently, this:
So tell me, what is your favorite Portland place to visit/eat? and/or what is your favorite Portlandia clip? Share in the comments here or on the new Facebook page.
I’ve pretty much been into this for awhile now, but brown butter. It’s easy to make, and once you have some on hand, you might find yourself putting it in/on everything. Have some plain, boring pasta? Add brown butter. Roasted veggies? Add brown butter. Seriously, you can replace the butter in any dessert recipe and it would make it better. On that note, I’ve also found that doubling the salt in almost any dessert recipe gives you good results as well. Some recipes that I’ve made recently that have brown butter in them:
Taste What You’re Missing, by Barb Stuckey. I am not done reading it yet, but so far, I have learned (and relearned) how you taste things and thinking about the food I eat in a different way. For example, the first few chapters are broken down by the different senses, and she explains and gives examples of how you can experience these sensations through different taste tests at the end of each chapter, and one that I am a big fan of is the “Separating Taste from Smell” test, which includes pinching your nose while eating something (the typical subject of this test is jellybeans) and then, once the item is in your mouth and have started chewing, note how it tastes. Then, still chewing, unplug your nose and note the difference. This one was relearned for me as we did this test in culinary school, but I hadn’t done it again since then, and it still fascinates me. I like trying it with fresh fruit instead of jellybeans, since it has the strongest, best flavor difference.
NPR: Ask Me Another podcast and The Moth podcast. Two very different podcasts, but both funny and entertaining in their own way. The first, Ask Me Another, is a trivia game show of a few different rounds played by contestants from the audience at their show in Brooklyn, NY as well as a round of questions (and an interview) with a celebrity guest. The Moth is a storytelling podcast, where they broadcast people’s stories about random topics. Most are funny, some are serious, and all are entertaining. This show is even coming to San Francisco, and I’ll be listening live!
Those are the highlights of what I’ve been into lately.
What about you? Any repeat flavors you’ve been into? How about a book you’re reading, a movie you’ve seen, or blog or podcast you’ve found enjoyable? Any recommendations?
It’s back! I intend to recap my week (or so) with photos every Friday. Since I’ve been “gone” for a while, this post will be longer than most. Enjoy!
We cooked a lot of dinners at home over the past few months. This includes some pasta and roasted veggies and a lot of brown butter!
and some Chinese inspired dishes: tofu & pork stir fry & spring rolls
There were, of course, many desserts involved. This included, from top to bottom, honey whole wheat muffins, S’mores pie, a cookie swap that included reverse crinkle cookies, homemade granola, a New Year’s Eve party involving decorating cookies with homemade stencils, and some pig-shaped cookies (that I’ll tell you more about soon).
Lastly, we went to Las Vegas for my birthday (in November) and ate lots of food (and drank some beer) including that bottle of Matilda and a chicken salad-salad at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant inside the MGM, some chocolate desserts at Max Brenner’s, and more chocolate (in cake form, with a macaron on top) from Jean Philippe Patisserie.