Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Feast PDX // Tillamook Brunch Village

The last and final day of Feast Portland was Sunday and what better way to celebrate than with brunch. Plus, I've heard brunch is kind of a big deal in Portland. The Tillamook Brunch Village was right on track with the other events we attended and well worth the $75 ticket price. However, after brunch I was officially done eating for awhile.

The brunch village was from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Square and featured chefs such as Alvin Cailian (Eggslut -- Los Angeles, CA), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbeque -- Austin, TX) and Greg Marks (Butcher & Bee, Charleston, NC) among a number of others. Although it was held at the same location as the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, held the previous two days, the setup was slightly different. Less vendors and more tables to sit down and enjoy brunch offered attendees a laid back vibe. 

Tillamook had their own tasting set up in the center of the event.

Black Seed Bagels w/ salmon salad -- New York, NY

There wasn't a shortage of beverages between champagne, wine, beer and a number of cocktail options from make your own bloody mary to gin fizz. 

Crater Lake Pina Mimosas

What's brunch without a bloody mary bar. I was so sad I couldn't make my own. Next time...

Of course, I made a beeline for the smoothie bar! USA Pears even had take home smoothie cards! I can't wait to recreate these soon.

Baby M and I had our fix of iced Stumptown Coffee over the weekend too. Now I just need a retailer in Tahoe to carry it.

Heaven on earth.

Castle of gorge nut bars filled with truffles -- Mark Linebarger, Baldwin Saloon (The Dalles, OR)

OMG Bread pudding from Teresa Sasser, Puddin' River Chocolate & Wine Bar (Canby, OR)

Overall, Feast Portland was absolutely a perfect way to spend a long weekend in Portland. I'm pretty sure baby M enjoyed it too. ;) Don't worry we did more than just eat and I'll be back with another post in a few days. 

If you're thinking about visiting Portland I suggest marking your calendar for Feast Portland next year. I would highly recommend attending the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting and one other main event whether it's the sandwich invitational, brunch village or another event it's a fantastic way to sample a wide range of food in just a few days.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five Fall Treats

The temperature has finally dropped in Lake Tahoe and it's even raining! Hello, Fall. With that said I'm craving all things pumpkin & apple. Let's just say I started pinning away last night. Here are a few recipes from pinerest I can't wait to test out this fall. What are you craving? 

Yes, please. This is prefect for kids and pregnant ladies, like myself. 

I can't wait to make my own pie this year. I'm looking forward to apple picking with the girls again this year.

First they are bite sized and second how amazingly delicious do they look! Good thing I have a few bags of fresh pecans from Nick's family.

Two things I love in one so it made the cut.

Paired with a soy latte these bad boys might just make the perfect morning treat.


Linking up with September Farm

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beauty Favorites // Lip Balm

Lip Balm

Since becoming pregnant I've noticed I go through lip balm like a crazy woman. Like me, I'm sure you have a handful of lip balms, gloss, etc. The favorite you lost then find months later, but already replaced it. The one that sits on the office desk or how about the five living in your purse. There are so many to choose form -- tinted, SPF, moisturizing, etc. With Fall upon us I figured it was a great time to roundup a few of my favorite lip balms.
  1. eos  
  2. Origins  
  3. Rosebud Perfume Co  
  4. Kiehl's lip balm // Lip Relief 
  5. Burt's Bees  
  6. Maybelline New York Baby Lips
  7. Fresh Sugar  
  8. C.O. Bigelow 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feast PDX // Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting

Where do I begin, Feast Portland was a four day food adventure. Throughout the city for four days there were a wide variety of events from hands on classes, tasting panels, dinner series, to main events like Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting. Feast did not disappoint -- we left feeling as though we sampled what Portland and Oregon has to offer. 

Today it's all about the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting -- it was grand! The Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting is actually a two day event taking place Friday and Saturday in the center of Portland at Pioneer Square. This event in particular highlights Oregon and offers a wide sampling of it's bounty -- beer, wine, coffee, chefs, ice cream, etc.

As mentioned in previous posts, I was lucky enough to receive a blogger pass. My pass gave me complimentary entry to various events, but my thoughts are 100% my own. We actually purchased tickets for Nick. His thoughts -- he would definitely go again, especially to the Sandwich Invitational.

Nick and I attended the tasting on Saturday for the majority of the day.

Whole Foods PDX had a fantastic set up which included a living wall! I would love to build one in our backyard.

A nice touch was the free tote. Since it was screen printed  on-site you were able to pick your own color! This was key for holding other goodies throughout the day.

As far as bounty, Whole Foods PDX offered an array of cheese samples.

There were also cooking demos throughout the day. Here's Chris Cosentino cooking up something delicious.

It was fun connecting with Jane -- she moved from Tahoe to Portland last year and she's pregnant too! I was in good company.

Credit: In The Pink & Green

Although I wasn't able to drink, I definitely made up for it by eating for two. Oh, the belly grew.

This little cup of cacao goodness was pure bliss! I could have enjoyed seconds. They served
Salt & Straw ice cream topped with hot drinking chocolate and some crunchy cacao nibs.

I loved the ice cream from Salt & Straw. Of course I tried more than one flavor, Sea Salt with Carmel Ribbons and Summer Sweet Corn Buttermilk!

Crispy onion and cabbage slaw from the Bon Appetit tent.

Nick really enjoyed sampling all the craft beers and local wine.

The Feast logo apparel for sale was well done. How cute are the t-shirts from Flavour Gallery? Plus, I'm in love with the Will Leather Goods tote.

All-in-all it was a great day. The sun was shinning and everything was delicious. If you can only attend one event during Feast next year it should be the Oregon Grand Bounty Tasting. It allows you to sample a wide variety of products from Portland and Oregon in one day. I really enjoyed my time in Portland and at Feast and would definitely attend the event again. I'm sure the baby enjoyed all the amazing treats too. Mark your calendar for next year, September 17-20.