Category: Weekly Reads

Weekly Reads 15

It has been a hell of a couple weeks. I fit in a lot of cool stuff in between all of those tax hours. We went to see Pinback at Doug Fir. I had the opportunity to eat at Beast. It was so good to check off a food bucket list item. It’s a Portland institution for good reason. It was a great meal. Highlights were the celery root veloute, capellacci pasta with arugula pesto and hedgehog mushrooms, and the cheese course with Testun al Barolo cheese. So good. The Timbers are in preseason so we had three games to watch. It’s nice to be back, and the team is looking very promising this year. It’s been cool, but dry. I’ll take it. The sun came out a few times. I had forgotten what Vitamin D feels like. We spent a lot of time on the Vespa, which is getting more fun the better the weather is. Novel concept, I know. We checked out a new-to-us coffee shop, Locale. It’s very European in that whole coffee in the day, bar at night. We checked out Figlia, a killer new Italian counter-service cafe. The decor is beautiful as the food is incredible. It’s the little sister restaurant to Renata, also on my restaurant wish list. I’m a sucker for an egg salad sandwich, and theirs is SO GOOD. It’s not mayo-y, has crispy pig skin and bagna cauda, and the goldilocks of crisp yet soft bread. If they were downtown, I’d be there everyday.


This home tour is lovely. I find myself drawn to the wallpaper accent walls and crisp, clean lines.

Sarah, owner of Cyril’s and fearless cheese club leader, wrote this wonderful essay on staffing and the work relationship.

I’m a fan of farmhouse sinks, but I’m afraid it’d overwhelm my tiny kitchen.

This clean, simple living room. Swoon.

Matcha tiramisu. Adrienna never ceases to amaze me.

Look this ramen! Looks simply delicious.

So many good things going on with this cake. Cardamom. Plum. Coffee buttercream. Sign me up.

The contrast of black and white in this kitchen is dramatic but not at all overwhelming. It makes my kitchen feel a little bit bigger too.

“Out of his 17 cabinet members only 4 are women.” An essay on why it’s not ok for men to lead an initiative on women in the workforce.

Heard about this company on Of A Kind’s podcast. Debating on picking up a tee or two. Might as well get some of those sweet socks.

Screw Valentine’s Day, I want these scallops every day.

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No recipe this week. Blame laziness tax season. After a glass or two of wine last night, I managed to fall asleep on the couch for a few hours only to go wake up around midnight and go to bed for reals. I was clearly craving all the sleep. The only real weekend plan since I worked today is to go eat all the food at my parents’ for their Super Bowl party, but now it’s supposed to snow. Again. So tired of this weather. I go for the food, not the football. That’s probably pretty obvious, right?


Perfect timing. This article talks about how cool Astoria’s becoming. We were just there last weekend.

I’ve been craving all the eggplant lately. Someday I’ll get around to making my own baba ghanoush.

Two of my favorite things–pork and pineapple. Sounds delicious.

Five ways to stop self-sabotage. We are our own worst enemies.

Seeing as I’m pretty type-A and am now responsible for a lot more work, delegation is necessary. I can use all the help I can get. I also want that outfit.

Chicken and cauliflower shawarma. Want. Are you sensing a theme?

There are so many things to love about this Dungeness crab dip. Perfect for a Super Bowl party. Or shoveling it straight in my mouth.

These classy double decker tacos make me all nostalgic!

One of the local coffee shops is hosting a giant pizza party to benefit the ACLU—a great idea!

Has anyone tried this personalized shampoo and conditioner? I’m intrigued.

This roasted potato hash looks as pretty as it is delicious.

Look at all of these glorious beans and greens recipes!

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If I were the kind of person to set an intention or resolution for 2017, I think “eat well, travel often” sums it up quite nicely.

The last couple of weeks have been about self-care—massage, facial, sleep. It’s been heavenly. We were able to catch the last Friday of the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, and our friends invited us out to a Blazers vs Lakers game in the middle of the week. I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to ignore the below freezing temperatures outside with multiple layers, hot lemon and ginger water, and cleaning out closets. I decided this would be the year I would wear beanies/knit hats. Currently, I’m wearing one in the house out of necessity because it’s cold and once I start wearing it, I get hat hair immediately. No one needs to see that. Not even Roma.


I’ve been swooning hard over Cat’s watercolor prints and paintings.

Between this guide to meditation and reading 10% Happier, I’d say I’m interested in this whole stress reduction thing.

Brussels. Apple. Cheddar. Rye. I’m sold.

Adrienne came to Portland, had Ebelskivers at Broder Nord, and then made cornbread ones. I love her.

Of a Kinds’s podcast has been one of the newer ones in my feed. Their #ReadingThings book club is on point.

These pimento cheese potato bites need to get in my mouth. Had I gone to a NYE party, I would have brought them.

I read The Moon Juice Cookbook and it inspired me to make my own almond milk. I just need to figure what I want to do with the pulp.

I find myself checking out Japanese travel blogs all the time now.

If you’re into the restaurant scene at all, I’m sure you’ve read this article about the restaurant industry bubble. If you haven’t, you must.

There is a lot of great things to take from this list of ways to be your best self this year.

This 31-day career detox is probably the only detox I could ever handle.

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I spent the weekend in Vancouver BC. It was a quick getaway with some friends for the sole purpose of a hockey game. I’m not a crazy hockey fan [second game I’ve ever seen live], but I am a Vancouver fan. Places I went this time: Tacofino, Birds & the Beets, Brassneck Brewery, Congee Noodle House, and a whole lot of walking/shopping. The weather was freezing, literally, and the snow crept in this morning so we had to get out early. Vancouver trips are becoming a yearly thing, and I’m not bummed about it. It’s such a great city.

I’m a sucker for Swedish design. This home is the perfect balance of cozy and clean. That kitchen!

Gingerbread for a pie crust? Yes, please.

Taking off her engagement ring helped her job hunt. Sigh.

The science of asparagus pee. I had to know.

Seven things introverts understand. Check. Check. Check.

Have you heard of the Christmas Price Index (CPI)? PNC Financial Services Group analyzes the items in the 12 days of Christmas for price changes. Can you say accounting nerd? That’s me.

Miso brownies! A new use for that tub of miso sitting in my fridge. Savory desserts ftw.

This bathroom is gorgeous, but I’d need that natural light before I’d consider those black tiles in my own house.

So many books to add to Goodreads from NPR’s staff picks. I only read a couple of these this year.

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Helping a friend move in a day is not only rewarding but eye opening. I am not the spring chicken I once was. Getting up tomorrow should be fun.

Andrew and I went back to Ava Gene’s this last week for dinner. It’s absolutely still one of my favorite restaurants. I couldn’t pick a favorite dish. Thankfully I didn’t have to. The burrata with dates, squash, and walnuts or the saffron linguine with black cod and mussels rank right up there.

A fried egg on lentils hardly qualifies a recipe, but it’s really pretty and a great breakfast.

Do you listen to Spotify on a mobile device? The new [as of September, but I’m always  late to the partyDaily Mix playlists are so, so good.

I finished reading Grape, Olive Pig: Deep Travels Through Spain’s Food Culture and damn it if I don’t want to go back ASAP.

Look at this dog toy! I don’t know who would love it more, Roma or me.

Now this is a gingerbread house.

A new study that says a brighter outlook could lead to a longer life? Sign me up.

OKREAL is a curation of wisdom shared by aspirational women. I’ve been doing a deep dive in the archives.

Now this is a gift guide I can get behind. All kinds of sassy, swearing, and snark.

I finally got into essential oils in a diffuser this time last year, and I’m still very much in love. This a great little primer on the essentials.

An interesting way to keep track of the countries you’ve traveled to.

Seven books for the career girl. I eat this stuff up.