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The Summer Bucket List

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summer bucket list

Where has the summer gone?

Is it really August already?

There is no time like the present to get out there and squeeze as much ‘summer’ out of each day as humanly possible. I know this, because I’ve been packing our weekends full of activities and adventure now that I’ve survived the worst Portland winter in 30+ years.

I know what’s coming around the corner, so I’m trying to make the most of today. So comes – the summer bucket list! I got a bunch of ideas of what I want to accomplish and I wanted to share a few with you in case you were looking for some summertime inspiration.

Here’s what’s on my Summer Bucket List: (more…)

The Captain’s Boil – Toronto

Captain's Boil toronto

By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

It’s not everyday that one gets to spend an evening on a ship, let alone a pirate ship.

And why was I on a ship you ask? Because there be treasures onboard – a pirate’s booty of seafood. The Captain’s Boil was celebrating the launch of a few new menu items and we were welcomed aboard to sample them. (more…)

Let’s FEAST in Portland!

feast-sandwich-invitational

It’s almost that time of year again!

One of my favourite food festivals – FEAST will be returning to Portland, Oregon with exciting foodie events happening all over the city. The festival is in its sixth year and runs from September 14-11 with ticketed classes, workshops, tastings and major themed food tastings.

This celebration of food will feature the best of the Pacific Northewest with chefs participating from all over the west coast. See my FEAST Food Diary from last year for a closer look at the festival. (more…)

Date Night at Bar Reyna – Toronto

bar reyna patio toronto

By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

It can be easy to run out of date night ideas. If you’re looking for a romantic spot that’s cozy and atmospheric, then Bar Reyna Cocktail and Snack Bar might just fit the bill. Located in a two-storey house in Yorkville, Bar Reyna serves a diverse menu of sharable plates which explore different regions of the Mediterranean.

Their newly launched Thursday Jazz Nights up the romance ante. Ask for a seat in their private year-round back patio; recently listed as one of the best new patios by NOW Magazine. (more…)

Vegetable Fried Rice + Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

fried rice pork tenderloin

One of my major goals is to cook at home more this year.

I love eating out, but I know cooking can be healthier and save me money as one dinner can turn into leftovers for lunch the next day. My other goal is to cook simple meals ready in 30 minutes or less so I’m not slaving away in the kitchen on a weeknight trying to come up with some sort of gourmet meal.

I’m looking for real flavor, real fast.

I am definitely more leisurely about cooking on the weekend and use that time to tackle more complex recipes or get some meal prepping done. However on weeknights, I’m usually just getting back to gym and I want to eat something fast and healthy so I can have some down time before getting ready for bed. (more…)

The Easy Summer Crab Boil

crab boil

It finally feels like summer and we just finished hosting Paul’s family at our house on the coast last week. We always throw it down with a crab dinner of some sort for our visitors with fresh cooked crab from our local seafood stand in Lincoln City, Oregon – Barnacle Bill’s.

All of the crab is local Oregon Dungeness Crab caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean that is only 5 minutes away from our house. So we hosted a crab boil last week – but without all the fuss and muss.

We bought cooked crab directly from the seafood market and put all the fixin’s together ourselves. I highly recommend doing this if you feel icky about dealing with live crabs OR if you don’t love the smell of seafood taking over your whole house.

Here’s how we accomplished our Easy Summer Crab Boil: (more…)