Tag Archives: Portland

This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

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Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Portland, Oregon

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It’s been a busy month for visitors!

We had my cousin come into town, then my sister, a friend from LA and then Paul’s parents – who took an epic road trip from Toronto and drove a uHaul full of our crap to Portland, Oregon. We’ve been showing people around town that I wanted to finally put together a GREATEST HITS Travel Guide to Portland.

Also, if you’re looking for a place to stay – check out my post on Hotel Vintage!

Here’s what you just can’t miss on your first visit: (more…)

Food Diary: The Best of FEAST 2016

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I survived my first FEAST!

What is it that I love about Portland? I love that it’s a city full of people like me who LOVE food and that’s what FEAST is all about. I was lucky to be granted a Media Pass this year and attended the Opening Night Party, The Sandwich Invitational and The Grand Tasting.

Here are the best things I ate from my weekend at FEAST: (more…)

Follow Me To FEAST!

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photo via FEAST

FEAST is finally here!

It’s my FIRST time attending this Portland food + drink festival and FEAST is the best of its kind in North America. It truly is the ultimate food festival and its celebrating its fifth year.

There will be exciting food events happening all over the city and it runs from September 15-18 with ticketed classes, workshops, tastings and a grand feast food festival in the program. (more…)

Weekend Brunch: Accanto – Portland, Oregon

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Brunch is no joke here in Portland. We take our weekend breakfast rituals very seriously and by-product are some of the best brunches you will eat in the country. I was recently invited to Accanto in SE Portland to try out their brunch menu. It absolutely did not disappoint.

We started off with their doughy and moist Ricotta Donuts ($6) and all that cheese does make a difference. They were soft to bite with the texture of a light cake donut. It’s served up with lemon curd for dipping and generous sprinkle of powdered sugard.

Definitely order these to start with a nice hot cup of coffee. It took a lot of restraint not to wolf all of these down while waiting for our main. (more…)

Ramen + Dim Sum at Boke Bowl – Portland

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Updated: Just got the chance to go back and try their weekend dim sum brunch menu + cart service. Added a few new photos to this post!

One of my new favourite places for ramen is most definitely over at Boke Bowl.

If you’re planning a trip out to Portland, Oregon – you have to bookmark this place on your list of places to visit. The noodles here are the standout star for me. Incredibly chewy with a nice thickness to it – soaking in a slow-simmered pork broth.

Boke Bowl also does a weekend dim sum menu that features two carts – a tall steam cart and one for fried food. It’s perfect because you can just point and choose at what you want as their take on dim sum is modern and unique. It was really neat to try a twist on all the dim sum dishes I’ve been eating all these years. Here’s what we ordered: (more…)