Friday, September 19, 2014

Feast PDX // It's Time!

Happy Friday everyone!!
I am SO excited for this weekend - Feast Portland is finally upon us!

I've written a couple posts about Feast over the past few weeks but to get you up to speed, it's basically a massive four day food festival taking place here in Portland consisting of a ton of different events that feature the very best of food, beer, and wine from Oregon and beyond, all the while raising money to help fight hunger. The festivities actually kicked off last night with the Sandwich Invitational in Director Park, and the fun is going to continue through Sunday. I wasn't able to attend any of the events last night, but I've got a full agenda over the course of the next three days. I'll definitely be recapping my experience at Feast here on the blog next week, but in the meantime, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@inthepinkandgreen) to keep up with all the fun!

So yes, this is basically me telling you that I will be blowing up your Instagram feed with delicious food photos all weekend long. Don't say you weren't warned...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pregnant in PDX // My Favorite Mocktails

Happy Thursday everyone, the weekend is almost here!

I decided that I'm going to start a new series of posts here on my blog called "Pregnant in PDX" where I'll showcase some of my favorite discoveries right here in Portland for mamas-to-be! I've really enjoyed my pregnancy so far, and so I thought this might be a fun way to share some of my favorite places with you. (Any suggestions for specific posts you might like to see, let me know!)

It's been a pretty hot summer here in Portland, and the weather hasn't totally cooled down quite yet (it's supposed to be 90 degrees here this weekend!) so I'm still in somewhat of a summer mood myself. But one of the hardest things about being pregnant in the summer (at least for me) is not being able to indulge in a glass of chilled white wine or a cold beer on a hot day. I typically stick to water when we go out to restaurants these days, but after awhile, that starts to get a little old. Here are a few places I've tried recently that have some wonderful non-alcoholic options!

Located in the Pearl District, Mediterranean Exploration Company is a great new addition to the Portland dining scene that opened this summer. They have a few 'no proof' options, including this absolutely delicious elderflower Austrian soda! The waiter brought the syrup and the soda water in two separate glasses, which made it feel extra special. It was really delicious and refreshing!

Another great option when it comes to house made soda is modern alpine favorite Gruner!
They actually use housemade syrups for their sodas and they had quite a few interesting flavors available - I got the strawberry hibiscus soda and really liked it!

When my friends were visiting from out of town, we tried out the group of micro-restaurants over on NE 24th and Sandy and that's when I discovered The Sudra! I'm not personally a huge fan of Indian food so I can't vouch for their food menu, but I did order a drink (The Bandit Queen) from their mocktail menu and it looks like they have a bunch of great non-alcoholic options.

The adorable downtown restaurant, The Picnic House, has some delicious food options but when I went, I met a friend and sat at the bar and the bartender whipped up a made to order mocktail for me! I don't know exactly what was in it beyond cherries, but it was really good and it was nice to have someone who was knowledgeable about cocktails actually put effort into making a drink for me!

Over on SE Division, Andy Ricker has three popular restaurants and they all offer a bunch of great non-alcoholic drink options, including my favorite, the Naam Manao. This ultra refreshing limemade is wonderful on a hot day...or for just chasing some of those famous fish sauce wings!

Those are a just a small sample of some of the great non-alcoholic drinks available here in Portland! Plus, lots of restaurants that have inventive cocktail menus will likely be able to make a good mocktail for you; if they don't have non-alcoholic drinks listed on their menu specifically, you can often just find a cocktail you like and ask them to make a virgin version for you and most places will be happy to oblige. I'm definitely open to suggestions though, so let me know what mocktails here in Portland I need to try out next...cheers!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Exploring Oregon // Indian Summer in Manzanita

 This past weekend, Cameron and I headed down to the coast for the night!

The weather is still really warm here in Oregon, so we figured we might as well take advantage of it! Every time we go to the coast, it reminds us that we don't go nearly enough, especially considering how close it is. (Also, it's still a little surreal to me that I live so close to the ocean!)


This time we went to Manzanita, which is an area of the coast I had never been to before. It's less than two hours from Portland, and we both really enjoyed it! The town itself is fairly small (but cute) but the beach is beautiful. We got there just in time to catch an amazing sunset on the beach on Friday night. I took a bunch of photos (as usual) but they really don't do it justice!
Lola made friends with some little dogs - it was hilarious watching them run around together :)
Cameron and I are trying our best to soak up the time we have left with just the two of us :)
We took some photos for my next bumpdate on the beach, but I couldn't resist sharing one now!
The sunset was really incredible and just kept getting better!

We actually camped while we were in Manzanita, which worked out really well. The campground we stayed at was primarily RVs, but it was really close to the beach so I would recommend it! Saturday, the weather was incredibly gorgeous so we headed back to the beach to soak up the sun!

You can actually ride horses on this part of the beach, which looked really fun!
Lola kept a close eye on them :)
It was so hot on Saturday that Cam actually went swimming in the freezing cold ocean!
Lola was clearly having a blast at the beach...ha! She is such a little stinker :)
The beach we were at was Nehalem Bay State Park which is on a strip of land between the ocean and the Nehalem Bay. When you're standing up on the sand dunes you can see both the bay and the ocean!

We headed home later that day and even though it was a short trip, it was so relaxing! Sometimes laying on the sand and listening to the waves is just what you need to feel refreshed :)


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