Friday, September 27, 2013

Parents Weekend

Happy Friday everyone! 

My mom and dad are currently visiting Portland and so Cameron and I are having lots of fun showing them around our new city! I'm taking a little hiatus from blogging while they're here but should be back to it next week (and I've got lots to share in the way of restaurant reviews and another Feast recap!). In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@inthepinkandgreen) to keep up with our adventures in Oregon over the weekend!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oktoberfest in Oregon

Happy Tuesday everyone!

In case you missed it, I posted Part 1 of my recap of Feast Portland yesterday, so be sure to check it out! I'll be posting some more photos from that awesome event later this week, so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, I wanted to share photos from some fall fun from earlier this month!

One of the things on my to-do list for fall was going to Oktoberfest, and last weekend I had the opportunity to do just that! About 45 minutes south of Portland is this cute little German town called Mt. Angel; Cam told me about going to Oktoberfest there when he was a kid, and now that we're living in Oregon we wanted to make sure to go this year. We met Cam's family there on a cloudy Sunday afternoon last weekend and had a great time sampling all the delicious foods!

Everything looks very Bavarian-inspired!

Enjoying some German Spรคtzle and Sausage 

Apple cake with butter sauce--this stuff was delicious!

And because heaven forbid Lola would get left out of anything, we brought her too!

I was trying to take some sneaky candids and of course my dog is cheesin' for the camera, ha!

Everyone gathering to watch the clock tower go off

This thing (which is apparently called a fruchtsauele-thanks Google!) is a traditional harvest monument in the center of town and it was beautifully decorated with nuts, seeds, and other produce!
(You learn something new everyday, ha!)
Cute German-looking buildings
We sampled some Marionberry crisp, which was delicious!
There was lots of traditional German food...
Cam loves potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream :)

And then there were some non-traditional foods as well, ha!

Hanging out with two of my sister-in-laws, Mandy and Ashley

The Mt. Angel Oktoberfest was a fun way to spend a Sunday with family and a great way to celebrate fall! Definitely check it out next year if you are in the Portland area and like German food!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Feast Portland: Dinner Series Recap

This weekend, I attended an event called Feast Portland! (And if you follow me on social media, then you're probably already aware of this fact as I've been going a little overboard on the Instagrams, ha!) 

I need to start off by saying that the whole weekend was absolutely awesome!
(If you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can check out this post to get up to speed)

When I applied to get a Blogger Pass for Feast, I wasn't really sure what it was beyond the fact that it was a food festival in downtown Portland that sounded interesting. But now having experienced Feast firsthand, I am just so impressed with the quality of everything and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering going next year. The weekend was somewhat of whirlwind because I ate so much amazing food and met so many of great people over the past few days. I'm so thankful that I was able to get a Blogger Pass to go because it was just such an epic weekend here in Portland!

Feast actually consists of many different events held over four days, which is really cool. I was fortunate to be able to attend a few different events myself and so rather than try and fit everything into one post, I thought I'd break it up and share some of my photos in multiple goes!

Thursday night, I had the privilege of attending one of the Dinner Series events, which paired a notable Portland chef up with a visiting chef. The dinner I attended featured Chefs Chris Israel and Matt Accarrino at Gruner; Gruner is Chris's restaurant, while Matt was the visiting chef from San Francisco, and they've each received many accolades in the food world. Each chef cooked three courses plus a dessert, and all the food was paired with some amazing Oregon wines!

 The wines paired with the various courses were provided by King Estate--they were all amazing!

 And let's just say there was a lot of wine served throughout the night! ;)

The night's menu
Sneak peek of the first course!

Gruner was closed for the event, and I liked that the dinner was limited to a smaller number of guests

Instagram shot of chefs Chris Israel and Matt Accarrino introducing themselves

Now on to the food

The way the dinner worked is that a course was served made by one chef and then once that was finished, the course made by the other chef would come out. The two chefs dishes were very different; Matt's choices seemed to be a little more creative and colorful, whereas Chris's dishes seemed to be more hearty and in line with the style of food typically served at Gruner. However, because they both really focused on highlighting Oregon ingredients, I thought all of their dishes really complimented one another perfectly! (Below I used the abbrevs MA for Matt's food and CI for Chris's food, just FYI!)

First Course (MA): Chili-Cured Oregon Wild Salmon & Roe, Horseradish Crisp
This was so fresh and flavorful, a great start to the night!

 First Course (CI): Venison Roulade, Cider Mustard
A perfect example of how Chris's food really fit with Gruner's modern alpine point of view!

Second Course (MA): Oregon Albacore Tuna "Scapece", Burnt Eggplant, Pickled Peppers, Ice Lettuce--I loved the colorful presentation of this dish!

Second Course (CI): Liver Spatzle, Chanterelles, Bacon, Caraway, Creme Fraiche
This was my favorite course of the night and I'd even go so far as to say that it was one of the best things I ate all weekend. It was so creamy and had great smokiness from the bacon, an amazing dish!

 Get in mah belly. 

 Third Course (MA): Pork and Beet Lasagna, Beet Pesto, & "Red Things"
I loved this dish a lot too and really enjoyed how it was so vibrant!

 Third Course (CI): SuDan Farms Lamb - roasted rack chop and braised shoulder, served with potato-root vegetable gratin--this was a very warm and comforting dish!

 Dessert (MA): Blond Chocolate Panna Cotta, Whipped Coconut, & Chocolate Caramel
I straight up loved this dessert, I could have eaten a bowl of this stuff.

 I am obsessed with anything salted caramel so I really enjoyed the decadent toppings on this dish!

 Dessert (CI): Pear Strudel, Hazelnut Ice Cream
This dessert was really great too, very Oregonian with the pears and hazelnuts! 

The talented chefs, Chris Israel (who was looking at someone else's camera, ha!) and Matt Accarrino; they created an incredible meal and I'm so glad I was able to have the opportunity to enjoy it!

I realize that the Dinner Series events are slightly pricey; however, being able to attend this amazing dinner made me realize that they are totally worth the cost. Every detail was perfectly executed and the wine pairings were basically unlimited throughout the evening. And to top it off, the great thing about all the Feast events is that proceeds go to fight childhood hunger, which is such a great cause.

I'd definitely recommend any of the Dinner Series events for next year!

That's all for now, but stay tuned for more Feast Recaps later this week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's Feast Portland Time!

The time has finally come--Feast Portland starts TODAY! 

I have been looking forward to this event for weeks, and I'm so pumped that it's here! For those of you wondering what the heck I'm talking about, Feast is a four-day food festival taking place in Portland this weekend. It features a wide variety of events that celebrate the abundance of amazing ingredients here in Oregon and the money raised goes to help fight childhood hunger, which is awesome. Plus, it draws in tons of chefs and foodies (an estimated 10,000 according to this article!) from across the country, so it's really a perfect opportunity to take a culinary weekend getaway here in PDX.
(You can also find out more about Feast Portland by reading my previous posts here and here)

I was fortunate enough to be granted a Blogger Pass for this year's festival and am planning on attending quite a few different events over the next four days. Here's what's on my agenda: 

(In the spirit of full disclosure, my pass is allowing me to attend quite a few events for free, however, this event is definitely something I would have planned on attending without the pass and all opinions expressed are my own!) 

However, there are SO MANY different things going on in Portland this weekend for Feast, both officially as part of the event and then quite a few "unofficial" satellite events as well. I though I'd also share some links that I've seen floating around on social media recently that might be helpful if you're going to be in Portland this weekend and interested in checking things out: 

Follow Feast Portland on Twitter and Facebook for event updates
 Also, Pacific Natural Foods is hosting free pedicab rides to Feast events throughout the weekend!

(I'm planning on trying to attend quite a few of the "unofficial" events as well, just FYI!)

Finally, be sure to follow along with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as I'll be sharing as many live updates as possible from Feast throughout the weekend! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Portland Happenings

Happy Hump Day everyone!

One of the great (albeit slightly overwhelming) things about living in downtown Portland is I feel like there are random events happening all.the.time. Between Twitter and Facebook, I feel like I'm always hearing about different festivals, street fairs, and other happenings taking place around the city. And you know what? I love it! Obviously, it's not possible to check out every event but it's really nice that if I'm in the mood to get out and do something, there are always things going on. I thought it would be fun to share a couple examples of what I'm talking about from the past week...

Last Wednesday, there was a cute little Fall Into Fashion event in Director Park. While it was no NYFW, but it was still a fun opportunity to watch a fashion show featuring some really great outfits from local stores here in downtown Portland. (It just so happened that the weather last week was extremely hot, so I did feel a little sorry for the models strutting down the runway in their layered fall looks!) Many of the downtown stores had special sales, along with yummy refreshments, and I was able to check out the event with one of my fellow Portland bloggers, Kelsey from Ladies in Navy!

Phototainment: Pioneer Place Fashion 2013 &emdash; Pioneer Place 2013-52
Kelsey and I taking advantage of the photo op at Pioneer Place
They had fashion shows running every half hour in Director Park
It was literally 97 degrees outside, so I'm sure all these models were dying in their sweaters!
We had a great spot at the end of the runway--take that New York Fashion Week!
End of the show
Lots of the stores downtown had food and promotions for the event
Enjoying the beautiful clothing (and free wine) at Mercantile
This weekend, Cameron and I checked out a really cool event called the Portland Mini Maker Faire over at OMSI. The event is described as "the greatest show and tell on Earth" and it's basically a giant hodge podge science fair nerd fest. They have Maker Faire events around the world and this was the second year of having one in Portland. This event seemed tailored towards families, but there were a lot of booths with different "Makers" showing off very high-tech projects as well.

Cameron was in heaven, and I people watched/took some photos. Good times had by all!

The event was held outside OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Cameron had a blast checking out all the exhibits
This car covered in yarn was more my speed--ha!
Oh ya know, just a smoothie being made by bicycle
There were lots of craft tents that utilized re-used materials
And it kind of felt like an episode of The Big Bang Theory...
There were lots of food carts too, which was awesome!
And then lots of these guys wandering around--ha!
View of the river from OMSI
Beekeeping is a pretty popular hobby in Portland...
...and apparently so is drinking and dressing like a pirate.
Our future child is going to be such a nerd...and I'm just fine with that :)
Last but not least, what I'm really loving about living in downtown Portland are just all the weird, random, awesome things that you just stumble across on a daily basis.

For example, this Saturday Cam and I went to a brewery after the Maker Faire. We were sitting outside, and looked across the street and were like "Are those goats in that field?"

Obviously, we had to go check it out.
There was a fence all around the field with "No Trespassing" signs, yet here were all these people standing in this random field of goats on their Iphones Instagramming pictures.

And obviously, I needed to be a part of it.

We went to open the fence and asked a guy who looked like he was in charge about what was going on. He explained that he worked for the business across the street and they bought some goats last year, and the owner of the field let them keep the goats in the field. He said people in Portland have really taken to these goats and that they don't really milk them or anything but they're now just kind of like therapy goats for the people of the city.

Apparently it's a legit place you can check in on Foursquare.
And they have a Twitter account.
It kind of seems like it's right out of an episode of Portlandia.
But this is really how Portland is.
You can't make this stuff up and I love it.

Everyone taking pictures of the goats
There were tiny little baby goats that were SO CUTE.
Notice how the one goat is jumping up like a dog--ha!
Baby goats are the most adorable things ever.
Give me a couple of beers and then let me loose in a field full of goats...
...pretty solid Saturday night if you ask me!
Bebe goat eating some rosemary
And then a goat started eating my hair.
That's when it was time to call it a night--ha!
Sunset walking back to our apartment across one of Portland's many bridges

I am definitely still getting to know my new city...but so far, so good!


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