Just a couple years out of college, I was well versed in the Portland night life. My friends and I went dancing every weekend. Sometimes both Friday and Saturday nights.
Oh, who am I kidding, we went dancing every Wednesday evening too.
The weekends were reserved for Santorini, a Greek restaurant and club downtown. Santorini is where I learned to sing several songs in Arabic, where I had at least one birthday party, where from the deejay to the bartenders to the owner, everyone knew our name.
Wednesdays you could find us upstairs at [click to continue…]
This is by far the best queso I have ever had, anywhere.
I have already made it three times since I received The Sexy Vegan’s latest book, Happy Hour at Home. (Yes! Intrigued was I, as one of my favorite themes around here is my own Happy Hour at Home!).
I received Brian Patton’s book to review, and lucky you! I have a second copy I am giving away! I actually have it here in my possession, which means the lucky winner will be getting some goodies from me as well. It’s how I do.
Brian Patton is The Sexy Vegan – you may know him from [click to continue…]
I have a couple early food memories around squash.
One is Grandpa Z’s zucchini. He would grow them bigger than our dachshund.
He would slice them into half-inch rounds, batter and fry them. Oooh mama, those were some good eatin’. Summertime at the grandparents house was fun and tasty.
I can still see Grandpa Z holding up one of his big zucchini, huge grin on his face.
The second memory is my mom’s favorite way to prepare squash – split in half, scoop out the innards, bake with a [click to continue…]
One of the most popular sandwiches at that deli I ran was a toasted croque monsieur. I am positive it still is. Equal to the espresso line in the morning and the lineup for soup on cold Portland days, the line for hot sandwiches snaked around the store.
Just thinking about all of that brings nostalgia – I am ready for crisp cool fall days.
Soup. Lining up for your food cart favorite.
Walking down the street drinking warm coffee, cold morning air that you can [click to continue…]
Can you believe it is September?
I cannot believe it is September.
There. Cliches out of the way, I want to take a moment to thank you.
All of you who visit me here every day, even when I have been too busy these last two years to connect, reply to your very appreciated comments, or visit your blogs often. There have been times I so truly missed the community of blogging, have felt so out of touch from that community, and I miss it.
I am coming back. Right now, I have been taking time.
To mourn. To celebrate. To remember. To express gratitude. Lots of gratitude.
Thank you, dear readers. So many of you have shown me such generous friendship, and have helped to make a difficult time a bit easier, a bit brighter. I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness.
Vegan MoFo is here again – this is my third year participating. The plant based version of NaNoWriMo is a fun month of themes and inspiration. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me this year, but much like a major kitchen renovation being the best distraction for me right now, I am ready to tackle Vegan MoFo.
I already have [click to continue…]
My favorite farmers market find lately – squash blossoms.
I didn’t plant any squash this year, so I have been
chomping at the bit patiently awaiting their arrival at the markets. Because I had the most wonderful flavored cheese waiting to pair with these little beauties. I brought them home and immediately got to work (they do not last long, use them same day if you can find them).
I have been [click to continue…]
My mom and I have been known to roast two or three heads of garlic and eat them for lunch. All of it, all the cloves. With crackers or bread.
Roasted garlic is [click to continue…]
Last summer I was beyond thrilled to work with BACARDI® on a series of parties, recipes and more parties. When I had the opportunity again this summer, I did not hesitate to say yes.
This time it gets big – one of the BACARDI® mixologists made a spabettie signature cocktail. Just for me, based on my personality, style, and how I answered their questions. Unreal. Like I said, beyond thrilled.
They sent me the custom recipe and a [click to continue…]