October 26, 2014


It’s no lie that Portland is a donut town. We are completely spoiled with choices of where we can get our donut fix- Voodoo, Pip’s Original, Blue Star, Tonalli’sHeavenly’s, and my personal favorite, Coco Donuts. As a child, going to the donut shop was one of those few and far between special occasions, but it was usually always a sweet-treat breakfast substitute and consisted of a dozen glazed donut holes (my absolute favorite) and a small carton of milk. Second choice was a maple bar. And every now and then, chocolate sprinkles. I’d have to say those were my top three donuts to turn to. Now? Holy cow. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would land in a town so spoiled with donut choices. There are even rosewater and lavender glazed donuts, Himalayan sea salt with chocolate hazelnut drizzle, blueberry basil bourbon…you could eat donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner (I’ve tried it once before… key word = once). It’s kind of like you have to love donuts in order to live here. If you don’t, something is wrong with you.


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October 24, 2014

Well the rain has started full-force this week, and I absolutely love it. With the dampness, I sometimes forget that means my bathroom towels will never dry overnight, and it will be stiflingly cold standing on the hex tile getting ready for work in the pitch black. These are all trade-offs, I suppose. We lit the furnace for the first time last night, and I dug my space heater out of the closet to put in the bathroom. That awful but somehow satisfying burnt dust aroma, almost like burnt hair, is the definite welcoming of autumn.

This time of year, I try to get back to rituals and routine. Being that it is Vata season, I am trying to be mindful of treating and nourishing myself. Trying to get back to a (somewhat) regular meditation practice. Treating myself to solo lunches (like above) and finishing a good book. Here are a few other tips I have picked up over the years (based on studying Ayurveda) to help calm the mind, body and soul during this transitionary phase, especially if you are a chronic worrier or easily become unbalanced as we enter into this season:

  • dress warmly, and try to avoid windy conditions
  • eat more roasted root veggies that are grounding in nature (squash, beets, etc); avoid anything raw
  • favor warm soups over cold salads
  • avoid cold drinks, especially anything with ice; favor hot water with lemon or tea
  • eat enough healthy fats
  • avoid over-exercising, favor more yoga and calming practices
  • daily meditation to quiet the nervous system
  • daily self-massage with almond or sesame oil, extra moisturizer for the face
  • sticking to a regular eating, working, exercising, and sleeping routine

You may be able to see a pattern here: favor warm, grounding, sweet, sour, salty, oily foods… light activities… routine. It can be tough, I’m not perfect at it either, but even writing them out re-inspires and reminds me that just following a few fairly simple tips and adjusting a few habits, I can feel better overall. This is my favorite season, but I know it can mess with my equilibrium if I don’t adjust along side it. Also, if you struggle with insomnia like I do, this is a great article.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorite links from around the web this week:

-Considering what it might be like to be a recipe editor

-Pining after a new pair of classic brown boots for Fall. I’m due for a Frye upgrade.

-What to know about photographing food in restaurants.

-To follow up with that, advice for aspiring full-time photographers (you may see where I am going with this…)

-This, this and this blog are my recent favorites.

-Joe Biden came to Portland. He ate ice cream. In Aviators.

-Pumpkin beer. You either love it, or you hate it.

-How to make hard choices… (I still find it hard)

-How grandma’s experiences can leave a mark on our genes. Fascinating.

-24 things we should have been taught in school.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Here are a few snaps from the last week or so that make me happy…

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October 13, 2014


Let me just start off by saying that I never knew the day would come when I would risk my own life baking something for this blog. Who knew that caramel could be such a dangerous beast. But I did it all for you, because I love you (and am determined and will humbly learn from my mistakes).

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