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Kara | Portland Food & Travel

Exploring perfect Portland food days from behind the ๐Ÿ“ท. All my best content lives in featured stories ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ“ฉ perfectfooddays@gmail.com ๐Ÿ“ Portland, Oregon

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โœจ G I V E A W A Y โœจLast weekend @mftasty and @mrs.mftasty collaborated with @silverjulep for an epic Baller Brunch, and this steak with beef fat mashed potatoes and a sunny side up egg was truly one of the most motherf*cking tasty dishes I've had from their cart yet. . Speaking of #mftasty , @mrs.mftasty and I are headed to the coast on Saturday 9/29 for the #cravethecoastfestival . She just gave away two tickets, and now it's my turn! I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the festival (valued at $60). It's going to be a great time meeting over 40 makers, growers and chefs that make up the North Coast Food Trail, and tasting their goods. . To enter, all you gotta do is: . 1) Like this post 2) Follow @perfectfooddays , @tillamookcoast and @traveloregon 3) Tag a friend you'd like to join you and tell me your favorite food destination on the coast! Each additional tag on a new comment counts as an extra entry. Re-tagging everyone who enters will get you blocked! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿšซ . As a little extra bonus, I'll be creating a #perfectfoodday map of all your favorites that I'll share with everyone who enters! . Winner will be drawn Sunday night! Open to Oregon and Washington residents with a valid mailing address (for me to send you your tix). This giveaway is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Instagram. GOOD LUCk! ๐Ÿคž
Karl Holl of @spatzleandspeck working his magic during the Shook Serenade dinner last Sunday. His dishes (and house-cured meats) were nothing short of spectacular. You can try his food at @parkavenuewines from Tuesdays to Friday nights, a pop up I just so happened to include on the hidden food & drink map that I wrote and photographed for @eaterpdx this week. Link is in my bio, in case you missed it in my IG story ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’• . I'm working my way through editing the rest of the photos from this dinner, still weighed down with grief. But proud of the work I'm doing and the fact that I'm not completely crumpling under the weight of this loss.
The last three weeks have been the hardest of my life. I went from swimming carefree at Sellwood with my Sadie, my best friend in the whole world, to eleven short days later having her die in my arms. It was eleven days of trying with every fiber of my being to save her; paying an absurd amount for a surgery to make her bladder, riddled with cancer, not be the end of her. And when that failed, it was an attempt at the best last day ever full of our favorite things and people, followed by two weeks of grief and guilt. . Guilt that I didโ€™t spend as much time with her the past six months as I wish I did, and that guilt is all tangled up in this account. Because I would come home for work for short visits to our dog park with her, only to run off to a food event most nights. I wish I could rewind and relive this past year. I wish I lingered for hours until sunset every night at the dog park, like we did last summer. I regret pushing myself so hard at work that I needed full days to recover, I ache to think those days of sleeping in and not doing much could have been spent climbling mountains and swimming in rivers with my girl. I wish I realized how precious that time was. Everyone is already telling me that I gave her a great life, and I know that I did. I know that the adventures we shared in just one year eclipse what most dogs get to do in a lifetime, but I still know that I could have done better these past few months, and I am working through those feelings. . I wish I knew she might be ripped from my life, I wish I had a clue so I could have adjusted the way I was living our life. She showed no signs of any disease growing in her body, until the day it stopped her ability to urinate. Up until her last day, she acted like a puppy, rolling around in the grass, showing me her belly, grinning her big grin. Iโ€™m thankful for that. I donโ€™t wish that she felt pain, I just wish I had some sign of what was to come. . (continued in comments)
My girl stayed overnight at the doggie hospital, and waking up this morning without her here was devastatingly hard. I'm left missing not just her but all my east coast friends and family, my network of support and love. Please send all your thoughts and prayers to my Sadie girl that this isn't as serious as it seems โค๏ธ . To keep this post on (food) topic, and in the spirit of missing my New England roots: today from noon until sold out, @aviarypdx is serving lobster rolls, in conjunction with the #albertastreetfair . You should probably go get you one. ๐Ÿฆ
Did you know that any private event at the @hotelvintagepdx downtown is catered via the buzzworthy new Italian spot @ilsolitopdx , helmed by @renatapdx alum chef Matt Sigler? . I had the chance to taste a sample of their holiday banquet offerings a few weeks ago (because newsflash! Christmas is 4 months away ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), and everything from the classic meatball sliders to the sweet treats (pictured) were excellent. Definitely a spot worth considering if you have a private event to plan and want the food to be on par with the best Portland restaurants. Excited to go back to @ilsolitopdx soon for more!
My last trip to LA was a whirlwind of delicious food with one of my best friends, and I still haven't finished sharing everything we ate ๐Ÿ˜… . Even though @tinisima lives there, we decided to stay at the @everlyhollywood to escape the heat, and It was the best decision ever. From the epic room view of the Hollywood sign to the adorable roof top pool to the incredible bar staff, it was such a memorable stay. BONUS: It's conveniently located to easily explore the food scene in Hollywood, Silverlake and DTLA ๐Ÿ™Œ . Thank you @denswin for taking such good care of us at @everbarla during #kimptonwinehour ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜˜
It feels like summer just began, but we're already nearing the end of farm dinner season. You can make the most of the rest of the summer by getting tickets to the last @serenade_pdx dinner of the season on Sunday, September 2nd. . They'll be collaborating with chef, butcher, farmer and forager @kured_right of @spatzleandspeck , musical guest @shooktwins (performing a special acoustic set), and the charming duo behind @suzor_wines , who will keep your wine glasses full of the good stuff. ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’ . I am beyond excited to be photographing this event, and I want you at that table! Get your tickets today at the link here: @serenade_pdx ๐Ÿด๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’•
Oh hey friends! Happy Friday. If you've been thinking I've gone a little oyster crazy lately, you wouldn't be wrong. I'm just obsessed right now, I think because I can see crisp fall days creeping ever closer, and I want to grasp on to the long warm summer days for as long as I possibly can. Don't get me wrong, fall in Portland is my absolute favorite, but I want to savor every second of this summer, and even though I eat oysters all year round, eating oysters in the summer just amplifies the summer vibes x ๐Ÿ’ฏ . In the spirit of that oyster love, you should swing over to @tournantpdx tonight for their monthly #oystersocial pop up! Tonight they're popping up with chef Connor Martin of @mianpdx , so they'll be serving an East meets Pacific Northwest menu, full of oysters and dumplings and the like. . The Tournant pop up is tonight from 5pm to 9pm at 930 NE Glisen Street. No reservations required! Click on my profile pic above โ˜๏ธto check out the full menu in my IG story!
Last week I met with the owner of a great sustainable salmon business, and over tea we talked about the possibility of me maybe going up to Alaska to photograph their fishermen, to show the heart and hard work behind their family business. . I went back in my portfolio to this shoot with the @islandcreekoysters crew, which I shot when I was a student at @nesop_boston , to show her some samples of similar work. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to go out with them for the day, and I'm so excited at the idea of shooting more work like this. . Check out my instastory for a few more favorite shots from this day, and stay tuned soon for some of that salmon โ˜๏ธmentioned above to show up in my feed!
Happy hour on a patio with a good friend, is there anything better? Last week my friend Lara and I happy hour hopped, trying just one dish and one drink at each spot. I love the light, seasonal options on the happy hour menu at @quaintrellepdx , and it doesn't hurt that the prohibition punch goes down reaaaaaal easy. . Chef @ryley.eckersley recently launched a new happy hour menu, and happy hour also just expanded from the bar to the entire restaurant, including the patio. HH runs Wednesday to Saturday, 5:00pm to 6:30pm, and Sunday 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Check out my #instastory for their full #happyhour menu!
I'm still swooning over the beautiful @serenade_pdx dinner I photographed Friday night. As the sun went down and the super moon rose, and we were treated to the beautiful bluegrassy, folky music of @hollispeach , all I could think was that THIS is what will come to mind 20 years from now, when I grow nostalgic for the summer of 2018. . It's strangers and friends sitting in the near dark, sipping wine, bellies full: it's the couple who stood up, leaning on each other, swaying gently to the music. It's the scent of the nearby flowers, it's the moon rising impossibly large in the sky. . It's pure summer magic, and it's something I think each and everyone of you should treat yourself to this summer. I know there are lots of various farm dinners through the season, but the music performance at @serenade_pdx really sets it apart. Their next two farm dinners are August 25th and September 2nd. Go to their account for info on tickets. . โœจSo who will I see there? โœจ
Lately it seems all my small talk with neighbors and new acquaintances revolves around the weather and this long, lumbering heat wave that feels like it will never end. A lot of these chats end up in the same place, comparisons to the heat back home (in Massachusetts) and how the lack of humidity here makes it feel so different (read: better) than New England heat, and how weird it is that here the hottest time of day is 4pm-6pm, where back home it's mid-day, when the sun is highest in the sky. . It's kind of a godsend that 4pm to 6pm is the meltiest, because guess what that lines up with? Yup, happy hour. And luckily we live in a food paradise where the chefs respond to the heat with compassion and cleverness, concocting seasonal specials like frozen cocktails and desserts. . Which one should you seek out today, on this, the hottest day of them all? This house-made funfetti ice cream bar at @tannercreektavern , which is featured (along with a stunning dairyfree blackberry popsicle) on their happy hour menu. They open today at 4pm, and happy hour runs (daily) until 6pm. Aside from floating down a river, I can't imagine a better place to be at the hottest time of the hottest day of the week. . Check out my IG story (where *pssst* most of my best content is shared, for those of you who might not watch stories regularly!) for the full happy hour menu. . Stay ๐Ÿ˜Ž friends! โ˜€๏ธ
โ—๏ธHOT TIP INCOMING! โ—๏ธTonight I went to a great happy hour event at @denimandgin that highlighted a collection of gorgeous printed two piece skirt/crop top sets by designer @shopbrettadam. The happy hour also featured complimentary food and drinks by @dvizzini , a chef at @hunnymilkpdx. READY FOR THE HOT TIP?? . Chef Vizzini let me know that everyone's favorite weekend pop up @hunnymilkpdx (brainchild of Brandon Weeks) has found a permanent home! The best part? It's literally a block from my apartment. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ They will be taking over the space formerly occupied by The Bitter End at 20th and W. Burnside, which is currently/temporarily the home of a 'Beer Bar' pop up on @timbersfc game days. . The Hunnymilk team anticipates opening their doors in this new location in early September, and their plan is to offer their incredible savory/sweet dual brunch platters 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. If you haven't had the pleasure of this brunch experience, trust me when I say it's one of the most delicious and interesting brunch concepts in Portland right now. . Equally exciting? Chef Donnie Vizzini will be using the space Friday-Sunday nights for a vegan burger pop up (@secretsauceburger ), serving 4 varieties of delectable vegan burgers. At tonight's event I tried one of his creations (pictured), a @beyondmeat burger fancied up with a house-made tomato jam and mushroom duxelles. It was the kind of burger that vegans and omnivores alike will flock to, and I CANNOT wait to try more. . I can confidently say this is EXACTLY what the south end of the Alphabet District needs, and I think they are leading the charge for a culinary renaissance to rival the one that has happened in the north end of the neighborhood in the past few years. . Keep an eye on the @hunnymilkpdx account for new developments and details, and follow @denimandgin so you can go to their next happy hour event! It was such a good time. Check out my story for more!
Behold, @gg30000 and @breazycheezy 's coconut ice cream with fermented berry swirl with gold leaf, edible flowers from @departurepdx 's own rooftop garden, and freeze dried strawberries. The contrast of the fermented berries to the dried ones was incredible, as was the house-made gf cone. This is where you need to go and what you need to eat tomorrow, when the temps hit 95 degrees. Trust me. Check out my IG story for the other cones we sampled, including my favorite, a peanut milk with spiced coconut ice cream with the most incredible Thai glaze inside the cone. . These cones will be on rotation all summer long, and can be enjoyed after dinner or just while sipping rosรฉ on Departure's incredible deck overlooking the city.
You did hear that everyone's favorite Russian restaurant @kachkapdx is moving to a bigger space, right? And that little sister restaurant, #kachinka , opened in the old space this past weekend? I tried it out last night and I'm already enamored with its roster of approachable but still resoundingly Russian bar bites. I also love that you can still get @zaichik13 's famous pelmeni dumplings at this cute Kachka spinoff. Yesterday I tried *a lot* of the new menu, and one of my favorites was 'Slava's Drinking Board', pictured here. It comes with lavash and hearty bread, and features five tasty spreads, my favorite being the smoky Hungarian paprika whipped salo and the house smetana butter. If you find one you love, you can also order them on their own in bigger servings. It's the perfect cool snack to eat with a boozy slushie cocktail (also new and only available at Kachinka) when the crazy heat hits later this week!
Looking for something delicious to do tonight? Head over to the gorgeous @tournantpdx space from 5pm-9pm tonight for their #oystersocial . Not only can you grab some tasty local oysters and great drinks, but you can also try some dishes by @lepagefoodanddrinks , their guest chef this go-round. . Pictured here is her smoked trout, purple viking potato, and squash blossom aioli dish from last weekend. A variation of this incredible dish, with tuna and a nasturtium aioli, will be served tonight, among a handful of other locally and seasonally driven dishes. Her food is sooo good. Check out my IG story for the full menu! . No tickets or reservations are required! If you go, let me know what you think!
This past Sunday I had the best meal of my summer so far, surrounded by a dozen new friends and a sea of flowers. Risa Lichtman of @lepagefoodanddrinks partnered with Leah from @indigo_gardens_pdx for this event, held on the Indigo farm, where the afternoon started with garden bites, tasty cocktails and a fun flower arranging workshop, and was followed by a stunning 3 course meal under a thatch of apple trees. . Risa makes the kind of food I love and crave, rustic piles of fresh off the farm local produce (from @foxandbearurbanfarm ) treated with all the the love in the world. So where is the hero food shot? Sorry (/not sorry) to say it lost out to the โœจpure joyโœจ of this portrait of these two talented friends, dazzling our table with their art and great energy. . Check out my IG story and blog (link in bio) to see the incredible dishes served at this beautiful meal, and check my IGTV story to peek in on the flower arranging workshop portion of the day. . And if you're now dying to try @lepagefoodanddrinks , you're in luck! She's popping up this Friday as guest chef at @tournantpdx 's oyster social, and you should go. No reservations required, it's the perfect post-4th of July culinary reset. (Yeah, don't think we don't know how many hot dogs you ate yesterday) . Friday's menu includes most of the dishes you will see in my IG story/blog, and I can't even begin to describe how delicious they were. If ever you take my food advice, take it today! . And if you're interested in picking up some stunning @indigo_gardens_pdx flowers, she supplies to @portlandbloem , one of the cutest flower shops in town. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ
Shortbread cookies are not normally my thing, but these lime-flecked cookies from @holidaypdx have spun me right around. Delicate in texture, zingy in flavor, they are a must try when you hit up Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson's new @holidaypdx , the plant based cafe that replaced Roman Candle Baking Company this spring. . Pastries aren't the only stars of the show at @holidaypdx , in fact they are just the supporting cast. The true stars are the incredible vegetable plates that will no doubt knock your socks off, just like they did mine. Every last plate I tried surprised and stunned me, both in vibrant taste and artful plating. This is a spot I URGE you to check out, even if (or especially if) you are a meat fanatic. It's the kind of spot that will make you realize you can have a mind-blowing meal entirely from the garden. . Check out my #holidaypdx story on my profile page to see all the beautiful and delicious plant based dishes on the summer menu at this gem of a restaurant at SE Divison & 34th ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒธ . . . . . . #perfectfooddays #eaterpdx #pdx #pdxnow #portlandoregon #503 #travelportland #traveloregon #foodilysm #tastingtable #forkyeah #foodblogger #pdxeats #foodbeast #eatfamous #eatingfortheinsta #beautifulcuisine #northwestisbest #pastrypassion #foodandwine #huffposttaste #eater #eeeeeats #vegan #bestfoodportland #veganeats #gffood #plantbased #holidaypdx #pdxvegan
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