Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tiny Tuesday (Wednesday): Bah Humbug.

Elite Event: Thai and Sweaters!

Elite Event at Soi9 last night!  Peep the sweater and find the full story of its creation here.  Lovely to see everyone, as always, even if seating was a little bit awkward. 

Daily Food 12/21/10
Breakfast: veggie sausage patty, potato pancake, toast
Lunch: lentil soup, Tofurkey slices on toast
Dinner: shared at family-style dinner, misc vegan noodles, tofu, salad rolls, red curry rice croquet, vegan tom kha soup, green curry, rice. 
Misc: Hot toddy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Peacock Lane

Not quite as grand as I recall from years prior, but Peacock Lane is still lovely and pretty as always.  Had some great holiday time with friends yesterday, walking the lane after a happy hour at Bonfire and before capping the night off with some pinball at Red Flag.  I'm getting slightly sad that Christmas season is almost over, and I know I have several days still so am determined to embrace it as best as I can!  FedExing the big box o' toys to my niece and nephew today, so it will be there waiting on Christmas Eve.

Daily Food 12/19/10
Breakfast: roasted red potatoes, poached eggs, toast
Dinner: shared HH pita/tzatziki, sweet potato fries; veggie burger, hot toddies
Misc: cider, white choc pretzels

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Came Early, Manicure Edition

Check this out!  I got a surprise early Christmas gift from Matt E.  Yes, that's right, every imaginable color of nail striper available.  I am going to go crazy with these kits.  These tiny bottles are way cool - they have a super thin, long brush, to make any kind of design your little heart desires.  I see snowflakes and Santa Clauses in my digits' future. 

Tiny Tuesday: Not A Creature Was Stirring

I tried the old "Come here, I promise I won't attach a Santa hat to your fat face" approach again, after a disastrous first attempt at clothing the cat.  It did not go well.  She wouldn't talk to me for hours, but here's the beast all tuckered out after that traumatic event.  I WILL get the Santa Suit on her at some point.  Mean?  Kinda.  Hilarious?  Definitely.  It's worth it. 

Daily Food 12/13/10
Breakfast: NF Greek yogurt, banana, pumpkin granola
Lunch: mixed veg salad with garbanzos, orange
Snack: toffee peanuts
Dinner: Quorn patty, tomato salad, baked potato

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Grotto

Breathtaking, inspiring, humbling, sparkling, serene, peaceful.  

The Grotto is an amazing place, and many thanks to Groupon, Ma and I scored two tickets plus a beverage on the cheap.  After a fun dinner out at Equinox, we headed to deep NE, rolled up in the Camry right into a princess parking spot and meandered into the Grotto for a really fun traipse through the Festival of Lights AND caught a choir concert, too.  I would definitely go back again and pay full price for another visit before Christmas.  It was awesome.

Daily Food 12/11/10
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, potatoes/mushrooms, fruit salad
Dinner: appetizer madness while decorating the tree - mushroom turnovers, assorted crudite, tiny GF crepes with roasted Golden Nugget squash and mascarpone, nuts, fruit, cheese, pinot g.  MADNESS!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Cheer, It's On.

Matt brought over some gorgeous floral arrangements the other night, and my whole apartment is transformed.  Smells great, too!  My mother arrived from Colorado, and our mission is to do up my place to make it look like someone lives here and then cover it all up immediately with super tacky Christmas decor.  Really going to clash with these super-classy additions from my bestie, but oh well.  Holidays MMX. 

I can barely admit this:  I bought a fake tree.  And it's white.  WTF.  Seemed like a good idea at the time- if you're gonna go fake, might as well go super fake, yeah?  But I don't know, I'm seriously doubting the whole thing, and might return it.  There was a very cheesy little fiber optic tree for sale at the library next door... I might go check and see if it's still there today.  At least that $10 would go to the library.  We'll see how it pans out, as Mama Trip and Operation Festive-i-cize the Apartment continues.  There will be glitter involved. 

Got to see St Frankie Lee yesterday:  TWICE!  A rare occasion. 

Daily Food 12/9/10
Breakfast: two poached eggs, polenta cake, tomato sauce, kale
Lunch: hummus, rice crackers, mixed fruit, piece o' cheddar
Snack: popcorn, almonds, apple/pear juice
Dinner: Caesar salad, Gladstone pizza, pinot g

PS Daily Food might be going away, as I am now using which is super sweet.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: That's a Wrap

I'm fresh out of Tiny photos, plus they were all starting to look the same.  Guest spot!  Photo courtesy of Matt E.  Mama AB arrives to Portland tomorrow! 

Daily Food 12/6/10
Breakfast: Fuji apple, 1/2 Trio nut bar
Lunch: Quorn patty, roasted potato/asparagus, Laughing Cow wedge
Dinner: Light veg soup, Stacy's soy crisps

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tree Lighting in Milwaukie

 The winning umbrella, pirate-themed, and peep Santa in the background.  Aw yeah. 

Dear God it was like stepping back in time and into Mayberry.  I have never seen a more cute gathering.  Also, I don't believe I've ever seen more people or action in downtown Milwaukie before.  Everyone was out, most proudly displaying their decorated umbrellas from the parade (see photo above for the winner - of course it's a pirate theme, duh), with the Johnson Creek Brass Band providing music and some old folks handing out cookies and hot cocoa. 

Miss Clackamas (yes, re-read that) did the countdown to the tree lighting, tiara and all.  Santa ho-ho-ho'd.  There were horses and carriage rides!  It was pretty goshdarn thrilling. 

Daily Food 12/3/10
Breakfast: egg/cheese toasty from Wind Horse, banana
Lunch: 1/2 egg salad sandwich, leftover kale stew
Snacks: chips/salsa, cookie at the tree lighting  
Dinner: shared pumpkin curry, pad kee mao, rice, som tum, salad roll
Misc: pinot g

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Holiday Cheer Soon.

This afternoon, my little neighborhood is having an umbrella parade (?) and the official downtown Milwaukie Tree Lighting.  You bet yer bippy I'll be there for that, even if it means having to leave work early... the festivities start at 3:30 for some reason, do they not know people are at work?  Oh, well!  Good times either way, looking forward to it.  This is happening in conjunction with First Friday's Art a la Carte.  Details here

Daily Food 12/2/10
Breakfast: GF toast, apple, banana
Lunch: kale stew w/ GF pasta, roasted carrots w/ garbanzo gravy
Dinner: arancine, caesar, bread, pinto g
Misc: diet Coke, chips/salsa snack, hot toddys!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: Film Noir

Happy Birthday, Emilie!  

Daily Food 11/29/10
Breakfast: leftover potatoes, NF Greek Yogurt, apple
Lunch: Soycurls, peppers/onions, beans/rice, salsa burrito
Dinner: braised kale, mushrooms over gorgonzola polenta
Misc: chocolate sorbet

Monday, November 29, 2010

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, Zumba Edition.

Yesterday morning, I showed up bright and early for Zumba class.  I thought I'd done this class before at another gym, but either I was horribly mistaken then or Zumba has done a psychotic 180 in the last couple of years.  More on that in a moment.

So, I nervously situated myself in a back corner and a lady warned me not to follow her as she had never done it before.  As I had no idea what I was doing either, I recommended that she pick out someone in the crowd who looked like a regular Zumba-goer to follow, which was my plan.  Immediately, I zeroed in on some dude who just screamed "newcomer", and noted that there was no way in hell that guy would be a good one to follow.

Boy, was I ever wrong.  This out-of-place, giant, lumberjack-lookin' dude, wearing cargo pants, bearded, covered in shitty tattoos, and with a black kerchief on his head had moves like I have never seen, hips that wouldn't quit, and knew every single step, arm movement, lyric, and fist pump.  Homeboy was amazing.  I, on the other hand, couldn't keep up for shit and basically abandoned even trying to get the fancy footwork down and ended up running frantically in place just to keep moving.  And sweating.  Dear God, I lost at least 5 pounds in sweat.  Those Zumba people are insane.  Insane.  How many classes does it take to learn those moves, anyway?  More than I will probably ever know, because AB is not cut out for Zumba.  Sticking to the normal cardio machines, Step class, and weight room, thankyouverymuch. 

I still can't get the image of that dude dancing out of my head.  He looked like he'd be more at home as a bouncer in front of a strip club, but sweet baby Jesus, he was simply awesome.  Kudos to that guy and his beard.

Daily Food 11/28/10
Breakfast: red onion, mushroom, diced Quorn patty, two eggs; orange and apple slices
Dinner: roasted fennel, Brussels sprouts, red onion, mushrooms over polenta with gorgonzola
Misc: popcorn, glass of pinot blanc

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Officially Christmas Season.

There are few things I love more than:

1.  Portland
2.  The holidays

Last night I went to the tree lighting down in Portland's Living Room, aka Pioneer Square, and it was awesome!  Can't believe I had never done that before, given my penchant for cheering all things Yuletide.  It was completely packed, but terribly fun.  We were next to an old guy with a very thick New York accent, handing out tiny communion-sized cups and telling everyone to get ready for his champagne toast, apparently a tradition for him he carried out at Rockefeller Center for decades.  Sadly, no one really wanted to engage the guy and we were all a little suspicious that this "champagne" might be a 40 of Old E, but turns out we were all wrong and he produced as promised.  We toasted with our tiny cups of bubbly, cheered, hooted, and hollered when they finally lit the 75-foot tree.  Just as I turned to chat the old man up and introduce myself, he sped off in his motorized chair. Maybe I'll run into him again some time. 

Rounding out the festivities was some great music by members of Pink Martini and the Portland Youth Choir.  Carols were sung, my toes froze, and a great time had by all.  New personal tradition.  

POST SCRIPT:  Apparently while I was hollering "Joy to the World" at the top of my lungs and swaying with the crowd as if my life depended on it, the police were arresting a would-be terrorist a few blocks away in a sting operation.  They'd been working undercover with the clearly troubled young man, who intended to set off a car bomb at the lighting.  Didn't find out about any of this until this morning.  News coverage here.

Daily Food 11/26/10
Breakfast: leftover yams, Honeycrisp apple
Lunch: salad, Greek veggie pizza
Dinner: roasted squash, mushrooms, leftover stuffing, cranberries
Misc: Hot Toddies downtown!

Friday, November 26, 2010


 Oh, hello, there...
I successfully managed to maintain a plans-free Thanksgiving yesterday and it sure was lovely.  In the morning I went to the gym to see the crazy people, always entertaining, the twice-than-normal-size crowd that shows up on Turkey Day, most of them already so sickly thin I get worried someone's going to pass out.  Alas, no collapsing, and I headed to Gladstone for a cup of coffee, before my BFF came over and we embarked on a Portland Minute, driving all over town looking at what was open.  We almost ended up at the Jolly Roger but thought better of that and bailed.  Then we almost accidentally signed ourselves up for the prix fixe dinner at Country Cat, but bailed on that as well since we really just wanted a snack.  It looked amazing, though.  Ended up having some jambalaya, salad, and spicy mac down the way at Roscoe's, before locking ourselves in my apartment and watching beaucoup TV with my fancy new toy... the Roku!  Hours later, I got hungry and whipped up a Thanksgiving-ish meal, not totally complete, but not a bad attempt at a last-minute thing.  Capped off the evening with the Beyonce TV special, which totally ruled. 

I have been saying for months that all I wanted to do for Thanksgiving was see Burlesque, but we never made it off of the couch to do so.  Successful 'do nothing' day.

I have more things to be Thankful for than I can count, separate post needed...

Daily Food 11/25/10
Breakfast: 2 eggs, toast
Lunch: veggie jambalaya, catfish, salad, cornbread
Dinner: mashed potatoes, yams, Brussels sprouts, cranberries (made with agave!), fennel stuffing, vegan/GF mushroom gravy, bubbly.
Misc: Strongbow cider, GF choc chip cookies

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tiny Tuesday: Up Top!

Someone finally figured out how to get on top of the cabinets in the new apartment.  

The mass hysteria about the snow that didn't really happen continues... It snowed a little bit, but nothing worthy of the overkill news footage.  Pretty chilly, though, only about 20 degrees right now.  BRING IT! 

Daily Food 11/22/10
Breakfast: banana, apple, yogurt
Lunch: spinach salad, Quorn patty, roasted carrots, tomatoes
Dinner: Minestrone soup, rice crackers, baked sweet potato
Misc: diet Coke, fruit/date bar

Monday, November 22, 2010

Please snow, please snow, please snow...

The undeserved hysteria about impending snow in Portland has begun.  2 flakes fall, mass pandemonium ensues.  I can almost guarantee half of the office staff will leave early today.  Good lord. 

Personally, I am doing my finest snow dance and praying to baby Jesus Claus some of that beautiful white stuff starts falling soon. 

Daily Food 11/21/10
Breakfast: 1/2 of Soycurls breakfast burrito
Lunch: the other half
Dinner: Quorn patty, roasted carrots, spinach salad
Misc: glass o' pinot g

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Friday, Folks

Long week, thank goodness it's Friday.  One more workday, then some bday celebratin' tonight!  Had fabulous last-minute Happy Hour at Victory last night with the ladies.  Always love that.  I initially said 'no', that I couldn't go, too broke... then we somehow racked up a bill large enough for a whole week's worth of meals.  Whoopsie-Daisy!  Delicious, yes.  A bajillion calories?  Yes. 

Daily Food 11/18/10
Breakfast: leftover broccoli bake, roll
Lunch: curried corn soup, orange-glazed yams, tabbouleh
Dinner: shared HH snacks - mixed greens salad, spaetzle, jalapeno hush puppies, fries, Manhattans

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Woodie Likes it Hot

This is McG's cat, Woodie, drinking salsa.  SALSA, people.  From Muchas Gracias.  What kind of cat does that?!  A spicy one, I guess. 

Daily Food 11/16/10
Breakfast: banana, Kashi GoLean, NF Greek Yogurt
Lunch: vegetable soup
Snack: Ruby Jewel mini-sandwich, fruit
Dinner: vegan, GF mac n cheese, sauteed spinach/tomatoes; popcorn

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Royal Bummer

See, here he looks kinda fun.  Can't we keep him like this? 

I found out today that I only love Prince William, who I have loved my entire life, when his mouth is shut.  Christ on a crutch, I have had enough already of the engagement announcement, and I've only had the news on for about 12 minutes.  Did anyone think they were not going to get married?  Did anyone think he would not give her Diana's ring?  Please.  A lovely couple, certainly, more regal-ready she could not be, but dear God he is boring me to tears as he speaks.  I think I nodded off in the middle of an attempted joke about her cooking only being mediocre. 

As Americans have no idea what truly following Royalty (actual Royalty, I mean... not celebrities), the clips on the news of the reactions of British about the engagement are ten times as funny.  They seem like an SNL skit to me.  Royal engagement of the century, how 'bout that?

Gay Skate!

Last night, we rallied for the monthly Gay Skate night at Oaks Park, which benefits both Esther's Pantry (food bank for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS) and the Just Out scholarship fund.  It's a helluva good time, recommend to anyone of any skill level.  Skating is harder than it looks, though, be warned if you are like me and have only done it once in about 20 years.  It's a workout, for sure.  Muscles I'm not sure I knew existed are sore this morning.  All worth it!  Estelle B's bestie is here in town visiting from NY, and I hope that was a good taste of some old-timey Portland fun.  Oaks Park is one of the ten oldest amusement parks in the country, and the rink itself the largest in the Pacific NW. 

Daily Food 11/15/10
Breakfast: GF toast, pear
Lunch: Veg Pho and a crispy roll at Mekong Grill, love it
Dinner: 2 Quorn naked cutlets, peas, rice
Snacks: popcorn, NF frozen yogurt

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bay Area Blowout Pics

Mostly paint, but a handful of sights.  Many thanks to our hosts. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Back In One Piece

 Neat-o, creepy row of Barbies and other various dolls at the Can't Fail Cafe in Oakland 

Bay Area Blow-Out was a success!  Will post full photo set soon (90% graffiti pics... I think I maybe took one photo of a person, whoops).  It was five days of hanging out, no set plans, just roamin' and eating our way across the Bay.  There were a few bars involved (in the Castro), lots of cable TV-watching (yes!), and big laughs all around.  A huge thank you to our hosts for letting us invade and subsequently trash their loft for the weekend. 

Daily Food 11/9/10
Breakfast: GF toast, Laughing Cow lite Swiss, apple
Lunch: vegan enchiladas, NF Greek Yogurt, salad
Dinner: roasted Brussels sprouts, Quorn cutlet, sliced tomato
Misc: diet Coke, chocolate-covered raisins

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oak-tizzle, Day 1

YESSS! Got into the Bay Area without a hitch, and stone-cold sober, too!  I didn't get scared on the plane, not one time.  I had several trash magazines to read and good company, plus we had a ride to and from the airport, how fancy is that? 

Upon arrival, had a Mediterranean lunch in Berkeley, where the waitress sassed our friend for wanting more foil to wrap his leftovers in.  She said, "I feel like I've already given you more than enough." HAHAHA, I just about died laughing.  "I feel!"  Who says that in a service/customer environment?  Oh, we had ourselves a good old Berkeley laugh over that one. 

We stayed in last night, reserving our strength for tonight's dance party...  Headed out shortly to explore the 'hood. 

Daily Food 11/4/2010
Breakfast: eggs, peppers, potatoes, toast
Lunch: veggie Middle Eastern plate, pinot g
Dinner: "Herbivore" pizza slice, salad, pinot g

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Up In The Air

Getting on a plane today for a hop-skip down to the Bay Area to celebrate my bestie's birthday.  Watch out, Southwest Airlines, I will be drunk.  (Terrified of flying.) 

Daily Food 11/3/10
Breakfast: heirloom apple, lite swiss
Lunch: mushroom risotto cake, asst. veggie slices, olives
Dinner: another risotto cake (so good!), broccoli, baguette
Misc: glass o' pinot g, diet Coke

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Don't Forget! vote today if you have not already!  Oregonians, it's too late to mail your ballot, so drop off at a designated site.  The rest of ya'll... have fun pulling those little levers in the booth. 

Thank God the political commercials will be over after today.  It's gotten to be too much.  No longer even entertaining, just sad. 

Daily Food 11/1/10
Breakfast: NF Greek yogurt, applesauce
Lunch: baked potato, steamed veggies, brownie bite
Dinner: mushroom/pepper/red onion saute over rice
Snack: dark chocolate raisins, peanuts, diet Coke

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloweekend Recap

What fun!  Saturday afternoon was Yelpoween, an Elite Event at Foster Burger.  It was packed and sweltering back on their new covered patio, but it was awesome to see everyone in costume.  There's a flickr roll of photos found here.  My favorites included BP Cleanup Guy, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and the Cocktail.  I held down the fort with my axe and giant beard.  It was as little creepy how much I liked wearing the beard.  Never felt more comfortable. 

After the party, I caught a viewing of Psycho at the fabulous Living Room Theaters (the best!) downtown.  So simple, so creepy, that movie just never gets old.  Sunday, one of my favorite things to do in Portland, ever... the Tour of Untimely Departures at the Lone Fir Cemetery, after a stellar happy hour with good pals at the Bonfire.  As always, cemetery tour was awesome, the actors portraying some of the 25,000 residents buried there always en pointe and always entertaining.  The weather could not have been better, and made the hour-plus wait to get in go by like a breeze.  That and the giant box donuts we had. 

Daily Food 10/31/10
Breakfast: Trio bar
Lunch: cheese pizza slice @ New Seasons, harvest festival samples
Dinner: HH @ Bonfire - tofu tacos, hummus, cider, hot toddy
Misc: holy donut overload, I don't even want to talk about it. 

Friday, October 29, 2010

She's On The Ball

My brother Ben and his wife, Charise, unexpectedly dropped into P-Town last night and we had quite a fancy evening!  The Nines, Urban Farmer, Andina, Director Park, Pioneer Square, back to the Nines (special VIP lounge on the 12th floor, y'all), Departure.  Whew!  I was excited to show them Director Park, as a way of re-visiting the very first spot, ever, that I set foot in Portland when I moved here.  Brother Ben and I drove out together in 2002, rolled into town, and went straight to the Paramount Hotel, which overlooks this new-ish plaza.  C was loving it.  "I'm on the ball!" she shouted as we walked through downtown in the rain.  This may or may not have had something to do with the five Sacsayhuamans (best drink ever) she had.  SACSAYHUAMÁN! 

Daily Food 10/28/10
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, a roasted red potato
Lunch: quinoa/apple salad with avocado
Dinner:  Holy smokes, the most amazing Peruvian meal ever at Andina: Yuca fritter, Hongos Saltados (mushroom/vegetable stew), shared crab salad, bread/dipping sauces, and I even tried... an oyster!  Bivalves be not afraid, it probably won't happen again.
Misc: Pinot Blanc, shared pot de creme

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Zombie Baby

Let me be very clear about this:  I hate Zombie Baby.  I told Estelle B that I wouldn't go into her house while ZB was in there, that was about a month ago, and I still haven't set foot inside of her house out of sheer fear that he will come flying at me.  BUT...  he was the perfect addition to the enormous, 130-lb pumpkin that our friends carved recently.  They invited us over for a lovely evening of cider, carving, spooky music, even day-glo orange Halloween Oreos.  A good time had by all, including the awful plastic child.

Gearing up for Halloweekend (I made that word up, thankyouverymuch)!  It's officially fall, my favorite season, the weather is perfectly crisp and chilly, bring on the hot toddies.  I'll be dressing up this weekend for the first time in many, many years.  A totally silly idea struck me on Monday and I've decided to go for it.

Daily Food 10/27/10
Breakfast: GF toast, banana
Lunch: curried vegetables, basmati; tomato slices, avocado
Dinner: Caesar salad, pizza at Gladstone; white wine

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Back, No Fanfare.

These are a couple of pics from a walking tour that I attempted a few weeks ago that was a total disaster.  I ended up splintering off and walking away not long into it.  The meet-up was called "Hidden Portland: Chinatown/Old Town", but it was ill-planned and moving a group that size (we started from Union Station) more than a block at a time was taking a maddeningly long time, and we were really stopping to look at anything I hadn't seen a hundred times before.  The woman who 'led' the tour is actually a self-proclaimed museum expert, and the event was a promotion for her new book.  Oh, well.  It was a nice enough day for a walk, anyway. 

Daily Food 10/26/10
Breakfast: GF toast, lite OJ, banana
Lunch: Tastybite Spinach/Dhal lunch, tomato
Snacks: NF peach yogurt, nuts
Dinner: veg soup, soy chips
Misc:  2 Halloween Oreos, apple cider, and candies at pumpkin carving party!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Food Fight?

I can't seem to get it together to post the Daily AB daily... these days.  I don't particularly have an awesome excuse other than just busy and thinking about scrapping the food diary anyway since I have decided all four of my current doctors are total quacks, clearly the various diets/allergy stuff is having no effect, and well... frankly it is not that interesting.  The most glaring reason I have decided they are all crazy or not paying attention is staring right back at me in the mirror.  It is insane to gain weight on a restricted-calorie diet, while exercising every day.  Simple science, people: burn more than you take in, right?  You'd think a person would at least maintain the same weight if not lose some.  But no.  So the gluten-free, low-glycemic, mostly-vegan, blah blah blah... all seems kinda pointless right now. 

However, when I don't post for a few days, I usually get 4-5 emails (including from strangers) asking what I've been eating, which never ceases to fascinate me.  Hmmm.  

Daily Food 10/10/10
Breakfast: mixed veg omelet, potatoes, tiny scone w/ honey
Dinner: Soy Curls, roasted potato, sliced tomatoes
Snack: NF coffee frozen yogurt, diet Coke

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Once In Awhile They Feed Us.

Y'all remember the John and Caprial cooking show?  Perhaps their Sellwood restaurant (now closed)?  I miss that show, it used to be a highlight of my weekend.  John would try to tell stories about how much he loved Caprial, and she would totally shut him down, it was hysterical.  She was not very nice to him on the show, but it was in a subtle way that one really had to be aware of to catch her best digs.  Anyway, long story short, they catered my lunch yesterday for a meeting at work.  It was delicious.  John commented that he liked the dress I was wearing yesterday ($4, oh hello), and then Caprial shot him a nasty look.  

Mixed greens and radicchio salad with heirloom tomatoes, vinaigrette; fancy vegetable stew (Brussels sprouts, carrots, mushroom, potato, turnip), biscuits, a very tahini-heavy hummus, and some desserts that I passed up on but they looked divine.

Daily Food 10/4/10
Breakfast: GF bagel, banana
Lunch: see above
Dinner: corn/black bean chili with cheese, avocado; gingersnap

Friday, October 1, 2010


Caught the screening of "The Social Network" last night (thanks, Yelp), after getting heckled out front by the usual screen rats.  Then, once inside, I was talking shit about one of the hecklers before it was pointed out to me that he was sitting right behind me.  Nice. 

Movie was good!  Topic, Facebook.  Featuring: Justin Timberlake.  Music by Trent Reznor, written by Aaron Sorkin - it's like this movie was ripped from the pages of my diary.  Happy Friday. 

Daily Food 9/30/10
Breakfast: huevos rancheros, oh hello!
Lunch: GF poppy bagel, cream cheese
Snacks: popcorn, green apple, mixed berries

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dear Weather: Please feel free to turn to Fall at any time, thanks.

I am so ready for fall.  Quick walk around the neighborhood this morning while it was still pitch black reminded me how much I love it, when the air gets crisp and the leaves are threatening to change color and drop.  Fall is my favorite season, hands down.  My mother's trip to Oregon went well, we actually didn't do much in Portland but covered some ground going East to the Gorge and then West to Astoria and a bunch of parks/viewpoints North of there in Washington.  The Gorge trip on Sunday was awesome - it was rainy, misty, foggy, and gorgeous.  While the view from Vista House wasn't so great due to the fog, the rolling clouds made for a beautiful sight from Chanticleer Point.  And Multnomah Falls?  Amazing as always.

Daily Food 9/29/10
Breakfast: GF bagel, cream cheese
Lunch: tomato soup, popcorn, apple
Snack: honeydew melon, diet Coke
Dinner: rice pasta, spicy sauce, tomato; cherry frozen yogurt

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ma Goes to Chinatown

Mumswell arrived in Portland yesterday without a hitch!  After I picked her up, she suggested we go to the Japanese Gardens, so I started heading that way, and about 12 minutes into battling for a parking space in Old Town, I realized I was mixed up and thought she meant the Chinese Gardens!  Whoops!  We grabbed a quick beverage at Backspace ("Ooh, how very Portland," she said), and then walking back toward the garden I realized we were a little short on time and tried to back out of the garden visit altogether, but we were lured in by the volunteers out front advertising yesterday's free admission.  What luck!

It was gorgeous and the weather could not have been nicer.

Daily Food 9/25/10
Breakfast: Clif bar
Lunch: tomato/basil soup, tuna with capers, onions
Dinner: shared polenta cakes, taco platter (Soyrizo, beans, rice, tortillas) at Bar Carlo
Misc: Cava!