Portland, Seattle

Brunch Club

Brunch Club

Every couple of months I get together with my three friends {Keysha} {Marcy} + {Ruta} for our special brunches and dinners. Last Saturday {Marcy} hosted us for a brunch at her place. It’s always blissful to see these lovely ladies and it’s a bonus when we get to see their kids. The twins {Tate + Lucy} are growing up so fast and {Olivia} is a little lady. Here is a glimpse of our little brunch…

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Music, Portland

Music Monday. Radiation City

Music Monday. Radiation City

Hello Monday. It’s a quiet and chill day in Seattle. It’s so quiet and chill at my firm that I don’t think the designers have fully woken up yet (including myself). Radiation City, a Portland band with a Future + Vintage type of sound is my choice for today’s Music Monday.  Radiation city, formed in 2010,  is truly like a family band – consisting of 2 couples plus 1 fifth wheel bass member. Listen and watch their song Zombies. I love the Vintage vibe – it’s very visually pleasing.

{Source Mike Griipi}
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Food, Photography, Portland

Portland Scene. eat. v1

Hello. For those that don’t know, my friend {Savanna} and I have a little Hospitality Research project that we have been working on for a month and will continue to do so this year.  Our project is mostly focused in Seattle, but sometimes we like to add other cities to the mix.  Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are. Last Saturday, we ventured down to Portland – one of our favorite cities.  Please note this is not a “Foodie Blog”. Our objective is to give design facts of the who, what, where, when & why. We would like to welcome you to our first Portland “segment” – Portland Scene. eat v1.

 

Grain & Gristle

Grain & Gristle

You will find Grain & Gristle in the NE Prescott area of Portland.  We wanted to try a new neighborhood, well new to us and try a new place for our first stop in Portland. {Savanna} and I  went to Portland for MusicFest NW to see The Head and the Heart. Boutique shopping and Portland brunch was a bonus.  We leaned on the recommendation of Eater’s PDX edition and try one of the Eater 38 Restaurants.  Eater 38 is a list of hot restaurants that Eater online puts out every couple months. Grain & Gristle was on the list. Owners Alex Ganum, Ben Meyer, and Marcus Hoover opened Grain & Gristle in 2011 with the hopes in  opening a comfortable neighborhood restaurant. We saw the website and the interior space of the restaurant appealed to us. The images showed a very relaxed, modern rustic setting. From that, we made our decision.

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We walked into the space and immediately felt a relaxed comfortable vibe.  The restaurant was not busy because we came at an odd time – 2pm.  What did we see and what were our thoughts?  We saw a cabin like rustic feel with cage lamps, Edison light bulb fixtures, mason jars, & Wine bottle water jars.  All very popular trends right now.  The U-shaped maple bar with a live-edge detail is the focus of the space and allows for that casual socializing. Wall to wall wood plank booths flank both sides with mix and match wooden chairs, but all unified with a rustic look and feel. The website did show exposed beams which definitely adds great character to the space. On Saturday we noticed the beams were covered.

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As we know, Portland takes brunch very seriously.  The reputation and or trend is definitely farm to table. All local high quality ingredients with a German flair.  This place is definitely known for their beer selection.  No beer for us that day though. What did we order?  Cucumbers, beets, summer berries, chevre, mint and 2 Sunny Side up Eggs for Savanna and I ordered B.E.L.T on brioche with potato terrine.  Absolutely delicious. For me personally, the B.E.L.T- was cooked to perfection and one of the best I have ever had.

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Our Portland trip was short, but sweet. We definitely will be there again in no time. We love our assignments of discovering the new and up-and-coming restaurants and exploring restaurants that have been around and been able to hold their own.  Keep Portland weird. Until next time.

ps.  Pursehooks? Yes.

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Music, Photography, Portland

Music Monday. MusicFest NW – THATH

Last Saturday, I traveled down to Portland with my friend {Savanna}. We ventured down for Portland’s MusicFest NW to see one of our fave bands – The Head and the Heart. I typically don’t like to feature a band twice for Music Monday, but the THATH I will always make an exception.  The band’s sophomore album {Let’s be Still} releases in October. The band played at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square – a nice outdoor venue and perfect for the Indian Summer we seem to be having.   THATH played a combination of oldie goodie songs and introduced us to ther new music. Here is a glimpse of their Saturday performance and a sneek listen of their new song SHAKE

Music Monday. THATH

Music Monday. THATH

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Photography, Portland, Seattle

He takes beautiful photos

Phil Chester {Portland + Seattle photographer} takes beautiful photos. I first saw his work when he photographed Anthropolgie’s Seattle event featuring blogger Joy Cho {See past blog post}. After the event, I found Phil Chester’s website and saw his work. AMAZING. His photos are personal with a vintage touch and romantic at the same time. Here is a glimpse of my favorite photos…

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Photography, Portland

Roadtrip. SEA >>>PDX

Hello Portland. Road trip + girlfriends equals the best combination for a 4th of July celebration. {Chelsea}, {Kara}, and myself decided to travel south and have a change of scenery.  Portland is always perfect for that.  Portland has such unique neighborhoods filled with a blend of character and culture. Recycling definitely is the rule, not the exception. Keep Portland Weird. Here is a glimpse of our road trip…

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We stayed at The Nines. The Nines is a luxury hotel in downtown Portland, OR.  We loved our hotel.  Posh + Chic. {Kara} absolutely loved the beds.

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Good Bye Portland. We will see you again very soon.

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