Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mmmm....roasted beets is one of my favorite vegetables! I love the sweet, earthy taste the roasting process brings out. Growing up, canned beets was one of my favorites. I keep canned beets in my pantry as back up these days but nothing beats them fresh! I had planted some red and yellow beets this year. After having the roasted beet salad at Meriweather's the other week, I was inspired to re-create it at home!
Monday, July 27, 2009
The weather had been really nice here in Oregon. I've been tending to my vegetable garden when I can. I worked a bunch of days in a row but I do remember telling myself that one of my zucchini (first one!) would be ready to harvest soon.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Some friends of mine had a dinner party once. I brought over a nice bottle of Oregon wine and an Italian one. I had bought both at Whole Foods after chatting up their wine buyer. She was very helpful and recommended a great Italian wine. She also recommended an affordable but tasty Oregon wine. I love Oregon reds! I described what I thought the host & hostess would like in a wine and she knew right away what I should get. Her choice was the 2007 Penner-Ash Rubeo. It's a blend of pinot noir and syrah grapes.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I was looking through the newspaper and saw the advertisement for a Bead Show. It was at the Portland Convention Center. I'm not sure what possessed me to go but I've never been to a bead show before. I was actually going to go just to check it out. It sounded like a great idea....tons of beading companies all under one roof. They also had jewelry making classes. I wasn't adventurous enough to sign up for those but looking, okay I'll look.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Toro Bravo is located on NE Russell St, next to the Wonder Ballroom. Notice the bull sign above the entrance?
The seared scallops were devine! One of my favorites that I didn't get a picture of was the bacon wrapped dates drizzled in honey. OMG...heavenly!
The is hands down the best paella in the city! I love this stuff. It had a mixture of chicken, mussells, clams & shrimp. You're just lucky I got this snapshot while fending off all comers!