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Link Love

Here are a few finds from the blogosphere that I’m loving lately.

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Tips for Packing Up & Moving Out

A few months ago, Alex and I packed up our lovely home in Eugene and moved. While we are still working on getting settled here in Portland and so we don’t have advice to share yet on the process of moving in (those posts will come later!) we do have some tips to share that we learned from our experience of packing up and moving. I was inspired to write this post after reading Tracy of Shutterbean‘s posts about packing tips & tricks on her fantastic column High Straightenance on the collaborative website Homefries. The posts with Tracy’s great packing advice can be found here: Part 1 and Part 2.  While Alex and I don’t claim to be experts on the subject (far from it) we learned quite a bit while we fumbled through the process, and hopefully our tips can help you out during your next move.

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A Weekend in the Garden

This past week Alex got to come out to my family’s house during his days off from work. It had been a while since he’d been there, and he was happy to spend time playing with dogs and lounging in the backyard.

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Out to Eat in PDX: Tasty n Sons

Alex and I constantly have a running mental list of restaurants we want to visit. We hear from friends or read in blogs, magazines or newspapers about the new places in Portland that everyone’s eating, and subsequently talking and writing about. I love that there are always new, fun restaurants popping up in Portland to check out, so the list will never really end.

Tasty n Sons has been on that list for a long time. So, after a failed attempt to dine there with my parents for brunch (a long line means a good, popular restaurant, after all), Alex and I found ourselves back there one day after he had an interview. And we were so glad we did. Image

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Spiritual Sundays: Don’t Fear the Vermouth, Volume 2.5

This week: Cocchi Americano, and two cocktails that use this aperitif.

The Vesper:

First off, Cocchi Americano isn’t really a vermouth, it’s a bittersweet aperitif. It’s also the closest thing we have to the original recipe for Kina Lillet; it’s definitely closer than Lillet Blanc, which lacks the quinine which Kina Lillet was named for. But while it’s not technically a vermouth, in exploring the Martini, its use as such comes to light.

Most people know James Bonds famous martini: Shaken, not stirred. For the most part, that’s the limit of what people know about a martini. Gin? Vodka? Vermouth? Bitters? Eh, Shaken. Not stirred. With like, three or four olives.

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Happy birthday Jeff!

No, not Alex’s dad Jeff. I’m referring to my (Becky’s) big brother Jeffrey, who’s turning 24 today!

Jeff is a volunteer at a food bank living in Tucson, and I miss living in the same state as him. Jeff, hope you had a great day and here’s to a happy year ahead!! Love you!


Spiritual Sundays: Don’t fear the Vermouth, Part 2

Part 2? Where’s part 1, you ask? Over here, at my father’s blog: Rants of the Hedgehog

Vermouth, especially dry vermouth, is among the most maligned spirits. Most people tend to think of it as some sort of poisonous elixir which no sane person would ever add to such a pure substance as flavorless, chilled vodka. Now, I could go on a for a long time about how chilled vodka in a glass is not a martini, or how stupid I think it is to order an incredibly expensive vodka at a restaurant, like Grey Goose, just to pour some foul, cheap olive brine into it. My dad already summed up why people  avoid vermouth; It’s probably because most people have only ever had a dry martini, and if they ever had a martini with vermouth in it, it was probably not a quality spirit.

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Spiritual Sundays Volume 2: The Best & The Worst

Sorry for the two month’s absence.

Since I’ve yet to get behind a professional bar, the majority of my knowledge comes from reading about cocktails and watching them be made by skilled bartenders. Due to my income and location of residence, I’m not always able to make it to the bars, so often I settle for watching bartenders online. In my searches I have found some amazing, inspirational videos. I have also found some truly dreadful ones. Here are some side by side examples of the best, and the worst, for you.

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Spiritual Sundays Volume #1: The Negroni

Welcome to the first installment of my (hopefully) weekly article: Spiritual Sundays. Every Sunday I will discuss a cocktail, or possibly wine/beer/whiskey, etc…

How could I begin this article with anything but one of my all time favorite cocktails, The Negroni? I’m fairly certain I had this drink for the first time at my dad’s apartment. Bitter, herbal, floral, and bright, I immediately fell in love with it.

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Mac n’ Cheese, Wine, Cup Pies, Pushing Daisies


Last night’s meal started with a bottle of wine, as many good nights do. Actually, it goes back farther, to a $50 Pinot Noir glass from Riedel that I found for a dollar at St. Vincent de Paul’s. Obviously, I wanted to try a nice Pinot in the glass, and the fantastic wine steward of Eugene’s Marché Provisions, Ryan Stotz who happens to be a family friend, helped me out with that by selecting a 2007 Pinot Noir from the Loire valley of France.

Though I was too busy talking cocktails with Ryan to remember to ask him about food pairings, I was lucky enough to  catch another wine steward, Ziggy of Kiva, when Becky and I were buying groceries there. We eventually decided on a baked macaroni and cheese to go with the wine.

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