FEAST 2016 part one – the kickoff

Everything was delicious. I ate way too much. The end.

Go away now, I said “THE END”!

Tomato Basil Salad

Tomato Basil Salad

No? Ok ok.

FEAST 2016, the Portland food festival to end all Portland food festivals, has come and gone for another year. Whether you were in attendance for several events in person, whether you were only able to go to one, or if you simply hearted every Instagram snap all weekend from your snuggly happy couch in your wonderful home, I’d like to take you on a journey—nay, a veritable exodus odyssey (insertwordherethat’smoreromanticthanjourneyandlessdramaticthanexodus)—through the wonders and sights of 2016.

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feast portland, self-care, and s’mores

Maybe you’ve heard about this small little tiny food festival called FEAST Portland? If not, head to this page right here to check them out and see all of the great events that will be coming to PDX this weekend. Once you’re caught up, come on back here to last week’s post and check out my thoughts from last year’s and my top tips for making the most of it. Officially the festival is Friday through Sunday, but my first FEAST media evening event is tomorrow night! I’m barely containing myself.

With all of FEAST happening, I am in full anticipation that I will be eating and drinking everything for five straight days. The food song from Oliver has been running through my head all week… do you know the one I mean? *singing* “Food, glorious food!” Except I’ve been changing the words to “FEAST, glorious FEAST!” It might be my new theme song.

Sometimes you’ve got to feast right? Sometimes it’s ok to eat all of the things right? While I’ve been jobless for the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring several methods of self-care, and I think giving ourselves permission to have a feast every now and then is important.

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FEAST PDX: the foodie event of the year

The equivalent of the foodie olympics is almost upon us… FEAST PORTLAND!

FEAST is one of the most anticipated events of the food calendar, especially for those local to the PDX area. This year they are celebrating their FIFTH anniversary with the most robust and extensive lineup of events yet.I am beyond my mind excited calmly and casually cool about attending this year as part of the blogger media team. SQUEEEEEEE! I’ll be attending a couple of the media events as well as giving you the inside scoop on the Friday and Saturday Grand Tastings and the Sunday morning Tillamook Brunch Village. Each of the main events at FEAST Portland are centered around great chefs, local artisans, exquisite wines, restaurants, and cocktails. But for me, as a self-proclaimed brunch-lover, the Tillamook event has been pulled right out of my greatest food dreams. **Please note that the earlier squee was incredibly calm and cool.

To get prepped for this year’s coverage, I’m pulling inspiration and ideas from last year’s smorgasbord. My lovely beautiful talented hilarious best friend (love you BEZZIE!) gifted me a ticket to the 2015 where I definitely ate enough for two days worth of enjoyment. Here are some highlights of last year’s Brunch Village along with tips for how to make the most of it!

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previously on the happy little apron…

The long holiday weekend has flown by and I can’t quite believe that summer is drawing to a close. Fall is starting and I’m in a small amount of denial that the year is waning instead of waxing.

This summer has been a very different animal for me this year than it has in the past. As some of you may already know I was downsized from my day-job at the end of July. It was a difficult decision for the owners to let several valued employees go, but it was the right choice for their long-term plan. I wasn’t with the company very long, but I consider the people I met there to be like my family. I am so blessed to have gotten to know them on a professional and personal level and have zero hard feelings about the transition.

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book review – the i quit sugar cookbook

“I think I’ll move to Australia.”

The above is a line from one of my favorite children’s books, “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.” Alexander has a very horrible series of events happen in one miserable and unending day, and the only solution available is moving to the land flowing with milk and honey. Koala Bears and honey. Koala Bears and marmite. That sounds like a pretty good land.

As an adult, I still think about that quote while staring at my Instagram feed in the rainy frosty weather of January and February—I wake up in the frozen abyss, unlock my phone, and squint helplessly at the endless sea of berries, icecream cones, and pool parties being enjoyed by my fellow foodies from across the globe. “I think I’ll move to Australia.” The color! The produce! The ceramics! (Ok, ok, ceramics can be glorious any time of year). But the natural ability everyone has to look gorgeous while living off of smoothie bowls and surfing! Sigh. If only.

I wonder if in the dark chilly winter recesses of Australia right now someone is saying they wish they could move to Portland. Although, in my mind everyone already wants to move to Portland all the time anyway. (Because AMAZING!) But I digress.

Book Cover

Another recent discovery that has spurred my desire to embrace the food-habits of this wonderful place is The I Quit Sugar Cookbook: 306 Recipes for a Clean, Healthy Life by Sarah Wilson. Sarah has long been popular online with her blog and her 8 week I Quit Sugar program designed to help focus on healthy habits, eating real food, and reducing sugar. I’m sure most of us would agree easily that cutting our sugar-intake down is probably a good idea, but one of the most interesting elements of Sarah’s blog is the WHY and WHICH of sugars. The blog has an excellent section on the different kinds of sugar and their affects on the body. Specifically, her research has identified that fructose is the sugar-type-substance that affects us the most. In looking at the types of sugar available, she contends that brown rice syrup has the least amount of negative affects. So much to the relief of my sweet tooth, there ARE dessert recipes included in the book…because what would I do without dessert recipes to fawn joey over?! (Get it? Did you get it? Did you see what I did there? Because kangaroos?)

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