FEAST 2016 part two — grand tastings

Friday: Media Breakfast presented by Bon Appétit and VerTerra (Private Event)

French Toast / Berries / Bananas Foster Compote

Challah French Toast / Berries / Bananas Foster Compote

I clearly noticed that some of the media was absent from this morning breakfast due to the late parties and the Flipcupstravaganza the night before.

No names shall be mentioned, but if you weren’t there I ate your Banana Muffin. BECAUSE THE BANANA MUFFINS WERE INCREDIBLE. I also took two of your Banana Muffins home and froze them and ate them later.

The breakfast was thoughtfully created by Gracie’s at the Hotel DeLuxe. There was Prosciutto Eggs Benedict, Octopus Benedict, Strawberry Toaster Strudels, Rosemary Fried Potatoes, Tillamook Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Southwest Biscuits and Gravy, Granola Smoothies, Cheddar Scones, Cranberry Scones, and so much more. Did I mention the Banana Muffins? Huh. Must have slipped my mind.

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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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