Category: food

Pdx Love: Kask Bar

By , October 25, 2011 8:29 pm

Hello friends! You know I’m a total sucker for re-used, re-cycled and re-purposed when it comes to building so when I found this fabulous bar in Portland it was love at first sip! Meet one of the newest, hippest and greenest bars in Pdx – KASK!

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This intimate cocktail lounge serves up delicious concoctions on their rough-hewn walnut bar that is supported by a rock-filled gabion wall. I saw this kind of construction when I was in Austria -  it was everywhere! They would make benches and fences out of it!

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Can’t go wrong with good ole’ rock!

The eco-friendly cork floors keep the green vibe and instead of wasting paper, ever-changing black boards inform patrons of what’s on the menu. Love that!

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Kask is owned by the restaurateurs from neighboring, Gruner – another fine establishment with a focus on the warm, rich flavors of “Middle Europe”. Go check out both destinations for amazing food, drink and a peek at some creative green building materials!

Hope your week is going well!

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 All images via here.

Seattle Weekend by Train

By , June 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Hello friends! Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. We went on my favorite quick getaway and caught the train up to Seattle. I absolutely love the train ride – reading magazines, sipping wine and just relaxing. By the time I arrive, I have unwound and I’m ready to enjoy the city! Traffic and parking can really burst my weekend escape bubble…Speaking of trains, I recently headed over to the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation site to discover an exciting event coming up on June 30th – The Willamette Bridge groundbreaking – which will bring light rail, cyclists and pedestrians straight by the Engine House & Rail Heritage Center. For more info go here.

Okay…on to Seattle…We stayed at the fabulous Hotel Max. This place is all about art and photography – featuring 39 local artists! Each floor has its own vibe and influence…we stayed on the Rock n’ Roll floor!

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With its eclectic mix of luxury, art and culture we would definitely stay here again and I love that it’s sister hotel – Hotel Lucia – is right here in Portland.

Okay, now for a couple of my fav restaurants that we hit…and yes, a little I SPY bathroom design to boot!

For a decadent French breakfast complete with a cocktail happy hour, you can’t miss Toulouse Petit Kitchen. I had to have a French mimosa with my crispy beignets and pork cheeks confit with eggs! I told you it was decadent!

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Think of funky-bistro with a bayou twist (so fun) and the bathrooms didn’t disappoint either…

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For dinner we headed to Barolo Ristorante…Glamorous and sexy with a good dose of modern Italian flair…this place is a must!

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The food was impeccable, with an impressive wine list. It’s a hot spot for sure…just look for the flashy cars pulling up to the front!

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On to the gorgeous bathrooms…dripping with glitter and shine…I just love the beaded curtain below the counter top! Genius.

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It was such a wonderful weekend and by taking the train we avoided all the hassles (and pollution) of driving the car. Consider taking the train for your next weekend getaway.

Now all we need is one of these…

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Meet China’s amazing new bullet train…I’m dying to ride this one! This would get me to Seattle in about an hour! Get with the program Amtrak! Seriously!

Where have you traveled by train? Did you enjoy it?

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I spy little bird

By , January 17, 2011 5:08 pm

During the holidays everyone calls and wants to dine, it really gets to be too much trying to fight the crowds, not to mention the calorie & wine intake! This year, I suggested to a few friends that we should go and celebrate in January instead. It is fun catching up after the holiday whirlwind and trying the new dining spots and yes, of course, the fun bathrooms! It is rainy and cold and so presents more reason to take in the comfort food and wonderful red wines at Little Bird, this is Le Pigeon a new Bistro on the SW side.

I SPY a very spring Paris bathroom, lets go inside to get inspired!

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very french, very cozy, tucked behind big pink on the transit mall

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the decor is whimsical and the walls bird egg blue – perfect for rainy days!

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small birds everywhere, the bathroom delightful!

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inspired? breath of spring….

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Bye Bye little bird with the moon over head – till next time – which will be soon………

Let me know any new cozy spots you have visited.

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Seattle Art Scene

By , November 18, 2010 11:17 pm

You all know how much I love trains and one of my favorite trips is up to Seattle via Amtrak.  It is time to relax and read, sip some wine and watch the scenery of fall colors pass by. Remember that freak fall day when it was 70 degrees out, well off I went to catch the Picasso Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at the SAM museum.

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I stayed at the boutique Hotel Andra, which is a beautifully restored building that blends its history with modern style…

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However…the surprise inside was the – yes, you know, the bathroom! I had to do a little I SPY bathroom investigating!

How exciting to see a shower with no curb! How thrilling to see a handicap/accessible, spa inspired bathroom looking so glam! A small space with sooooo much in it!

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It is the LITTLE things – like a towel bar that does double duty with glass shelf.

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Hotel Andra - modern & classy – close to all the action downtown – lets go!

We visited a most impressive outdoor park – the Olympic Sculpture Park, – map. This amazing piece of land crosses both a freeway and train tracks! What an ingenious way to beautify the landscape that slices through the city’s industrial structures.  With its outdoor sculptures and manicured grounds that vary in scale and texture, it’s a must see in any season!

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Architecture, landscapes, sculptures, sunshine, I am in heaven, time for some wine…

Be sure to visit all of Tom Douglas restaurants, the Dahlia Lounge & Lola are close by and have this northwest/Asian fresh seafood scene. Small bowls full of glorious creative concoctions!

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Be sure you take a mini vacation – the Northwest has so many treats in store for us- where have you been lately or where you like to go?

Have a great weekend!

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Summer Supper Club

By , August 16, 2010 8:40 am

This past Thursday we hosted a lovely supper club at my vintage Manzanita beach house…

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I really love these events.  There’s nothing like a table full of food, served family style, to inspire a true sense of community. This time around we did a pig roast and celebrated, friend and farmer, Jeff from Kingfisher Farms.  It was his birthday and he turned the big 6-0!

Here are some of my favorite pics…

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In this case, too many cooks in the kitchen made things all the more delicious! Many hands went into the culinary creations, including Julie DeJardin’s, who made up a decadent cheese dip while Jeff, Terri Desaro and I cooked up the rest of the feast.  Fresh ingredients straight from Jeff and Nicole’s beautiful, local farm, only added to the flavor and goodness!  Kingfisher Farms supplies several local eateries with delicious produce, including the highly regarded Portland restaurant, Wildwood.

Many local business owners and artists were our guests including, Janice Gaines from the luxurious Spa Manzanita, marble sculptor, M.J. Anderson and artists, Julie Yanko and Scott Wilson (both have their wonderful work displayed at Manzanita’s only wine bar – Vino)!

It was an amazing evening!

Have a bunch of foodie friends? Consider starting your own supper club, sourcing your feast from local farms. It tastes better, supports your community and well…it just makes for a fantastic night! Supper clubs don’t have to be formal and stuffy, simple, wholesome food, good conversation and of course fabulous wine is all you need.  Want ideas and inspiration? Check out some amazing montages from this blog. Enjoy a sneak peek below…

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Happy Dining!

- CK

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