Holidaze

The past few weeks have been a blur of rain and sweaters, pumpkin beer and other fall-appropriate-Portland-ness. Snippets, ahoy.

This is one way to start.

This is one way to start.

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Holiday spread.

Something of a holiday gathering spread with neon sugar cookies decorated by J. Legume, breads for roasted garlic & squash fondue, and gluten free chocolate peppermint cake. Not pictured: tator tots, chipotle ranch and other fun stuff, like the makings of pickle backs.

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Pumpkin pie brownie bars, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

Pumpkin pie brownie bars, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

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Portland Art Museum visits for Vida Vegan Con

We’ve been going on Portland Art Museum brainstorming visits for Vida Vegan Con

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Sizzle Pie special brunch slice

Sizzle Pie special brunch slice (even though green onions can rot in hell)

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...and a delight it was.

…and a delight it was.

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North Park Blocks

North Park Blocks

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Rare chanterelle sighting.

Really, really local produce shopping on Division Street

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Late fall visit to the Hollywood Farmers Market

Late fall visit to the Hollywood Farmers Market

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My localest of coffee shop options.

It’s kinda like someone opened a coffeeshop in my parking lot.

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The usual.

The usual.

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Penne alla vodka

Penne alla vodka. The dish on the left is topped with grated, air-dried Parmesan from AVC. Lovely.

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Gluten-free, super cheesy pizza

Pizza night with my bff: gluten-free cornmeal crusts and all the vegan cheeses in the house.

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Pizza #2

Pizza #2. The first pizza has a roasted and herbed delicata squash sauce, while this one is more traditional with a fiery marinara.

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The Artisan Vegan Cheese adventures continue.

The Artisan Vegan Cheese adventures continue…

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Local pickles

Our neighborhood fermented pickles. Best in the (North)west? Probably. Finally. 

Artwork by J. Legume, of course.

Artwork by J. Legume, of course.

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Our Ethiopian feast

Our Ethiopian feast on Thanksgiving, nearly entirely from Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian – injera from a local Ethiopian market.

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Bourbon pie

Thanksgiving day dessert: chocolate cream bourbon pie, minus the never-starting Soyatoo

My feelings on Portland winters are bittersweet, at best. It mists, it hails, it still rains a lot. It might snow that turns into rain that turns into snow that may turn into snow for an inch or two and then shut the city down for three days, and yeah, it drives me bonkers. I find myself reminiscing about blizzards coating Long Island and New England winters and the lights on Comm. Ave. and craving the cold, or now, seeking something totally different. Getting away. I’m a broken record about my SE Asian travels last winter, and while my next epic adventure has been postponed until after May, I’m somehow going to be spending the rest of the month on hiatus….and most surely, in the snow. Time will tell if it feels right. More on that another day. Holidaze, indeed.

5 thoughts on “Holidaze

  1. Nice sweater, indeed!
    So THAT’s how pumpkin pie brownies are supposed to look, huh? I made them one year and they were a gooey disaster but I got drunk and ate them all alone. Gorgeous looking pizzas, and cloudy mists. You ain’t missing anything over here in NY yet. Same weather. Hopefully that will change.

  2. Your food just always seems amazing and exciting. That pizza with Delicata squash (my favorite) sauce intrigues me, so like that bread with the garlic and squash fondue. I definitely have to eat more squash before the spring, and I have yet to eat my first vegan fondue (chocolate fondue put aside).

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