happy friday! just a quick note: i created a tab up at the top of my blog for music to keep track of all the songs i post every friday.

i also wanted to gush about how much i loved participating in little boxes last weekend. i got a lot of gifts that are unique to portland for family and loved ones while pumping money back into our local economy and supporting portland's creative small business owners. a win-win for sure. still keeping my fingers crossed that i luck out with one of the raffle prizes!

my eyes + edge articles this week:
>> brainstorm
<< bawdy beautiful
>> portland santa speedo run


mr. man recap

here are a few snaps from the first night of the mr. man event -- the good mod was the perfect venue for a men's only pop-up shop, with it's rugged and industrial vibe. the view of the city from those giant windows didn't hurt, either. of course, the utilization of the space is what really made everything so special. because i'm only involved on the writing side of things at eyes + edge, i'm always happily surprised when i arrive at the events that holly and delia put together. they are doing such amazing things here in portland, and this event is proof of that. can't wait to see what they come up with next (hint: it involves lingerie)!


kale salad with apple and chanterelle mushrooms

i made this salad for thanksgiving, so i wanted to make sure it was hearty and festive (and delicious, of course). the kale is lightly massaged, so it still has all the nutritional benefits, but none of the bitterness and tough texture that usually accompany raw kale.

kale salad with apple and chanterelle mushrooms

1 bunch lacinato kale
about 8 chanterelle mushrooms
1 honeycrisp apple
1/4 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
a few shavings of hard goat cheese
1 tablespoon of olive oil


2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. then slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

wash, de-stem and cut the kale into ribbons and toss into a large bowl. pour half of the dressing over the kale and "massage" it in with your fingers for about a minute or two, until leaves are a bit wilted.

in a pan over medium-high heat, pour just a little bit of the olive oil, and add the mushrooms and salt. cook until the mushrooms have released all of their liquid, then add the rest of the oil and saute until brown and slightly crispy. remove mushrooms from pan and set aside. turn heat to low, then add pepitas with a little pinch of salt and stir frequently until the seeds are toasted.

peel and slice honeycrisp apple into matchsticks, then toss with the kale, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and more dressing (to your taste). top with some thinly shaved goat cheese and enjoy.



happy friday! yesterday was a blur of food, wine and lounging on the couch watching veep (the first season is only 8 episodes long, and brilliant). i'm planning on participating in black friday today, portland style. little boxes encourages black friday shoppers to take advantage of portland's local and independent stores. i just have to make sure to stay on task and not buy anything for myself.

also, check out my article on vintage design collective, a new shop that just opened in sellwood!


pumpkin french toast

i can't believe thanksgiving is tomorrow! if you have some leftover pumpkin after all of your holiday baking, i'd highly recommend making this pumpkin french toast. it's another one of my "not really a recipe" recipes; you can adapt it any way you'd like.

pumpkin french toast

2 slices of bread
1 egg
pumpkin puree
splash of half & half
drop of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
big dash of cinnamon
big dash of pumpkin pie spice
coconut oil
honey (or maple syrup) for drizzling on after

mix egg, pumpkin puree, half & half, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. soak bread slices in the wet mixture until both sides of bread are well-coated (about 5 minutes on each side). grease a frying pan over medium-high heat with some coconut oil, and place bread slices in the hot pan. cook on one side until golden brown, then flip and cook on the other side until golden brown. serve with a drizzle of honey and extra cinnamon.


fall together handmade market

i had the pleasure of attending the fall together handmade market, a "curated gathering of independent shops and artisans specializing in everything required to celebrate the winter season", yesterday morning. the market is located at the cleaners at the ace hotel, a beautiful open space with natural light; perfect for a pop-up shop!

all of the vendors were selling such lovely items. i especially loved the delicate jewelry from fresh tangerine and favor, the dreamy textiles from over under repeat, the ceramic salt and pepper bowls from paulova, the confetti and garlands from pomlove and the letterpress cards from emprint press. i could have purchased something from every vendor, but i refrained (though i absolutely could not resist these little silver ampersand earrings).

i also was lucky enough to go home with a swag bag, which is filled with amazing goodies from the vendors. thank you, to fall together, for putting on such a wonderful shopping event. it's still going on today from 12-6, so hurry over there now!



happy friday! don't forget, tonight (from 6-9pm) and tomorrow (from 11am-5pm) is the mr. man event put on by eyes+edge. you can still buy tickets in advance here, or buy them at the door at the good mod. tickets are good for both days. don't miss out on the best men's only pop-up shop this town has ever seen!


coconut butternut squash soup with sage

i love this tomato soup, but was craving a fall soup the other day, so i attempted to adapt it with a few seasonal ingredients. i kept the curry powder from the original recipe, as it lends a warm undertone to the soup and pairs nicely with the coconut milk. it's not exactly a traditional butternut squash soup (those tend to be too sweet for my liking anyway), but it's still delicious!

coconut butternut squash soup with sage adapted from 101 cookbooks

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 15oz can butternut squash puree (found at whole foods)
1 cup water
handful fresh sage, chopped
1 15oz can light coconut milk

over medium heat, melt coconut oil in a soup pot. once melted, saute onion with salt until translucent, about 10 minutes. next, add garlic and cook for a minute or so. then, add the curry and ginger powder, "toasting" the spices for 30 seconds. pour butternut puree, water and sage into the pot, stir and let simmer for 15 minutes. remove pot from heat and puree soup with an immersion blender. put mixture back on the stove, mix in coconut milk and simmer for another 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. season with salt and pepper as needed.


mr. man event

holly and delia, the girls behind eyes + edge, have been working hard to put together the mr. man event and it's only a few days away! besides the 20+ local vendors that will be in attendance, there will be an art opening featuring the photography of rob lewis, diy workshops, beer, pizza from hotlips, booze tastings, motorcycles on display and football games on for your viewing pleasure. rudy's barbershop will also give beard and mustache trims for the dudes who are participating in movember (all donations made will go to movember to benefit prostate and testicular cancer initiatives).

though it's advertised as a "men's only pop-up shop", everyone is invited. it's going to be the perfect place to get all the men in your life something special and unique for the upcoming holidays. i'm also planning on splurging on a few things for myself; shwood eyeglasses, remnant vintage furniture, imaginary authors fragrances? yes please.

tickets (good for both days) are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. get them here

mr. man: a men's only pop-up shop
friday, november 16th, 6-9pm
saturday, november 17th, 11am-5pm

located at the good mod
1313 west burnside st
portland, or 97209



happy friday! one of my biggest regrets is not seeing these guys when they were in portland this past summer. they played the night after beirut, and i just didn't have enough money at the time to afford both. choosing which show to go to was like choosing a favorite child (i'm dramatic, i know). i hope they come back soon!

my eyes+edge articles from this week:


scenes from instagram

1. my anniversary card from drew
2. fragrance samples sent from imaginary authors -- they are all divine!
3. fall at its finest
4. rainy day
5. cozy
6. current reading material
7. vegan lunch at blossoming lotus
8. flourless chocolate hazelnut bar



i am one happy (and relieved) girl today!

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i heart portland

for our anniversary dinner, we went to ned ludd, "an american craft kitchen". i'd heard wonderful things about this quintessential portland restaurant, so i knew we were in for a treat. it was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, as the food and service were impeccable. the decor was trendy (by portland's standards, with mason jars and succulents abound), yet elegant.

to start, we each ordered the brown butter squash soup. we also shared a salad with red cabbage, squash, apple, radish, lentils and pumpkin seeds. for my entree, i ordered the quinault river salmon with leeks, parsley and chanterelle mushrooms. everything was seasonal, fresh and insanely flavorful. i couldn't recommend this place more!



happy friday! this week was both bitter and sweet. while drew and i were celebrating our anniversary and all the happiness that goes with that, we couldn't help but feel a little sick over what happened in our hometowns and the surrounding areas. the pictures of the flood and fire damage, as well as the stories of the death and destruction that sandy left in its wake are deeply upsetting. my heart goes out to all that were impacted by the storm, and i am eternally grateful that my family, friends and loved ones all made it through the storm unscathed, save for a few power outages.

my articles from eyes+edge this week:

>> weekend guide