Delicious Reasons to Travel: Feasting at FEAST Portland

I’ve never been to Portland, Oregon. I have only watched Portandia more times than I can count, and sipped on Portland produced wines, beer, and of course, coffee. Yet, I have had many culinary dreams about this food lover paradise. This September I was invited to attend, Feast Portland, presented by bon appetit.


I wanted to be sure that I got the most out of the festival and experience, so I asked my friends at imbibe magazine  to share some must stops.   If you can, join me a plethora of incredible chefs at FEAST and we can wine, dine, and festival around the city together.

-Coava and Heart, supposedly two favorite local roasters. Coava’s cafe is in a bamboo showroom, which is heard to be a sight.

-Stumptown is an obvious choice, especially if you haven’t been before. The original cafe is still the best, but the one in the Ace Hotel downtown is a close second.


-Barista. Champion barista Billy Wilson now has several cafes around town. They’re super minimalist and the coffee (from rotating roasters) is always dialed in.
-So. Many. Breweries! Hair of the Dog is a classic with lots of brews on tap that don’t make it into bottle. Base Camp is a favorite, as is Migration, Breakside and the Cascade Barrel House is a great stop for sour beers.
-Portland has a TON of urban wineries, I am eager to check out the Southeast Wine Collective, Enso and Clay Pigeon.

-Cooper’s Hall also recently opened—it’s got a  big wine bar with lovely wines.

-For Champagne, I am headed  to Ambonnay- word has it has the best bubbles in town.

– For Usual suspects: Clyde Common, Teardrop Lounge, Rum Club, Hele Pele, Imperial

-Some Recent additions: Easy Company, Angel Face, Jackknife and the Multnomah Whiskey Library
-Nostrana. James Beard-nominated chef Cathy Whims’ wood-fired pizza spot. Also, supposedly great cocktails and a thoughtful Italian-driven wine list. I’m eager to try the Nostrana Salad.

-Oven & Shaker. Cathy Whims’ second resto in the trendy Pearl District. A tad more lively of a scene and killer cocktails (I’m going to try the Pineapple Trainwreck and the Pepper Smash).

-Olympic Provisions. Charcuterie, small plates and a great wine list.

-Ava Gene’s. Italian comfort food from Stumptown owner Dwayne.

-If there’s time: Roe, Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Little Bird, Por Que No

More about FEAST Portland, the festival:

Join us in Portland, September 18th-21st. Feast Portland celebrates the unmatched vibrancy of the Oregon food and drink community, it is also a festival with a mission, donating its net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. 16 of the 31 events have already sold out, but there are still plenty of opportunities to feast at the Northwest’s third annual flagship food and drink festival with tickets available for purchase on May I recommend: At Feast Portland’s new Sunday event, Tillamook Brunch Village, join chefs from Oregon and around the country as they build their “towns” of bacon, eggs, pastries, and everything else that makes brunch Portland’s favorite meal. While chowing down bites from Franklin BBQ (Austin, TX), Black Seed Bagels (New York, NY), EggSlut (Los Angeles, CA), Duff Goldman (Los Angeles, CA), Butcher & Bee (Charleston, SC), as well as Portland’s best local brunch spots, guests can cheer on their favorite local bartenders at Feast’s first ever Brunch Brawl aka “I Woke Up Like This” Cocktail Competition on the KitchenAid Main Stage. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

I hope to see some of you there, as if there was more of a reason to ever visit this incredible food lover paradise?

Join me as we experience a Delicious travel adventure,


*Disclosure: this post was written from my heart. Yet, I was given a media pass to attend FEAST Portland.

What to Wear for Restaurant Week in San Antonio Benefiting Culinaria

What to Wear for Culinaria’s Restaurant Week

Guest Post from Aquila of Haute in Texas 

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people can put together a sizzling paella, while others pull the elements of a painting together as if they were born to stroke a brush. I find the easiest way to express my personal creativity is through the clothes I wear. So when Culinaria’s Restaurant Week rolls around August 16-23, I won’t be worried about the culinary delights as much as the couture. If your creativity inclinations lean away from personal style and more towards the kitchen, allow me to provide a few tips for dressing for the savory occasion.


Skin tight is a no-no.
When a palate-thrilling experience comes your way, it’s hardly the time to be worrying about your waistline. Choose a dress with a bit of volume, slacks with a bit of stretch, and a tie that’s not too tight. You want to be able to sit at your favorite restaurant and enjoy the sights and smells, not worry about the buttons of your trousers popping off by the second course.


Stick with dark jewel tones and patterns.
Similarly, a misplaced drop of barbecue sauce could be disastrous for an all-white ensemble. Jewel tones (think emerald, plum, and ruby) will hide that minor slip-up perfectly, and your look will transition seamlessly into the evening’s plans. Patterns can also mask the occasional breadcrumb, so gentlemen feel free to choose a bold print for a dress shirt. At the risk of shoving a serviette down your shirt, instead opt for a wardrobe that will have you looking stylish, not sloppy.



You can never be overdressed or overfed.
The original Oscar Wilde phrase actually goes, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” And while both sentiments are true, if you’re attending a Restaurant Week event we already know you’re well educated. But when in doubt if an outfit is too fancy, just go for it! Show your creativity in the restaurants you select and the ensembles you rock. Because life is too short to wear boring clothes or eat mediocre food.


If you get a taste (see what I did there?) for fashion during your fabulous dining experiences, make sure you also mark your calendar for Fashion Week San Antonio coming up November 1-7. We’ll be hosting events throughout the city, and while sartorial style will be the focus instead of culinary adventures, I think you’ll find the creativity in San Antonio runs deep in either arena. Enter to Wine a Complimentary ticket to a runaway show of your choice HERE.