Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Life-As of Late

July 2015 was busy, exciting and filled with so much joy. We started off with a low-key 4th of July where we watched the fireworks from the esplanade and was thankful to live in such a lovely city. It has been a hot summer and we couldn't be happier—summer is just the best.

Steel Bridge Sunset Sunset Big Pink
Sunset WaterfrontBrasserie MontmartreBrick Buildings

We added a new member to the clan and we are all over the moon! Our little family dynamic will be forever changed for the better and everyone is utterly in love.

Mike watching Vinh watching MikeThe cute little familyVinh

We've been strolling through the Lan Su Chinese Garden to keep cool (sometimes you need a little nature to balance out all the concrete).

Roses and the PondBlooming LotusDetailsBridgeWater Views of the Lan SuViews of the Lan SuGarden PathGarden Flora

On the hottest day of the year we celebrated four blissful years of marriage at one of the many restaurants we have been wanting to to try! The food was fantastic and was the best salted cod fritters we've ever had. Has it felt like four years since we tied the knot? Yes, but only in the best ways!

Park KitchenPark Kitchen appsPark Kitchen dinner

In between all of this we've been watching our herbs and plants double in size, eating comforting soups and enjoying that magic hour light. Hope everyone is having a magical summer!

Herbs and FoodViews

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Life, As of Late

June was a whirlwind, because May was so busy we felt as if we have been catching up for months. The annual Rose Festival brought back the naval ships and fleetweek. It was nice to see so many people out and about, and enjoying the amazing weather. We have really enjoyed summer showing up early with great sunrises and sunsets. We set up our little balcony garden and enjoying lots of warm walks late into the evening. For Father's Day we enjoyed a seafood (escargot-centric) brunch to start the summer off right. Looking forward to enjoying more of the summer, because it just began.

Fremont Bridge at SunsetAlphabet DistrictView from Washington ParkWashington Park EntranceRose Festival ShipsMirror TowerSteel BridgeUrban GardeningChili Peppers
Father's Day Brunch

Monday, June 1, 2015

Life, As of Late

Baby Shower Spread

This year's May was filled with mamas, babies and puppies—pretty much the perfect way to move from spring to summer. In between Mother's Day we hosted two baby showers, one in Portland and one in Seattle. In between baby showers, we've been eating more Japanese food than usual, possibly due to the warm weather. Hope everyone is having a great spring, summer is right around the corner! How is it June already?

Tri's Baby ShowerBaby in hatSuki Boston TerrierDSC_9095Koji Mother's DayYuzu food

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Scenes from Birthday Weekend

For the last five years we have traveled somewhere to celebrate my birthday, but this year we decided to celebrate at home in Portland and it was one of the best birthdays in memory. We celebrated for four days with special dinners with family and friends, eating whatever sweets I wanted, a relaxing massage, equally relaxing walks around the city and exploring places we've wanted to check out for awhile. It was a bonus that the weather was nice and sunny. 

The day started with a surprise new camera lens, which I quickly used to document turning a year older. Mike's gift wrapping skills have gotten so good I didn't want to open it!

Mike's wrapping

We started the day with brunch at the always busy Tasty & Alder, John Gorham's modern steakhouse. We've eaten at his other beloved restaurants Toro Bravo and Tasty & Sons, and we were not disappointed. It was an epic brunch with the best house chili infused tequila Bloody Mary; radicchio, bacon lardons, and a six-minute egg (they had me at six minute egg); Korean fried chicken; Wagyu steak frites; and the Carlton Farms pork schnitzel. They even surprised me with a birthday chocolate potato donut.

Tasty Beverages & DonutRaddiccio & 6 minute egg saladSteak & Frites

We then roamed around enjoying the wonderful spring day, admiring the city's architecture and getting used to my new camera lens. We purposely selected high protein brunch items in order to have energy to walk up the street in search of cake and french pastries.

Art Deco BuildingSweet ShopsDowntown StrollDoc Martin HQPemco BuildingBocciNeighborhood DetailsMusgo MuralOld TownPints

We decided to take advantage of the terrific weather and wandered into the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, a place near and dear to us because it was where we got married. 

BoathouseChinese Garden WindowsGarden ViewsChinese Garden BloomsChinese Garden DetailsGarden Photo

Soon it was time to meet up with my parents for dinner at one of our favorite Italian Restaurants, Piazza Italia. After a day wandering around we were ready for a week's worth of carbs and wiped our plates clean. 

Piazza DinnerPiazza Pasta

The following day we enjoyed another terrific breakfast at the Portland Penny Diner. Opened only Monday-Friday until only 3pm, I decided it would be the perfect place to meet my girlfriends for a birthday lunch, where we were treated to the yummiest birthday lemon bar. And since it was my birthday I decided to treat myself to some delicious locally roasted coffee at Heart Coffee Roasters and it was well worth the somewhat high price. 

Downtown Food CartsLatte ArtPenny Diner Breakfast SandwichHeart Coffee Shop

Soon it was time to head back downtown to meet friends for our quarter-annual birthday celebration at the amazing Paleo/Gluten-Free/Vegan Asian restaurant Departures. The crispy squid was amazing, so amazing we took one bite and immediately placed another order. 

United States National BankCrispy SquidDeparture Dinner

My birthday weekend continued on with my favorite Abu Shiro ramen at the east side's only Japanese izakaya Yataimura Maru, some time at a garden center surrounded by blooming spring flowers, and my mom's insanely good eggrolls noodle bowls. 

It was such a wonderful birthday that I am already looking forward to getting another year older and celebrating all over again!

Love, Anne