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Delightful French and Scandinavian Fare at Måurice Luncheonette in Portland

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Maurice Black Pepper Cheesecake.Anna Brones

When I was recently in Portland I finally got the chance to eat at Måurice, and I was utterly charmed. So much so that I wrote about it over on Foodie Underground.

It’s a sweet space with French and Scandinavian influences, in both the decor and the food. I think I liked it so much because it felt so authentic; nothing was forced, it was all done simply out of love. And of course, everyone wears stripes and they serve fika, what’s not to love?

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June 9, 2015 at 08:27

1,000 Miles: Month 1

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61.1 miles.

“Yes!” was my initial reaction.

Then came the second.

“Shit, that’s less than I should have run…”

When I first committed to the 1,000 Miles thing (yes, running 1,000 miles in 2014) I did some quick calculating.

Running 100 miles a month would put me over the 1,000 mile mark, meaning if I clocked a few months with 100 miles I would have some leeway. I then went to a calculator and figured out that what I really needed to do was hit about 20 miles a week, or about 80 miles a month. Doable, but after a month of not running I needed to work my way back up.

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February 5, 2014 at 08:41

From Portland to Paris: 1,000 Miles

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When you move (and the move is far far away) there are things you end up missing that you don’t initially expect. You expect to miss impromptu coffee dates with your friends and you expect to miss your favorite restaurants. You expect to miss your favorite bookstore and, if you’re moving away from the Pacific Northwest, you expect to miss weekend hikes and trips to the coast.

I expected all of this when I moved last year. I use the word “move” lightly because it was really a one-way-ticket kind of trip that was intended to end eventually but never did. Sometimes that’s how things go.

Back to the story of missing things. The one hole I really felt in my life last year was running.

Oh, I ran, but it was different.

In Portland, I had my running partner (and Running Partner is really just a short title for friend/therapist/sounding board/general motivator) Megan, and we had gotten into a semi-neurotic habit of getting up for what we liked to call “Rise and Run.” This meant hitting the pavement at 6:30am – sometimes 6 if one of us had an early meeting and didn’t want to miss out on a run.

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January 14, 2014 at 00:05

Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike

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Love this new book…

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October 5, 2012 at 06:22

Plate & Pitchfork: Changing Perspectives on Food with Local Farm Dinners

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An organic dinner of farm raised ingredients. A table full of jovial guests and local wine. A summer night to appreciate good food and where it comes from. There’s a lot of talk about farm-to-table, and most of us living in high paced atmospheres have a tendency to romanticize pastoral images of happy cows and organic tomato plants. “If only I could be a farmer,” we think, forgetting the hardships that go into devoting a life to agricultural production. But part of having a better appreciation for what we eat, means having a better connection to where it comes from, and at the simplest level, that means eating there.

That’s the idea behind Plate & Pitchfork, an Oregon based business that helps people have a better of understanding of food and where it comes from, by serving it to them in the same place that it’s sourced. Hosting farm dinners, Plate & Pitchfork founder Erika Polmar puts consumers and purveyors together, in the ultimate farm-to-table experience.

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Scenes From a Portland Life

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Sometimes you feel like you are in the midst of a Portlandia episode.

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April 4, 2012 at 06:24

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Portland + Bikes = True Love

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March 24, 2012 at 09:33

Portland Love

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It’s fall, and despite the warm air you can tell the rain will eventually get here. But for now the bike ride home is beautiful; quiet, still, almost balmy. The waterfront is practically abandoned as people have committed their evenings to activities that align with the season. With no one out except the few well trained runners, you can ride as fast or slow as you want with no interruptions. Lights reflect on the water and the warm air haze makes for a colorful sunset. It’s moment like this to love where you live.

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September 29, 2011 at 19:31

Fresh Cheese 101

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Checked out Portland’s Culinary Workshop last week and discovered that cooking classes weren’t half as pretentious as I expected…

PCW opened earlier this year and is the brainchild of two food-loving women, Melinda Casady and Susana Holloway. Tired of working the professional circuit of culinary schools, the women wanted a place that was open, fun and educational. It’s all about getting their students to learn about good food, the kind of philosophy that anyone with a love of good food can get behind.

My visions of an intimidating chef hovering over my shoulder as I shakily held my thermometer in boiling milk soon disappeared, and by the time Susana had put a glass of wine in my hand and a Fresh Cheese 101 print out in front of me, I realized that I felt surprisingly at home. Cooking with fresh ingredients with glass of wine in hand? If I’m perfectly honest, it’s sort of my ideal Friday night.

Susana walked us through our first concoction, lemon cheese, a simple combination of milk and lemon. Had I known cheese was this easy, I would have started making it long ago.

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August 24, 2011 at 08:31

Riding in the Rain

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Video shoot today with Red Reel Video, which entailed bikes, puddles and a pair of red heels. That’s the way to do it.

Urban Portland in the rain is a beautiful thing. Brick walls and cobblestone alleyways. Spontaneous sun breaks paired with downpour. Drivers slowing down to stare at four ladies in silly outfits laughing from their cycling antics.

I road home in a downpour. Drenched. Water dripping off my bare hands.

I attacked every puddle, spraying water up to my face.

Pure bliss.

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March 10, 2011 at 17:52

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