Sep 192016
 

Michael and I have wanted to check out Feast for a few years now…a huge foodie event here in Portland that attracts chefs from all over the country to come here and showcase their art. Unfortunately it usually fell on a weekend we weren’t available. Like when we were busy getting married. 🙂

Well for our 2nd wedding anniversary we got tickets to THE event! An evening with Franklin’s BBQ! All the way from Austin, Texas. We went to Franklin’s on our first trip to Austin a few years ago and it was AMAZING. How could we pass up another chance to have it–in Portland AND without standing in line for hours. 🙂

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My parents came down from Seattle to stay with Logan. Michael surprised me last year for our anniversary with a gift card for the hotel we stayed in on our wedding night, The Paramount. Life got in the way (and a baby) and we didn’t get a chance to use it. This weekend seemed like the perfect time to use it! So for our 2nd anniversary we stayed downtown and ate amazing BBQ. This post is all about our adventure.

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Feast isn’t just a foodie event. Proceeds also go to charity, too, which is a good thing!

The Feast event was “intimate” — about 100 tickets or so. The food, drinks, gratuities, and desserts were all included in the ticket price. We got there a little before it started at 4 on Friday and once we got in we got in the drink line.

The bar offering was small, but that was ok. It was partly sponsored by Buffalo Trace and Deschutes beer and then local wine too.

We both got the IPA beer (it was pretty decent, not my favorite but good) and Michael later got the Session (I did NOT like that at all). It was happy hour for a bit while people mingled and found seats on the picnic tables.

There was also chocolate made with tallow and BBQ spices made by Franklin. I didn’t know it at first. I just grabbed a piece of chocolate and was surprised it was kind of salty and spicy. I liked it a lot and then Michael later told me what it was made with! Shock!

We got seats kind of in the middle and we just chilled and enjoyed our drinks in the sunshine and chatted with our “neighbors”. It was super fun meeting new people and talking about Franklin’s. We made a friend, Patrick, who had moved here from the Philippines for work and he was really friendly and we had a great time talking about food events and the NW.

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The vibe was really FUN! It was sunny, hot, there was a DJ there spinning records of old-timey country music (mixed in with some Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton). It was just a really fun time.

Aaron Franklin was really friendly and outgoing and made the rounds welcoming people, thanking them for coming, asking if we were having a good time. Then he made a quick speech and said “let’s eat!”

We got in line for the food and chatted with people in line with us (just like the experience in Austin where we talked to the people who lived there). At least this time we didn’t have to stand in line for 90 minutes to get food. 🙂 AND we were guaranteed food so no worry about them selling out like it did in Austin.

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Your food porn photos:

So the dinner was a “sampler” plate but the portions were really generous! It was a lot of food! There was a rib, that if you picked up the bone the meat just melted off (seriously). There was a piece of sauce, some pulled pork (it was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had) and then of course, the melt-in-your mouth brisket that was like eating butter.

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Dream come true! We got to eat Franklin’s BBQ again!

Dessert was provided by Tillamook Ice Cream. There were three flavors:

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Wow were they good. I’m not a coffee ice cream fan but this was so smooth and mild it was absolutely delicious. Even someone who is not a coffee fan would like it. The marionberry custard was the best of the three. It was smooth and creamy and had chunks of marionberries and I think rice krispies in it. Finally, there was the chocolate with chocolate chunks. Also amazing.

Towards the end of the event celebrity chef Hugh Acheson showed up. That was really cool. We’re both fans and love Top Chef so it was cool to see him in person. He was doing one of the other Feast events the next day, apparently.

We got to chat with Aaron and take some photos at the end. That was great. He was so friendly and nice. Michael got to talk to him about Austin and grilling and I got to take pictures. 🙂

To be continued….

Aug 292016
 

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Over the weekend some of the cousins got together for a mini family reunion down on my aunt’s farm. It was sort of weird to do it without the entire family but I’m glad this generation is trying to keep the tradition going even though life is busy for everyone these days! Michael, Logan and I drove down Saturday mid-day. Some people were camping, some people were sleeping inside. Thankfully we got a bedroom! We are just not ready to attempt camping with a baby yet.

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So we got the best of both worlds–sort of camping without having to sleep outside!

Logan did great on the drive down…until we were 20 minutes away and then he started screaming. Yikes. We arrived as everyone was heading down to the river. I changed Logan and fed him and then he was good to go. The three of us sat outside with my cousin Kristin, who unfortunately broke her leg recently so she wasn’t swimming.

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We had intentions to go down to the river and never actually made it down there. Bummer. But we were busy with the baby anyways.

If you follow me on Instagram you can see the video of Logan seeing cows for the first time! They were a huge hit. 🙂 It is so cool seeing things through Logan’s eyes. It’s like you get to experience things in a brand new way with the baby.

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We sat in the shade and enjoyed a nice, cold beer while we caught up on things. Then everyone got back from the river. No scavenger hunt this year, but there was a game of bocce ball:

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And then it was time to eat. Dinner was a potluck. Grilled cheeseburgers and a bunch of different kinds of salads and fruit. It was delicious!

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My cousin’s fiance made this amazing tortellini pasta salad that I want to make. It was so good I had two servings. Seriously worth the calories.

It was a very chill, low-key weekend. Different than the usually reunion that has 100+ people and tons of food and stuff to do. It was kinda nice just relaxing in the shade.

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Evening came and we gathered around the fire pit, another favorite tradition. Logan was in his crib and I checked on him every 10 minutes or so. Eventually he woke up and was really fussy (I think it was too hot) so I brought him down by the fire and the cool night air made him more comfortable. First campfire!

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I fed him and he finally fell asleep and I went back down to the fire for a little bit before heading to bed.

Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early (of course) and no one else was awake yet. Michael went for a run and Logan and I cuddled in bed.

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Michael got back from his run and said people were starting to wake up so I got up. I needed some coffee ASAP. I brought along this coffee to check out:

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It sounded really interesting to me. It was just ok. It was a little on the weird side and I’m not sure why–maybe because it was dairy free? I don’t know. BUT I wanted an iced coffee and this satisfied that craving! Breakfast:

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We hung out for a little bit then it was time to clean up, pack up, and head out. Maybe next year we can try real camping with the baby.