anniversary dinner

10 Years

10 years ago Michael and I went on our very first date to a local Greek restaurant (that is no longer around) and had an amazing time. It was the start of a beautiful relationship! Of course we’ve had ups and downs. We tend to butt heads a bit– he’s an Aries and I’m a Capricorn–and we are both stubborn. But we work. I’m the planner, the organizer, Michael is the guy with good ideas. 🙂

Looking through old photos I see how much stuff we used to do–and how YOUNG AND SKINNY we looked. LOL

We’ve had so many adventures together. We’ve been to California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Washington, and Hawaii together. We love road trips and have had some really great ones! We’ve been to a bunch of concerts (the photo below is Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age). We biked together. We ran together.

We love doing the same things–hiking, snowshoeing, exploring, camping…we both love the beach and the mountains and the big cities. Our favorite place is VEGAS. Michael is a great poker player–somehow I am usually pretty lucky at roulette.

Our favorite show is Top Chef. We’re both foodies and like trying new things. We don’t like the same music, but have found some common ground to make the peace. 😉

And we have an adorable son:

Anniversary Recap

Anniversary – Mystery Road Trip!

Anniversary – Seattle

Anniversary – With a Baby!

Wedding Anniversary – 1

Wedding Anniversary – 2 

Wedding Anniversary – 3

What I love most about Michael is his confidence and stability. He’s “the rock” and I’m often the emotional mess. But I love his strength and he’s a good partner.

How has it already been 10 years? We’ll be celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary this September. In a lot of ways it feels like we’ve always been together and someways it feels like it has flown by. I am so excited to share my future with Michael and Logan. We’re both excited to show Logan all the things we love! Hiking, biking, snowshoeing and traveling!

To kind of mark the occasion, we went out to dinner to Portland City Grill to celebrate 10 years! (I wish I could remember which anniversary we celebrated there–maybe the first or second one??) It’s such a cool, romantic venue and perfect for celebrating something.

It was a hot, hot day but we got dressed up and we went to dinner early. Michael’s mom and stepdad babysat for us and it was a nice treat to go somewhere fancy. It was really nice that they put us at the window, too! I don’t think I’ve ever had a window seat there before.

Portland City Grill is on the 30th floor of “Big Pink” in downtown. The views are stunning!

They brought out freshly baked bread and slightly salted butter that was to die for. I got a glass of Malbec.

There were some “happy anniversary” decorations on the table, which was a nice touch. We started with the crab cakes appetizer. It was really tasty but VERY rich.

For the entree, I got the filet mignon with buttermilk mashed potatoes and the green beans (they were sauteed in some kind of lemon butter sauce that was really delicious and tangy). Michael got the waygu steak with baked potato.

Dinner was absolutely perfect! It was so so good. (I was also very very tempted to “add to” my meal some dungeness crab but decided against it. Which was probably good because even though my steak was the smallest size option (7 ounces I think), it was still a lot of food!

They also brought us a small complimentary dessert for us to share. Thank goodness we didn’t order a dessert to share because we were stuffed! This was the perfect size and the perfect end to a great meal. It was a chocolate mousse on top of a chocolate and hazelnut crust with chocolate on top. It was good and not too rich.

It was a really nice evening out. <3

Feast PDX

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….