Sep 272016

I don’t know what I did in the gym on Saturday morning but whatever it was, I was SO SORE on Sunday! I did a lot of the same weight lifting exercises I rotate in my gym days. There were some planks with leg lifts (maybe that was it?). Burpees and mountain climbers. And I did leg presses…nothing really out of the norm. But my glutes and hamstrings were so sore…like it hurt to sit down and stand up! I haven’t been this sore in a long time.


Of course, I didn’t feel sore until the next day so I didn’t do anything to preemptively ward off soreness (like an epsom salt bath). But isn’t that the way it usually works?

I did get some pampering in Saturday afternoon, though. I got a pedicure with a friend and the massage chair felt so good. Neither of us really wanted to leave…

Saturday evening Michael, Logan and I went out to dinner with some friends who are moving to Seattle soon. 🙁 It’s a really great opportunity for them but it’s a bummer for us! We’re going to miss them. Seattle isn’t that far but it’s still kind of a trek going up there (especially with a baby now).



We went to Iron Horse in Sellwood. It’s one of our favorites. The food is always fantastic and unique and they have my favorite beer on tap! Boneyard Beer:


Michael got his usual– steak fajitas. I like to try something different every time we go because there are so many good options and their menu changes pretty frequently.

This time I got Sam’s Burrito. It’s your standard burrito with Spanish rice, pinto beans, sliced avocado and topped with pico de gallo and a spicy avocado sauce. There’s also pineapple salsa in it (which is what sold me on it in the first place). It comes with a side salad with orange and jicama on it. The salad was so delicious! It was light and summery and I loved the jicama on it.

Apparently the burrito was a vegan option. The waitress informed me of that (I thought it was just vegetarian) and she said “you can add some meat to it to un-veganize it”. LOL So I got shredded pork (so juicy) and sour cream. Definitely not vegan anymore. It was so tasty though! I loved the crunchy jicama and the sweet pineapple salsa. It would have been just fine had I left it as a vegan burrito, too.


I ate about 3/4 of the burrito (it was really big!) and Michael ate the rest.

Logan was doing super good at the restaurant and was so fascinated by our friend’s kids (they are almost 9 and 3 years old). He wanted to play with them so badly! It was pretty cute to watch.

We hung out for a bit but it was pretty loud. We decided to walk a few blocks to get ice cream at Dairy Queen. The kids were stoked (and so were the adults, honestly).


It was a nice evening and it was good to walk a little in the fresh Fall air. Sorry the pictures are a little blurry. I guess we were a little too excited about the dessert. LOL


We sat outside for a little bit and ate our ice cream and then it was time to head home. It was way past all the kid’s bedtimes and Logan was like “I’m out dude, I need to sleep!” and immediately fell asleep in his stroller.


We said our goodbyes (boo hoo) and made plans to see them when we go up to Seattle in December.

Sunday I got to sleep in a bit, which felt really nice, especially with how sore I felt. I went swimming (which felt really nice on my sore body) and then sat in the hot tub for awhile–which felt even better. Unfortunately I think it was too late to try and stave it off so I took some Advil, watched Netflix with Logan and used the heating pad. I can’t remember the last time I felt like this!

Finally, if you follow me on Instagram, you can see that Logan was trying to crawl this weekend!!

P.S. I was STILL SORE on Monday!!! What the heck did I do?!?!

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. 🙂


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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….