Archives for January 2018

Late Night Portland Eats: Crown PDX

I was sad to see Portland Penny Diner go, but the Crown PDX, the pizza place that opened in the same space, admittedly gets even more business from me then PPD (which I loved and still miss their breakfast sandwiches). I go probably once a month now, though that is partially because since it’s only a couple blocks from my favorite beer bar (Bailey’s Taproom) that allows you to bring your own food, and I am often going to grab a slice or a whole pie to go with my beer. It’s now 50% Santeria + Bailey’s beer and 50% Crown PDX + Bailey’s beer.
The Crown PDX, by Imperial The Crown PDX, by Imperial

Crown PDX is open late, which is a boon when you feel hungry a little later then the normal dinner hour after a beer share or a show. In fact, I think when it comes to late night / early morning Portland Eats, Crown PDX is among the best 3 in Portland. To be precise, last I checked they are open for lunch on weekdays (mid afternoon on the weekend) and then until 1 AM except Thursday Friday Saturday when they are open until 2:30 AM. 2:30 AM! So if you’re out late in downtown and looking for a bite, this is one of the best options to dine in or grab and go.
The Crown PDX, Imperial pizza with fried chicken, pickles, ranch, honey, hot sauce The Crown PDX, Imperial pizza with fried chicken, pickles, ranch, honey, hot sauce
My favorite pizza from The Crown is this, the Imperial
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Travel Tuesday: Musical Instrument Museum Review

For Thanksgiving 2017, I pitched (and the family agreed!) to get together in Sedona. All of us flew into Phoenix from the various cities we live in (Portland, LA, Bay Area, Chicago) and so we had some time in Phoenix bookending our time in Sedona. One of the ways we passed the time was the new to us Musical Instrument Museum, aka MIM. There are not many music instrument museums, and most are in Europe.  MIM further prides itself on being representative of global music. It’s definitely worth a visit – let me show you why!
Music Instrument Museum (MIM) Music Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, with admission you will also receive a headphone with volume control unit for each person in your group. Most exhibits feature a TV with multiple videos cycling for a minute or so, letting you see and hear the musical instrument in action

Built in 2010, MIM offers 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects from nearly 200 countries around the world. After purchasing your admission ticket ($20 1-day or a discounted $30 2-day that you must use the second visit within a week), you will also receive a headphone with volume control unit for each person in your group. Most exhibits features a TV with multiple videos cycling for a minute or so. The videos vary from showing local musicians of a county  performing their native music, often in native dress, sometimes including native dance, to just demonstrating how the instrument was made or how it works. The headphones automatically sync with each of those TVs when you are in proximity to it.
Music Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, with admission you will also receive a headphone with volume control unit for each person in your group. Most exhibits feature a TV with multiple videos cycling for a minute or so, letting you see and hear the musical instrument in action
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Stitch Fix Winter 2018 Box

Today I’m letting you take a look at my Fix #25 from my Stitch Fix. I am not sponsored or paid in anyway to share this box. If you haven’t heard of  Stitch Fix before, Stitch Fix is a styling subscription service personalized for you. You fill out information upfront and after each box so the stylists at Stitch Fix know what you like and don’t like. At a schedule you determine, and based on any requests you make, a box of 5 clothing items shows up to refresh your closet without having to go out shopping and you try everything at home in real lighting on your time.
Stitch Fix Winter 2018 box review Stitch Fix Winter 2018 box review
A $20 styling fee is charged, but that same $20 is deducted from the cost of the items you keep. Plus, if you keep the whole box of 5 items you get a significant discount – 25% off the cost of everything in addition to the $20 credit from when Stitch Fix first styled you. Shipping is free both ways. As they get to know your preferences they really dial it in – I know they give me clothes I get compliments on and are unique. So without further ado, here’s my review for my Stitch Fix Winter 2018 Box.
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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

For this year’s New Year’s Eve prep for New Year’s Day brunch with champagne and the Rose Parade, I made Breakfast Croissant Casserole. Using toasted croissants are the base which then have savory browned sausage, sage and melted cheese with egg. As I did, you can prepare this the night before a special breakfast or brunch, then pop it in the oven an hour before you plan to serve it for your party of 8-10 people.
Recipe for Croissant Breakfast Casserole with egg, sausage, cheese, toasted croissant, easy to prep the night before and satisfies 8-10 people Recipe for Croissant Breakfast Casserole with egg, sausage, cheese, toasted croissant, easy to prep the night before and satisfies 8-10 people

Instead of sausage, you can substitute  sautéed mushrooms, and other vegetables like chopped red peppers for color. Or further dress this up with ham, crab, shrimp, etc. For cheeses Gruyère gives a great nutty flavor but you could substitute Manchego or a mix of Parmesan, or classic sharp cheddar or a mix with mozzarella, whatever you want.
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Recommendations at Bar Casa Vale

Have you heard of Bar Casa Vale? They opened last year, and Willamette Weekly declared them Bar of the Year 2017. I’ve mostly been for drinks, particularly their goblets of gin and tonics although they have lots of other amazing cocktails, but recently I also got a chance to try more of their menu and wanted to share my recommendations with you.

Bar Casa Vale Bar Casa Vale Clam Conserva with Lardo Toast, Fried olives with sobrasada and piri piri mayo

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