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Hi Coffee Pencil Knife – Bye Fly on the Wall

I’ve given you warning. I’m leaving – well, I’ve already left, actually. This is my last Fly on the Wall post. It’s over. I’m breaking up with myself and leaving me for me. I left Portland for San Francisco in mid August and after much hemming and hawing, I decided, Yes, I still do want [...]

Catherine’s Step-by-Step Successful Summer Grill Guide (Ode to the Romesco)

Want vegan, gluten-free, all-grilled dinner fare? New to the grilling scene?  Read me! I love romesco. It’s that simple. I’ve blabbed about this love once on this blog already, but I thought I’d expand on that slightly with some critical advice, not only how to make it, but how to make it via a backyard gas-free [...]

The Beginning of the End – PDX > SF

(Blink… blink… blink, goes my cursor) See, I don’t even know how to really start this. And actually, I barely did. After writing that pathetic first sentence, I closed the computer. That was last night. How do you wrap up years upon years of good and bad times – major struggles, some victories, your favorites, [...]

Confession – I’m Moving

Ok. Here goes Cat. Crawling out of the bag. My partner Casey and I have made plans to move from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California. Oh em gee! When?! Why?! How?! Yes, all of those questions are more or less cascading through my brain too. Casey got accepted to graduate school at the Art [...]

Too Many New Favorites

It’s happened again. Portland exploded with a ton of new, fun eateries and drinkaries and I kept my opinions about them off the blog until now. Need more ideas on where to go and what’s hot right now? Do read on! Cafe Nell 1987 NW Kearney Portland, OR 97209 (503) 295-6487 I felt like I [...]

Juice Cleanse: Three Day Report

Cleanse day one: Let’s start with the ‘why.’ Why am I opting to make my life a lot more challenging by going on a three-day juice/smoothie cleanse? Let’s just review the past 24 hours: I ate a doughnut, orange puff, egg sandwich, double ice cream cone, lychee daiquiri and three whiskey ginger ales. And that [...]

Winter Runaway Tour: Bend, Cape Coral, Savannah

This winter, my partner and I were found exploring three new cities of which I was unfamiliar: Bend, Oregon; Cape Coral, Florida; and Savannah, Georgia. The statistics are: 17 days, 8 planes, 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 hotel, 1 kayak, 1 pair of snowshoes, 1 house of my girlfriend’s mother, lots of Starbucks and lots [...]

How Lady Gaga Kept Me (Mentally) on the Grid

Author note: I know I usually write about food topics, but as my tagline above reads “critical thoughts on here, now, eating and drinking,” well, I’ve allowed myself a little bit of wiggle room to stretch out my writing topics beyond the hottie foodie things. This here essay is an example of the “here and [...]

How Much is that Waffle from the Window

SE 36th Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 239-4756 Sometimes, okay, actually a lot of times there’s a gem in this town and it gets passed me. Like the Waffle Window – aka., the cutest brick hole I’ve ever seen. The Waffle Window has been around. It’s not new and the foodie press [...]

Spints: Shout Out

401 NE 28th Ave. Portland, OR 97232 (503) 847-2534 This isn’t a review – it’s more of a shout out to a friend who’s got a really cool restaurant on her hands. I’ve known Alyssa Gregg for a while. We’re not super close, but I interviewed her years ago for Portland Food and Drink, and [...]