Dinner at Portland Variety

1-CollagesPortland Variety does a little bit of everything and does it damn well. From house made breads, cheese and pastries to seafood platters and fantastic cocktails, it’s all amazing.

The front of the restaurant serves pintxos- small tapas with unique twists. House made bread slathered with cheese roasted cherry tomato and a teeny anchovy. Skewers of olives and cheese. Slices of onion tart. Brie topped with eggplant. House made chorizo.

All of these bites are available to nosh on by the piece/skewer/slice.
There’s also a nice selection of sweets including giant chocolate chip cookies, chocolate bomb cakes and more treats. (more…)

Allure Body Bar

Allure Body Bar is a stylish waxing and personal grooming salon in the east end. Allure Body Bar views waxing as a maintenance necessity, not a luxury, so they provide affordable pricing so their clients can wax as needed.
Although they are known for their famous full Brazillian waxes (which I’m not brave enough for) I’m here for a leg wax ($40)!
1-IMG_15921-June 2014I immediately love their funky graffiti style that greets you in the lobby. The graffiti is done by a local artist, and you can see the art in the treatment rooms and in other areas of the body bar.


[Review] Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


The Queen of the Tearling is fantasy at it’s best. I devoured this book, and it’s the best fantasy that I’ve read all year!

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.


[Contest] Fionn MacCool’s launches new summer menu

When Fionn MacCool’s invited me to welcome patio season with a summer menu launch on their patio, I was an instant yes. I like Fionn MacCool’s and how they strive to have lots of Made-in-Pub items on their menu. You definitely wont find frozen french fries here.

1-IMG_1567Bryan Jurek has been the brand chef for over two years. He’s a Cordon Bleu trained chef and has cooked all around the world. There are 10 new dishes on the new menu.
1-IMG_1532This fun and delicious take on grilled cheese was a favourite of mine. The Latke Grilled Cheese is made with potato cakes and then layered with sour cream and Cahill’s Guinness Cheddar cheese. It’s topped with a pickle! Be sure to keep the pickle on when you bite in!


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