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Visit to Portland #PDX

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

visit to portlandia! – valentine’s day weekend

Portland’s awesome. Just a short weekend trip with Hoyd made me crazy homesick for Austin, with all its DIY-funk, chill atmosphere, ridiculously tasty food trucks, and access to full-on greenery.

Visit to Portland #PDX

First off, just arriving to PDX is a fun experience…even at 8 AM. The architecture in the airport is stunning, and the morning light made it that much more enjoyable. Also, they even have food trucks in the terminal. Why does every other city not have this? Austin-Bergstrom International, I’m looking at you.

Visit to Portland #PDX

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Lentil Radish Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger – from Ottolenghi's Plenty

Monday, February 9, 2015

lentil radish salad with smashed garlic and ginger – ottolenghi’s plenty

These wintry days lead me to reach for comforting, nourishing food. The most comforting sensation to me is a too-hot bite of lentils fresh out of the pot or the smell of crushed garlic from my mom’s cutting board. So after reading Yotam Ottolenghi’s second of several cookbooks, I found the perfect recipe for me.

At first the simple “Cucumber Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger” sounded too simple – why invest time in a topping when I could whip up Lemon & Eggplant Risotto or Saffron Cauliflower? The secret is that it goes on nearly everything, including my favorite vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free-but-not-paleo base of choice, lentils, i.e. the sturdy foundation of my plant-based meals.

Lentil Radish Salad with Smashed Garlic and Ginger #SpicedCuriosity

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Skillshare Class, Trashhand & VSCO

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Photo Class – Trashhand X Skillshare

So, amongst rocking a part-time job at Bom Dia Market, setting up the next Seconds dinner, and adding new clients…I finished a photo course! The wizened photographer Trashhand hosted a free class with Visual Supply Company on street photography. I love using the camera as a tool to get to know a city on a deeper level, and soaking up the online lessons didn’t disappoint. The project ran on four skills: the “look up”, street portrait, motion, and night shot. Here are my photos I shot for the class.

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The most memorable thing I learned is to be more cognizant of manmade lines when taking environmental shots. For the portrait photo I had the perfect angle lined up, then I realized the concrete divider in the foreground was way off center – subtly messing up the balance. Paying more attention to these details definitely upped the quality of the rest of my photos, too.

I highly recommend sipping up the course’s short videos in your free time, whether it’s at home before work or via your phone on the train. I’ve been super busy of late, but I loved learning online during “downtime.” Sometimes the best time to get things done are those in-between moments.

Along with enrolling in the class, I would love if you would take a peek at my project and send me your thoughts!

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