“What I” Wednesday: Weekend Highlights

October 26th, 2011 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

Remains amongst the pumpkins. By bedtime Friday, the wine was gone and only a nub of Fair Trade Chocolate remained. I’d say that’s a good start to the weekend!

This past weekend we had Damian’s parents down to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. We always have a blast with them and always, always eat amazing food! This weekend was no different. So instead of chronicling an entire day of eats, I’ll just share some highlights from the whole weekend, yes? Yes:

Friday Night Tacos

They may not photograph so pretty, but these homemade soy-curl-and-fajita-veggies-with-grilled-mushrooms tacos were absolutely delicious. Served with fresh chipotle salsa direct from the Farmer’s Market, and a side of roasted taters. Waits was especially fond of those taters.

Saturday Morning

On Saturday morning there was first-breakfast oatmeal, followed by a stop at the co-op once we’d ventured out. I don’t have any pictures of the blueberry muffins or quinoa cookies, but I did snap this adorable shot of Waits happily sucking down the kombucha he stole from grandma! My in-laws brew their own kombucha at home now, and drink it every day. See? I told you they were super rad.

The Ugliest Food I’ve Ever Made, Ever

So, I tried my hand at my very first gluten-free cake. And you know what? IT WAS DELICIOUS! I’ll be posting this recipe in the future.

Unfortunately, I had this vision of teeny tiny individual layer cakes, all miniature and personal and adorable-like. But I did a lemon “cream cheese” frosting that just wouldn’t firm up, and so the layers went all slide-y sliding into a big ol’ mess. That one up there is held together by a toothpick. We couldn’t decide if it looked more like melted cheese or runny egg yolks. Like I said, it tasted great, but damn, it sure was uuuugly.

However, Sir Jack the terrier is looking pretty suave in the background.

Dinner at Portobello

I’ve featured Portobello before, and for good reason. It’s our absolute favorite “fancy” restaurant in P-town! The perfect spot for a birthday dinner . . .

Appetizers: Cashew Cheese Stuffed “Sweety-Peps” (peppers) and Beet Tartare (over cashew cheese, served with baguette).

Damian’s Cashew Cream Pizza

My Portobello Ballontine with braised greens, pan crisped polenta, and salsa verde. WOAH.

The little mister definitely appreciates vegan gourmet . . . *ahem*

Sunday Brunch

I made gluten-free pancakes, loaded with humungous FarMar blueberries that I’d frozen at their peak in summer. These were smothered in real maple syrup and served alongside drip French Roast. YES!

Waits is a blueberry vampire!

Sunday Afternoon

Okay, so not exactly what we were eating per se, but I don’t have any pictures of our food, and Waits fed this goat a whole lot of tomatoes. “What Goats Ate Wednesday”, amiright? (cut me some slack guys, it’s a cute pic!)


Saturday Apples Tasting

  • Reconstructed vintage dress: local designer
  • Black leggings: Target, waaaay long ago
  • Brown leg warmers: Urban Outfitters clearance, even longer ago!
  • Black engineer boots: secondhand, pre-gan
  • Black bandana because I’m still growing out my bangs, sheesh

Sunday Pumpkin Patch-ing

  • Vintage red cardigan: belonged to Damian’s grandfather
  • Black tank: secondhand
  • Tan shorts: secondhand
  • Black leggings: Target, waaaay long ago
  • Red and pink stripey knee socks: from Sock Dreams (I swear they don’t sponsor me!) (but they totally should) (hello, Sock Dreams? Call me!)
  • Black engineer boots: secondhand, pre-gan
  • Black and white head scarf/bangs coverage: vintage


Tell me friends, what was the foodie highlight of YOUR weekend??

  • http://simplybeme.com Jenny @ Simply Be…me

    Foodie highlight> the date squares I made using a nut/date/coconut butter mixture for the base. So simple and so good. Sadly they have all been eaten.

    My son loves kombucha too :)

  • http://natsmithillustration.etsy.com Natsmithillustrations

    im jealous of everybodys Kombucha. I LOVE the stuff, but live in a teeny tiny town and cant find a ‘mother’ anywhere. (and cant afford to buy the drink everyday) Does anyone have a starter/mother that I can buy??

  • http://natsmithillustration.etsy.com Natsmithillustrations

    beautiful weekend, by the way ;)

  • Sam

    Foodie highlight- going out to brunch with my grandparents and realizing that in the last year or so, I haven’t ordered anything in a restaurant that has tasted better/made me feel better than ANYTHING I’ve made at home. Seriously- gram and gramps love to go to fancy-pants places (fancy-pants, yet still chain-style omni places) and even my simple salads taste better, I think. Perhaps it’s partly psychological, since I know what I’m putting in my body when I cook at home? Also, I love cooking and making the food I’m eating just makes it taste better :) Tonight I made a mixed greens salad with toasted walnuts and homemade raspberry vinaigrette and roasted sweet potatoes and onions… mmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

  • http://mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/ Sara @my less serious life

    cashew cream pizza? just that name makes my mouth water and i really have no idea what goes in that. i want it!

  • http://laurenlovesgoodfood.com/ Lauren

    That goat picture is too precious! And everything at that restaurant looks delicious. Nice photography work :)

  • Jaclynkwebb

    Waits is ridiculously adorable!

  • http://dearilou.blogspot.com chelsea

    1) This post made me really hungry.
    2) I am jealous of vegan restaurants, fancy or not.
    3) I love the term pre-gan that you use about your boots! I just went vegan a few months ago and have been struggling with my wardrobe. I do not have the means to replace my leather shoes and was fearful that it made me a hypocrite. Pre-gan though, I can get behind that. No use throwing out something I already own and that is still functional.

  • jbuesch

    Yay you did go to Portobello! I guessed you would, from your weekend send-off post. We went on Saturday night as well- right when they opened. Must have missed you! I got the portobello ballontine as well- delish! That beet tartare photo makes me wish we’d ordered that… next time!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Sounds delicious! And yay for kombucha-drinking wee ones. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    If you can get your hands on one store-bought bottle, I have a tutorial for growing your own SCOBY, here.

    Otherwise, Craigslist might be worth a check!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I still forget this sometimes, but it is so true! =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I didn’t get to taste because it was gluten-filled, but damn did it look mouthwateringly amazing. Damian sure seemed to enjoy it!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It was too sweet not to share. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Pre-gan is an idea that is sort of up for debate among vegans. I definitely know how you feel. Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite wearing my old leather shoes (I’ve replaced my belts, that was easy enough), and I definitely try to be aware and not wear them into vegan establishments. However, like you said – the unfortunate truth is that I just cannot afford to replace everything at once. I’m working on collecting an entire new set of shoes, all vegan, but since a) I’m pretty broke as far as clothing money goes, and b) I buy everything secondhand which means finding the right stuff takes 10 times as long, for now I’m still doing “pre-gan” for some things.

    I think you’ve gotta do what works for you and what will make you comfortable. As long as I’m not actively adding animals to my wardrobe, I’m comfortable for now. But that’s just *my* line, and others may feel differently, ya know? =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, too bad we missed you! Wasn’t the portobello ballontine AMAZING? I was surprised, it was better than I expected. Also the beet tartare is pretty amazing, but the sweety-peps really stole my heart. Did you try them?

  • Sonja

    wow, great pics and inspiration as usual! I love the dress you were wearing at the apple tasting! My food-highlight of the week was raw vegan sushi.

  • http://twitter.com/keephealthstyle Laura Agar Wilson

    Looks like you had some much fun and I’m loving the outfits too! Foodie highlights for me have been discovering the wonder that is fresh figs dipped in tahini, amazing!

  • http://foodanddo.lindsaybeeson.com Lindsay Beeson

    Foodie highlight: This ridiculously good roasted butternut squash pasta with brown butter sage sauce. Holy, holy, holy. http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/10/roasted-butternut-squash-sausage-and.html

    I bet it can be veganized pretty easily, too — the sage is what brought it home.

  • http://foodanddo.lindsaybeeson.com Lindsay Beeson

    PS: What perfect little pancakes!

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@BCDC

    The food at Portobello looks delicious! If I came to Portland and passed you on the street, I would know you by your outfits! Wish I was brave enough to dress my inner spirit as you do!

  • Rachel

    The food looks delicious and that picture of Waits is my favorite! :-)

  • http://natsmithillustration.etsy.com Natsmithillustrations

    awesome! thank you:)

  • http://dearilou.blogspot.com chelsea

    I totally understand. I am going to be attending a vegan thanksgiving potluck and have been carefully planning what shoes to wear. It is hard. I wish other people (vegans and non) could understand my predicament. I would love to trade all my leather items for cruelty free alternatives, but I’m living on rice and beans at the moment so that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. I have found a few vegans online who support me and that really helps. I’m still a baby vegan, so small steps first.

  • http://dietplaid.wordpress.com/ Jen

    So after going through a million of your posts I ended up buying two super long pairs of socks from Sock Dreams that I looooooove, I’m wearing the Harvest Rainbow ones right now. I also mentioned to them that I found them through you, :D

    Rock on!

  • http://vegmomof4.blogspot.com/ April

    I need to get my hands on some soycurls. It seems like everyone and their sister is blogging about them!

    Totally love the Blueberry Vampire!

    PS – I need your advice on getting my little guy to eat Coconut Cream. He *gags* when I offer it to him: Straight up, mixed with bananas or mixed with raspberries. (Although sometimes I can spread it on his toast and he doesn’t notice.) I know that Waits is a big fan. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com Rachel

    I love the idea of personal cakes…even though this one may not have turned exactly as planned.

  • http://keepingitrealfood.com/ Jess

    Your pictures always make me smile :)

    I was a bridesmaid in a wedding this weekend—the foodie highlight was definitely the cocktail hour, where they had all kinds of fabulous roasted veggies for the antipasto.

    I’m not gonna lie, the open bar was also a highlight. As I’d just broken up with a longterm boyfriend a few days earlier and was alternating between whiskey and champagne—water in between of course ; )

  • LauraLouise

    I think that the cute tiny cake looks like a yellow candle, that smells like coconut-curry (one of my favorite food smells) and you have burned it for a couple of hours, that’s why it’s a bit melted but the room smells great now and the warm light is calming and you feel totally relaxed.
    Oh dessert stories, how I love to make them up.