If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh   [Show thumbnails]

Work in Progress

                                                        You don’t have to experience what you want to serve for the remainder of your life, you simply have to recognize what you want to do next. Life is a journey and the little roads can get you just as far as the highway, it just takes a little longer, but it is also more interesting. – Jo Geralski There are times when you simply want to throw up your hands because it’s just too damn difficult. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed an eye-opening conversation with one of my closest friends. You know the person who is always really honest with you. From raising an eyebrow when you want to wear your favorite striped sweater with your leopard heels to understanding instinctively when words won’t suffice and you just need a good hug.

Noir and white Impressions

Noir and White Photography, has and will always something which keeps me fascinated. Collecting memories in our rushed world is priceless and timeless.  Even a glass of water,  featured in noir& white or grey & white, has an positive impact on us. Vibrant places, vibrant life, vibrant moments preserved in white and grey, let us reliving these moments and has an rejuvenating effect on our mind. [Show thumbnails]  

Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan- Alma Chocolate

                                                                                                 ALMA Chocolate Sarah Hart& Hannah Sullivan When I met with Sarah Hart and her daughter Hannah Sullivan in their new kitchen at NE 6th Ave, they offered me a sample of their “ Salted Peanut Butter Cup”. Literally, in the moment you bite into this sweet and salty chocolate creation and you are a chocoholic like me, you stop a moment out of the daily routine. Why does chocolate make us happy? It isn’t an imagination that we desire chocolate mostly in stressful times or crave after it when we crave to feel relaxed or happy. Chocolate causes the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that let us feel good.

Tiffin Asha- Colorful Journey

Tiffin Asha A food journey to South India When we think of Indian food, we mostly associate it with curries of North India. Elizabeth, owner of Tiffin Asha, a food cart on NE Mississippi and Beech, Portland, introduces us to the overlooked food of South India. Tiffin means, “a snack” or “light meal” and Asha means, “hope” or “wish”. Elizabeth, born in California and raised in Washington, was first introduced to the food of South India by her wife. She felt immediately in love with the unique flavors, the lightness of the cuisine and the techniques of preparation.

Ana Chaud& Christopher Handford – Garden Bar

  Arugula with caramelized onions, shredded beets, cucumber, olive, sesame seeds and avocado, served with a carrot-ginger vinaigrette. Mmmm. A far cry from your normal Caesaror Garden salad from the grocery store, am I right? You would suppose it would cost you a lot, but the build-your-own-bowl version is nice for the price and full of a great quantity of fresh healthy vegetables. Garden Bar is located in downtown’s most food traffic district, across from Powell’s Books. A delicious, salad-centric haven where you can savor healthy, diverse, fresh cuisine without overspending. Ana Chaud and her business partner Christopher Handford, the yin and yang masterminds behind Garden Bar opened the new restaurant in 2013, with the goal of putting salad in its rightful place as a modern entrée.

Christy Goldsby- Honey Mama’s

       Nourish. Satisfy. As I compose this article, I am sitting in my sweet backyard indulging in a half bar of Honey Mama’s “ Dutch Nectar Fudge.” The elegant, smooth cacao-honey sweetness melts in your mouth, giving your taste buds an opportunity to experience a sweet treat with a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt and a touch of a La Vencedora Vanilla. I could not better agree with the quote on their website. Honey Mama’s truly is, “ Redefining fudge one decadent, body loving bite at a time.

Katherine Deumling- Cook With What You Have

Katherine Deumling- Founder at Cook with what you have Your weekly CSA delivery arrives and you’re bored. You do your weekly shopping but find yourself buying the same items, over and over. Day by day, evening follows evening where you are confronted with the daily dilemma: how will I create a quick and creative dinner plate for my family without always using the same ingredients?

Stephanie Pearson- Daily Nectar

Stephanie Pearson – Daily Nectar An inspiring woman with a true dedication for food As I started to think the portrait series about inspiring people in Portland, Stephanie was the first one who came to my mind. I’ve known Stephanie a while now, both as a nutrition professional and as a true friend. With her rich knowledge and passion about nutrition and essential oils, I can say she is definitely my mentor.

Karen Pride & Prasad

Karen Pride Yoga Pearl& Prasad & Harlow Have you realized the fresh smell through spring time? Can you imagine to smell and try out the whole freshness every day while you pluck up your daily lunch? When we moved four years ago to Portland, one of my first steps growing to know the city was to search for a yoga studio. I launch right away, Yoga Pearl and as entered the door, I think I smellbugs were blown out.