Friday, August 28, 2015

Six Years Old

Today marks six years after I published my first street style post. To celebrate the sixth anniversary of the blog, I'm sharing a few statistics about this past year, which I also did in years one-to-two and two-to-three. Thanks for following along and here's to year seven!

122 posts published, with 1010 posts in total
32 street style subjects photographed
32 bloggers and 7 Googlers photographed
2 countries explored
11 cities explored
1 camera and 2 lenses used
2 types of business cards distributed
$12.36 earned from Google ads
396 Bloglovin' subscribers
514 Facebook likes
280 Google Friend Connect members
696 Instagram followers
250 Pinterest followers
405 Tumblr followers
1,013 Twitter followers

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Eat in Portland: Old Town Pizza

Pesto Pizza made with the "original" crust, homemade pesto, spinach, sun-dried tomato, baked pine nuts, and feta cheese

On our last day in town, my mom and I split a Pesto Pizza at Old Town Pizza on NW Davis Street in Northwest Portland. Old Town Pizza's downtown location is located in the former Merchant Hotel lobby and is apparently haunted by a ghost named Nina. In addition to serving pizza with a variety of crusts and toppings, they're also a brewery.

The Pesto Pizza was topped with homemade pesto, spinach, sun-dried tomato, baked pine nuts, and feta cheese. It was as good as it sounds. The ingredients were fresh, the flavors dynamic, and the customers satisfied. No changes need to be made to a pizza this tasty.

If you've stopped by Old Town Pizza, what did you try?

Old Town Pizza
226 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209
Open: Sunday - Thursday 11:30am - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 12am

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Eat in Portland: Blue Star Donuts

Chocolate Almond Ganache donut

While planning my trip to Portland, I added two donut shops to my list: Voodoo Doughnuts and Blue Star Donuts. With four locations throughout the city, Blue Star Donuts offers a tantalizing selection of brioche-style raised donuts. Some of the flavors include Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Chocolate Almond Ganache, and Cointreau Crème Brûlée.

My mom and I tried the Chocolate Almond Ganache, which was as good as it looks. Like Voodoo Doughnuts, Blue Star is not messing around with the raised donut. Their dough is made from a classic brioche recipe daily. The chocolate ganache is nothing short of divine. In all, this donut was incredible. If I find myself in Portland in the future, I'll make sure to try their Blueberry Bourbon Basil, an alliterative and gustatorial winner. (The latter adjective has been confirmed by the lady behind butter, sugar, flowers after all.)

Their Southeast Portland shop is a sleek take on the classic coffee and donut shop. (Did I mention they serve Stumptown Coffee? They serve Stumptown Coffee.) They've got wall-to-wall counter seating (my favorite) and an ideal location on SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

According to Jenn Harris, my favorite food writer over at the Los Angeles Times, they're opening up a location in Venice this summer. They've also got a spot in Tokyo. Sounds like the beginning of world domination to me.

If you've stopped by Blue Star Donuts, what did you try?

Blue Star Donuts
3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Open: Daily 8am - sold out

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