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{Taste} Portland, OR: Jam On Hawthorne



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This place always has a huge line so we avoided going there because there are lots of brunch options in Portland, but right before moving into our house I convinced A that we had to try it. I’m so glad we did. I opted for the corned beef hash and some lemon ricotta pancakes to share. Of course, silly me bought the “wrong” lens so you get a good close up view of the hash.

Jam On Hawthorne | 2229 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 | 503-234-4790

Is there a place that always has a big line that you’ve been wanting to try?

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{Taste} Portland, OR: Bowery Bagels




You may have seen me instagram about getting bagel sandwiches a couple of weeks ago. I snuck out of the apartment really early on a packing day to get bagel sandwiches to power us through the day. I headed to Bowery Bagels, which I had been dying to try since we passed it on the way home from work one day. I got a salt and pepper bagel with gravalax and a Dan Burnside sandwich (bacon, egg, and cheddar) on a MSG (miso, sesame, ginger) bagel. OMG. These were seriously awesome sauce and I don’t even use that phrase. The MSG bagel had this unique umami taste that was perfect with the bacon and the large flecks of salt went so well with the generous slices of gravalax. I was sad after we finished not because we had a day of packing ahead of us, but that I wanted 10 more. Is that bad to admit?

Bowery Bagels | 310 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209 | 503-227-NOSH (6674)

What’s your favorite bagel flavor and topping?

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{Taste} Portland, OR: Meriwether’s


Meriwether’s | 2601 NW Vaughn St Portland, OR 97210 | 503- 228-1250

One of my favorite places for brunch in town is Meriwether’s (I’ve mentioned it before here). It’s set in the location of the 1905 World’s Fair and has dark wood interiors that make it seem cozy. In the summer, we sit out in the beautifully manicured garden with birdhouses and colorful flowers. Plus, the food is always fast, consistent, and delicious. We’ve pretty much have had everything on the menu now. The corned beef hash served in a skillet, the fresh breakfast pizza, chickpea soccas, the tall and complex huevos rancheros. They get all their produce from their own farm. Today we opted for eggs benedict (the eggs are extra big here!) and the coconut fried chicken and waffles with bacon. Soooo good!

What’s your favorite place to eat outside where you live?

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{Freebie Friday} Canning Jar Labels

My BFF is a big into canning and making yummy preserves. I have yet to take my little kitchen on that journey. I’m excited about getting ready to go to U-Pick farms to get all the delicious produce and berries the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I came across these cute vintage inspired canning jar labels that make me want to start concocting fun flavor combos like peach rosemary jam or rose raspberry compote just so I have a reason to print out these little darlings.

This week we’ve:

Do you can or jar? What’s your favorite fruit to cook up?

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{Taste} Portland: Petite Provence

Some mornings, A is on a quest for a really good mocha and I’m on the quest for really good food. That’s how we came to fall in love with leisurely mornings at Petite Provence. Their crispy and buttery croissants help too. A got eggs benedict with a red wine sauce and I went with the crab and asparagus omelette. We’ve also had their risotto cakes, smoked salmon hash, and other brunch offerings. They’re all really good. I love their butternut squash with home fries served with every plate. Their pastry case is also stare-worthy! It’s like a little slice of Paris right in the neighborhood!

Petite Provence | DivisionAlberta - Lake Oswego - The Dalles

What’s your favorite place to go for mocha?

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{Taste} Portland: Marco’s Cafe

Multnomah Village is this cute little area near where I live in Portland. It’s a step back in time. People are friendly and the little shops are fun to browse and find the perfect gift. Sometimes we end up here for brunch. One of the most popular places is Marco’s Cafe. There’s usually a line out the door. I’ll be honest, it’s not the best brunch I’ve had, but it’s one of our staples because it’s always solid, it has a vast menu, and it’s always leisurely and comforting.

We always start with espresso drinks here. A gets The Boss’s Favorite & it’s the Debbie Diva Pompadour for me. We’ve tried lots of things over our visits and everything is solid. From the eggs benedicts, pear pecan waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and corned beef hash. All yummy. I’ve also yet to try their displayed desserts. Their signature thing? All the umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. Nothing better to brighten any rainy day.

Marco’s Cafe | 7910 Southwest 35th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219 | 503-245-0199

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{Color Palette} Salad At The Grounds Sydney

It’s one of my close friend’s birthdays today. We met in college because we lived next door to each other and because a lot of the buildings are old in Berkeley, our doors couldn’t quite open or close and we got stuck outside our apartments. We became good friends because we got on the topic of food and dreamed up cheesecake flavors until 3 am one night (they got pretty funky by the end). Our friendship blossomed from this love of all things delicious. Here’s to a fellow C: Happy birthday!

Photo by What Katie Ate 

(PS: If you like this interesting red and green palette, you may also like this rainy one.)

Have you met some good friends over funny circumstances?

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{Taste} Austin: Torchy’s Tacos


Having grown up in California, good Mexican food will always have my heart. But, sometimes, an innovative Mexican twist on tacos will steal my heart. Torchy’s Tacos totally did this. We shared some green chile queso dip & chips. Yum! I ordered The Democrat (barbacoa & avocado). My friends ordered the Dirty Sanchez (scrambled eggs & fried poblano), Trailer Park (fried chicken & green chiles), and Baja Shrimp (fried shrimp & pickled jalapenos). They were all more yummy than the next! We had to indulge in some nookies too, which are basically fried balls of cookie dough. I did not know such a thing could be so addicting!

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but we also bought some tater tots from Man Bites Dog next door to share. They’re really good with the queso!

There are several locations, but we went to the one below.

Torchy’s Tacos| 3005 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 | 512-614-1832

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{Taste} Austin: South Congress Cafe

I was in Austin a week ago to spend a weekend with my close friends. Austin is an incredible city and actually reminds me a lot of Portland. As is usual with my friends, we planned packed days of delicious food (more {Taste} posts to come), sightseeing, and entertainment (Alamo Drafthouse Ladies of the 80s sing-a-long anyone?)!

One of our best meals was the brunch we had on Sunday morning at South Congress Cafe. I didn’t realize Giada had made this a Weekend Getaway location (need to catch up on my Food Network).

We started with some coffees and bloody marys and a carrot cake french toast to share. O.M.G. Pretty much the most awesome french toast ever! We all got different plate so we could try each others’ (the best part of hanging with close friends). S got the migas, E got the smoked brisket hash, N got the crab cake eggs benedict, and C and I got the benedict and buttermilk fried quail sandwich to share. Seriously all the dishes were awesome. We didn’t learn from our whole trip of overeating and indulged in a dessert of salted butterscotch creme brulee too. I wanted to pick up the ramekin and lick every last bit, but my tummy protested so I resisted.

South Congress Cafe | 1600 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX  | 512-447-3905

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{Taste} Portland: Sckavone’s Brunch

Brunch is definitely A’s favorite meal. It is the only meal he won’t mind waiting a little bit for a table, but on some days he’s not having it and we head to somewhere a little off the beaten path. This is how we discovered this diner-style neighborhood restaurant. Adorned with pictures of Portland’s past and their old soda fountain counter now bar, Sckavone’s is definitely breathing in history. A got their eggs benedict & I got the corned beef hash. Both came with mini scones with dipping honey. Beware though. These innocent little baked golden nuggets are highly addictive!

Sckavone’s| 4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 | (503) 235-0630

Are you a brunch person?