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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: 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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{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: 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?

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{Taste} Portland: PaaDee

Many of you may not know, but one of my big true loves besides crafting is food. In other words, I am a huge foodie. It started at a young age when I would argue with my mom at 3 years old that I wanted to eat out and would point at arbitrary buildings that were most likely not restaurants. The love grew even more when I went to college. I was so into it I even ended up TAing a healthy cooking class for a couple of years and crammed 3 students in my tiny studio apartment each week to teach them how to supreme citruses and what the number meant when you buy shrimp. I literally set up tables next to my bed to prep food because my kitchen couldn’t fit 4 bodies!

Food is a huge part of my life. I’m always experimenting and always trying new places. I thought it would be fun to begin showing you around town in the way of food through this new {Taste} blog series. Portland, Oregon is starting to make itself known in the foodie realm and so I hope to bring you to the well known and the not so well known. I hope you enjoy.

First up! PaaDee. This is the child of the owners of Mississippi’s Mee Sen and Goose Hollow’s Kinara Thai Bistro. Mee Sen will definitely up on a future {Taste}. PaaDee serves up unexpected Thai fare. A and I went for Thai brunch on a snowy day and their large windows were perfect for gazing out into the lightly falling rain with a cup of tea/coffee, of course.

The ambiance is open and simple, but inviting. We opted for the steak and eggs, fried chicken crepe, and a coconut french toast to share. Honestly, each bite was better than the next. The steak was perfectly cooked and had a unique seasoning. The fried chicken was drizzled with a fish sauce concoction similar to a Vietnamese Nuoc Cham. The french toast was teeming with coconut flavor and light sweetness. It was all so good. I’ll have to go back for dinner. Plus, don’t you love that Thai comic book check?

PaaDee | 6 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 | 503-360-1453

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{Make And Munch} Frilly Toothpicks & A Biscuit Sandwich

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d share one of my favorite indulgences. Breakfast in bed! There’s nothing quite like staying in those warm sheets especially with all the cold weather lately. This would be such a treat for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. You could even do a brunch version of this with friends. Just set out a bunch of blankets and pillows and serve everyone on little trays. I love casual get togethers because everyone’s relaxed and more likely to have fun.

I wanted to debut a blog series today called Make & Munch. A fun craft to make and a delicious recipe to munch on. Pretty much my favorite activities ever. I have a quick tutorial for frilly toothpicks to go with a very simple breakfast sandwich recipe today.



  • Toothpicks
  • Crepe or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive


  1. Cut a strip of crepe or tissue paper.
  2. Fold it in half several times (so you don’t have to make as many cuts).
  3. Cut frills into one side of the paper and leave the other side connected.
  4. Unfold your strip of paper.
  5. Cut a small piece of frilled paper and apply adhesive against the uncut side.
  6. Place your toothpick at the start of the paper and beginning rolling tightly onto the toothpick.
  7. Continue with the rest of your toothpicks to make as many as you need!


Click here for a printable tutorial!



  • 4 eggs
  • 1 avocado, soft to the touch
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 biscuits (packaged or homemade)
  • Mayo or your favorite spread (I used prepackaged spinach dip because that’s what I had on hand)
  • Salt, pepper, & any other spices or herbs you have on hand
  • Optional: Cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, brie) or meat (ham, bacon, veggie sausage)


  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk with salt, pepper, and your favorite spices or herbs. I opted for some smoked paprika, but dill or cilantro would’ve been yummy.
  2. Preheat the oven if you are baking premade biscuits. Pop in your biscuits to bake or heat up. Remove when done.
  3. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Pour half of the beaten eggs into the pan. Use a spatula to loosen the cooked egg along the edges. Place on a plate once cooked through. Repeat for the second half of the beaten eggs.
  4. Cut up the tomato and avocado into slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cut or pull your biscuit in half.
  6. Spread mayo or your favorite spread (I used prepackaged spinach dip) onto the biscuit.
  7. Layer the egg, avocado, tomato, and cheese/protein, if using, onto the open biscuit and top with the other half.
  8. Stick a frilly toothpick in it to keep it all together for serving.


Click here for a printable recipe card!

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I’m totally breaking the “wordless” rule of this post, but I just wanted to let ya’ll know that this is my attempt to “force” myself into taking more photos in general. I’ve realized, I love looking back at all my photos, but they are of the randomest moments in my life! I want to be able to look back at them and remember all the small details my mind may have let slip. Also, if it’s a picture at a business, clicking the photo may take you to the review I have written on Yelp. Just so you know, I’m not paid for by Yelp, but I am part of their awesome Elite team. Thanks for indulging me!