Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February's usual doubts

We've gotten in the habit of going for a long bridge walk on the weekends. I'm still a very reluctant Portlander but these walks lessen that feeling for a few hours; it's hard to look at such a stunning backdrop and not be in awe of it. Downtown, with its nine bridges, is pretty cool.

We aren't super ambitious walkers (yet!) so our trip only crosses two bridges: the traffic-heavy, shaking Hawthorne Bridge and the newest, no-cars-allowed bridge of calmness. The sun was setting yesterday just as we started crossing the Hawthorne-

Monday, February 15, 2016

Finally getting around to Celsius

One useful thing I've never quite picked up is the Celsius mindset.

For most of life it was never a problem. Fahrenheit could take me anywhere (as long as anywhere meant the U.S., Belize, Palau, the Cayman Islands, or the Bahamas). But then I moved in with a Celsius thinker. Depending on which one of us was speaking, "it's 30° today!" could mean it was either pretty cold or pretty hot.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pryaniki and pig fat

This weekend I'm going to visit a friend. When I asked her what to bring (a pizza?), she suggested some Ukrainian food instead. Love this idea! :)

Marie, if you read this- borsch was on the menu, but our borsch chef has fallen ill and suggested a replacement of pelmeni instead. The fun part was that this meant visiting one of Portland's Eastern European food stores.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The last big tea roundup

Every time we talk about tea on here, the tea collection has grown. It's been a guilty pleasure for a long time- not candles, not lotions, not lipsticks, just boxes and boxes of teas. But this really is going to be the last big tea roundup. Enjoy!

Favorite Winter Teas