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Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

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I know I say this all the time, but one of the best things about this blog (other than you readers of course!) are the friends I have made because of it. I have no doubt people are sick of me talking about my “blogger friends” because a) they are real friends so why preface it? and b) I talk about them all the time. But really, they are such amazing, fun, wonderful ladies who also love food and great conversation.

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I met quite a few of these girls through events hosted by PR firms, but then we just enjoyed each other’s company so much we decided to be “real life friends” and host our own events to hang out.

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MEC: Checking Out John Gorham’s New Restaurant

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333 NW 13th Ave & Everett • mediterraneanexplorationcompany.com • 503-222-0906

Hours: From 7/16-7/31: Wed-Sun 5:30-10pm; TBA after August 1stMEC logo

John Gorham’s new restaurant, which was announced back in March, is just about open! I got to attend a really awesome opening party for MEC last weekend. Complete with a DJ, tons of happy guests, delicious cocktails and a sampling of the menu, it was one heck of an evening.

Though a wordy name for a restaurant, Mediterranean Exploration Company is just that, an exploration of the cuisine of Israel, Turkey and North Africa. (You can even see photos of John and MEC Executive Chef Kasey Mills’ research trip to Israel on their website/Facebook page.) Similar to John’s other restaurants, Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder, MEC’s menu features small plates that will be served family-style as they are prepared.

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Cider Summit PDX

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A few weekends ago I finally convinced some friends to go to the Cider Summit after two years of failed attempts!

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I have mentioned before how I’m for some reason just not a beer drinker. It’s horrible to be a non-beer loving Portlander, I know. So the whole “beer fest” season is not always my favorite because they never really have a lot of things I want to drink. Cider fest on the other hand? Definitely count me in. I suckered Brice and our friends Hannah and Brando into joining me this year – though I do think they had a good time, especially since it was a gorgeous day for hanging out in the park, sipping on drinks :)

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