One thing I really love about the Portland culinary scene is how collaborative it is. From Alma Chocolates using Smith Teamaker blends, to popup dinners featuring multiple chefs all over town, you see the support everywhere. But who doesn’t also love seeing a great competition, right? That’s what makes shows like Top Chef so successful and fun to watch. (And side note, am I the only one who totally wishes I could be one of those diners during Restaurant Wars? Someone please tell me how you get that gig.)
Here we are, in the midst of the holiday party season. Between my book club’s annual holiday afternoon tea, a holiday wine crawl, cookie exchange and work parties, I’m already stuffing myself with too many cookies and wines! But ’tis the season, right?! What about you? Are you hosting any parties this year? If so, this is the cocktail you need to have.
I enjoyed it at Feast‘s Night Market event where Sokol Blosser served it up (where they also taught folks like me to saber a champagne bottle, amazing!). I admit I’m often intimidated by making cocktails, especially ones with syrups. The spiced pear syrup makes this drink outstanding, but it is surprisingly easy to make. It is worth getting past the intimidation. I promise.
I’ve been doing this thing lately where I totally mess up the seasons. To give you one embarrassing example, when I was surprised by the cost of flights to Arizona this week, I actually said “is it because of spring training or something?” Oh wait, it’s December 1st. Definitely not. I’m not sure what happened but I think it has to do with the fact that 2016 has zoomed by.
Now, with Thanksgiving behind us, it is onto those pesky present-based holidays. I dig the holiday lights, the festive Christmas trees and of course all the cookies. But the present ideas is hard. If you’re like me, getting some suggestions is a much-needed stress reliever. As a food lover and celebrator of amazing local products and businesses, I’ve compiled my Top 10 food-centric Portland-based gifts to be giving this year, perfect for anyone on your list.