Here in Portland, we have a sunny, three-day weekend stretching before us. I haven’t been sleeping well lately, so we have kept our plans quite simple: dinner with my sister and her family, prenatal yoga, testing new recipes, and perhaps a drive to the beach. And, of course, a new book from the library that I plan to curl up with on the couch. Enjoy your weekend and these links!
1. A guide to organics shows which produce is most affected by pesticides
2. Wondering if it’s safe to eat fish with radiation from Fukishima spreading across the Pacific Ocean
3. Looking forward to an exhibition of Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis’ collaboration for the Wildwood books and The Decemberists
4. Enjoying Commissary Cafe, the latest addition to NW Portland
5. How to create a more productive working environment
6. Beautiful unconventional shelving
7. Great tips on public speaking
8. A guided meditation app for expectant mothers that helps with sleeplessness
9. Which city should you actually live in? (My result: Paris)
10. Share the experience of reading with A Book for Two (pictured below)
The holiday festivities are in full swing and I’m looking forward to a weekend filled with friends and celebrations that will take us to Seattle and Silverton. What are your plans for the weekend?
1. The Garden Edit is a collection of products for, and inspired by, the garden.
2. The New York Times story Invisible Child looks at child homelessness through the eyes of a young girl in Fort Greene. Highly recommended.
3. This guide to winter cycling will keep you biking through the winter months.
4. The mulled cider at Crema in Portland is my favorite thing to sip these days.
5. Season 2 of House of Cards looks intense.
6. Celebrate the holidays in Oregon State Parks.
7. Listen to the sounds of the Roaring Twenties in New York (via Open Culture)
8. Portland photographer Kevin Russ talks about his images of the landscape and wildlife in the west (pictured below, via The Quiet Farm)
A collection of links for you to enjoy over the weekend! I’ll spend my time testing a few cranberry recipes in preparation for the Thanksgiving festivities on Thursday, hanging out with two dear friends visiting from Seattle, and celebrating my mother’s birthday. What will you do this weekend?
Things I’ve enjoyed lately:
1. Revisiting the fascinating collection of images on Everyday Africa
2. Ordering a new bike bell (pictured above, via Iva Jean)
3. Bookmarking this baked apple recipe
4. Anticipating my first trip to Cottonwood Canyon to explore the +8,000 acres of the newest state park in Oregon
5. Listening to an a cappella group sing Beyoncé’s top hits (so good!)
6. Reading The NSA Files: Decoded on The Guardian
7. Experimenting with more grains and finding inspiration from this article The Complex World of Grains, Made Simple
8. Adding Sarah Copeland’s new cookbook Feast: Generous Vegetarian Recipes for Any Eater and Every Appetite to the top of my wish list (pictured below)
9. Gettin’ happy! (via simonvano)
10. Tasting the delicious spiced cider sorbet at Salt & Straw
11. Booking tickets to see The Christmas Revels: Christmas in Old Europe
12. Celebrating Marcus’ 32nd birthday with a tasty dinner at Le Pigeon <3
Life has been a whirlwind lately! I’m three weeks into an exciting project, two weeks into another, and have been meeting up with new and old friends all across the city. We spent the last two weekends at the beach and plan to head in the opposite direction this weekend to explore the Columbia Gorge.
What will you be doing this weekend?
1. New-to-me Portland places that I’ve loved: Canteen, Produce Row, and Ned Ludd (pictured above)
2. The three-part Nature series Bears of the Last Frontier is worth watching
3. This recipe for garlic scape pesto is just delicious
4. National Geographic has a Tumblr for unpublished work in its archive
5. If you ever find yourself near Newport, Oregon, I recommend taking this kayak tour through the Beaver Creek wetlands
6. All hail the arrival of cherry season
7. Cinema 21 is still showing Joss Whedon’s fantastic Much Ado About Nothing
8. My ears are perked to the music of Kate Boy (below)
This weekend I’m looking forward to more sunshine in the forecast, a Friday night rooftop dinner, and a hiking trip on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend and these links from the week!
1. Planning on exploring Portland’s numerous farmers markets (pictured above)
2. Listening to this interview about the high cost of fast fashion and seeing images from Amir Abdullah that document the dangers of the garment manufacturing industry in Bangladesh
3. Listening to new tracks from CocoRosie and Florence and the Machine
4. And the entire soundtrack from The Great Gatsby on NPR
5. Celebrating the opening of the Digital Public Library of America
6. Anticipating the opening of a hard cider taproom in Portland
7. Wanting to go foraging for miner’s lettuce
8. Reading Yvette van Boven’s Home Made Summer (pictured below)
What are your plans this weekend?
Photos: top left, top right, bottom 1, bottom 2.
The first weekend of April is here! After summer-like temperatures last weekend, we’re hoping the weather holds for a first-anniversary hike on Sunday. Enjoy the weekend and these links!
This week I am:
1. Reading and planning recipes from The Sprouted Kitchen, a sweet present from my older sister (pictured above via)
2. Putting on the calendar a Farm to Fork Bavarian biergarten experience
3. Browsing a list of hiking trails in Oregon (via transientexp)
4. Reading an appreciative critique of Downton Abbey by Hila
5. Wishing I could visit The Lobster House in Amsterdam
6. Enjoying the sounds of Sera Cahoone’s Deer Creek Canyon album
7. Planning to visit Snow Peak‘s newly-opened store in Portland (below)
Finally, a new post on small sight! Marcus and I arrived safely in Portland and have spent the last weeks adjusting to life in the States. I am working to find a new rhythm, for blogging as well. No better way to start than with a collection of interesting things to do, see, watch, etc. Happy weekend to all!
1. Carson Ellis, one of my favorite illustrators, designed a new mural for the St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, to be unveiled in May (pictured above)
2. The New York Times looks at the rising stature of photography at museums
3. The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry is holding a spring star party on Saturday at Rooster Rock State Park
4. A look at the lives of the people living in the Siberian Taiga in the latest documentary from Werner Herzog
5. Images of a Siberian Winter by photogapher Maxim Shemetov
6. The cons of a packaged food culture, or a great reminder to eat fresh and local
7. Photographs of models and their mothers in The New York Times Magazine
8. The Welcome to Portland campaign by W+K for Travel Oregon, if my friends in Amsterdam needed any more reasons to visit