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To me, having a winery in the middle of the city is pretty much the most ideal situation. Unfortunately I don't live in Portland, but if I do, I'd be at Coopers Hall for a glass of wine every day. Not only is the location convenient, all the wines are on tap (aka environmental friendly). This quote from their website truly depicts how much they care about the wine... "Coopers Hall values authenticity, producing wines that we care for in such a manner as we care for ourselves. We view winemaking as an evolving process that changes with the seasons, moods and elements. Our goal is to make wine honestly: to have transparency in our process, experience, and methods. We want the character of our wine to be an expression of us; making each wine changes us as we too change it."

We started off with some sparkling wine to entice the palate and had quite a few appetizers that exceeded my expectation. Ok, let's talk madeleines. I've always viewed madeleines as a dessert or something you have to go with your afternoon tea but these fresh sheep cheese madeleines were out of this world. Served with spring flower-pepita brittle butter, they are a burst of sweet and savory goodness! Next up, we had grilled-to-perfection asparagus (topped with speck cream, bruno alpina parmesan and almond crumble) and some very delightful roasted beets (with sikil pak, cara cara oranges, sunflower vinaigrette, sunflower sprouts and puffed rice). For the main course, Mark had the mushroom orecchiette and I had NY strip. They were both equally amazing. Last but not least, for dessert, we had some VERY delicious brioche donuts with a rhubarb sauce.

Oh, I forgot to mention that even though this is a winery, they have some fabulous cocktails too! I tried the Bees in the Spring and it was so tasty and refreshing! Think aperol, clover honey, lemon, citric acid, cava and soda! Yum!

I think by now you know how much I love Coopers Hall and perhaps I've convinced you to go check it out if you are ever in Portland! The food is exceptional, the space is fantastic, this is hands down one of the best dining experience I've had in awhile. Thank you so much for having us, Coopers Hall!

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Coopers Hall, Portland

April 24, 2019

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To me, having a winery in the middle of the city is pretty much the most ideal situation. Unfortunately I don't live in Portland, but if I do, I'd be at Coopers Hall for a glass of wine every day. Not only is the location convenient, all the wines are on tap (aka environmental friendly). This quote from their website truly depicts how much they care about the wine... "Coopers Hall values authenticity, producing wines that we care for in such a manner as we care for ourselves. We view winemaking as an evolving process that changes with the seasons, moods and elements. Our goal is to make wine honestly: to have transparency in our process, experience, and methods. We want the character of our wine to be an expression of us; making each wine changes us as we too change it."

We started off with some sparkling wine to entice the palate and had quite a few appetizers that exceeded my expectation. Ok, let's talk madeleines. I've always viewed madeleines as a dessert or something you have to go with your afternoon tea but these fresh sheep cheese madeleines were out of this world. Served with spring flower-pepita brittle butter, they are a burst of sweet and savory goodness! Next up, we had grilled-to-perfection asparagus (topped with speck cream, bruno alpina parmesan and almond crumble) and some very delightful roasted beets (with sikil pak, cara cara oranges, sunflower vinaigrette, sunflower sprouts and puffed rice). For the main course, Mark had the mushroom orecchiette and I had NY strip. They were both equally amazing. Last but not least, for dessert, we had some VERY delicious brioche donuts with a rhubarb sauce.

Oh, I forgot to mention that even though this is a winery, they have some fabulous cocktails too! I tried the Bees in the Spring and it was so tasty and refreshing! Think aperol, clover honey, lemon, citric acid, cava and soda! Yum!

I think by now you know how much I love Coopers Hall and perhaps I've convinced you to go check it out if you are ever in Portland! The food is exceptional, the space is fantastic, this is hands down one of the best dining experience I've had in awhile. Thank you so much for having us, Coopers Hall!

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01portland-lamoule-brunch-food-travel-coffee
Did someone say ham steak? Wait, what? Topped with a waffle??? SOLD! I love brunch but it's been quite some time since I've had something this scrumptious... Griddled ham steak, brioche waffle, gruyére, bacon fat and cane syrup vinaigrette, rhubarb, and pickled red onion! I am truly sorry you can't taste it right now but try really hard to use your imagination. However, if you are in Portland, then you are in luck! This dish is part of the weekend brunch menu over at La Moule, along with green chile duck benedict (which was also a-m-a-z-i-n-g), brioche french toast, moules classiques (mussels) and many more. Also, can we please talk about the beignet? Only two bucks a piece and it's not your typical small round beignet, this one is basically the size of a hot pocket, so fluffy and simply perfect. And then you sip coffee, cups after cups, while it's raining outside... and there you have it, the most delightful and toasty early afternoon spent at La Moule.
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La Moule, Portland

April 19, 2019

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Did someone say ham steak? Wait, what? Topped with a waffle??? SOLD! I love brunch but it's been quite some time since I've had something this scrumptious... Griddled ham steak, brioche waffle, gruyére, bacon fat and cane syrup vinaigrette, rhubarb, and pickled red onion! I am truly sorry you can't taste it right now but try really hard to use your imagination. However, if you are in Portland, then you are in luck! This dish is part of the weekend brunch menu over at La Moule, along with green chile duck benedict (which was also a-m-a-z-i-n-g), brioche french toast, moules classiques (mussels) and many more. Also, can we please talk about the beignet? Only two bucks a piece and it's not your typical small round beignet, this one is basically the size of a hot pocket, so fluffy and simply perfect. And then you sip coffee, cups after cups, while it's raining outside... and there you have it, the most delightful and toasty early afternoon spent at La Moule.
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I just got back from a mini getaway in Portland and I couldn't have stayed in a better place! Heathman Hotel is one of the last grand hotels to debut in downtown Portland during the Roaring 20’s and remains today a historic Portland landmark. It was so central to everywhere I wanted to go... 10 minutes from the East side where all the hip coffee shops and bars are, 20 minutes from St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park, and 30 minutes from the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Its aesthetic is truly a mix of old and new (I say this in the most positive way). Old and classic with a library right in the middle of the hotel! Apparently, it is one of the world's largest signed copies libraries and each book is donated by an author who stayed at Heathman. How cool is that? The new and modern part comes with the room. My suite was so modern, sleek, and I love all the artwork on the walls! Oh, and did I mention from 4 to 6pm everyday it's beer o'clock where you can grab a local beer for free at the lobby?

I had such a lovely stay, thank you Heathman for hosting us!

Last but not least, big shoutout to the valet staff! Your running back and forth in the rain and hard work do not go unnoticed!

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Heathman Hotel, Portland

April 17, 2019

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I just got back from a mini getaway in Portland and I couldn't have stayed in a better place! Heathman Hotel is one of the last grand hotels to debut in downtown Portland during the Roaring 20’s and remains today a historic Portland landmark. It was so central to everywhere I wanted to go... 10 minutes from the East side where all the hip coffee shops and bars are, 20 minutes from St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park, and 30 minutes from the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Its aesthetic is truly a mix of old and new (I say this in the most positive way). Old and classic with a library right in the middle of the hotel! Apparently, it is one of the world's largest signed copies libraries and each book is donated by an author who stayed at Heathman. How cool is that? The new and modern part comes with the room. My suite was so modern, sleek, and I love all the artwork on the walls! Oh, and did I mention from 4 to 6pm everyday it's beer o'clock where you can grab a local beer for free at the lobby?

I had such a lovely stay, thank you Heathman for hosting us!

Last but not least, big shoutout to the valet staff! Your running back and forth in the rain and hard work do not go unnoticed!

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I don't know about you but I've always had trouble finding the right sport bra... until now! I have a small chest and finding something that fits and feels comfortable while working out (or in my case, rock climbing) is nearly impossible. The smaller bras are too tight/ hard to take off and the bigger ones are too spacious in the chest.

Luckily, Reebok created the PureMove sport bra! It even made TIME’s “Best Inventions” list, earning its place as one of the most awarded sports bras of 2018. The first of its kind, PureMove features unique Motion Sense Technology. In other words, it reacts to your movement. Shear-thickening fluid (STF) plays a key role in PureMove’s Motion Sense technology where the fabric stiffens on the treadmill and releases when, for example, you hang it in the locker room, providing support AND comfort. Wow ok, that's something else! My favorite part of the PureMove sport bra, however, is the free cut edge design.

As a climber, I need all the flexibility and comfort I can get and this minimalistic second-skin fit allows me to move freely. It almost feels like I am not wearing a sport bra at all!

Shop the bra here!
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*This post is sponsored by Reebok; all thoughts an opinions are my own.

Let's Move with Reebok

March 13, 2019

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I don't know about you but I've always had trouble finding the right sport bra... until now! I have a small chest and finding something that fits and feels comfortable while working out (or in my case, rock climbing) is nearly impossible. The smaller bras are too tight/ hard to take off and the bigger ones are too spacious in the chest.

Luckily, Reebok created the PureMove sport bra! It even made TIME’s “Best Inventions” list, earning its place as one of the most awarded sports bras of 2018. The first of its kind, PureMove features unique Motion Sense Technology. In other words, it reacts to your movement. Shear-thickening fluid (STF) plays a key role in PureMove’s Motion Sense technology where the fabric stiffens on the treadmill and releases when, for example, you hang it in the locker room, providing support AND comfort. Wow ok, that's something else! My favorite part of the PureMove sport bra, however, is the free cut edge design.

As a climber, I need all the flexibility and comfort I can get and this minimalistic second-skin fit allows me to move freely. It almost feels like I am not wearing a sport bra at all!

Shop the bra here!
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*This post is sponsored by Reebok; all thoughts an opinions are my own.
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For the most part, my skin is pretty clear and I am lucky that I don't have any major issues. However, I wish my pores were smaller. I am excited to give Clarins Pore Control Serum a try and see how its firming Vine Flower cells and mattifying Organic Strawberry Tree fruit extracts can help me tighten and refine my pores! Because you know... Serum is important! Unlike moisturizer, serum usually includes active ingredients that bring antioxidants to the skin and restore cell growth. Clarins Pore Control Serum contains Tamarind which naturally exfoliates pores to help smooth and refine skin's texture for a boost of radiance. I use it each morning and night and it's quickly becoming part of my beauty routine. The application tip also makes it easy to use, I warm it between my palms and then apply to my entire face, following with a moisturizer. I've been using it for a few months now and my skin is definitely smoother and more radiant! This is going to be a stable in my beauty regimen from here on...
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* This post is sponsored by Clarins, but all opinions and photography are my own.

Clarins: Serum SOS

March 11, 2019

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For the most part, my skin is pretty clear and I am lucky that I don't have any major issues. However, I wish my pores were smaller. I am excited to give Clarins Pore Control Serum a try and see how its firming Vine Flower cells and mattifying Organic Strawberry Tree fruit extracts can help me tighten and refine my pores! Because you know... Serum is important! Unlike moisturizer, serum usually includes active ingredients that bring antioxidants to the skin and restore cell growth. Clarins Pore Control Serum contains Tamarind which naturally exfoliates pores to help smooth and refine skin's texture for a boost of radiance. I use it each morning and night and it's quickly becoming part of my beauty routine. The application tip also makes it easy to use, I warm it between my palms and then apply to my entire face, following with a moisturizer. I've been using it for a few months now and my skin is definitely smoother and more radiant! This is going to be a stable in my beauty regimen from here on...
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* This post is sponsored by Clarins, but all opinions and photography are my own.
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