Cafes We Love: Commissary

Commissary in NW Portland is one of our favorite spots to grab a cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry with a friend or client. The cold brew is hands down some of the best in Portland - just ask Jenna's husband Nick, he'll talk your ear off about coffee.

They are located in an historic building, the former Portland Film Exchange. Built in 1931, it was built with a Hollywood aesthetic in mind. The first time Jenna saw the building, she thought it was straight out of Southern California. The space's design is not to be missed either. The tall windows, classic espresso machine and beautiful wood counters add so much character to the already beautiful, cozy environment. The cafe feels timeless yet fresh with references to old Hollywood throughout.

If you get a chance to stop into Commissary, I suggest you try their vanilla latte with a fresh coconut scone!

PDX Eats: Hat Yai

We decided to pickup dinner from Hat Yai on Saturday evening to pair with our Stranger Things marathon, after a day in the sun floating on the Columbia River. I've been hearing about Hat Yai for a little while now, and thank goodness we finally got there! 

Let me just say, their southern Thai fried chicken is absolutely insane. For me, really incredible fried chicken is so glorious, it's like the mouth gods parting the saliva gates to pure happiness.

Needless to say I was quite pleased with our order. We ordered the half chicken, braised beef cheek curry w/an extra roti and sauteed cauliflower with egg. It was definitely plenty of food for 2 hungry people. I would not miss the sauteed cauliflower - tastes like it might have similar seasoning to the chicken. The roti was perfect and beef cheek curry was really subtle. All-in-all a must visit!

PDX Eats: Beast

Nick and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary last night with an incredible meal at Beast. We've been meaning to get there since we moved to PDX, but it's rare that we can pre-plan a dinner out. They do 2 seatings a night at 6 and 8:45, serving a 5-course dinner with an amuse-bouche and an apéritif to start.

Beast's acclaimed chef, Naomi Pomeroy, collaborated with our brilliant friend, Jamie Feldmar of Mona Creative, on her upcoming cookbook Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking. Obviously, I'm very much looking forward to picking up a copy so that I can elevate my home cooking!

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