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Dirty Thirty, Indeed

15 Feb

Dirty Thirty

Oh my gosh, it’s been awhile. The party and the trip to Africa happened. Not to mention a few others big revelations. First and foremost being: we’re moving to L.A.!!! Evan accepted a job offer in Los Angeles to continue working with Stumptown Coffee Roasters. I’ll be leaving my post at the Woodsman Tavern in March in order to join him down south. My departure from this group of people is bittersweet, as we really have become family. That said, I miss my husband, who has been living in DTLA since the first of the year.

Now…where did we leave off? That’s right! Back to the party!


So many wonderful people were involved to make this special event successful. I wanted to indulge my Francophilia and love of Woody Allen so I chose “La Vie en Rose” as a theme. (An added bonus: I finally wear my hatband in public!) I am deeply indebted to our many friends and family who invested their time and energy to see my vision come to life. Fittingly for this animal lover, proceeds from the event benefited our friends Amy’s animal rescue and adoption organization The Pixie Project. You can see more photos and silly costumes from the event by skipping over to Paige’s blog or by checking out the gallery from StudioBooth. Once again, many, many thanks to everyone involved. Literally. Could Not. Have Done it. Without You. Thanks for making my entry into “adulthood” so memorable. Especially Mr. E. Dohrmann: It’s a pleasure growing old with you, Sir.


Photography: Paige Jones / Invitations: Inclined to Create / Dinner Location: Little Bird Bistro / Party Location: Boothster / Flowers and Event Design: Rosemary Stafford Floral / Party Spread: Self Catered* / Cocktails:  Tender Bar / DJ: Tim Betterly / Photobooth: StudioBooth / Photobooth Props: Paperfinger / Dress: A.B.S. By Allen Schwartz (snagged at Goodwill + and black trim from a local fabric store)/ Wig: The Lippman Co. (5+ years ago) / Hair accessory: Ruche / Sponsored Charity: The Pixie Project

*The party spread was pretty ridiculous and entirely self catered! It took about a week to nail down my “Midnight in Paris” menu and required the help of several family members in order to pull it off. The menu included:

Rosemary Almonds

Olives with Orange and Fennel

French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheese and Charcuterie boards with various pickles, jams and mustards

Pissaladieres (Provencal Pizzas with caramelized onions and anchovies)

Mini Ham and Brie Sandwiches wrapped in craft paper tied with bakers twine

Cookie Platter complete with Macarons Et Madeleines (naturally!)

Next up: AFRICA!

Hello: Los Angeles, CA

24 May

I recently joined E. Dohrmann on a business trip down to Los Angeles. I used to live there but man-oh-man, how things have changed over the last eight years. One of our bestest friends in the entire world recently escaped the Portland rain and moved to Downtown LA. Being in his presence over the week made this large city feel very small and quite familiar. We spent a lot of time up on the roof of his building taking in the sights and marveling at the glorious weather.

We booked at The Standard in Downtown LA. We loved our spacious room and the vibrant hotel scene. (Emphasis on the word scene). While E. tended to business during the day I sipped on rooftop poolside cocktails. The location proved perfect for nighttime bar hopping, catching up with friends, and discovering this blossoming area. Continue reading

Spotted @: Gjelina Take Away (GTA)

9 May

We’re in Los Angeles for work and play. E. Dohrmann suggested we stop at one of his favorite Venice haunts for breakfast. The baked goods hit the spot but in full disclosure, the coffee was “meh.” (I added milk to mine but E. poured his out…because he is a professional coffee snob.)

Mixed Berry and Oatmeal Scone

Granola With Yogurt and Fruit

Dinner: Miho Izakaya

30 Apr

A perfect spring dinner date with E. Dohrmann out on the porch of our neighborhood Izakaya. The value of this place is awesome. Pretty sure I’ll be out on the patio all summer.

Diet Coke

Green Tea



Kabocha Squash

with ginger-soy dipping sauce

Brussels Sprouts with Shitake Mushrooms

with black sesame and lime

Roast Pork Ramen Noodle

Miho Izakaya
4057 N. Interstate
Portland, OR 97227
OPEN: 7 Nights A Week

You’re Coming Home With Me

27 Apr

This headband from Ruche’s Bridal Collection is perfection. That is a fact. Today, I buy (pssssst: HURRY! There are only THREE left in stock!). If you need me I’ll be sipping absinthe and listening to Django Reinhardt.

UPDATE: This hatband (headband-hat hybrid) is even more fabulous than previously thought possible! AND it arrived just in time for Derby day. That said, Evan and I neither drank mint julep margaritas or watched the Derby today (May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo or Cinco de Derby). Instead I wore this hat while we worked on our laptops on the couch for approximately three hours. After we finished working on our various projects we shut the laptops down, got in the car and watched the full moon rise over the horizon from the park near our house. Then we went out for a late dinner at the sweetest little french(ie) bistro in NE Portland. It was perfection. I’m sure at least part of this night I owe to the hatband. And for the record, we ended up listening to La vie en rose.

Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Me: “Would you be willing to be Mark Anthony for Halloween?”

E. Dohrmann: “Like Jennifer Lopez’s Ex?”

Me: “Uh, no.”

And for the record, E. Dohrmann’s costume also included a shield bearing the likeness of Romulus and Remus. (He also was supplied with a sword, though he refused to carry it in public.)

Because He Loves Me

11 Oct

I have a series on my Twitter feed titled #ReasonsIMarriedMyHusband where I document the idiosyncrasies and selfless acts that help contribute to my love for E. Dohrmann. At the root of every one of these entries is this simple fact: Because he loves me, a sentiment he works very hard to remind me of daily. One example of his endearing actions is when he informed me that a week from today, on October 18th, we will be a guests at a very special dinner. A secret supper, no less! I love surprises but I have a terrible time keeping them. I also suffer from anxiety so surprising me can be tricky. I think E. Dohrmann knocked it out of the park with this one:

The Deets:

On Oct. 18, Willamette Week will host a secret supper at the newspaper’s pick for 2011’s best restaurant in Portland.

The dinner will include a family-style sampling of the menu, chosen by the chef to showcase the restaurant’s cuisine. In addition to the all-you-can-eat event, admission includes wine by Cooper Mountain Vineyard with sparkling by Segura Viudas.

The name and address of the restaurant will not be revealed to attendees until the morning of Oct.18.

Unfortunately this event has already sold out but I hope Willamette Week will continue this tradition of unveiling its Restaurant of the Year. It’s much more fun this way (I think).

UPDATE: And the winner isPodnah’s. We’ve been eating Rodney’s bbq for years now and couldn’t be happier for him and his staff. Winning this accolade is a tremendous accomplishment and serves as a testament to the hard work that goes in to making authentic Texan BBQ. The secret supper menu was truly an exceptional meal showcasing meat, meat and more meat. We started the meal with the house pickle plate and sausages. We moved on to the St. Helen’s brisket (smoked 10 hours), the pork spare ribs (smoked 4 hours), the Prime rib (smoked 4 hours), and Brian’s pulled pork (smoked 12 hours and tossed in spicy vinegar sauce). Sides included: Mac & cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. Dessert was different flavors of Sahagun chocolate handmade by Rodney’s (drop.dead.gorgeous) wife Elizabeth Montes (talk about a foodie power couple!). We had a great time celebrating with friends and I’m so glad we got to be a part of the experience. Secret suppers are awesome!