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Portland Dining Month Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Oven and Shaker Dining Month Giveaway

So, yay! It’s Portland Dining Month in June! What’s that you ask? Well…”Beginning June 1, Portland Dining Month returns to the Rose City for the fourth year, with restaurants offering three-course dinner menus – including an appetizer, entrée and dessert – for just $29.”

To celebrate, Portland’s Downtown Marketing Initiative has given me a gift certificate for a meal for two at Oven and Shaker, for the special dining month menu to giveaway! So exciting!

Here’s Oven and Shaker’s Dining Month awesome-sounding menu:

First Course: Focaccia panzanella – roasted summer vegetables, olives, red onion, champagne vinaigrette and Grana Padano.

Second Course: Squash pizza – ricotta salata, wild oregano, chili oil and cilantro.

Dessert: Fruit pie gelato – buttermilk, honey and pie crust pieces.

Want to win this meal for two? Just leave a comment on my blog by noon (Pacific time) on June 4th and I’ll randomly pick a winner, contact you, you’ll send me your address, and DMI will send you the gift certificate for Oven & Shaker to use during the month of June!

So, note: this really only works if you live in Portland, OR/will be visiting pdx in June 2013. WINNER HAS . . . → Read More: Portland Dining Month Gift Certificate Giveaway!

It’s Frickin’ Hot in Here, Mr. Bigglesworth


Oregon is weird. Mostly, the summer is cool but there seems to always be a week in May or June where it’s unbelievably hot. Oh, yeah, and the week or so in August when it’s uh, unbelievably, incredibly hot at 98-105, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

Today it was 94 degrees. How the hell does that happen? This is Portland! In May! Anyway, when it is this uncomfortably warm (yeah, 94 is uncomfortably warm to me), the last thing I want to do is eat. I want to just stick my head in the freezer. Oh! While I’m in there, I see frozen fruit. And I have a plan.

Frosty Mango & Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
2 cups chopped, frozen mango (about half a bag of the Trader Joe’s size)
1 banana
2/3 to 1 cup cup orange juice
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/2 tbsp honey

I like to let the mango chunks defrost just a bit. Ten or so minutes on the counter or 1 minute in the microwave on defrost usually works. It’s still mostly frozen, but not hard as an orange rock.


Blend all the ingredients together. If it is too thick, add a bit more orange juice. . . . → Read More: It’s Frickin’ Hot in Here, Mr. Bigglesworth