Jan 30, 2015

Restaurant Review: Natural Selection

It's Friday, heck yes.

I thought with the weekend in sight, I'd give you a nice little restaurant review today. If you have time, I'd recommend putting this one into your weekend plans.

I have been to Natural Selection before, it's a quaint, charming and friendly vegetarian restaurant in NE Portland. I love the open kitchen and vintage serve ware. The atmosphere is contagious and I didn't even notice there wasn't any meat on the menu the first time, until after I was done. I thought, "wait...we didn't have any meat...and I'm not mad about it!"

A couple of my co-workers follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, so when we were searching for places to try- this was an obvious choice. They do have a coursed dinner offering, which we gladly opt-ed in for. You can order dishes ala carte as well.












































































































































































Aren't the plates just stunning? I agree.

This place is a special gem in Portland, trust me you won't miss the meat here. The flavors are complex, fresh and innovative at the same time. I love this spot for girls nights, dates etc.

Natural Selection // 3033 NE Alberta St. Portland OR

Get in and try it. Happy Weekend Everyone!

Love,
Rachel xo

Jan 28, 2015

Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Wings

The big game is this weekend. Yep, the Superbowl. It's a day of eating, friends, drinking..and I guess football.

Since it's a very food centric event, I wanted you to be well prepared for any party invitation you might receive. I tested these wings out on a couple people at my house and they were well reviewed! The recipe was inspired from a "Damn Delicious" recipe. I am making a couple changes after my attempt. You'll be the crowed favorite if you bring these SUPER easy wings to your partayyy.

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Looks amazing right? Let's get into the recipe. It's so easy.

What you need:

- 3-4 lbs of wings (drumsticks etc.)
- 1 tbl of cornstarch
- 1 1/3 cups of soy sauce
- 1/3 cup mirin
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbl red pepper flakes
- 2-3 tbls of hot sauce, more or less depending on how hot ya want it!

How to do it:

- Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease 9x13 baking dish
- In a bowl combine all ingredients except the chicken pieces, whisk
- Arrange wings/pieces of chicken in single layer in the dish
- Pour over the sauce
- Place into the over for 45-55 min. Half way through the baking process flip the chicken.
- Last 2-3 min turn oven on to broil to get a charred look to the chicken. So pretty.

Let them cool for 5-10 min before serving.

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Serve with plenty of sauces, blue cheese, hot sauce etc.

SO good, seriously.

Happy Super Bowl everyone!

Love,
Rachel xo

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