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Aug 28, 2015

Restaurant Review: Ataula + Drink Good Do Good Program

I'm so excited to share this restaurant review with you! My good friend and blogger, Chloe from The Paper Airplane, joined me for an amazing dinner a couple weeks ago. It was one of those evenings where you think you're just meeting a friend for dinner and it turns into this incredible, delicious and memorable evening.

Ataula is an amazing little Spanish restaurant tucked away in NW Portland. It's charming, inviting and lively when you walk in. The staff is very knowledgeable. Our server took a lot of time explaining dishes and creating a great selection of items for us. The cuisine is Spanish tapas and larger paellas. Everything we ordered was fresh, local and unique ingredients to create our amazing dinner. Chef Jose Chesa came and greeted each table ensuring everyone was happy and full. I highly recommend trying this place. You won't be disappointed. Ataula, we'll be back soon.

We ordered:
House Sangria (a MUST)
Nuestras Bravas
Paella Ataula

As you know, I am part of the Naked Juice Influencer program. This month they have asked all of the influencers to shed light on an important program called Drink Good Do Good. Nearly 24 million Americans live in food deserts and don’t have access to affordable, quality, fresh fruits and vegetables. Naked Juice packs a bounty of fruits and vegetables into every bottle of its juices and smoothies and believes everyone should be able to enjoy these foods every day.

For the third year, Naked Juice is partnering with Wholesome Wave – an organization that helps create affordable access to fresh, local and regional food to those in need – to provide fresh produce where there is none. In launching the third year of the Drink Good. Do Good. campaign, Naked Juice is continuing its commitment to Wholesome Wave by donating up to 500,000 pounds worth of fruits and vegetables.

I am lucky to live in a place where restaurants and grocery stores are serving fresh, local ingredients such as Ataula. I love how important fresh food is in the Portland community. Do your part to support local producers and also to give back to those who don't have such opportunities.

To find out more about how you can help: Visit Thanks Naked for continuing to sponsor posts on Love, Rachel.

Have a great weekend!

Rachel xo

Aug 21, 2015

Catching up!

Hey Guys!

It's been awhile since I did more a of a chatty post. Summer is just flyingggg by. I can't believe it's the end of August already. Sometimes with Drew's schedule the time passes even faster- so let's blame him for summer being almost over.

That said, things are going well on my end. Winston is crazzzy as ever. Work is going well! Life is treating me kindly (watch I probably just jinxed myself)(stay tuned for depressing update posts).

I wanted to fill you in on some adventures I've been having lately.

1. My solo adventure on the Mckenzie river. Last month I took a trip by myself to explore an area of Oregon I'd never seen, the Mckenzie River. There is a blog post coming soon- but it was SO beautiful. If you've never been, you're missing some seriously beautiful country.

2. Drew and I also just got home from the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Fest. 3 days camping in a hay field. 3 days of amazing country music. It was a blast. We have been 2 years in a row and I love it more each year! (Post coming soon!)

3. We've been sailing a ton with my dad as well! If you didn't watch it already, I made my first GoPro video on our most recent trip. Check it out!

Now for UPCOMING adventures.

Julie and I are headed out to Wallowa lake for a 3 day weekend. I am SO excited for this trip. I've never been and it looks STUNNING. We will be staying in a rustic lakeside cabin. Stay tuned for more.

I am also going back to Maine to see my family! Can't wait for that. Here is a picture from last year's trip!

I will also be taking an adventure with Glamping Hub for an Oregon glamping getaway!! I am very excited to partner with them for this adventure. Check out the website for more details.  My Glamping experience coming soon.

Last but VERY least, Julie and I are headed up to San Juan Islands to see some orcas. For those of you who don't know orcas are my favorite animal ever. I went to the San Juans in 2012 and saw them in the wild for the first time- it was a lifetime high and a moment I will never forget. I am so excited to head back and see them again.

Now that you're all caught up...fill me in on what you've been up to OR future adventures for you. I'd love to know. Have a great weekend everyone!

Rachel xo


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