and a lot of dancing at the company holiday party,
we found ourselves talking to each other.
when the party moved over to the bars, we went together.
When the party moved over to their apartment, I, too attended.
We all stayed up until 6am dancing in the living room, watched the sun rise and the snow fall.
He drove me to my friends house and we exchanged numbers.
From that moment on I knew that there was something that I liked about him.
I learned that he was from Chicago and I liked that about him.
I learned that we had both worked for a few professional sports teams
(him: Bulls and Blazers; me: Blazers, Sun sand Mariners)
I liked that about him and us as well.
We seemed to have a lot in common right from the start.
And the fact that we both obviously love to have a good time.
Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and before we knew it, we were each taking turns driving up to Seattle and down to Portland to spend time with each other nearly every other weekend. We formed a very close friendship from the beginning that naturally turned into a relationship.
When we got tired of the drive back and forth from Seattle and Portland (which was often)
we’d plan trips a d meet up in different cities.
Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami…
When we got tired of the drive and meeting separately on trips that we’d rather be traveling together on, I moved back down to Portland.
Since we’ve both been in the same city,
we bought our first house and got our first puppy together here in Portland. We couldn’t be happier with how our life is turning out and we’re so happy that we get to share it together.
And that is all. For now.
Last Friday night Luke and I went out on a spontaneous date night. When he got home from work, we looked at each other and said “let’s go out!” We had both been wanting to try Nostrana for quite a while, so tonight seemed like the perfect night to do so. Nostrana is small and cozy Italian restaurant in SE Portland; the name literally translates to mean “ours”. The food is simple, fresh and all around delicious. We knew this place was popular, but didn’t realize that meant reservations extremely recommended, if not, required. We ended up having about a 20 minute wait and then we were seated at the pizza counter. In all honesty, I love these settings the best. You get to watch the pizza dough being tossed in the air and thrown in the piping hot pizza oven. I always love seeing how everything comes together in a restaurant, so the pizza counter was perfect for us.
With Valentines Day coming up next week, I wanted to share a recipe for the perfect chocolate cake to make for someone you love. This is probably the most delicious chocolate cake that I have ever tasted My sister and I attended our first cooking class last week, where we learned to make this yummy treat. Hope you enjoy it as well.
1 cup melted butter (diced)
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
1 TBS espresso powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (could substitute hazelnuts)
(Directions: Place butter and chocolate in a bowl and melt over simmering water. After melted, mix in the espresso powder, cocoa powder, eggs, sugar and walnuts. Pour in a buttered springform pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 325 F.)
6oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 TBS butter
(Directions: Place chocolate in a bowl. Combine cream and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over the chocolate and stir until smooth.)
3 cups frozen berries (we used boysenberries)
2/3 cup sugar
(Directions: Combine in a saucepan and cook until boiling. Puree and strain.)