Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Portland Restaurant: CHKCHK

What: CHKCHK!!
Where: NW 23rd and Overton
When: 11 am - 10 pm
Honeys Heart: The price! And the decor.

Adam loves fried chicken. Like really loves fried chicken. He also really loves a sandwich, so anytime there is an opportunity to have a fried chicken sandwich he is all over it.

I've recently found that on weeks where we don't get Blue Apron delivered, we've lacked some cooking motivation. On such nights, I struggle between the financially responsible grocery store stop and the convenient Thai Peacock or Laughing Planet options. Tiring of our usual go-to's we decided to hit up CHKCHK, a new casual semi-fast food restaurant on NW 23rd. 

The menu is small but affordable, and the food is made to order, but quick. I would say we had our dinner in about 10-12 minutes and with our two drinks, spent a grand total of about $32. 

Our drinks were one of their four "Boozy Sodas". The Cactus Cooler ($7) is a bottled mix of green melon, tequila, and a little love. They weren't bad, but they were a little too sweet and a bit funky. I think I would try the CHKCHK Libre next time with rum, Blackstrap bitters, and cane soda.

For food, Adam opted for the Spicy ChkChk Sandwich ($7) while I went for the ChkChop Salad ($6) plus ChkChk Bites for an extra $1. 

Not that we needed it, but we complemented our fried chicken dinners with the ChkChk Fries ($2) and an array of dipping sauces. I do love a waffle fry...

The drinks weren't my favorite, but otherwise I would say this is a good stop for a quick, cheap din. Maybe not if you're trying to be healthy though... 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DIY Cocktail: Rosé Slushies

Kelly is very good about being a consistently thoughtful friend. Whether it's for a bday, housewarming, or a promotion, she always takes the time to give a little gift or card.

I, on the other hand, usually never remember to do any of those nice things. So, when Kel's birthday rolls around, I really have to step up my game.

Last year, I put together a champagne bar for her golden birthday. This year, Kel has to work on her real bday (today!), so she gets two mini-celebrations. The first took place last night at our Bachelorette viewing party.

A group of our girlfriends take turns hosting viewing nights and there's always dessert and wine. Most of our Bachelorette girls live out toward Beaverton/Hillsboro, so combining Kel's bday with my turn to host ensured that they would all make the drive out to my house in NoPo (sneaky, I know!).

Wine is a must-have at our viewing nights, so while I didn't want to mix things up too much, I also needed to find a way to make the wine feel a bit more special. Rosé slushies to the rescue!

These are the easiest things to make ever.

Step 1: Choose a sweeter rosé 
(The rosé I chose was on the dry side and since we're used to slushies being made with super sugary syrup, it felt a little odd to be drinking something so tart in slushy form.)

Step 2: Freeze rosé in an ice cube holder

Step 3: Blend rosé cubes in blender or food processor

Step 4: Serve in a coupe glass with a sprig of mint or a few raspberries

See, so easy! 

To accompany our slushies, Doug made lemon bars, Kel's favorite dessert. (I had to work later than expected or else I would have made them, mmmk?!)

What's Kel's second mini-celebration, you ask? We're hoping to float the river on Saturday, but the weather is not cooperating... cross your fingers that the sun stays out for us!

Happy Bday, Kel!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Seattle Happy Hour: Rachel's Ginger Beer

What: Rachel's Ginger Beer
Where:1610 12th Ave, Seattle, WA
When: 4pm-6pm Daily
Honeys Heart: $6 Moscow Mules (in pint glasses!)

Not to brag, but Kel and I have been really good about going to happy hours recently. I mean, that is kind of our thing so it's probably not that boast-worthy... but we're still pretty jazzed about it.

We have like 10 Portland happy hours to tell you about, but before we do that, I'm going to fill you in on a great Seattle happy hour that, fingers-crossed, will soon become a Portland happy hour too.

Rachel's Ginger Beer got its start selling artisanal ginger beers at Seattle farmers markets before opening up brick and mortars in Pike Place and Capitol Hill. They offer a ton of different flavored ginger beers like blood orange, caramelized pineapple, and pink guava in bottles and for growler fills, plus cocktails on tap.

Their cocktails are already very reasonably priced at $8, especially considering they come in pint glasses, but during happy hour, Moscow Mules and Montana Mules (whiskey and ginger beer) are only $6 a piece. That is a seriously good deal.

Also, they're seriously good.

That's a Porch Swing (gin, aperol, and ginger beer) above, which was okay, but really, just stick with those Moscow Mules and you'll be happy you did.

Here's to hoping that RGB will keep that same happy hour offering at their new location on Hawthorne!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Portland Specialty Market: Providore Fine Foods

What: Providore Fine Foods
Where: 2340 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
When: Daily 9 am - 7:30 pm 

When my parents come through town, we often hit up Elephants Deli off of West Burnside and grab a few salads from the deli case. It's close, tasty, and has lots of options. In the same spirit, we recently decided to meet them at Providore Fine Foods on their way through town. 

A food hall featuring Flying Fish, Arrosto, Little T Baker, Pasta Works, and Rubinette Produce Market, Providore Fine Foods offers a diverse selection of salads, sandwiches, chicken, pastas, and oysters. The four of us split a sampling of cauliflower salad, brussels, chickpea salad, and fritto misto in addition to a selection of sandwiches.

Oh yeah, and oysters. I don't know when I went from hating oysters to really liking them (maybe four years ago), but there's no turning back.

I would say that nothing was bad, but nothing stood out, and the oysters weren't a good enough deal to inspire us to drive across town. Basically if we lived closer maybe we would pop in, but I wouldn't go out of my way.