At my house we are running desperately behind on our holiday festivities, so the natural theme for this month's 10 on 10 was a little lost on me. The friends I visited in Portland this weekend had a good excuse: they just moved across the country and have barely unpacked all their things. A tree and decor are too much to ask just yet.
I was there to focus on my friend's 40th birthday anyway, though it was Portland, so we seem to have focused most of our attention on coffee.
It's probably a testament to how much we've grown up since we celebrated our 21st birthday together that caffeine was our chief alteration this weekend.
With such a reputation as a foodie town, there had to be an over-the-top meal. We did it at Park Kitchen, and I was too busy gorging myself on their spot-on tasting menu to think about taking pictures, except for this one.
And no offense to the pastry chef (the chocolate hazelnut torte was the stuff of dreams) but the gang at home had a special treat waiting.
Thanks for inviting me to celebrate, Brent and Dara. I hope it's the start of a beautiful year in your new hometown.
I have a feeling my friend Tara Romasanta followed the assignment a bit more strictly. To see her 10 on 10, go here. Festivity awaits.