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Ten on Ten: Birthday Festive

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.

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Lovely. And oh, how I long for some Stumptown. xoxo

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

Oh god do I love Portland. Your photos take me right back. I couldn't agree more about it being ALL about the coffee. That's my kind of town. Looks like you had fun and a good reason to celebrate. xo

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCherish

The window into your visit was a mini reprieve. I would love to do nothing more than run for the streets of Portland in this season of hurriedness. I love the steam on the window and your detail on the small stuff. You pay homage to the things I take delight in. And those chocolate turkeys on-top of a chocolate cake were my kind of happy ending!


December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

Wow, what a great post. I want to go to Portland so badly that I am even contemplating a solo weekend there! Glad you had fun. the pics speak for themselves. you rock lady! xx

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

looks like we might all need to have a gathering of some sort in PDX!!! looks like a wonderful weekend and sweet celebration. xoxo

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertara

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