Thank You

Today was my final day at work before the move back east, and I’ll admit it hit me harder than I thought. You can get so caught up being comfortable in your routine that it doesn’t fully hit you until things finally come to an end. Realizing that in a week I won’t just be…

Plating Mindsets

I have often said that my favorite aspect of cooking is plating. I love the creativity that you can infuse, the color palettes, the ability to take your dish from a good plate to a piece of art. It is a blank canvas to explore and mess around with. And trust me, you’ll mess around…

Meyer Lemon Tea Cake

It seems I couldn’t make it one more week without blowing my tire on the way to work. People think Portland is just full of hipsters, kale, and deep fear of half an inch of snow. WRONG! It’s also full of broken glass and other random trash in the road. It was just on my…

Final Days in the Kitchen

Well, we are coming to a close on my time cooking in restaurants. I only have 6 more shifts working back of the house before I start the journey full time with photography. It is a little bittersweet because I have spent almost my entire career cooking in restaurants, it is a very large part…

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Crispy Shallots

Who’s excited to see some of photos I took of the snow storm this weekend in Portland! Holy smokes! That’s a lot of snow! Unfortunately I took this in Buffalo 4 years ago. The storm for downtown Portland has been a no show so far. I mainly think it’s because I have been off all…

Finding Progress

Batten down the hatches! Stock up on provisions! Stow your carry on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin! Portland is expected to get 4-12″ of snow this weekend so get ready to shut down the city! The first thought that went through my head when Abby told me…

Moving and Accepting Rejection

As a lot of you know Abby and I will be moving to Buffalo next month. Moving to a different city no matter what the distance has its challenges. Where to live, what to do for work, how many chicken finger subs I should limit myself to each week, you know, all the important things….