Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Question: Holiday Shows?

The question is this: Which holiday shows should I apply for?

What are the best Holiday Shows? Which shows do you go to?

Its that time of year and I thought it'd be handy to throw that question out there right now. A lot of people are asking me and I don't know what to tell ya. So far the UCU application is out and I just filled that out today. That is a great show, incredible opportunity. I also plan on applying to the Crafty Wonderland holiday show. That is where my list starts and ends. What else should I consider including?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Display Concept

I've been working on a new display idea... I painted some simple embroidery hoops (inexpensive round wooden frames) with glossy red acrylic paint and hung them on metal hooks, the idea being that I can suspend a mobile inside the red circle and make a cluster of these circles...
I figure I'll make one circle that has a sign and this will make the cluster a retail display. For now it just looks like a neat installation.
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Rig for My Mobile Making


Today I had fun making mobiles and hanging them above my head - new home studio improvement - I bought this rig at IKEA that is meant for hanging clothes to dry, it goes up and down on pullies, and its perfect for me.
Before when I would make more than one mobile at a time, I would have to lay them flat after assembling, and then when I finished I would package them up but the pile would be tangled etc... PITA. Now I can hang them as I go - looks great too - a little forest of finished mobiles. And when I am not assembling mobiles I can raise the whole rig up to the ceiling where it is out the way. I love pullies.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sweet Corn Soup

I had a love affair years ago... the year was 2000, the location was Northern Thailand, the object of my affection: corn soup, a particular corn soup. Seriously. I still lust after the memory of this soup.

There's a restaurant in Chiang Mai where this corn soup is served only for lunch. At the time I was studying at the Traditional Medicine Hospital and I would spend my afternoons of class dreaming about this corn soup. I could only manage to get there if I rode with a friend who spoke Thai (otherwise the Tuk Tuks would drive you in circles to make the ride cost more and waste too much time) and/or a friend with a motorcycle - as I had to get to and from school within our short lunchtime. The ladies at the hospital made us thai lunches, so I was not starved by any means (awesome cooks, I loved the food at the school) - but this corn soup was so damn good, it was worth it.

Sometimes its the smallest pleasures that make the heart pitter patter.

No corn soup I have had ever since has lived up to the memory. I always try, whenever I see the option... always disappointed.

This soup was simple and golden. Definitely included a little coconut milk and was cooked to a smooth consistency with just a hint of corn niblits. It was just gorgeous, savory and sweet.

So this afternoon I attempted my own version (why did it take me 10 years? I dunno) and it was not the same, but pretty damn good. Both Tim and Tony loved it. As you can see from my empty bowl, I loved it as well
Ingredients: carmalized sweet onion, roasted garlic, roasted corn (cut off the cob after roasting and I also scraped the corn milk off the cob), chicken broth and coconut milk. I blended 1/2 the mixture to add smoothness...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Millions of Peaches

I had an itch to go out to Sauvie Island and pick some fruit, didn't really know what would be perfect - turns out its peach time right now! It was crazy awesome.
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The smell is so insanely beautiful. The feeling of warm peach juice dripping down my chin... the soft dirt of the peach orchards... I had to share online here - if you were thinking about going, definitely do!!! These pictures are from Sauvie Island Farm - I took lots of shots (there are more on my flickr page) and at some point I found Tim relaxing under the trees in the grass. I really wish I could share the smell - the air smells so good in a ripe peach orchard!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Good Food Here

Tim and I checked out a new food cart cluster on SE Belmont (right by Movie Madness) - its called "Good Food Here" and there already is quite a yummy selection...
We tried the rib plate from Namu. Super yummy! The cucumber salad was delish, and there also was a good seaweed salad and kimchi and rice with peanut sauce - all this with the ribs!
And we had an Elvis sandwich from Rockabillies - also very yummy, it even came with a chocolate honey dipping sauce.
Portland is brimming with all these amazing food cart clusters. Skilled ambitious cooks with culinary degrees and small budgets, forging a new path for themselves by opening food carts. I think its a very interesting business model for a new generation of cooks. There are some hugely popular restaurants in Portland that started as food carts. Inspiration and proof that it can really work.