Kelsey Malie

Happy Hour: Bloody Mary + Garnishes

Thursday, September 3, 2015


The other morning I had a dilemma - a dire need for a Bloody Mary (let's just say a new bar opened near my workplace and a friend and I vented for too long over whiskey and gingers) and brand new agate coasts from Uncommon Goods that I wanted to put to work. But, naturally, we were out of: fresh flowers for the weekend, tomato juice, and skewer supplies. We walked to the market (like usual), and snagged a bunch of local produce and flowers and the makings of a good skewer. 

Back at home, I skewered and Ben crafted our cocktails. And then we sat down for the two minutes of time we get together with Ben's new rotation schedule and sipped Bloody Marys until it was time to get on with work, projects, and studying. I was happy to have the opportunity for a few minutes with Ben... and with my new coasters. I think I'm a coaster hoarder. We have a collection of wood coasters, thick agate coasters I found thrifting, and are in the market for some stone coasters to even out the natural coaster theme in the house. But when Uncommon Goods sent along these beautiful, vibrant, thin agate coasters, they trumped any slate or stone coasters I was looking for. They make a wonderful addition to the coffee table and are a great host for a morning Bloody Mary.

If you're looking for unique gifts, Uncommon Goods is a wonderful place. I was drooling over trinkets and pretty gifts, especially when shopping for my Mom's birthday in the past month (specifically their delicate pieces like these and these) on their website because I haven't seen most of their products before in other stores or local shops. Beyond the great selection, they're a wonderful company that treats their employees well, features many hand-made items that were created here in the U.S. by artists. I highly recommend taking a peek at their selection of items as you look forward to the holidays!

You'll need:

Bloody Mary
Tomato juice (we like V8 spicy or low-sodium)
1.5 oz Vodka (preferably local, like Crater Lake)
Worcestershire sauce
Lemon juice

Rimming Spices
Sea salt

Skewers or toothpicks
Green olives
Olympia Provisions Soppressata
Wedge of Tillamook Extra Sharp White Cheddar

Wet the edge of a tall glass with the juice from a slice of lemon (or water). Rim the glass with a mixture of sea salt, paprika and cumin (to taste). 

Add ice to your glass. Pour in 1.5 oz of vodka, a squirt of sriracha, a pea sized amount of horseradish, 1/4 tsp of worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of lemon. Grind in a bit of pepper. Add ice. 

Skewers should be crafted with a nod to all of your favorite things - love cheese? Stack some gouda, cheddar, and a mozzarella ball on your skewer. Cured meats fiend? Fry up some bacon and layer that skewer with thick sliced salami, soppressata, and a rolled up piece of prosciutto. Pickle freak? How about Kosher snack'ems (dill, of course), a pickled onion, pepperoncini, and green olives! Have at it. For our skewer, we used a wedge of local cheese, some local soppressata, pickles, and olives.
*The perfect Bloody Mary is all about your tastes! If you hate spicy, nix the sriracha and decrease the amount of horseradish and add more lemon and worcestershire. If you're not a sodium fan, get the low sodium tomato juice and don't rim your glass.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chambray: Gap; Jeans: Gap; Boots: Rocket Dog (available in black)

There hits a point in every season when I get completely fed up with said season and start dressing for the season I want to have, not the season I have. 

In winter, after months and months of tights, I'll get absolutely fed up and wear a skirt without tights, freeze to death all day long, and then think better of it the next day. Same goes with spring. There's always a day in Portland's chilly, wet May, that I wear shorts when it's still only hitting 60 degrees and suffer goosebumps all day. And so it happened this summer, when the weather has been consistently in the mid nineties and we haven't seen significant rain since March, I broke out the ankle boots, brand new olive jeans, and a crisp new chambray. And I walked to the market. 

I happened to be in luck, though, because it appears that Portland became entirely fed up with this nightmarishly hot and dry summer. Our entire state (and Washington as well) is burning to the ground, the lawns are brown and dusty, the waterfalls quiet and low, the trees thirsty, and our home gardens burning in the sun. This weekend, the rains came. 

I woke up on Friday night to a booming thunderstorm, the likes of which I haven't seen since moving away from Tacoma to Portland two years ago. I lay awake counting the thunderclaps and measuring the distance in seconds. At one moment it was right overhead and I felt giddy. Saturday morning, on our walk to the market, the winds were whipping leaves off the trees and it felt like an early fall was in the air. It has been raining on and off, in torrential downpours, ever since. I can only imagine that the entire earth was and is soaking up every last second of moisture, and I can only hope that some of this rain helped to quell our raging forest fires. 

In the meantime, while I hope and pray that this weather keeps up, I'll be wearing these olive high-rise jeans from Gap over and over and over again. P.S. They're available in burgundy too!

Feast is Coming

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's almost here. That weekend in September that requires a full week of detox. Or stretchy pants immediately afterwards. Or long nights sipping and tasting. Feast is less than one month away. And that's reason to celebrate.

What's Feast? For those that haven't been in Portland, or reading food magazines or blogs, it's a food-festival-ish weekend in September (the 17th-20th) that takes place in downtown Portland and celebrates food from across the nation (with a focus on Oregon chefs and Oregon's bountiful food scene). It's not to be missed. And you'll find yourself shoulder to shoulder with some of the foodie greats in PDX and beyond.

Once you purchase a ticket, you're in the event and all food and drink is unlimited and flowing. No "fee + token" arrangement for Feast. Just indulgence. Be sure to have your hands free of cell phones, cameras, and doo-dads because it's a two handed eating and drinking affair.

This year, I'll be attending:

Widmer Brothers Brewing Sandwich Invitational on Thursday, September 17th. You can still buy tickets!

The Grand Bounty Tasting on Friday and Saturday, the 18th and 19th. You can buy tickets here. This is a great starter event (at $60 it's less expensive than some of the other events) and offers a HUGE selection of Oregon food and drink. 

The Tillamook Brunch Village on Sunday the 20th. It's a smorgasbord of brunchy snacks and Bloody Mary bars. It's well worth the price to taste brunch creations from chefs around the nation. Tickets still available! 

Read more about other events, like The Drink Tank events, food classes, and other fun events here! Hope to see you there!