A mid-20's lady working and living in Portland, loving life, and generally getting into super-rad adventures. Sometimes those adventures are out in and around Portland, sometimes they're in the kitchen, and still others are on the other side of the country, where my boyfriend's family lives. However, I will never turn down the opportunity to sleep in if someone else is making breakfast.
I work in the food cart industry in Portland, and I don't think there's a cooler job description on the planet. I am super proud of what we do, and I never hesitate to tell people I'm a culinary school grad doing what I love.
In Portland, my favorite things to do include testing out new restaurants, shopping at local establishments (especially those that support local artists), getting to know my neighbors and fellow city residents, and scoping out rad places to hang out. I have a tendency to go to grocery stores and geek out in the produce section, daydreaming about future projects. I take on crazy food experiments in my free time, and I love to cook for others.
As a guest, I tend to sleep late and stay quiet when I'm in. When I'm out, I'm out exploring something new and fun. I've been a guest in places in Portland when my boyfriend's come to visit me from Virginia, and usually that entails me leaving in the mornings for work while the boyf stays in bed for those precious extra hours of sleep: it's his vacation, after all. I typically know things to do around town, but I always appreciate suggestions. Also, I like to eat in and cook whenever possible: I acknowledge Portland has an amazing food scene, and sometimes that means the raw ingredients themselves deserve the attention. Whether my hosts or other guests engage with me in this or not doesn't bother me: I'm used to a few hands in the kitchen. I try to accommodate everyone and be gracious while I'm at it. I don't hog the bathroom and I don't leave the kitchen a mess.
As a host, I generally am fixated on feeding people. Splitting my time and energy equally between my guests and my day job can get a little hectic, but as long as my guests don't mind me being hands-off, it all works out. I trust my guests to take care of themselves and ask if they need something from me. I will always be prepared to assist in whatever way I can.