Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some Supper Club Action at Podnah's

Dining out isn't nearly as wonderful unless you have some great company with good conversation. The Supper Club adventures continue! My coworkers and I  really appreciate night out since we are in the industry of food, wine and hospitality. Remember our trip to Biwa? Well the fun continues on the East Side, but now we head way up North to Podah's Pit.

hey podnah

 Driving to NE Portland during rush hour traffic is not an ideal situation and I have little patience for it when I have an empty stomach. Skipping lunch was a poor choice. Anyway...Podnah's is located on NE Killingsworth which is a part of the city that has transformed in the last few years. This area hasn't always been the most desirable place for diners like myself to venture to, but now, there are awesome dining spots getting lots of attention. Check out this month's Portland Monthly edition and you will see what I mean. my tangent. Podnah's Pit specializes in Texas-style barbecue. They serve lunch and dinner daily with a Southern brunch available on Saturday and Sunday. We chose a perfect day to visit Podnah's because it was fried chicken day. Take note people...Wednesday is fried chicken day after 5pm. Get it while you can because once it's gone, it's gone. This goes for all of their smoked meats too.
sorry Daniel. 
Dylan thought a Mickey's grenade was a good idea. 
Since it is impossible to decide what smoked selection to choose from, we obviously opted to share the Pit Boss. It has a little bit of everything on it - brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage, corn bread and two sides. Our side dishes were potato salad and the featured side, green chile mac n' cheese. The best part about our meal was...we ordered another half rack of ribs. Totally not necessary. I guess that means we liked it? As for me, the pulled pork was my favorite because it was a little spicy and not too saucy.

We had a great time and I know we will be back for their true Southern breakfast.

1625 NE Killingsworth 
Portland, Oregon
open mon - fri 11am | breakfast - sat & sun 9am - 1pm

Saturday, October 5, 2013

I did a juice cleanse...for two days.

via @kylemwinkler
I got this crazy idea and decided it would be fun to do a juice cleanse. I use the term "fun" loosely because this is not many people's definition of "fun." There were a lot of laughs from coworkers and family members. With that said, I recruited my brother to participate in the fun. He is always up for a challenge.

We didn't make our own juices but instead bought them from a really awesome company called Crave and Glow. These girls rock...seriously. I spoke with Kelli on the phone after I signed up for the cleanse and she gave me all the reassurance I needed. She let me ask silly questions and even let my brother and I make up our own cleanse..."the two day cleanse." Normally, people do a one day or three day cleanse but we opted for two days. I mean, one day is too short and three days is too long without coffee, dairy and chocolate.

The juice cleanse is customized to you. It seems like such a simple concept, but I don't think a lot of juice companies work this way. Kelli had us fill out an intake form and the juice recipe were designed specifically for us. She was thrilled when we came to pick up the mason jars of juices and couldn't wait for us to get started. We were pumped when we left!

The first day was hard...I felt awful. My body went into full detox mode and really felt the effects. It sounds crazy, but it is true. My headache lasted all day and my 9pm, I was dead asleep. I managed to drink all five juices but felt pretty bad by the end of the day. My brother went through the same thing. To my surprise, I woke up the next morning feeling great. I had the best sleep and was ready to kick off my second day. By the afternoon, my detox headache was gone and I wasn't feeling hungry. In fact, I didn't have anything for dinner except my juice. My stomach never felt so good...I think the probiotic supplements helped in the cleansing process too. I see why people stick it out for three days because by the third day, I would have been feeling like a million bucks.

via @jennawinkler
Overall, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. First off, eating is comfort and habitual action for me. Not to mention, I love to snack. Seriously...I caught myself multiple times wanting to munch on something. I do recommend giving your body a reset (at least once a year) by doing a juice cleanse, so you can enjoy the food you love on a daily basis. Also, it reminded me that quality ingredients are worth every penny.

Of course, I am back to eating whole foods but I am still taking the probiotics. Let me tell you from a girl that loves food, if I can do a juice cleanse, so can you.