187. Campbell’s Goes Hipster

Coconut Curry w/ Chicken & Shitake Mushroom

Creamy Smoked Gouda w/ Red Pepper

Creamy Chipotle w/ Roasted Corn and Black Bean Sauce

Golden Lentil w/ Madras Curry

Chicken & Quinoa w/ Poblano Chilies

Moroccan Style Chicken w/ Chickpeas

No, these aren’t the latest creations from your local food truck or the nicer restaurant down the street. These are the new soup flavors from Campbell’s. Yes, Campbell’s. The 140 year-old-company needed a little revitalization so what did they do? They went in search of some good old fashion hipsters. Because hipsters know everything about soup? I find it funny that in order to spice up the everyday “Broccoli and Cheese,” the folks over at Campbell’s turned to cool twenty-something year olds who’ve probably never eaten a can of soup in their lives (unless it was sold at Coachella, of course).

The result? Hipsters in Portland (food truck loving hipsters), San Francisco (foggy hipsters), and Austin (live music hipsters) apparently like to eat soup out of a pouch. Why do I see this being in some sort of Portlandia sketch – specifically within a “Bicycle Rights!” scene (see below). Fred Armisen could easily eat directly out of this new convenient pouch but what’s the fun in that? Picturing him opening a can and trying to use a spoon while dodging cars is definitely funnier. Either way, we’ve got more soup options now thanks to hipsters.

In other soup news, these are coming to Target shelves next week:


138. Pioneers and Pink Dresses

My Dad (right) accepting his much deserved award!

Last week, my Dad received the Pioneer Award at the University of Oregon.  It was a black tie affair and all of my siblings plus my aunts and uncles were able to make it up to The Nines Hotel in Portland for the ceremony.  It was a proud moment for me as his daughter and I’m sure he will never forget it, as well.  I even gave an impromptu speech!

My family at the awards dinner

I have to say, one of my favorite parts of the weekend was when my sister and I walked out of the hotel room in practically the same dress (ahem, fuchsia and ruffles).  In honor of this occurrence I thought I’d make a fake Nordstrom ad.  Here it is:

Oh, sisterly love.  She is getting married in less than 2 weeks.  As long as I don’t show up in a white bridal gown I think we’ll be okay.

134. Rhapsody is Coming!

My friend, Heather Bloom, is getting ready to open up her new boutique with her business partner.  Rhapsody will offer clothing, furniture (I think the chandeliers will sell out first!), and jewelry to the hippest Portlanders around.  Here are a few before photos as the store starts to come together.  They should be opening their doors within the next month so stayed tuned!

Rhapsody is located inside the historic Ford Building

Inventive floral and musical decorations

Pretty bags – all ready for shoppers!

109. Tuna. He gets more air than Jordan.

Tuna and "his" tree.

This is Tuna. We met on the streets of Portland yesterday. His main purpose in life is to strip bark from trees with his teeth. I watched him do this by leaping through the air and gnawing at bark for over an hour. When exhaustion started to kick in, he resorted to chewing the base of the tree while laying down and intermittently gasping for air. His grip looked so strong I thought the tree was going to fall over. I hope you live a very long time, Tuna. I have a feeling trees don’t feel the same way.

I’ll give him one thing. This bulldog certainly knows how to jump!

Step 1: Find a tree.

2. Evaluate height of tree.

Step 3. Fly through the air (while attacking tree)!

Step 4: Show off your work (notice all the bark I ate).

For some reason, I feel like Tuna would kick some serious ass at Frisbee.

93. I know what you’re thinking…

Just your average day in Portland, Oregon

Paraffin waxes are only $10.  Also, this has to be a scene straight out of Portlandia.  It’s not.  But it is in Portland.  I’m thinking possible sketch idea for season 3?  Keep rockin’ PDX.

Speaking of Portlandia, here’s a super fresh inside look into Fred and Carrie’s creative process.

84. This is what happens

Amy Petrone's space at Red Fox Vintage in Portland, Oregon

(photo credit: Red Fox Vintage)

When you have a super talented little sister like me.  I am so proud of her.  Amy creates amazing vintage landscapes using everything from keys and necklaces to soft feathers and dramatic picture frames.  Want to buy something from this display?  If you live in Portland, Oregon head over to Red Fox Vintage and snag something before it’s gone.  Her prices are very reasonable.

Looking for a unique way to decorate your living space?  Here are some tips straight from Amy’s adorable apartment:

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Learn more about this talented lady and where she gets her inspiration on her blog.


I have a slight obsession with the IFC series Portlandia.  It’s quirky, hilarious, random, weird, and so true.  Season 2 just began at the beginning of the month.  I love it so much that I decided to make this little video for you:


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