Korean food was recently celebrated in Oregon. Hosted by the Korean American Coalition of Oregon in Northwest Portland, three days ago 11 chefs assembled for the Mukja (which means ‘Let’s Eat’) food festival.
Chefs include: Brandon Kirksey of Girin (offering classical Korean cuisine), Rick Gencarelli of Lardo (a restaurant whose humble beginnings date back to a food cart in SE Portland), John Gorham of Toro Bravo (a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant in NE Portland), Kyo Koo of Superhawk, Johanna Ware of Smallwares (self-described as an “inauthentic” Korean restaurant), PJ Yang of Bamboo Sushi (the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant), Bo Kwon of Koi Fusion (a funky fusion of Korean BBQ and fresh Mexican flavors) and more.
Tickets retailed at $50 per person or $75 for VIP.
Some people believe that there is a deep-seated connection between the physical and spiritual world. Some, like Yael Eckstein feel that “there does not need to be a separation between physical and spiritual actions” at all. And so Eckstein wrote the book “Spiritual Cooking with Yael: Recipes and Bible Mediations from the Holy Land.”
Living in Israel and being Senior Vice President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has resulted in Yael forming an understanding and appreciation of the spiritual work both Jews and Christians are doing. She explains: “After talking at length to many Fellowship supporters, I can truthfully say that I am deeply moved by their steadfast support for Israel and the Jewish people. In a complex and often confusing world, their faith has remained so simple and pure; they believe that God loves Israel, that the Jews belong in Israel, and feel that it is their responsibility to make sure that Jews are able to return home and that poor Jews are given the assistance they need.”
“Spiritual Cooking with Yael” is more than just another cookbook featuring Middle Eastern recipes. It enables the user to follow the recipes and simultaneously “learn how to integrate Bible verses, teachings, and meditations into the seemingly mundane act of cooking.”
Many have written about the spiritual connection of food. Peter Farb and George Armelagos, in their book “Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating,” write: “Food to a large extent is what holds a society together, and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.”
What Yael has done in her book is, as one reviewer said, “helped me make a spiritual connection to preparing food for my family.” Eckstein has successfully brought spirituality into the kitchen.
I’ve not ever associated Portland with nachos but hey I’m game if the city is! We had Dumpling Week and now we’re right in the middle of Nacho Week. It started on the 5th and the last day is tomorrow.
I actually went to the Sunshine Tavern yesterday and enjoyed their nachos. But there were 12 other eateries in the city featuring nachos on their menu for this special week too.
Not only that, it was nachos with a difference. For example Cheese Bar offered Swachos (which are Swiss nachos whereby chips are laced in fondue cheese and topped with chopped cornichons, bacon lardons and an apple jalapeño salsa). Yum. And indeed they were. Because I just now found out that Daniel sneaked off there in his lunch hour and didn’t tell me!!! Ooh that will be fuel for a fight late ron!
Anyway I’m still hoping to win a gift card from the prize draw of the Nacho Passport I filled out. Wish me luck! I did collect 9 stickers so I’m in with a pretty good chance (yes I stole one from Daniel!). Watch this space!
For the 35th consecutive year, the Portland Festival Symphony was in full swing. Just last week we took the family to Peninsula Park for the festival and it was great.
Daniel and I particularly loved the concerts (thank you to Neil Kelly Company) as well as when the kids tried out different instruments.
The aim of the festival is for people exactly like us who want to introduce their kids to the “mind-expanding world of music while having fun in a natural park setting.”
And, I believe that’s exactly what it achieved.
Finally! Daniel’s word not mine…The Portland Craft Beer Festival has arrived! And boy did we enjoy it!!! It was only $20 and we got our own mug. I love those beer mugs. We went on a Sunday as it was family day. The kids – while obviously not beer drinkers – had a blast too. They weren’t so into the yoga but they did enjoy the children’s market and Ruby Jewel ice cream. Plus, I was happy as it was free entry for kids!
Organized by Joseph Sundberg, apparently this is now going to be an annual event. We got to sample beers from all the different local breweries (Daniel’s dream!) and there is entertainment too. What was particularly cool about this was that it is very local-focused: everything available was from Portland: the beer was brewed in Portland, as well as Portland ciders and wines. In additions, food vendors – that hail from Portland of course – were able to come sell their wares.
Held at the Fields Neighborhood Park, on Overton Street, it made for a fun, local and neighborhood friendly event. What more can you ask for?