Whether you are single or married - Valentine's day can be a celebration of all things that you love.
For me, I love wine and food. No surprise if you have been following my blog lately.
Have you thought about exploring the wineries in Oregon for a Valentine's Day excursion?
If you are unfamiliar with Oregon wines - Oregon is famous for its Pinot Noir.
What is Pinot Noir exactly and why is it so special?
"Pinot Noir is, without a doubt, the most romanticized red wine in the world. No other grape brings out such emotion and devout worship among its enthusiasts. Festivals are thrown every year in the grape’s honor and an entire movie, Sideways, was devoted to the passion the wine stirs in people. Sideways has had such a cultural impact in the US that it has single-handedly both elevated the profile of the grape and also done it harm, as it’s caused many casual wine drinkers to associate Pinot Noir with wine snobs.
One of the reasons the Pinot Noir grape elicits such devotion is because it’s really hard to grow, which results in a great bottle of Pinot Noir being a rare find. Discovering a great Pinot Noir becomes an obsession, as the movie depicts, and those passionate about the wine love to talk about their discoveries with other passionate Pinot drinkers." - vinepair.com
Pinot is a wine that goes great with all kinds of food and we are lucky here in Oregon that it is the right climate and terrains that make Oregon Pinot Noir such a special wine to drink.
Visit www.oregonwinecountry.org for more information on where you can go exploring on Valentine's Day - or just pick up a bottle of Pinot Noir as a gift for yourself or your partner.
I have a confession to make. I am addicted.
Addicted to finding the most amazing culinary experience that life has to offer.
I read restaurant reviews , write down names of places that I MUST try and am fascinated with the combination that chefs come up with.
When we first moved to Portland 14 years ago, I was unaware of how the Portland Food scene would become one of the best in the country.
I am going to share a new place each week with all of you - starting with Headwaters - located in the historic Heathman Hotel.
"Chef Vitaly Paley is the third James Beard Best Chef Northwest winner to take the helm of the Portland institution. So named for “the source”, Headwaters will showcase local ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty, from farm to sea. Chef Paley also received the 2005 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific Northwest award, was nominated as a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, and was a victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America. Paley, considered the Dean of Portland Chefs for many years, rediscovers Pacific Northwest culinary pathways and follows the footsteps of Oregon’s own James Beard" - Portland.heathmanhotel.com
I ordered the Headwaters Eggs Benedicte with Crab and it was one of the best I have had.
The dungeness crab was fresh, the eggs cooked perfectly - breaking just at the right spot and that hollandaise sauce - nearly brought me to tears. My teen daughter ordered the salmon hash and allowed mom a few bites. Real caviar on top of the salmon hash.
The potatoes that came with each dish was perfectly seasoned with the right crust for that crunch on the outside and soft on the inside. We knew that what we were eating was spectacular and special. There are some meals that you eat that you will be thinking about and talking about for a long time to come.
As a busy working mom who loves adventure and good food - dining at Headwaters is an experience that you don't want to miss.
Make a reservation and enjoy the view!
Forget champagne and roses - how about something a little bit different this Valentine's Day!
We are three weeks into January and what is more perfect then continuing on with your health and fitness goals with a Valentine's Day run?
You can always enjoy the chocolates post-run.
After my three kids were born and I knew that I had two choices to make. I could get a larger brand new wardrobe while continuing to eat ice-cream every night or I could get in the best shape of my life.
I decided to throw myself in the world of running to get back in shape.
I set an ambitious goal to run a marathon before my baby was 1 years old.
It was hard to find time to train when you are also staying home and taking care of all three kids under the age of 4. But I was determined to accomplish this huge goal I set myself - not only to get back in shape but to also reclaim some alone time that disappears once you become a new mom.
I downloaded a program I found on the website and rain or shine (and yes, it really does rain a lot here in Portland) I put one foot in front of the other.
I started with a walk - run. Then eventually I was able to run without stopping. It became my escape and I finally understood the term "runner's high".
In October 2007 I crossed the finished line of the Portland Marathon - just one month shy of my son turning 1. It was a moment that I will always remember . During my run, I saw a sign that read "Pain is temporary but marathon pride is forever." I could not agree more.
My advice to you if you are looking to maintain your New Year's resolution of being more active and healthy is to sign up for one of these fun races. There is no pressure on performance and the only pressure is to have fun....and get a little muddy.
For more information, go to
http://www.terrapinevents.com for more event details!
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Portland is a food lover's paradise. I feel extremely lucky to live here and have been fortunate to be able to sample so many amazing cuisines from around the world, right here in Porltand.
Growing up in Asia allowed me to have many traditions that centered around food with my family - a tradition that I am now able to pass onto my kids who absolutely love it when we spend our weekend having dim sum for brunch.
In case you don't know what dim sum is, I will give you a Dim Sum 101 Guide.
Instead of ordering from a menu, you choose from an assortment of dishes that servers push around on carts. It is like fast-food - as you sit and wait for your server to show you what goods they have in their cart. You can just point at the dish that catches your fancy and then they will place a little stamp on a notecard on the table. (that is how you pay in the end)
Some places have specialty dishes - at our favorite restaurant - they are known for their salt and pepper squid. You may have to let the server know that you would like one so they can bring you a special plate (it tends to run out)
I think it is best to go to try dim sum with a big group. You share everything as like many asian food traditions - it is family style.
Some of our family favorites are featured in the video above. If this is your first experience with dim sum and feeling a little intimidated - ask the server to help you .
Good eats in Portland!
Until next time,
Our first event for the launch of Housewives in the City will take place on
Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Erin's Wine Cellar
525 Nw Saltzman Road
Portland, OR 97229
I am beyond excited to have our first event in January and to introduce Portland to this new community .
Top 3 Reasons why you should attend and bring a friend to our first event!
#1 - SWAG BAGS! Yes, the first 25 attendees will be receiving a free swag bag just for attending. The swag bags will be filled with all sorts of goodies from local businesses and maybe a little treat in there too!
#2 - FREE to attend! No need to sign up to be a member of Housewives in the City. No monthly fees. No initiation fee. You just show up to our event ready to meet and mingle. Registration is free just so that we can get a headcount of how many of you will be coming.
#3 - Community! It is my mission to build a community of like-minded individuals. We are a tribe of people who are committed to being the best we can be for ourselves and for our community. My goal is to build Housewives in the City to be a place that you can attend and have an experience that is unlike other groups.
We are excited to have our first event at Erin's Wine Cellar ( a local and woman owed business that we love to support) There will be a no-host wine bar for those who would love to sample some of the fine wines they have available.
Please RSVP at
https://girlsnightsocial.eventbrite.com/ for your FREE ticket!
See you soon!
, I will eat more vegetables in 2018
I wanted to start off the New year with a blog post that I hope will resonate with the Portland housewives and what I did last year that finally broke the cycle of starting a new diet in January .
I am going to focus on Health and Nutrition (notice I did not say DIET)
For the first time in over 20 years, I did not start a diet last year on January 1st - and this year I will not start a diet either.
I have been on EVERYTHING - Atkins, South Beach, Shakes....you name it - I've been on it.
It always started off great and I would see results - then after the 6 - 8 weeks mark , I would fall back into old habits again and my cravings would take over.
What I learned is that when I deprive myself, I want it MORE!
My philosophy is that strong is the new skinny, everything in moderation and eat the ice-cream if you want to..(not every night though)
As long as you are active and moving , getting your sweat on at least 5 days a week and know what you should be eating 80% of the time, then you are good.
In the next few blog posts , I will share with you some of the places in Portland that you can go and get your sweat on.
From Orange Theory Fitness, Pilates, Xtend, Crossfit, Skyhook Ninja Fitness, Boot Camp...I will be your guinea pig to all things that make you sweat! If there is something that I have not mentioned, comment below and let me know so I can add it to my list.
Also, as a mom and flight attendant it can be extremely hard to get it all in - including what to feed your family. I know - I live it everyday. I will be sharing my recipes (mostly thai food) that are simple and easy for you all - as well as trying out some of the meal planning services around town to see if they are worth the investment.
I'm excited to take you along this journey in 2018 with me!
But first, let's workout!
Cheers to a wonderful year ahead Portland housewives!
How do you ring in the New Year? Even if you don't have anything planned at the moment - there might still be time for you to find something fabulous to do in Portland.
If you are looking to wear your fancy cocktail dress, then the Champagne Ball might be up your alley. This is Portland's most famous New Year's Eve Party with 17 bars and 3 dance floors.
Portland's Champagne Ball
Located at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Ticket price from $115
Singles, couples and large groups of friends welcome as long as you are dressed and ready to have fun.
For our family, we have always celebrated the New York New Year and have our own tradition on New Year's Day which means we eat noodles which signify long life ahead.
However you decide to celebrate, stay safe and have a Happy New Year!
The most magical time of the year . With winter break just around the corner and my kids being home for 2 full weeks ....we are staying right here in Portland for the holidays which mean many opportunities to explore this great city of ours.
From Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo to the Christmas Ship Parade- this is the most beautiful time of the year. As long as we can keep the rain away, then a stroll through the Oregon Zoo to enjoy Zoo Lights is a favorite family tradition.
New Holiday Traditions
We are going to make time to check out the festive decorations at Pittock Mansion, make reservations at the iconic Heathman Hotel for Russian Tea or visit the Gingerbread display at the Benson Hotel to get in the holiday mood.
This is just a small sampling of things happening around the area.
Happy Holidays to you and your family
Cheers and Safe travels,
WHAT IS HOUSEWIVES IN THE CITY?
Hey Portland friends!
I hope you are all enjoying this magical Holiday season so far. I wanted to explain exactly what Housewives in the City is and what we’re all about. Plus explain my reason for wanting to be a part of it of this community.
What is Housewives in the City?
We are a group of women located in over 55 cities nationwide who use blogging and event coordinating to network with local businesses and lady bosses in the community. Through our blog, Instagram, Facebook, and monthly Girls Night Out events, we will keep you updated on fun and unique happenings in town as well as connect you to awesome local businesses. We like to keep things local.
What is Housewives in the City going to bring to Portland?
This group of women promotes friendship and networking with other women. By following my social media sites, you will be updated on exciting and interesting things going on here in Portland. There is so much to Portland and it is not just limited to downtown Portland. We have a culture of foodies here and the I believe one of the best food scene in the country .
Attending the Girls Night Out events will give you an opportunity to network and meet new people( and enjoy some great food and drinks).
If you’re new to the area and want to meet friends, this is for you!
If you’re looking to connect with local businesses, this is for you!
If you own a local business and are looking for customers that you can connect with on a personal level, this is for you!
And if you’re just wanting a stress-free night out with cool women by your side, this is for you!
Do you have to be a housewife to attend?
The answer to this is NO. The goal of Portland Housewives in the City is to connect women of all ages, backgrounds, and professions for a fun night out of networking and socializing. Oh, and the events are free! Not only are they free, but we give away swag bags loaded with goodies from businesses in the area! I have been a member of many networking groups - they all involved a membership fee with monthly dues. I knew that I wanted to be part of something different and Housewives in the City is different than other networking groups.
Where are these Girls Night Out events located?
The events will be hosted at restaurants, bars, breweries, and hotels in Portland and the surrounding areas. Each month will be a different part of town. When the venue is set, it will be announced on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! The events will take place in a different location of Portland every month to accommodate all of the women who want to attend.
If you have any further questions, or want information on being a vendor, please email me at
and follow my instagram @pdxhousewives
I am very excited to be part of the housewives community here in Portland and hope to be your guide on where to eat, where to shop and where to play in Portland and the surrounding areas.
Who I am: My name is Parisjat. I am from Thailand, born in Paris, grew up in Hong Kong and came to the United States to attend Washington State University. I met my husband in Seattle and we have been married with 3 kids for over 15 years. We moved to the Portland area from Chicago over 13 years ago and absolutely love the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
My philosophy in life is that age is just a number and I am on a mission to motivate and inspire others to live their best life - starting now. The best gift we can give ourselves is time - time to be present and enjoy life.
As a flight attendant I get to travel to many amazing places but there is no place like home. Portland is hip, unique and vibrant with the most amazing food scene. Yes, I love to eat!
I look forward to planning monthly events that allow us all to connect in person , have fun, network and learn from one another .
Hello! My name is Parisjat (pronounced Pareesha).
I am the social media and event coordinator for Housewives in the city in Portland as well as a flight attendant and mom to three kids.
Oregon has been my home for over 13 years and I love how dynamic, hip and vibrant Portland is.
I have a passion for Crossfit and American Ninja Warrior training which is the perfect balance to my love of bacon and ice-cream.
Please say hello if you see me on the plane, at the airport and out and about in town. I look forward to getting to know you at one of our monthly Girls Night out!