The Best Day

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Today was by far the best day I’ve had in a very long time.

Now that I’m not working (separate post coming soon about that), the day started slowly.  Mr. Won’t Run slept later than normal and we weren’t up until about 7:20.  I thought about hopping back into the cozy, warm bed after he left but decided to put my contacts in, brush my teeth, and take Koko for a short walk.  I’m glad I did because we were greeted with this beautiful sunrise.

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I figured I would head to the grocery store to get that errand out of the way early, but when I was walking Koko it appeared that the roads were still a bit icy so I decided to put it off until the afternoon.  In the meantime, I grabbed a cup of coffee and settled on the couch with the laptop, played a few episodes of Fixer Upper (#shiplap), and Koko snuggled up beside me.

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I finally decided to hit the shower and when I got out Mr. Won’t Run texted saying he was taking a half day and asked if I had eaten lunch yet.  I hadn’t, so he came home and we ventured back out together.  We’ve been watching The Fung Bros so my Korean husband had a craving for some real Asian food.  We drove by Boke Bowl but there was no available parking close by so we decided to keep going and hit Double Dragon, but I missed the turn so we decided to keep going into Sellwood and try Jade Bistro & Patisserie.  FYI, Siri pronounces patisserie like “potty spree”, ha!

We started with Steamed Hum Bao with barbecue pork, and please note the red stamp.  On our way to lunch Mr. Won’t Run was asking me where we had the good hum bao and I told him I had no recollection of ever eating hum bao in Portland.  He was like “no, remember, they put the red stamp on it, you know, the red stamp” but that did nothing to jog my memory.  He mentioned it was in Southeast and the only Asian place I could think of over there was Jade Bistro but he wasn’t sure that was the place.  But, it is.  Now it’s kind of a joke… “you know, the red stamp!!”  It’s also a running joke that my memory sucks.

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He got the Beef Noodle Soup (pho), we shared the Fried Coconut Shrimp Skewers, and I had the Beef Salad.

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You guys, this beef salad is everything!  I could eat it every day and be so happy.  The meat was perfectly cooked and the “spicy lemongrass roasted rice dressing” was my favorite sweet + spicy combo.  The fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and lettuce made it taste so fresh.  Oh, and it’s gluten-free, so if I ever have to give up gluten I can take comfort in knowing I can still eat this salad!

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After lunch we walked around the neighborhood checking out the shops.  We went into Columbia Sportswear and they’re having a great winter sale at the moment – you’re welcome.  Then we hit the antique shops.   First up was Sellwood Collective, and then Raven Antiques & Military where I really wanted this gem for our wall, it’s perfect, right?

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I do love that old cash register from 1900 though, if only I had a place for it.  And an extra $650.

We also checked out Rusted Rooster Antiques, and if you’re looking for dishes/china this is the place to be!

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We also stopped at Savory Spice Shop but I didn’t snap any pictures.  Basically any spice you can imagine is there and you can buy bulk so however much or little as you want, and the gals working were extremely nice and helpful.

The next obvious stop was the Hurry Back Ice Cream food cart!  They make their Philadelphia style (no eggs) ice cream in that tiny little cart and you can get it in a cone or on top of brownies or pie!!  We went with the pie.  Mr. Won’t Run had the apple pie with a scoop of Madagascar Vanilla and a scoop of Cinnamon, and I had the cherry pie with a scoop of Cardamom Chocolate Chip.  So delicious, and the owner was so helpful and fun to chat with!

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And then… WE WENT BOWLING!!!  I don’t even remember the last time I went bowling, I’m pretty sure it was when Mr. Won’t Run and I were dating, so 10+ years ago.  I was on track to win the first game but we messed up and he rolled the very last frame of my turn and he got a strike, so we called that whole game the practice round.  He won the next two and I’m attributing it to my lack of arm strength, I’m only good for one game apparently.  Oh yeah, and I totally B I T . I T .  Not sure how it happened, but I lost my footing on the last step so I instinctively took a step forward but that was over the line and those lanes are SLICK!  I went down hard onto both knees and almost bashed my teeth in on the edge of the gutter but thankfully my hands got there before my face.  It was hilarious!  Mr. Won’t Run was really sweet and came over to help me up, I’m really not sure how he wasn’t doubled over in laughter.

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Today… it was spontaneous and unplanned and spent with my favorite guy.  It was perfect and felt like the good old days of dating.

Mr. Won’t Run’s job keeps him pretty busy and he works weird schedules so sometimes there are days our schedules just don’t match up and we don’t get much quality time together.  On the occasional day where he’s able to take the afternoon off I could never join him because of the day job, so now that I’m not working for a while I’m hoping days like this will make up for the evenings and weekends that we don’t get to see each other.

I’m looking forward to more days like this.

Local Love – Stafford Farms & Vintage, and The Little Door

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*** Update: Exciting news from The Little Door ***

GREAT BIG HUGE AWESOME News Alert! This year I'm getting the biggest and best Christmas present EVER! Imagine this farm field will be turning into our cedar tree lined driveway that will lead you back to our new reclaimed wood whitewashed barn store that will be the new and permanent home of The Little Door! And what is super exciting for us…is that the new location will be on our family farm off of 65th (just down the street from our current location on Stafford but before Lee's Farm…literally 1–2 minutes from where we are right now). So not only will you get to come out and shop for all of the goodies you are used to…but you can also say hi to our cows, visit our gardens and enjoy the rolling hills and views of our farm land💚. So here is the plan…The Little Door will be closing at the current location on January 10th in order to start turning our focus to the constructing of our new and wonderful location and barn…for a proposed Grand Re-Opening date of March 1 at our new location! We have a lot of work to do in a short time…but we can't wait and are soooo excited!!! Our current and wonderful business partner, Jeanie Braun ❤️ of Stafford Farms & Vintage) will be taking this opportunity to switch focus to her family and their construction company. So she will be closing her store on January 10th as well, but on a permanent level. A decision I know that was extremely difficult for her to make and I know we will all miss her and Stafford Farms & Vintage. We have benefited immensely from her business partnership and I have gained a wonderful friend in the process!!! Now…with all of that said…please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We want to hear from you about any cool ideas you may have, fun comments or your shared excitement for the new venture (which by the way…we can't wait for you to be a part of…our customers mean the world to us!!!) So we have decided to keep our sale running until our close date of January 10th…so if there is anything you have had your eye on…now's the time to come and get it!!! Or just stop in to say Hi…we'd love to see you! XOXOXO, Angela😘

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If you’ve ever driven down Stafford Road through Wilsonville you may have seen this cute little shop with two names – Stafford Farms & Vintage, and The Little Door.  It’s part of the Farmlandia Farm Loop and I’d driven by it plenty of times but finally stopped in just last month and I’ll definitely be back.

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So why does it have two names?  It’s because two friends partnered up and joined their stores.  How fun does that sound?!  Jeanie Bruan has Stafford Farms & Vintage, and Angela Dickson joined in 2014 with The Little Door, and it resulted in the cutest little home décor / vintage / antique / garden accessories store.

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There’s so much great stuff, new and old, with a variety of styles like Boho Vintage, Romantic Beach Cottage, French Country, Shabby Chic, and Rustic Elegance.  My style is something like log-cabin-industrial-minimalist-french-country (is that a thing?), and I found plenty of things I liked!  I am admittedly not up on my antique pricing knowledge, but when I checked out the tags on some larger items I expected them to be much higher.

I absolutely loved how it was decorated and set up.  It’s a small space but there was so much to see.  I’ve noticed that antique type shops like this can be hard to peruse because there’s just so much stuff and often there’s no rhyme or reason as to how things are organized, but this place does a great job of organizing and it feels like everything was purposefully placed with thought and care.

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I met Jeanie the day I was there and she was so nice and fun to chat with.  Good thing I had my OSU hat on because they are a Beaver family.  Don’t let that deter you if you’re a Duck, good home décor crosses all barriers, haha!

If this type of place is your thing, check out the Farm Girls Roadshow they’re part of this weekend, it’s a progressive shopping event in the West Linn/Lake Oswego/Wilsonville area – sounds really fun!

Want to check out the shop for yourself?  Here’s more info:

26015 SW Stafford Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(about 1.5 miles east off I-5 exit 286)

Mon-Sat, 11-4
Sun, 12-4

Stafford Farms & Vintage
Website / Facebook / Instagram

The Little Door
Facebook / Instagram

This post is not sponsored in any way, I’m just sharing a fun local place I really like!  Jeanie might remember me so if you stop by tell you heard about them here :)

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Living the Co-op Life

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Finding a co-op is kind of like dating.  You meet, get to know each other, fall in love, and make a commitment.  It’s the classic love story.

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I’m kidding, but not totally.  I met Our Table thanks to that food blogger conference a few months ago, I returned once a week or so to get to know it better, and when I found myself talking to friends about it non-stop while sporting a cheesy grin I knew it was love!  My analogy falls apart at this point since I totally want to share my co-op with friends and family.  An open co-op relationship is a lot easier than an open dating relationship.

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After a few months in love, I wanted to show Our Table how much they meant to me so I decided to become an official consumer member.  You don’t have to be a member to shop there or attend events (like the Swell Granola tasting this Saturday!), but being a member does come with some benefits:

  • Participate in a local, cooperatively owned business, vote in Co-op elections, and run for the Board of Directors
  • Lower food prices – 10% off everything at our on-farm grocery on the 2nd Saturday of each month
  • Access to exclusive on-farm events and U-pick days, special small-batch produce and prepared foods
  • Discounts on educational classes
  • Share of the Co-op’s profits — earn a patronage dividend based on your total purchases in years when the Cooperative makes sufficient profits

I love that being a member means I own a part of it, I get a say and my voice matters.  I’m excited to see the whole co-op election process and get to know the people on the Board.  I doubt any of them needed to hire Olivia Pope to get elected, but I would imagine they all take their positions just as seriously and do it for a real love of the co-op.

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The thing that keeps bringing me back though, and is available to non-members as well, is just the fact that I know exactly where my food comes from, and if I want more info all I have to do is ask.  I don’t even know how to express the peace of mind that gives me.  With a  new article every day about toxic food additives, pesticides, GMOs, meat recalls, and foods being bad for you that were touted as healthy the day before, knowing what to buy can be stressful.

I will admit to being a bit paralyzed at times in the grocery store, trying to decipher ingredients and weed through all the advertising claims you’re never sure you can believe.  The easy answer there is to skip the packaged foods and focus on the produce and meat/seafood sections, but that has it’s own issues.  Which veggies should you purchase organic vs. conventional (and what do I do with them once I get them home?), was that chicken free-range (and what exactly does free-range mean?), was that cow slaughtered humanely (and how can I even verify that?).

So many questions but so few answers.  Most of the time I’d end up feeling like no decision was the right one and I’d just hit Taco Bell on the way home.  Obviously that makes no sense since we can all agree that Taco Bell is never the right decision.  Not even if they bring back the rolled chicken tacos!

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Knowing that I can walk into the On-Farm Grocery and shop without having to question everything is such a relief!  Grocery shopping is fun again, and coupling that with the CSA has been getting me back into the kitchen which my husband is certainly a fan of.  It doesn’t hurt that the Our Table staff is amazing as well!  Whether it’s Royce or Colleen in the store (or anyone else you deal with), they’re going to greet you with a genuine smile and they’ll help you find exactly what you need.  It feels how I imagine the old timey General Stores were (local people, local food), but thankfully it has modern conveniences like a commercial kitchen and indoor plumbing!

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What really struck me at the member potluck last weekend is that a co-op is a community, people coming together for a common goal.  To get the most out of it you need to get involved, and the best way to do that is become a member and truly own your food instead of just buying it.  If you’re local and interested, swipe right click here.

Already a member?  Comment below and introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you!

To learn more about Our Table and their co-op/csa/farming ways, check them out here:
Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
13390 SW Morgan Rd
Sherwood, OR  97140
503-217-4304

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(The fun legal disclosure: This September is membership month at Our Table and I’m partnering with them for a blog series sharing my co-op story and how they help me eat local.  I  am receiving a small discount on purchases I make, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  If I didn’t genuinely love this place I would not be telling you about it.  Check out all my Our Table coverage here!)

FALLing for Veggies

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It’s finally Fall!  Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, gourds are ripening, and I couldn’t love it more!!

Part of the CSA fun is learning what’s in season in the area.  Sure, I can go to the grocery store and buy oranges every day of the year, but if you stop to think about it, oranges are only grown in certain areas and at certain times, so how are there always oranges available?  Eating locally has opened my eyes to eating seasonally as well.  So what do Fall veggies from Our Table look like?

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Pretty similar to Summer veggies at this point, but leeks are new!

Thank goodness the Our Table blog lists what’s coming each week with cooking ideas.  I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten leeks, and I know for a fact I’ve never cooked with them.  Apparently they’re part of the Allium family, like garlic and onions; might have to try one of these tasty sounding options:

What’s your favorite thing to do with leeks?

Sadly, I didn’t make it in to my favorite farm store this weekend.  Insert sad, crying, pouty face here.  I’m feeling under the weather thanks to fellow employees bringing their second hand germs to work – thanks a lot back-to-school-season.  If it weren’t for the dog, I probably wouldn’t have ever moved from bed this weekend.

How weird is it to be sad about missing grocery shopping?  Not so weird when it’s a place that knows you by name, treats you like a friend, and has fireplace seating!

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Maybe this is the Theraflu talking, but I’m counting down the days until we’re reunited!

 

(The fun legal disclosure: This September is membership month at Our Table and I’m partnering with them for a blog series sharing my co-op story and how they help me eat local.  I  am receiving a small discount on purchases I make, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  If I didn’t genuinely love this place I would not be telling you about it.  Check out all my Our Table coverage here!)

Our Table Members are Potluck Party People

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Have you ever looked up the definition of potluck?  I just did, and Google expectedly says “a meal or party to which each of the guests contributes a dish”, but it also says “used in reference to a situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable”, which I found hilariously spot-on!

You never really know what you’re in for with a potluck, you may end up stuffed silly, or you may find yourself stopping at Wendy’s on the way home for something slightly more edible, or you may contract the dreaded potato-salad-poisoning.  Mayo and sunshine are beautiful on their own, no so much when mixed together.

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According to Wikipedia, potluck was first used in the 16th century and referred to providing food for an unexpected guest, they would be served whatever was available, so it was the luck of the pot.  I wonder if people strategically timed their “unexpected” visits?  Like if they saw their neighbor walking home from the market with fresh bread, they knew it was a good time to drop by?  That’s what I’d do.  “Oh, fresh bread?  You don’t say… Well, if you insist!  Got any butter?”

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Thankfully my potluck experiences have been very lucky.  I work with a bunch of foodies and we can’t go more than a few month before someone is suggesting another potluck.  We keep a Traeger in the shop, that’s how serious we are about it.  With the bar set so high, I wasn’t getting my hopes up too much about the first annual member potluck at Our Table.  I thought the food would be good, of course, but I wasn’t convinced it would hold a candle crockpot to our work shindigs.

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I am happy to report that I was so very wrong!  These co-op members can COOK!  I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, if you’re buying fresh produce from a co-op, you probably know your way around a kitchen.  Pretty sure I’m the only one who doesn’t, haha!

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(There’s the bag of chips from my last post, and the black bean and corn salsa/salad/relishy kind of thing I made.  Oh, and if you also fell in love with that vegan broccoli raisin salad, the very nice gentleman who made it shared the recipe he used!)

The beautiful farm setting only enhanced the food experience!  It was so fun to meet fellow members, watch the kids play, walk the flower garden during sunset, and stay warm by the fire pit.

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The only tiny thing I would suggest for next year is an epic s’mores bar!  Or maybe that just needs to be an event all it’s own – Our S’mores Table?  Oh goodness, could you imagine… some Betty Lou’s graham crackers (or homemade cookies!) with marshmallows, a little Alma Salted Caramel Sauce, and some Honey Mama’s Cocoa Nectar… a glass of local wine on the side for good measure.  Might have to bring sleeping bags and just stay the night!

Hey, I’m a member, I can bring that to the board for a vote or something like that, right?  Anybody want to second my s’motion?  I mean, marshmallows are an Oregon crop, right?

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Don’t worry, I’m admittedly clueless about farming but I do know marshmallows are not an Oregon crop.  They obviously only grow in the North Pole!

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What’s your go-to dish for potlucking?  Or s’moresing?

(The fun legal disclosure: This September is membership month at Our Table and I’m partnering with them for a blog series sharing my co-op story and how they help me eat local.  I  am receiving a small discount on purchases I make, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  If I didn’t genuinely love this place I would not be telling you about it.  Check out all my Our Table coverage here!)

Another week, another CSA!

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This week’s haul:

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– Collard Greens –
– Beet Thinnings –
– Stocky Red Roasters –
– Amarosa potatoes –

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– Focaccia Pizza –
– Lettuce, Tomatoes, Fennel, Sweet Potato, ORANGE Cauliflower –
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– Eggs –
– POP TART –
– Chips –
– Hand Lotion –
– Green Pepper Sauce –

That Focaccia and the pop tart are made by Roman Candle Baking Co. and both are so delicious.  Couldn’t even wait for the photo before I ate some of that pop tart!

The veggies are pretty standard and you know they’re going to get roasted, except for the cauliflower.  I’ve never seen orange cauliflower before, have you?  I’ve seen purple, but not orange.  I’m going to make some of this creamy cauliflower sauce for a healthy fettuccine alfredo – I think the orange color will make it so fun!

The Late July chips and Portland Pepper Sauce are part of a dish I’m taking to the Fall Open House & Member Potluck tomorrow – it’s a black bean and corn salsa type of thing!

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The lotion was an impulse buy, I love orange blossom and there was a tester and I really liked it.  Did you know Our Table has some body products too?  Soaps and lotions from Something Green:

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They also have these cute elixirs from Sweet Honey Farmacy!  I haven’t tried them yet but my friend swears by the Grounding Elixir for helping calm the mind.

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PLUOTS!!  It’s just fun to say.  Very excited that apple season is upon us – YAY FALL!!

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I’m always blown away by the new options in the prepared food and frozen sections, I mean, check this out… pulled pork, pork enchiladas, beet salad, hummus, CUBANO SANDWICH, farm salad, romesco sauce, stuffed shells, farm salad, borscht, minestrone, meat sauce, FRESH MOZZARELLA, apple galette, and focaccia pizza.  So many options and you don’t have to waste a moment wondering about the safety or quality of the ingredients.  I love it!!

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As for eating last week’s bounty… We thoroughly enjoyed the split pea soup!  Topped it with that Rogue Creamery smokey blue cheese and a side of Roman Candle bread of course.

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I also roasted up the veggies with some herbs and a couple of the apples and we ate that a few times over the week.  Cooked up the Deck Farms sausage to add to it, fried up some eggs and called it Harvest Hast.  Pretty sure we could eat some variation of this every day and be perfectly happy!

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Cooked up the bacon in the oven and used the smokey blue cheese for BLT salads which I topped with homemade ranch!  So good!!  I didn’t even sit down to eat that salad, I inhaled it standing in the kitchen while the dog stared me down for a piece of bacon.  Oh, and good news if you’re doing Whole30, this Deck Farms bacon appears to be compliant, and so is that ranch recipe, so add this BLT salad to your W30 meal plan!

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Other goodies around the store:

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Have I mentioned yet that they have Breakside Brewery IPA, Lion Heart Kombucha, Napa Valley Naturals olive oil, and Spectrum Naturals balsamic vinegar on tap?  They do.

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Can’t wait to head back over there tomorrow for the potluck, however, my mingling skills basically don’t exist.  I’m terrible at small talk and can be shy and reserved, especially in large gatherings which can come off as aloof or snobby when really I’m just way out of my comfort zone.  Anyone else feel like that?

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What are you excited to cook and eat this week?

(The fun legal disclosure: This September is membership month at Our Table and I’m partnering with them for a blog series sharing my co-op story and how they help me eat local.  I  am receiving a small discount on purchases I make, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  If I didn’t genuinely love this place I would not be telling you about it.  Check out all my Our Table coverage here!)