This Friday Finds comes to you from a cute little coffee shop on N Albina, called Albina Press. Lots of light and tables, and the coffee is pretty dang good. (Take that with a grain of salt – I don’t usually drink coffee and am not great at knowing the difference between good and great… so there you have it.) Here’s what I found this week:
1. Using leftover beer
It happens to everyone. You throw a party. You tell everyone to bring some beer, expecting maybe a few guests to actually do it. And then, lo and behold, EVERYONE brings beer. After the party, you have more of the stuff than you know what to do with (unless you’re planning on throwing a rager with your college buddies). The Kitchn has a few ideas for ways to use all that leftover beer: make a shandy, use it to steam clams, etc. You can also use it as a substitute for wine in your risotto 😉
2. Carrot Margarita
I’ll be honest, this carrot margarita from Flora Farms (found on The Latin Kitchen by way of Cupcakes and Cashmere) sounds so so so good. I love the sweetness of carrot juice, and this is a fun way to change it up.
3. H&M Home
H&M now has a home section! With some cute linens and kitchen accessories, I’m sure I’ll be hitting it up soon. It’s a great way to do seasonal revamping on a budget. They’ve got some cool storage tins and photographic tea towels that I’m eyeing.
4. Charred Corn Crepes from Smitten Kitchen
These charred corn crepes look so fun to make, and can be made in so many variations (sweet? savory? spicy? creamy?) that you could use the batter again and again. These are on my to do list, for reals.
New site EatWith looks crazy, kind of like Airbnbor Couchsurfing, but for meals. EatWith meets with hosts to evaluate their chops and space, and then hosts are allowed to put up events on EatWith, which anyone can attend (that the host chooses). Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, ranging anywhere from $10 to meals in the hundreds, this seems like such a cool way to try new food and meet new people. This is definitely something to look into when traveling!
6. 50 Best Things to Eat & Drink Right Now
GQ has a list of the 50 best things to eat and drink right now, with dishes from restaurants all over the place (the clam chowder at Portland restaurant Ox makes the list), as well as ingredients that are becoming the hot new thing (a la kale). Check it out and see if anything in your area makes the list.