Hi I’m Dorothy! I was born and raised in Portland, OR where I currently live with my husband Cody and our spunky terrier mix pup, Scout. We love living in the Pacific Northwest and take advantage of all there is to offer, spending our weekends wine tasting, hiking, visiting the nearby coast and Mt. Hood, and of course, eating all the delicious food.
I have always had a passion for food, born from my mom’s love for cooking and baking and my dad’s hearty appetite. As a child my older sister and I would stand on stools and get to act as assistant for my mom, learning early on how delicious cookie dough is. We created the “Butterfly Cafe” where we’d play restaurant, putting together a simple menu of the things we knew how to cook and making our parents order food from us. What took it to the next level was my art thesis in high school on the relationship between food and art. While other students were focusing on portraiture, film, or illustration, the only thing I could think of that I was passionate about was food. And so it began. I spent two years putting together food based projects and painting with mediums like melted chocolate and egg yolks. My art teacher pushed the class to create online portfolios to display our work as we began college applications, and thus this blog was born. I used it as an inspiration/journal board for my class and later, as a creative outlet for my various food related experiences in college.
Two of my favorite projects, both fun and functional. On the left a goldfish bowl covered in crackers, with a real goldfish inside. On the right, a salad patterned headband topped with faux onions.
I toyed with the idea of going to art school before deciding I was more passionate about food than art. Instead, I flew across the country to study hospitality management at Boston University, taking advantage of all the foodie electives like an International Cuisine cooking lab or Intro to Fine Wines. It wasn’t until I studied abroad in Paris for a semester that I really became focused on my blog again. I briefly renamed it “Les Aventures Saveur” or something like that and documented my discoveries around the beautiful city, eating an absurd number of pastries, crepes, and as many warm baguettes as I could get my hands on.
Ever since, this blog has become an on-again off-again creative outlet for me to talk about food. Post college, I spent a year working in the food & beverage department of a hotel in Bellevue, WA but very quickly learned that I hated it. Studying hospitality is a whole lot different than actually working in the industry. Cody and I were long distance at the time, so when he took a job in New York I jumped at the opportunity to quit my job and join him on the east coast. He was working at a country club northwest of New York City, where we also lived rent free in a dinky two room studio apartment without a bathroom or a kitchen. We stacked two mini fridges on top of one another and made it through with a microwave, two burner electric flattop griddle and my crockpot. I found a job in midtown NYC and commuted three hours round trip every day, leaving before Cody was awake and going to bed before he got home from work. Understandably, we ate out all the time, tracking down the best places in our little town. After a little over a year, we talked about moving out of the club but the more we talked, the more we realized that what we really wanted was to move somewhere that wasn’t NY. Back across the country it was!
We’ve been in Portland for just about two years now and it’s been amazing re-discovering the city I grew up in. We still spend many nights eating out or exploring happy hours in the city, but make good use out of the fact that we finally have a full size kitchen to cook out of!
I hope you enjoy joining me on my adventures, happy reading! If you ever have any questions or want to contact me, shoot me an email at email@example.com.