Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Activities + Title Nine GIVEAWAY

As we head into the holiday weekend we also head into a season of outdoor activities. Long hikes, bike rides and boating about. For all of the ladies that means we need a supportive and attractive bra for all of the activities. Last year I attended the Bravengelist T9FitFest Event at Title Nine and have LOVED the sports bra I picked up. It is pretty, supportive and slimming. I've picked up more than one in the last year.

Not sure what to do this weekend? 

Go for a hike or run in Mount Tabor, bring a blanket and read along the reservoir, and grab brunch at Coquine!

Lounging on Mount Tabor and overlooking the city.

The best cookies - and the best brunch - at Coquine.

Rent a boat and kayak up and down the Willamette then reward yourself with some wine. They call that hashbrown winning!

Pedal hard, check out some gorgeous historic homes and have the BEST rotisserie chicken in Portland - Arrosto!

2016 Portland #T9FitFest
Wednesday June 1st + Thursday June 2nd

Don't live in Portland? Find out when you can get fit in your city! Or use the BraGenie from the comfort of your couch.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

#thursdayToursPDX {Cheap Eats}

I'm a value person. I will happily spend money on an amazing meal, but also look for more affordable choices. A $20 prosciutto plate? No thanks! Which is why I always appreciate when people provide real, affordable Tuesday options for dining out. It shouldn't just be for special occasions or unhealthy fast food.

I met Rachel and Alex (and their dog Zippy!!!) through Erin and we quickly hit it off. My first encounter with Alex involved wine and him complimenting my tutu. I've liked him ever since! And Rachel is one of my favorite people to dine out with - she is an adventurous eater and would never suggest getting the most expensive bottle of wine. It doesn't hurt that she is hilarious!

This super cute couple is getting married this Fall but have already 'shipped in the form of an Instagram account devoted to the best cheap eats in Portland. Be sure to give @PDXBang4Buck a follow.

Head over to Bakery Bingo to find out Amy of Eating My Way Through Portland suggestions.

Hello, Martha Chartreuse readers, Alex and Rachel here!  We consider ourselves foodies on a budget with champagne dreams living in a table wine reality.  Check our our suggestions and tips by following our brand new Instagram @PDXBANG4BUCK.  Here are our suggestions for stretching your dollar and eating well in Portland, Oregon. 

Image: Rae's Lakeview Lounge

Rae's Lakeview Lounge- 1900 NW 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Rae's Lakeview Lounge didn't make our list because it shares Rachel's name or because it overlooks a lake (it doesn't).  It's on our list because the $1 mimosas, deluxe bloody Mary's, and huge filling brunch options are pretty hard to beat.  We recommend the savory dutch baby or baked eggs.  For the ultimate deal get yourself a mimosas and their biscuits and gravy for a grand total of $5. Brunch is only available on Saturday and Sunday.

Honkin' Huge Burrito- Pioneer Courthouse Square
Lunch for two $6?  Vegetarian, but not lacking in sustenance or flavor? Easy downtown lunch spot? Yes, Yes, and Yes.  Honkin' Huge Burrito is a go to quick lunch located in Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Burritos overflowing with Spanish rice, beans, guac, crisp fresh romaine, and sour cream.  They have numerous hot sauces, standard to exotic. Honkin' Huge is a pioneer of the Portland food cart scene, with over 17 years of service, Shelly knows how to make a burrito.

Image: Swagat

Swagat Indian Cuisine- Locations in NW Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro
Swagat makes our list with their AWESOME lunch buffet.  For less than $10 ($9.95 to be exact) you get to sample a variety of curries, Indian side dishes, salad, rice, nan and other tasty options.  They have 3 locations, one in NW and two out in the burbs.  One of the best parts of this deal is that it is available daily! Oh, did we forget to mention it is an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet?

Noodles Restaurant- Border of Portland and Beaverton, 6830 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Noodles Restaurant gives you the feeling of a home cooked Italian meal, in take out format (you can dine in, but it travels well).  An easy dinner for 2 with a pasta entree, salad, and their can't be beat garlic cheesy bread for under $20.  Alex's favorite is the Cajun Shrimp Penne with just enough spice, and Rachel's favorite is the Chicken Rotelli with Sundried Tomatoes. Insider tip; All of their desserts are house made, PDXBang4buck fav is the tiramisu.

Continue our search for affordable tasty options by following us on Instagram @PDXBANG4BUCK

#ThursdayToursPDX is a collaborative series between Portland, OR bloggers {Erin} Bakery Bingo + {Meredith} Martha Chartreuse. In a city filled with amazing restaurants, artisan experiences, and fantastic tastemakers the inside scoop is a must. We will be asking our friends and fellow bloggers for their recommendations and tips for all the City of Roses has to offer.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Carry On Essentials

This week I am heading to DC to visit my sister and see a few friends. Our itinerary is relativelyThis week I am heading to DC to visit my sister and see a few friends. Our itinerary is relatively relaxed but I am especially excited to try out Rose's Luxury! Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (merecdavison) for all of the adventures.

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1
In my opinion, this is the very best balm out there! I also use it as a balm on my hands, cuticles on elbows. Perfect when battling the airplane dry out.

Betty Lou's Nut Butter Balls
Airport and airplane food is expensive and processed. Even the restaurant food is heavy. Having a high-protein snack in my bag keeps things healthier and prevents me from dropping $20 on boxed cheese boards or Starbucks.

Old Navy Chambray
After year's of hunting I found the very best chambray! I love to keep this around as an alternative to a cardigan. It is more stylish and goes with just about everything. Perfect for transitioning through AC and hot-hot temps.

Pill Case
A true adult moment in my life was the day I switched over to my pill case. Not only does it keep me on track with probiotics, supplements and medicine, it is also much more compact. If you don't have a daily regimen I still recommend this for allergy pills, ibuprofen or sleep aids to avoid giant bottles when traveling.

Respect yourself. Respect your body. Pack a mini-deodorant!! 

Pocket Notebooks
While we do live in a high-tech world, tech can fail. When traveling I write down all important information in a notebook that I keep in my purse. This includes phone numbers, addresses, confirmation codes and directions. This also keeps the data usage down when traveling.

Susan Grace Toner
The second I enter an airport my skin goes to the dogs. I've learned that setting my makeup with a toner and refreshing throughout the day counters the dry patches and puff.