Thursday, May 28, 2015

inPDX {TitleNine + A Giveaway}

If you have been following along for awhile, you know that I have the great privelege of eating a lot of amazing food. Clams, Kiwi Guacamole and chocolate chip cookies have all been on the menu as of late. That requires a good amount of cardio and a few pilates classes every week to counter the deliciousness. I also have a better attitude, more energy and my sleep quality improves exponentially - so many benefits from including fitness into my life!!

One challenge I have with working out is my figure. You see, I am more of a Joan than a Peggy. While I can rock many-a cocktail dress, finding supportive sports bras can be very challenging. A lack of support, thin straps and flimsy fabric can result in a sore back, tender shoulders and revealing situations. I once had quite the slip at pilates - thank goodness the man next to me was a complete gentleman!!

Ziplining deserves support

This brings us to Title Nine - the fitness brand and chain committed to empowering women and providing them with the gear and community to take on just about any physical challenge! They are especially passionate about sports bras that work for you!! You being a 5'10 A Cup yoga gal, or the 5'2 DD hiking junkie! They proudly call themselves 'Bravangelists' bringing the good word of back support and comfort to women around the country - at 29 stores precisely with one in Portland and another in Eugune. Not in one of those cities?? Don't worry, they can fit you over the phone! How cool is that?!

Hiking should also come with a supportive brassiere! 

In the coming weeks the Oregon stores will be hosting Bra Fit Tests. With an expanded assortment of bras and even more Bravangelists on-hand you will have the opportunity to find Sports Bras and beyond that are perfect for you! Maybe you is an avid rock climber who needs an over the shoulder boulder holder (Beaches reference) or a busy mom who needs support while chasing after the kids while still looking cute!

Title Nine Portland
June 3-4 10am-8pm
1335 NW Kearney Street

Title Nine Eugene
June 10-11 10am-8pm
5th Street Market
296 East 5th Avene #229

Meredith, didn't you mention a giveaway in the title?!?! Why yes, yes I did!!  Title Nine is generously giving away one sports bra to a lucky MarthaChartreuse reader!! This giveaway is limited to those that live in the United States. For those that don't live in a city with a Title Nine a Bravangelist will happily fit you over the phone!

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 2nd!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recipe {Spring Pea Risotto}

I had very grand plans for this blog post - beautiful photos with peas scattered about and close-up shots of the grains of rice transforming into creamy magic. Then came the time to make the meal and I remembered that risotto is a very active dish that doesn't leave much time for taking photos. At least when the chef is the one taking them. And then I started to get sad - yes, it is real-talk time - about my single status and that I was making a giant pot of risotto for me. I'm nice, smart and have pretty fantastic hair. Dammit, I make risotto on week nights!! I even used homemade chicken stock. I'm a freakin' catch.

But then I took a breath and started to make the meal. I poured myself a glass of wine and turned on some kind of emo-hipster Pandora station. I became immersed in the process of making risotto. The chopping and toasting. The stirring and laddling, watching the broth soak into the rice. And as I stirred the dish and sipped on my wine my attitude changed; I am a catch! I do make risotto on weeknights! Dang my booty is looking good from pilates!

I am so lucky that every day I get to date myself. And be best friends with myself. And that I genuinely like myself. While I am single (and ready to mingle) I am also very content with a Tuesday night making myself a beautiful meal and having plenty of leftovers. And it is okay that there are just a few shots of the finished product. This blog is about keeping it real, and the reality of my life is that I am single and am physically incapable of photographing myself making risotto. This is a truth I am willing and happy to accept.

1 Cup English Peas
2 Cups White Rice {Preferably Arborio}
1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
6 Cups High Quality Chicken Stock
1 Yellow Onion {Chopped}
3 Cloves Garlic {Minced}
2 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS Butter
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese {Grated}
Juice + Zest of 1 Lemon
10 Fresh Mint Leaves {Chiffonade}

1-2 Glasses of Wine {Optional, but recommended for the chef}
Swoon-Worthy Playlist {Mumford + Sons or Civil Wars Pandora Stations}

Tip: To reduce oversalting at the end, lightly salt + pepper the dish every other time you add liquid.

1. In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water to prevent the peas from overcooking or mushing. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan heat the stock over medium heat. 
3. In a large, heavy bottomed pan over medium heat add the butter and olive oil. When the butter is melted add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 3-4 more minutes, or until the onions are transluscent and soft.
4. Add the rice to the onion and garlic mixture. Stir consistently for 4-5 minutes. Lightly salt+pepper the mixture. Add white wine and stir until absorbed.
5. Add 2 laddles of the chicken stock to the rice mixture and stir until the liquid is completely absorbed. About 3-4 minutes. repeat this process until all of the liquid is gone and the rice is cookied.
6. Add the cheese, lemon, peas and mint. Salt+Pepper to taste.
7. Enjoy the meal and the company {Especially if it is just you!}

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#ThursdayToursPDX {Date Night}

Whether you are celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary or navigating the wild, wild world of online dating, having an arsenal of go-to date spots in your back pocket is an absolute must. Be it is drinks, a nice dinner, or romantic third date spot Portland has a lot of options to offer. To help us identify some of the best spots Erin and I asked Annie of Serious Crust and Brooke of Chocolate and Marrow for #thursdaytourspdx Date Night!

In case you don't know her, Annie is super cool. Over at Serious Crust she shares elegant yet accessible recipes, detailed and honest restaurant reviews, and always uses ooooh-factor ingredients. Not to mention, she has amazing personal style, is super funny, and is in a band. Yup - she is in a band!! So whether your date loves going to shows or shops at Zupans I know you will love her date spots.

And for Brooke's recommendations head over to Bakery Bingo!