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interview series: Kylie Streed

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I met Kylie at our mutual friend Brian’s party. Kylie and I were sitting by each other on the couch commiserating about our gluten free lifestyle. We were both eyeballing the cookies while making chit chat. She mentioned she was a hairstylist, and I reported I had just that week gotten my hair cut. I had my hair pulled back and also was wearing a hat. I dutifully showed her what I was feeling rather apathetic about and she responded by saying we should cut it! I agreed!

She cut my hair with regular scissors in the hallway at Brian’s house in the middle of a party. I love her spontaneity and her infectious laugh. She’s a warm and caring person who is now my new hair stylist!

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Jamie: Tell us a little about yourself.

Kylie: I was born and raised in sunny southern California, but now I choose to call Portland my home.  I’ve been specializing in men’s haircuts for a little over eight years.  I feel like the luckiest person alive because I get to make a living doing pretty much my favorite thing in the world.  I also love to read; I have at least three books dog-eared at any given time.  That’s right– books.  The Kindle makes me nervous and doesn’t smell nearly as good as ink on fresh paper.

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Jamie: Southern California and Portland, Oregon are practically complete opposites in some ways, yet really similar in others. What do you love about both places? And what do you miss most about SoCal? I’d love to know about some of your favorites places and restaurants too!

Kylie: They really are so different from each other.  That’s what’s so nice about still having family in California.  I get to enjoy for a few days and then come back to reality– kind of like playing with my friends’ kids.  I love the warmth and smell of California.  Maybe my olfactory system is super sensitive, but I think all places have a unique smell.  I love that in Portland, you can walk to your neighborhood theatre and watch the Country Music Awards or just a basketball game with fellow beer drinkers.  There’s such a strong sense of community here.  What I miss most about where I grew up is the Mexican food!  not many things are fried in lard up here in the northwest, unfortunately.  I did find one restaurant that comes pretty close to SoCal- There’s a divey little joint on East Burnside called Ole Ole. The tacos are to die for and very affordable!  Which is good, because everyone in Portland is either retired or working on their doctorate.  Another place I love specializes in Ethiopian cuisine.  No jokes, please.  It’s called Bete-Lukas.  The owner is a kick and the food is always fresh and delicious.  And because I have three stomachs, I can’t forget about dessert.  Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in the Buckman area is as out there as it gets.  Incredible and interesting hand crafted pies and coffees.  But, beware of the bathrooms- that’s all I’ll say.

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Jamie:  I thought I was a die hard paper book person too, but my friend Jill gave me a Kindle, and I was surprised how much I do like it! It’s been a lifesaver living in a small place. Haha! What kind of books do you read?

Kylie: I’ll read pretty much anything that I’m given or is recommended to me.  I get a lot of books as gifts. It’s pretty interesting to see what people come up with.  You can always tell what kind of person someone thinks you are by the books they give you.  Chuck Pahlaniuk is my favorite author, so I’ve read all of his work.  You may know him from such titles as, “Fight Club.”  I’m really into science fiction and memoirs.  I’m just fascinated by humans; I’ll read anyone’s story.

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Jamie: You seem like a brave and fearless person. Does anything scare you?

Kylie: Turning thirty!  No, but seriously, a few things do.  I’ve always been deathly afraid of heights.  Once I’m at 30,000 feet on an airplane I can relax–sort of.  But skyscrapers…forget it.  I also have a healthy fear of large dogs; it stems from some sort of childhood canine trauma, I’m sure.

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Jamie: I used to love flying, but I like it less and less these days. I do like heights though. They remind me of dreams I have had in which I can fly. But let’s circle back around to the hair cutting thing: when did you get interested in hair cutting? And why are you specialized in men’s hair? What inspires you? Tell me all the things!

Kylie: Do you ever fall in your flying dreams?  I heard that’s good luck!  Hair cutting…let’s see. I’ve been fascinated with the entire beautification process for as long as I can remember.  When my parents would have guests over, I’d walk around the room and paint everyone’s fingernails.  I’m sure I did great work at four years old!  

Whenever my dad would go in to get his hair cut, even if it was early in the morning, I’d go with him.  I’d sit in the lobby and watch intently.  I loved the sound of the shears snipping the hair and how effortless and graceful the stylists looked while working.  Later in life, I was always the first in the house to notice when Dad came home with a fresh haircut.  His face looked brighter and he seemed to have a spring in his step.  Men’s hair holds my interest because of the precision involved in cutting, and even styling it.  Women’s hair is fun to look at and play with, but the technician in me loves dealing with tight shapes and weight lines.  It’s also fun to show a man that a good haircut really can make a difference in how he feels and even acts.  I feel that the extra time and attention I’m able to devote to my clients gives them a certain confidence and dare I say…swagger?  

I love to flip through cheesy magazines like US Weekly to see what the “beautiful people” of the world are doing with their hair.  Since my shop is in a men’s clothing store, I also draw a lot of inspiration from expensive suits.  I like to give my clients a haircut that will enhance their style and maybe even get them to switch from a polo to a nice sport coat.

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Jamie: Would you like to share some internet links?

Kylie: www.facebook.com/hairbykyliestreed

www.schedulicity.com (online scheduling.)

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hair-by-kylie-portland

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Thanks to Kylie for participating in my interview series! If you have any questions for her, ask in the comments below! (And go get a hair cut!)

food photography: beet and beef stew

I love stew.

In particular, beef stew. There’s nothing quite as simple and comforting as a slow cooked, filling, and savory meal. I typically have a go-to recipe that I vary little from, but I thought I’d try a new twist using golden beets, celeriac, anchovies, and herbs de Provence. The recipe I used is from Chris Kresser’s site.

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Stewing meat, vegetables, and spices together doesn’t get any easier. I like the ease of starting with a lot of fresh ingredients (and perhaps a few shortcuts if you don’t have your own stock or tomato sauce at hand), and ending up with something so hearty.

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You start by sauteing the onions and shallots in your heavy bottomed pot. Add garlic when your onions are nearly finished (garlic can burn easily), then add all the rest of the ingredients to the pot save for a couple cloves of chopped garlic that you’ll add at the very end for a little punch.

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Golden beets

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celery root/celeriac (You could also use turnips, parsnips, or carrots)\

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red wine and beef stock

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bay leaves and anchovies

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tomato sauce, tomato paste, and herbs de Provence

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grass fed beef

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Once you’ve put all the ingredients into the pot, you simply leave it in the oven for a few hours. The low, slow heat does all the work tenderizing your meat and vegetables, and it melds all the flavors.

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You can see even more photos of this stew on my Flickr page.

Portland Photography: Sellwood Walking Tour

I joined a walking tour courtesy of my friend Rachel from Sellwood Soap! (She gifted me a ticket!) I learned so many new things about my lovely new neighborhood and it’s layered history as a blue collar railroad and sawmill town!

Sellwood was originally settled around 1848 by the Luelling family who brought five hundred fruit trees with them in their trek. Later, John Sellwood purchased three hundred and twenty acres from the Luelling family. Eventually, the town of Sellwood was founded and named for John Sellwood.

The Sellwood Bridge 1925

Nearby was the sawmill, Pendleton Woolen Mill (still in business today in a different location), and the railroad. It’s currently under construction and will be until 2016.

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Portland Rowing Club Entrance (originally located by the Morrison Bridge)

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The house in the photograph below was moved from another location. It was a parish house for a local church. (I learned a lot of buildings and homes have been moved! Who knew that was a thing?) See the house below the picture of the photo to see it in it’s happy new locale.

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We saw condominiums where the location of the former Mount Hood Brewery (which originally began as Wilherm’s Brewery in 1890.)

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Our tour guide suggested that the house below may  have been a Sears Roebuck mail order house, but she was unsure.

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The red house below sits next to the private gold course which borders Clackamas county yet sits on the Multnomah county side. It also had been moved from its original location on the golf course grounds.

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This was a beautiful garden hidden in a neighborhood.

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There are railroad tracks in our neighborhood that are still occasionally used but were part of the original Interurban Train Line. The current Springwater Corridor Trail which is used by bikers and pedestrians sits on a former rail line running parallel to a current one.

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Our lovely and incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who also writes for the local Sellwood Bee.

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We walked past a building which served as a break room and place to hang out for rail workers.

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A former boarding house.

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There are many multi-family style houses left in the neighborhood which served as affordable housing during economic hard times. Not unlike ours.

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Another former boarding house.

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This house below and the house below it were built about fifteen years apart with the same plans. They sit in adjacent lots. I’m told we have a poet laureate living in one of them.

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Mrs. Randall’s boarding house.

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In the photo below, you can see this was a former transfer building. Below that you can see the original building now painted gray and purple.

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The brick building which now houses The Bike Commuter formerly served as the City Hall building upstairs and the Sellwood Bank below.

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Here’s a building which will be torn down soon. The Black Cat Tavern’s last day is Saturday. The land has been sold. Supposedly, the building is not in salvageable shape. It will be rebuilt as condos above with retail space below.

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The building below is now the SMILE station which is the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League. It used to be the firehouse.

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This building was a confectionery!

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The Original Leipzig Tavern Building now houses Gino’s. It also served as a silent movie theatre.

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This building sits behind Gino’s but was originally situated on the corner.

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I’ve wondered about this building for some time. It’s nestled in the neighborhood, but there is no sign on the exterior. Our guide said it used to be a church but now is The Sellwood Playhouse. Just opened in fact!

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This last photo is of Oaks Pioneer Church. It was moved in 1960 from Milwaukee, Oregon. It was the 1851 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They moved it on a barge and floated it on the Willamette River. It is deconsecrated and is now used for weddings, memorials and family reunions.

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There’s so much more to Sellwood, and this is just a small sampling of my neighborhood!

I’d also appreciate if I missed any information, or if you know of any that I have incorrect, if you’d let me know in the comments! Thanks!

recipe: brandied cherries

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I like whiskey and bourbon. I like to order an old fashioned.

I don’t always enjoying paying a bartender eight to ten dollars though.

Cherry season has come (and almost gone) here in the Pacific Northwest, so I thought I would try my hand at making my own cocktail cherries since we all know maraschino cherries are super gross.

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Brandied Cherries:

2 lbs of red cherries

4 cups of drinkable brandy 

2 cups of sugar

2-4 sticks of cinnamon

4 cloves

4 allspice berries

Rinse the cherries in a colander. Remove the stem and pit the cherries. Place the cherries in a jar.

In a saucepan, heat the remaining ingredients on medium low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Pour the liquid over the cherries. Let the mixture come to room temperature (or ice bath it) then stick it in the back of your fridge for six weeks. You could alternatively water bath can it, but I am too lazy for that at this point. Although I might have considered it if I had gone cherry picking.

In six weeks, you’ll have perfect cocktail cherries, but I’ve also put them in a homemade chocolate chili ice cream. 

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Old Fashioned:

1/2 -1 tsp of sugar

several dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters

1 tsp of club soda or water (optional)

1 brandied cherry

1 giant ice cube or sphere

1.5 ounces of Bulleit bourbon or whiskey

1 orange wedge or peel (optional)

Put the sugar, bitters, and water in a glass. Mix or muddle them together. I like to muddle in my cherry too at this point and it would be a fine place to throw in an orange peel or even lime for something crazy, but try it without muddling fruit for your first time so you know what it really tastes like. Add one big ice cube. This is important. It’s preferred to have one large ice cube, so there is less surface area to melt. The original teaspoon of liquid is going to get your flavors melded together, and now your ice cube will slowly melt and the extra liquid will open up the flavors of the Bulleit, but you don’t want lots of little ice cubes because they will just water down your drink. Lastly, pour the Bulleit over the top and enjoy!

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Cheers!

 

 

before and after: chair reupholstery

I’ve had the chair back in my possession for about a week and a half, but visitors in town!

Before for the reminder:

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And the debut!:

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I LOVE IT. It’s so much more chilled out now. More mellow.

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I can’t believe the difference to be honest. This was worth it, and it felt really good to pay a local small business to do the work. They did an amazing job. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes into a professional job like this I’ve included the photos they sent me of the work below. One of the major differences in using a professional rather than doing it yourself is the quality of fabric. They have access to a million different types that also have been tested against wear and tear.

Thanks for the photos and the job well done Lake Grove Upholstery!

 

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Portland Food Photography: Slappy Cakes

There’s this place in Portland that really has it figured out.

How do you combine pancakes and fun in a restaurant? I know what you are thinking, “Pancakes are already fun!”

And I say, “No, they get fun-er. More fun. Having all the funs.”

I introduce you to: Slappy Cakes.

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes offers several batters for pancakes, but the twist is THAT YOU GET TO COOK THEM YOURSELF AT YOUR TABLE!

You choose your batter:

Buttermilk
Whole Grain
Gluten-free
Peanut Butter
Vegan
Sweet Parsnip

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

You have choices of toppings and ingredients too! We picked lemon curd and blueberries.

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

You might be thinking, “I don’t really care for pancakes or waffles or any of the sweet breakfast foods.” And that’s fine, they have a full menu.

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes; Portland, Oregon

Portland Food Photography: Blue Star Donuts

First of all, HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY!

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I hope you got to celebrate! David and I had planned to visit our favorite donut place in all the land (so far): BLUE STAR DONUTS! But by 11:30am, they had sold out. They make fresh donuts everyday for that day, and they stay open until they run out. It’s crazy. They are crazy. The donuts are seriously the best I’ve ever had.

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They use a French based brioche bread recipe to start. Then they craft their magical donuts in the open style kitchen. Everything is clean and modern. Very simple. They have maybe ten to fifteen flavors of donuts per day (and I think that may be overstating the number.)

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We were fortunately able to visit Blue Star when David’s brother Thomas was in town. We shared five donuts, and all of them were super delicious. We could hardly decide which to get. May I recommend a donut party with your friends? Order a bunch and share! Seriously. You will want to try them all.

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Lemon Poppy Seed

 

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blue star donuts portland

This was a classic fritter.

 

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And a classic cake style

 

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The famous Maple Bacon

 

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Blueberry Bourbon Basil

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Meyer Lemon & Key Lime Curd

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Thomas’s face pretty much says it all.

 

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And here’s a link to their Yelp reviews.

 

portland photography: new baby

My beautiful friend Tara invited me to photograph her newest family member’s birth day. For me, words can’t really describe an event like this. Tara was magical and strong. Her new baby boy is full of possibility.

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You can see more photos on my facebook page here. (SFW)

Portland Photography: Lake Grove Upholstery

I grew up with a mother who loved antiques. For a time, she even ran a large Antique Warehouse on Apache and McClintock in Tempe, Arizona called Cheap Antiques. It was huge: one of those buildings filled with different vendors and rooms. It was unlike any other I’ve been in since though. The back section of the warehouse was a workspace for certain employees to refurnish the some antiques. I used to watch in awe as they dipped heavy pieces into an industrial sized tub to remove all the varnish. It smelled like stripper, oil, and wood shavings back there. I loved it.

It’s been a long time since then; my mother has long since changed careers, but I did inherit a couple of large chairs that wouldn’t quite fit into her house the way she wanted. I lugged them all the way up here to Portland. (Thanks David! I know they were heavy!)

One of the chairs in particular has always been ugly. The fabric on it, I just don’t even know how to describe it. Colorful?

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I have provided evidence with a “vintage” photo of me and my cat taking a nap on it. As you can tell, it is comfortable. Definitely worth saving. MAKEOVER MONTAGE! (Just kidding, although if I already had photos of the after…sorry you will have to wait. JUST.LIKE.ME.

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I took it to my local reupholster-er. These folks are legit. Alexander Baghdanov is the third generation in his family to practice this business. His wife Lyubov runs the front desk, and his children work in the shop as well. They have beautiful accents and are wonderfully friendly.

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Part of what they do is give the furniture a little love. I look forward to seeing how they salvage what my mother’s pug pack did to this arm.

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Alexander Bagdanov

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There are A MILLION FABRIC SAMPLES. It was so hard to decide. But I finally did. EEEEEEEE!

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I hope to have the “after” photos in another week or so!

 

 

Portland wedding photography: Matt and Christina

I received a call from a good friend; his cousin wanted to get married the coming weekend-could I shoot the ceremony? Of course! It was a small gathering, and their most special guests were their family of dogs. (I am sure some of you can relate!)

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We met in one of the parks in Sellwood. They wanted to be surrounded by nature, so we had the ceremony near a small pond surrounded by trees. After, the dogs ran free near the river and they celebrated with (so Portland!) Voodoo Doughnuts!

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matt and christina-portland wedding

matt and christina-portland wedding

matt and christina-portland wedding

Congrats to you both! Thanks for letting me be part of your big (little) day!