A 12 hour trip to Portland, OR.

I finally got an appointment with a tattoo artist I’ve been wanting to do work with. Whenever she opens her books she always gets booked immediately, so when I saw the opportunity I went for it. Two weeks from when she booked me, I was headed to Portland! Portland is a 3- 3.5 hour drive from Seattle WITHOUT traffic. Luckily we left in time to not get stuck in a ton, but boy is it an exhausting and boring drive. For those familiar with I-5, it really isn’t a scenic view anywhere you go, but I wasn’t in search of a pretty view, my mission was to get to PDX and back in one day. We left Seattle at around 8 am and made it to PDX at 11:30.

I pull up to Cowgirl Tattoo located in the Belmont neighborhood and it was really secretive and not flashy at all. After talking to Lily (the owner) she said it was her mission to make her tattoo shop a safe space for her clients. Often times when you go into an all male tattoo shop you feel judged and quite frankly many can be super rude. So, she doesn’t want to draw those unwanted “douche” customers to her studio, which I respect. When I walked in, her shop was literally my dream place, the perfect mix of simple art work and cowgirl chic.

I didn’t get a ton of pictures since she told me she was still in the process of finishing the decor. When I go back I will post updated renovations. Lily was a kind human who actually donates a part of your payment to animal non profits. I got a tattoo for my mom. I’ve been wanting a mom tattoo, but never wanted your typical heart with a mom banner across it. I wanted it to be special and something that reminded me of us. My mom and I used to always joke around and call each other heifers so this tattoo nails us to a T. I am absolutely obsessed with it and I can’t wait to work with Lily in the future.

Of course after an hour of getting a tattoo it was time to eat. Luckily Belmont isn’t too far from the Hawthorne district, which is where one of my fav Mexican food places is and they like to pack the HEAT. It also doesn’t hurt that Hawthorne is full of all the most amazing secondhand stores. Now, when I say I love this place it isn’t just because the food is good, the interior design in this place is me AF. If you know who designed it, send them over to decorate my home.

Por que no is vibrant and fun. Immediately when we got there, there was a huge line. No surprise. They had the sweetest gal ask if we wanted drinks while we waited. Having a Jarritos and Margherita in hand def makes the line speed by. I ordered 3 tacos ( al pastor, carne asada, and pescado), which not to anyones surprise were delicious and SPICY. Heather ordered the pescado and camarones tacos, she likes seafood. we shared some chips and guac, which actually tasted like avocado. I hate when places jack the guac up with lemon. I get it you’re trying to preserve the green color, but GAH DAMN thats a lot of citrus, just another great thing about Por que no.

Of course I did a ton of shopping, but I could talk about shopping all day. If you got time to kill, shopping and eating is probably the best thing to do in Portland.

Living my best life,

Arizona

The dinner of my dreams @ The Shambles

Firestone Walker brewing company and one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle, The Shambles put together a dinner where each course would be accompanied by a beverage that paired well together. While at the dinner I documented my eating experience. I will go into depth of what each plate is, but please forgive some of the blurriness in the photos for I gradually became a bit more intoxicated throughout the night. I present to you, a food journal on the “Jeffers drops acid” dinner.

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I casually strolled in 15 minutes late because I was rushing from work to the dinner and sat down to the candied almonds and marinated olives placed on my plate. I unfortunately missed the other appetizer which was Wagyu Beef Arancini with Romesco Sauce

 

 

Next was Hors D’oeuvres, which was one of the most beautiful dishes I’ve seen in my life.

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This dish included an in-house charcuterie, with special treats and flat bread (which was also made in-house) There was an array of meats and cheeses and even in-house mustard! When I say everything was made there, I mean it. The dish was pretty and tasted even better.

We were then served salad.

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Now this isn’t your typical leafy green salad. It had roasted stone fruit which I’m pretty sure was an apricot, haricot vert (thin green beans), hazelnuts, and burrata (cheese). The dish was sweet, tart, nutty, and rich, a perf combo.

Next, was the pasta dish.

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This has hand-cut tagliatelle, salumi bolognese, tomato confit, and grana padano. Im not the biggest fan of the salumi I’ve had prior but it worked in this pasta dish because it gave it good earthy tones.

Right when you think you can’t eat anymore, the main course comes out. Bring on the meat.

That’s right, not one meat dish, but two. The one pictured on the left is a dry-aged pork chop, smoked cauliflower puree, salt plum jus + mostarda. The picture on the right is Dry-aged wagyu top round, chimmichurri, and black garlic. These dished were accompanied by blistered shishito peppers and as pictured in the right photo crushed potatoes. At this point I was more than stuffed.

We had an intermission to digest and while we were waiting for the dessert, they brought out this..

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Now let me tell you I am always down for a charcuterie plate, so you know I had to eat this. It had in-house honey, compote, and crackers and was accompanied by the holy grail of cheeses.

Now I knew there was no way in hell I was going to be able to squeeze the dessert in my tummy and started to see everyone look like they were ready for bed.

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They brought out the last dish and trust me it’s the last. It was a peach cobbler, with shortbread streusel, and white chocolate pretzel ice cream. Yes, of course I ate this, no regrets, it was delicious.

After this dinner I don’t think I was hungry the next day because I was full of the best food I’ve had in my life. If you’re in the Seattle area, The shambles is a must. After the dinner we got to tour the restaurant and see all the meats they were aging in-house.

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Inside the kitchen of The Shambles

Now this isn’t a restaurant if you’re vegan or vegetarian, this is a place if you want to indulge. The food is amazing and as I am writing this I’m trying to plan when i should go next.

See you on the next food adventure!

Living my best life,

Arizona

 

Pumpkin my life.

When it comes to seasons fall isn’t my favorite, but I’ll take any excuse to wear mustard yellow everyday and eat pumpkin everything. Today, I will be sharing a recipe for my fav pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Trust me, once you eat one you won’t be able to stop eating them.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tbl cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

You will also need one large, medium, and small bowl.

Instructions:

In the large bowl combine oil, pumpkin, sugar, egg, and vanilla.

In small bowl combine baking soda and milk, stir until a thick consistency and then combine in with your pumpkin mixture.

In the medium size bowl combine cinnamon, baking powder, salt and flour. After you mix the dry ingredients, add to your pumpkin mixture.

Mix all the ingredients until you get a light brown dough, dough should be wet, this is a sticky and a bit messy of a dough. After you achieve the dough texture, fold in your chocolate chips.

You should leave the dough in the fridge for one hour +, it allows the dough to harden a bit so it is easier to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 and begin scooping or using your hands to place dough on cookie sheet. Like I mentioned before, the dough is sticky, just have fun with it. They don’t have to be perfect circles. Bake for 10-12 mins.

                All photos taken in my home by Heather Evangelista on a Cannon Rebel T3I

Lastly, Enjoy!

Outfit details: Both the jumpsuit and sweater are made by Free People, head band is a vintage silk scarf.

Living my best life,

Arizona

Heart and Seoul

I left North America for the first time in my life in March. My homegirl Victoria and I crossed the Pacific to Seoul, South Korea. My childhood friend was studying abroad and I thought it was the perfect excuse to push myself out of my comfort zone and travel out of North America. I left not knowing the language at all but knew the people I’d be with knew some so I’d be alright. Now, this isn’t a blog post about all my experiences and things that I did in Seoul because that would be an entire novel. I want this post to reflect my trip via film. The people I met are unforgettable and I am forever grateful for the new friends that I have gained. Some of which I am still in contact with. I want this post to show the raw moments that we had.

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All photos are developed film taken by Sophie and Ellie in Seoul, South Korea

So I leave you with this, the one Korean word I learned the entire time I was there,

Gamsahamnida! 감사합니다

Arizona

Vote for Vodka

I am a huge cocktail fan and would prefer a cocktail over a glass of beer any day. My favorite liquors are Vodka and Gin, I usually will just order a vodka soda or a gin and tonic if you ever go out with me. So today, I’m spicing up my vodka a little bit, with two fun recipes that I did at home. Not to mention how expensive cocktails can be at a restaurant/ bar, so making them at home can be a nice affordable way to get your vodka fix, while still feeling boujee.

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Things you will need:

  • 2 ounces of your choice of vodka
  • 4 ounces of lemonade
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs of fresh lavender
  • soda/ seltzer water (if you enjoy carbonation)

    I am fortunate enough to have lavender growing in my front yard so I cut off a few sprigs for that fresh lavender taste. I cut two lemon slices, since I was only making drinks for two people. In a tall glass combine lemonade, vodka, and tonic water if desired. Stir and garnish with your lavender sprigs and sliced lemon, enjoy!

     

                                 

         Peach Mint Vodka Cocktail

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Things you will need:

  • 2 ounces of your choice of vodka
  • 4 ounces of soda water
  • 1 teaspoon of peach simple syrup
  • Mint
  • Half a fresh peach (sliced)

    We have a huge assortment of herbs in our backyard along with other things, so I was able to grab the mint our of my backyard. Fortunately mint isn’t too expensive, if you don’t have a green thumb or mint chillin’ in the backyard, just grab some at your grocery store. Cut off a bit for decor and flavor. Place ice in your glass and fan peaches along the side of glass, the ice will hold the peaches in place. Combine your soda water, vodka, and simple syrup together and top with fresh mint.

 

Hope you guys enjoyed these simple and easy to make at home recipes. If you’re like me, don’t be shy and add a bit more vodka, you’re in the comfort of your home so why not add an extra shot in there.

Living my best life,

Arizona

About me.

IMG_2547I just recently graduated college and decided I needed something to fill this empty void in my life and have always had a passion for food and fashion. One of my dearest friends Karya introduced me to the influencer and blogging world and I was willing to give it a try. Now this isn’t  a blog solely meant for the purposes of making it big or trying to make money off it. This is just me sharing my love for food and clothing as well as welcoming you all in to the exciting and strange life of Arizona.

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I am a manager at a resell store in Seattle. I have worked there for 3 years now and it’s a wonderful company and allows me to express myself through clothing. I have always been had an eye for clothing and trends since I was younger, and maybe that has to do with my Aunt who I have been obsessed with since I was younger and was bright eyed and bushy tailed as she would swipe her credit card for a $200 pair of jeans. When I was younger I thought she was insane for paying that much money but I now understand that you have to pay money for quality things… or maybe it’s just a matter of shopping smart which I plan to share my tips and tricks on eventually.

IMG_E6289I have always been a huge fan of food, all foods and as I have gotten older become a wine connoisseur. I can thank this passion to my mother who always makes me try crazy things and raves about food, it’s her favorite past time. I hope that one day when I’m in my 40’s ill be as cool as my mom and also be in a weekly wine club. Who knows, maybe i’ll start one now. Food is not only captivating to me because of the flavors and the dances it make me do as I eat, but also because it’s a form of art. Don’t get me wrong, I love indulging in a fine dining meal, but I also love a good piece of fried food.

 

 

On this blogging journey I hope to share my eats and OOTD’s as I float around the Puget Sound and take vacations. in the meantime here is 10 fun facts about me:

  1. IMG_4083Yes, my name is Arizona, like the state.
  2. No I am not from Arizona. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and am currently  living in Seattle, WA.
  3. I work with 2nd hand clothing because I care a lot about the environmental impacts that fast fashion has on the Earth.
  4. My favorite movie is Karate Kid.
  5. I have 6 tattoos and possibly counting (don’t tell my family)
  6. My favorite color is mustard yellow, which also happens to be my favorite condiment.
  7. My favorite brand is Samantha Pleet
  8. I am a middle child and have two brothers.
  9. My favorite food  is fried chicken.
  10. The place I want to travel to most is Thailand.

I’ll see you on the next post.

Living my best life,

Arizona